2020 SAG Award Winners: ‘Parasite’ Pulls Off Huge Victory
Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Brad Pitt, and Laura Dern take the individual honors for the film. “The Crown” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” win the best TV drama and comedy.
Bong Joon Ho’s darkly funny thriller “Parasite” made history at the Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday in Los Angeles, taking the top prize for best cast in a motion picture. It’s the first time that award has gone to a film, not in the English language, and an even more remarkable feat given that none of the movie’s individual actors were nominated.
Still, the industry’s passion for “Parasite” was evident: When cast members came out earlier in the show to present their movie, they were greeted with a standing ovation. “I will never forget this beautiful night,” the actor Song Kang Ho said.
Could “Parasite” next go on to become the first foreign-language film to win the best-picture Oscar? Increasingly, it seems like the race will become a head-to-head matchup between Bong’s film and the war movie “1917,” which took another big precursor trophy Saturday night at the awards ceremony thrown by the Producers Guild of America.
Aside from that galvanizing win, it was business as usual at the SAG Awards, as all four acting trophies went to the same quartet that has already prevailed at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.
“I’ve got to add this to my Tinder profile,” Pitt said, before cracking jokes about the frequent close-up shots of feet in “Once Upon a Time” — “Seriously, Quentin has separated more women from their shoes than the T.S.A.” — and noting that his role as the laid-back stuntman Cliff Booth was hardly a stretch since he’s “a guy who gets high, takes his shirt off, and doesn’t get on with his wife.” (At that, the show cut to a reaction shot of Pitt’s ex Jennifer Aniston.)
Robert De Niro denied a best-actor nomination for “The Irishman,” was still given a lifetime achievement award. He used his acceptance speech to take more swings at President Trump, and insisted, “I have as much right as anybody — an actor, an athlete, a musician, anybody else — to voice my opinion. And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I’m going to use it when I see blatant abuse of power.”
As for the TV categories, “The Crown” prevailed in the drama-cast category and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” took the best-comedy trophy, despite an earlier best-actress win for the “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The “Maisel” cast seemed flummoxed taking the stage: “I voted for ‘Fleabag,’” said the actress Alex Borstein.
The best-actress trophy went to Renée Zellweger for “Judy,” while best-actor winner Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”) praised his fellow nominees and gave a shout-out to the late performer who had also won awards for playing the same role: “Really, I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favorite actor, Heath Ledger.”
Laura Dern won the supporting-actress award for her role as a savvy divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story,” while Brad Pitt collected yet another supporting-actor trophy for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” which he accepted with a stand-up comedian’s ease.