The 25th annual SAG Awards celebrated the best of the year on television and film on Sunday even though there were more than a few surprises along the way.
"Black Panther" surprised everyone, including his cast, by taking home the prize for the best cast in a movie. On the other hand, the critical darling "A Star Is Born" went home empty-handed. On TV, "The Americans" had found no love for the last season, as well as the freshman season of Bill Hader's comedy "Barry."
Snub: Amy Adams, "Vice"  With critic Regina King somehow breaking out of the mix for "If Beale Street Could Talk," many expected Amy Adams to finally get an individual SAG award would. This is certainly part of the building narrative at the Oscars, where she is also perceived as overdue for her sixth nomination. But the SAG AFTRA voters had someone else in mind, namely the actress who was dismissed from that cast when the Oscar nominations were released. Snub: "A Star Is Born"
Bradley Cooper's film came in with the SAG Awards in most nominations, but went home without a single win. Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, and the film's ensemble watched as other names were mentioned during the evening.
Surprise: Emily Blunt, "A Quiet Place"
Given the fact that the Blunt Academy's acting branch has passed on both here and in the main category for "Mary Poppins Returns," it seemed a long way off to be best with SAG-AFTRA. However, she baffled the field by winning the prize, not unlike Idris Elba's win three years ago for "Beasts of No Nation" for a performance that was not nominated for an Academy Award.
Surprise: "Black Panther"  Considering the openness of the race this year, the category of ensemble films should be a surprise. But in the end, it really felt like it was the most popular (ie highest grossing) of the best Oscar nominees, "Black Panther" and "Bohemian Rhapsody". The former won the victory for the Academy hopes of the film.
Snub: "BlacKkKlansman" and "The Favorite"
While they have not been favored to win one of the three prizes they've chosen, it's no fun, empty-handed to go home with so many shots. Spike Lee's film is still one of the most popular best picture players of the year, being the statistic champion in many areas (with more precursor nominations than any other movie). But Sunday night was not his night, and it was not a great evening for "The Favorite" after directing this year's Oscar nomination announcement with a film that was nowhere to be found on Sunday: "Roma"
The HBO series "Barry" could not win any awards and lost in the three major categories of the comedy series to "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel". This is back in September despite Emmy's victory for "Barry" stars Bill Hader and Henry Winkler. The Netflix comedy "GLOW" also lost in the actor categories, but won the prize for the best stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series.
Snub: "The Americans"
The sixth and final season of The Americans "did not win the Drama Series Ensemble Award, though the show found widespread recognition throughout its run with FX. The NBC powerhouse "This Is Us" lost importance. Neither the stars of the "Americans", Keri Russell nor Matthew Rhys, could secure nominations in the individual acting categories.
Snub: Robin Wright, "House of Cards"  Robin Wright had the dubious distinction of anchoring the final season of the Netflix drama "House of Cards." Despite high-profile sexual assault and harassment against former star Kevin Spacey, Wright followed in his footsteps and filled his hands more than well Send the show off. Nevertheless, she went out with the actress in the category drama series empty.