The Screen Actors Guild Awards are being handed out tonight beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time on TBS and TNT. (Here’s one guide to watching online.) Unlike the Oscars, there is a host: Megan Mullally of “Will & Grace.”
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Speaking of hosts, there was a dust-up when the guild accused the movie academy of pressuring A-list stars to turn down offers to present SAG Awards — the thinking being that the Oscars needed major names to make up for the loss of a host when Kevin Hart dropped out and wasn’t replaced. The academy didn’t respond to the accusations, and in any case Lady Gaga, Chadwick Boseman, Constance Wu and other stars are set to give out prizes tonight.
About those prizes. We already know one winner: Alan Alda, the veteran actor probably best known for the 1972-83 series “M*A*S*H,” is receiving the lifetime achievement award. In July, he revealed that he had been living with Parkinson’s disease for more than three years but that he had been leading a full life despite the movement disorder. At 82, he continues to appear on television — in “Ray Donovan,” “The Good Fight,” “Broad City” and more — and on the big screen (“Bridge of Spies”).
We also know who won’t be onstage tonight: Yalitza Aparicio or any other stars of “Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón’s semiautobiographical tale. That movie, released by Netflix, received 10 Oscar nominations on Tuesday, including best actress and supporting actress, but the SAG Award voters snubbed the cast when their nominations were announced last month.
What is competing for best cast, the acting guild’s equivalent of best picture? “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Crazy Rich Asians” are in the running. They’re all box office hits and all but the last one are up for the top Oscar prize as well. The academy snubbed “Crazy Rich Asians” entirely.
Check back here for updates as winners are announced throughout the night.