April 17th, 2024

Da’Vine Joy Randolph wins at the SAG Awards, streaming on Netflix

By Jake Coyle, The Associated Press on February 24, 2024.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph has won best supporting female actor at the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards, solidifying her status as Oscar favorite.

Randolph’s performance in Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers” has been a breakthrough role for the 37-year-old actor. Now, she appears poised to win the Academy Award.

“To every actor out there still waiting in the wings for their chance, let me tell you: Your life can change in a day,” Randolph said. “It’s not a question of if but when. Keep going.”

The 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards, streaming for the first time live on Netflix, got underway Saturday with Oscar momentum up for grabs for lead nominees “Oppenheimer” and “Barbie.” The host-less ceremony kicked off at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.

“Personally, I can’t wait to get home and have Netflix recommend this show to me based on all the other stuff that I watch myself in,” joked Idris Elba, kicking off the show.

After more than two decades airing on TNT and TBS to dwindling viewership, Netflix acquired telecast rights to the SAG Awards in early 2023. That meant some different rules, including no ads and permitted bad language. Elba, who kicked off the show on stage, suggested a delicate dance.

“Don’t say anything you wouldn’t say in front of Oprah,” said Elba, who promptly added an expletive.

This year’s SAG Awards follows a grueling months-long strike in which the SAG-AFTRA union fought a bitter battle over a number of issues. Much of the work stoppage was prompted over changes in the film and TV industry brought on by streaming and a sea change led by Netflix.

It didn’t take long for the night’s hosts to nab an award of their own. Ali Wong, who sported one of the most eye-catching looks on the red carpet, won best female actor in a TV movie or limited series for the Netflix series “Beef.” Later, her co-star Steven Yeun also won.

“The Bear” likewise continued its awards run, winning best comedy series, and awards for Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri.

The new streaming platform was sure to put even more of a spotlight on one of the most closely-watched predictors of the Academy Awards. Oscar voting wraps Tuesday. The lack of ad breaks meant some notable tweaks. Shortly after winning, many winners were interviewed backstage – sometimes charmingly, sometimes awkwardly – by red-carpet co-host Tan France.

Pedro Pascal, looking very surprised, won best male actor in a drama series for “This Is Us.”

“This is wrong for a number of reasons,” said Pascal. “I’m a little bit drunk. I thought I could get drunk.”

Two awards for stunt ensemble were announced during the red carpet. Those went to the stunt performers of “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” in the film category, and for “The Last of Us” in television.

The SAG Life Achievement Award is to be given to Barbra Streisand.

Saturday’s show was one of Netflix’s most significant forays yet into live streaming events. Netflix has previously hosted a live Chris Rock comedy special, a celebrity golf tournament and a live reunion “Love Is Blind” episode that was marred by technical difficulties. But Netflix is gearing up for more. On March 3, it will stream a live tennis event.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

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