During the award season last year, it was hard to imagine that topics at such shows would easily shift, especially in the Donald Trump era.
From the Golden Globes to the Academy awards last year, each of them was taking turns when it came to having swipes at their new president of the time.
Today, as Trump makes a year in office, his tenure may be a disaster but the talking points have since moved on from him to Hollywood (and probably the world’s) biggest sexual meltdown that has in the past given rise to #MeToo.
The Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) awards took place early this morning and unlike the past award shows that Sqoop has watched this year, this may have survived hash tag #MeToo.
Unlike the Golden Globes when almost all the guests in attendance turned up clad in all-black outfits (to make a statement against the sexual harassment scandals), the SAG awards red carpet was a colorful one.
As you may already know, Aziz Ansari, one of the nominees skipped the awards thanks to a chilling story about an alleged sexual misconduct that was penned about him last week.
But that wasn’t the only reason we actually woke up at 4am to catch the SAG awards. Being Ugandans, we watched the show because our own Daniel Kaluuya was a nominee in the Best Actor category for his role in the overly-successful Get Out.
And thus we wanted to be the first to tweet about any win or stage appearance he would be involved in.
But of course there was more to see at the SAG awards than the lone Ugandan, for instance the cast of Game of Thrones were nominees and of course, for his contribution to the art, Morgan Freeman was receiving the SAG Lifetime Achievement award.
Sterling Brown won Best Actor in a Drama Series for This is Us while Claire Foy won the female equivalent for her role in The Crown.
Earlier in the day, while accepting her accolade for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, the Big Little Lies actress thanked the producers of this era for keeping them in business even after they’ve made 40,
“How wonderful it is that our careers can go beyond 40 years old, twenty years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives,” she said.
British-born Ugandan actor Kaluuya unfortunately lost to Gary Oldman for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the Darkest Hour for the Outstanding Male Actor accolade while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’s Frances McDormand beat The Shape of Water’s Sally Hawkins to Out Standing Female Actor.
Like the Golden Globes, the SAG awards are believed to set the stage for the biggest night, the Academy Awards whose nominations are set to be announced tomorrow.
Full list of winners at the 2018 SAG awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion PictureThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“This Is Us”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Game of Thrones