Parasite makes history, plain and simple.
Eugene Levy and his son/castmate on Schitt's Creek Dan Levy kicked off the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards on a high note with a bit that just as funny on TV as it appeared in the room. The high energy start to the night continued throughout the brisk televised ceremony where inspiring thank-you speeches were given and history was made.
With many industry guild awards honoring several of the Oscar frontrunners, all eyes were on the possible Motion Picture Ensemble Cast award to help distinguish the potential Best Picture winner. 1917, Sam Mendes' WWI epic, didn't receive a SAG nomination, which meant either The Irishman's cast would win and restart its Oscar buzz, Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood's cast would win and secure its spot as the new frontrunner and probable winner, or Parasite's cast would win and set the stage for it to make both SAG and Academy history.
Throughout the evening, each Ensemble Cast nominee was presented by members of their respective casts. While performers like Harvey Keitel and Scarlett Johansson earned swaths of praise, it was the cast of Parasite who inspired a standing ovation. That energy laid the groundwork for where the evening was headed.
On the television side, many of the night's winners were either expected or not complete surprises. In fact, the most joyous surprises of the night came when Jennifer Aniston was named Best Female Actor in a Drama Series for her work in The Morning Show. Her spirited acceptance speech served as one of the evening's most genuine moments. The same was repeated as Peter Dinklage picked up the Best Male Actor in a Drama Series for the final season of Game of Thrones and Sam Rockwell picked up the Best Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series for Fosse/Verdon.
Rockwell's Fosse/Verdon costar, Michaell Williams, continued her awards season triumphs by taking home the Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series prize. Her impassioned speech wasn't the only one to make a mark on the evening. When he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro used his time to hint at politics without being overtly literal in who or what he was referring to, though the cheers in the audience signaled a crowd unhappy with the current political environment.
DiCaprio earned a nod from Best Male Actor in a Leading Role winner, Joaquin Phoenix. As he accepted his award, he acknowledged DiCaprio's lasting effect on the industry in which they both grew up. He ended his speech with a shoutout to the late Heath Ledger.
Earning their latest wins in the Female Actor categories, both Laura Dern (Marriage Story) and Renée Zellweger (Judy) have all-but won the Oscar, at this point. In her acceptance speech, Zellweger shared quick career anecdotes in her charming southern drawl. She ended with a salute to Judy Garland on behalf of the acting community.
The Levy duo, who had started the evening out so well, was afforded the honor of announcing the Best Ensemble winner. Bong Joon Ho's cast of Korean greats were all smiles as they not only thanked the Hollywood community but tipped their hat towards the comedy and one-liners that make Parasite such an enigma of a film. Though it isn't the first foreign-language film to be nominated in the category, it is the first to win the night's biggest award.
Next up is the Oscar stage. In a few weeks, we'll see if Parasite's history-making strides will pay off. Like the SAG Awards, an international film has never won Best Picture.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Hyae Jin Chang, Yeo Jeong Cho, Woo Shik Choi, Hyeon Jun Jung, Ziso Jung, Jung Eun Lee, Sun Kyun Lee, Myung Hoon Park, So Dam Park, Kang Ho Song
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
Marion Bailey, Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Colman, Charles Dance, Ben Daniels, Erin Doherty, Charles Edwards, Tobias Menzies, Josh O'Connor, Sam Phillips, David Rintoul, Jason Watkins
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
Caroline Aaron, Alex Borstein, Rachel Brosnahan, Marin Hinke, Stephanie Hsu, Joel Johnstone, Jane Lynch, Leroy McClain, Kevin Pollak, Tony Shalhoub, Matilda Szydagis, Brian Tarantina, Michael Zegen
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
THE MORNING SHOW
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
GAME OF THRONES
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES