The 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out last night (Feb 27), and “West Side Story” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” along with the Hulu limited series “Dopesick,” won awards for Disney.
The awards were broadcast live on TNT and TBS from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, but are available for viewing starting today on HBO Max.
The awards are given out to actors in film and television, along with stunt ensembles, and they are voted on only by actors who are members of SAG-AFTRA.
Actress Ariana DeBose won the first award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role” for “West Side Story,” calling the film a great cinematic experience and thanking director Steven Spielberg in her speech.
She is the first openly queer woman of color to win an individual film SAG Award, something she noted in her speech in the press room after winning.
“It’s an honor to be seen, it’s an honor to be an Afro-Latina—an openly queer woman of color, a dancer, a singer, and an actor. It’s indicative to me that I will not be the last, and that’s the important part. Whatever firsts are attached to my name, they are immensely special to me, but I’m focused on the fact that if I’m the first of anything that means I won’t be the last.”
Meanwhile, Michael Keaton ran to the stage from an ill-timed bathroom break to accept the award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series” for his role in “Dopesick,” about the opiod crisis, which aired on Hulu. This is his fourth SAG Award win.
After talking briefly about the Ukraine invasion, Keaton dedicated his award to a nephew who died from an accidental overdose. “A nephew, also named Michael, died in 2016 following an accidental overdose of heroin and the synthetic opioid fentanyl,” he told the crowd while holding back tears.
“Given the subject matter, this is for my nephew Michael and my sister Pam. I lost my nephew Michael to drugs, and it hurts.”
Finally, near the end of the evening, actress Jessica Chastain nabbed the award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” for her role of Tammy Faye in the Searchlight Pictures biopic “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” This is her second SAG Award win.
Chastain expressed her own surprise at the podium, noting she’d worked on the project for 10 years and hoped she’d made a project that Tammy Faye Bakker would be proud of.
“It was a dream of mine to play Tammy Faye. She was a real trailblazer and she wrapped her arms around those who were repeatedly cast aside and she launched herself into decades of LGBTQ love,” Chastain said. “I worked on the project for 10 years and I hope we made her story the way she would be proud of.”
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! The SAG Awards have often been considered an indicator of how Academy voters will vote for the Oscars. Whether that holds true for DeBose and Chastain we’ll find out on March 27, 2022.