SAG Awards Over True Detective, Still Like HBO and Netflix

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards finished up about an hour ago with few surprises, and with it, the television awards season honoring 2014’s product is officially over.

The Guild’s award proclivities reflected much the same opinions as critics and others, with Downton Abbey and Orange is the New Black taking home the two top cast prizes for drama and comedy. Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) beat out Matthew McConaughey for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, signaling that the McConaissance deluge of awards has run its course. Viola Davis won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for How to Get Away With Murder, which suggests to me that while her peers rightfully are very fond of the wonderful Davis, they don’t watch her show.

On the comedy side, the Guild singled out William H. Macy (Shameless) and Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black) for recognition. Aduba’s been deservedly racking up the statues this season for her role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, but this was Macy’s first major award win for his depiction of the ne’er-do-well patriarch of the Gallagher clan. While the performance is award-worthy, the decision to slide Shameless from drama into a relatively weak male comedy field probably helped.

HBO continued its historical dominance of the television movie or miniseries field (even if it didn’t at the Golden Globes), with Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart) and Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge) claiming victory. Although I’ve been a vocal supporter of Maggie Gyllenhaal, I also believe in spreading awards around to deserving actors, so McDormand’s stoic win was particularly pleasing to me. Her no-nonsense speech but sincere speech only made her more endearing (it starts at 2:33):

Game of Thrones brought home the award for Outstanding Stunt Ensemble, but any category that didn’t nominate Arrow for its brilliant and creative fight choreography is dead to me.

You can see the complete list of winners – including the even more predictable film ones – here, with transcripts of all the winner’s speeches.