Netflix flexed its over-the-top muscles during the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony Sunday night, garnering three Actors – more than any cable or broadcast network.
The OTT streaming service’s series Orange Is The New Black won two awards, including best ensemble in a comedy series, during the two-hour telecast airing on TBS and TNT. Orange beat out last year’s winner ABC’s Modern Family, as well as CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and HBO’s Veep.
Orange star Uzo Aduba also won for best actress in a comedy series, topping fellow nominees Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Edie Falco (Showtime’s Nurse Jackie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Amy Poehler (NBC’s Park And Recreation)
William H. Macy took home top honors for best actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of Frank Gallagher in Showtime's Shameless. Macy topped last year’s winner Ty Burrell (Modern Family) as well as Louis C.K. (FX’s Louie), Jim Parsons (CBS’ The Big Bang Theory) and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family).
Cable networks were shut out of wins in the major drama categories. Kevin Spacey (Netflix’s House of Cards) won for best actor in a comedy series, besting four actors from HBO series: Steve Buschemi (Boardwalk Empire) Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey (True Detective).
Viola Davis, star of ABC’s How to Get Away From Murder won for best actress in a drama, beating out Claire Danes (Homeland); Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Robin Right (House Of Cards).
PBS’ Downton Abbey won best drama honors for the second time in three years, topping Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Game Of Thrones (HBO), Homeland (Showtime), and House Of Cards (Netflix).
HBO won two outstanding performance awards in the television movie or miniseries categories.
Mark Ruffalo earned best actor honors for his role as Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart, easing past fellow HBO nominee Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge), Adrien Brody (History' s Houdini), Billy Bob Thornton (FX's Fargo), and Benedict Cumberbatch (PBS’ Sherlock: His Last Vow).
Frances McDormand was the recipient on the best actress statuette for her lead role in Olive Kitteridge. Her victory came against fellow cable nominees Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart), Ellen Burstyn (Lifetime's Flowers in the Attic), Cicely Tyson (Lifetime’s The Trip to Bountiful,) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sundance TV's The Honorable Woman.)
Before the show came on air, SAG honored HBO with the stunt ensemble award for the cast of Game of Thrones. Counting the tally for the fantasy skein, the premium network knotted Netflix with three SAG awards this go-round.
SAG 2015 Television Program Winners
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
MARK RUFFALO / Ned Weeks – "THE NORMAL HEART" (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
FRANCES McDORMAND / Olive Kitteridge – "OLIVE KITTERIDGE" (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series(6 nominees)
VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – "HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER" (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – "SHAMELESS" (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren – "ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK" (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
MATT MILNE / Alfred
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
ED SPELEERS / Jimmy Kent
CARA THEOBOLD / Ivy
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren
JASON BIGGS / Larry Bloom
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Flaca
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie "Big Boo" Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Ingalls
YVETTE FREEMAN / Irma
GERMAR TERRELL GARDNER / Charles Ford
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Ofc. Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
JULIE LAKE / Angie Rice
LAUREN LAPKUS / Susan Fischer
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
NATASHA LYONNE / Nicky Nichols
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O'Neill
MATT McGORRY / Ofc. John Bennett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina "Red" Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
ALYSIA REINER / Natalie "Fig" Figueroa
JUDITH ROBERTS / Taslitz
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
BARBARA ROSENBLAT / Miss Rosa
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
LORRAINE TOUSSAINT / Yvonne "Vee" Parker
LIN TUCCI / Anita DeMarco
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series(6 nominees)
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
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