Parasite has officially infected Hollywood's award season. Bong Joon Ho’s Korean class satire became the first foreign language film to take top honors from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, setting itself up as a legitimate best picture contender to the frontrunner 1917 at next month’s Academy Awards. The best ensemble win for Parasite came over the starry epics Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood and The Irishman. It was a surprise but only to a degree. Parasite, up for six Oscars including best picture, has emerged as perhaps the stiffest competition for Sam Mendes' 1917, which won at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday. Before the win for Parasite, the SAG Awards were most notable as a reunion for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, the AP reports. They each took home awards and celebrated the other's win.
Pitt is headed toward his first acting Academy Award for his supporting performance in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood, and he added to his frontrunner status with a win from the actors' guild. Aniston, his ex-wife, later won an award of her own for best female actor in a drama series for the Apple TV Plus show The Morning Show. Backstage, Pitt watched Aniston's acceptance speech. After she got off stage, they warmly congratulated each other on their first individual SAG Awards. Along with Pitt, all the Oscar favorites kept their momentum, including wins for Renee Zellweger (Judy), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Laura Dern (Marriage Story). More:
- As expected, Phoenix took best performance by a leading male actor. After individually praising each fellow nominee, Phoenix concluded with a nod to his Joker predecessor. "I'm standing here on the shoulders of my favorite actor, Heath Ledger," said Phoenix.
- Dern also further established herself as the best supporting actress favorite with a win from the actors guild. On her way to the stage, she hugged her father, Bruce Dern, part of the Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood ensemble.
- Robert De Niro was given the guild's lifetime achievement award, an honor presented by Leonardo DiCaprio who, like De Niro, is a frequent leading man for Martin Scorsese. (The two co-star in Scorsese's upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon.) A raucous standing ovation greeted the 76-year-old actor.
- Game of Thrones closed out its eight-season run with wins for Peter Dinklage for best male actor in a drama series and for best stunt ensemble work. The Crown took best ensemble in a drama series. And both Fosse/Verdon stars—Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell—won for their performances in the miniseries.
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