Later on tonight TNT and TBS will be showing the Screen Actors Guild awards so I figure I would share my predictions for each category of tonight’s event. First up is the TV categories!
Actress from a Miniseries or Made for Television Movie
- Bryce Dallas Howard- Black Mirror
- Felicity Huffman- American Crime
- Audra McDonald- Lady Day at Emersons Bar and Grill
- Sarah Paulson- The People v. O.J. Simpson
- Kerry Washington- Confirmation
There is a clear favorite in this category and its not even close. Sarah Paulson did such striking work as Marcia Clark in The People v. O.J. that there really is no contest here. She has cleaned up at every awards show since the show came out and I will be surprised if she does not win here
Actor from a Miniseries or Made for Television Movie
- Riz Ahmed- The Night Of
- Sterling K. Brown- The People v. O.J. Simpson
- Bryan Cranston- All the Way
- John Turturro- The Night Of
- Courtney B. Vance- The People v. O.J. Simpson
This comes down to a two horse race between the two People v. O.J. actors. I give the slight edge to Vance for his stellar work as Johnnie Cochran, but Brown’s work as Chris Darden is not to be overlooked. Too bad they cannot split the award, but bet on Vance to take this one.
- Uzo Aduba- Orange is the New Black
- Jane Fonda- Grace and Frankie
- Ellie Kemper- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus- Veep
- Lily Tomlin- Grace and Frankie
The actors guild sure love Louis-Dreyfus and rightly so. It’s really hard to pick against her at this point so I will go with the Veep actress to once again take the crown, but look for Aduba or Tomlin to be the spoilers.
- Anthony Anderson- Black-ish
- Tituss Burgess- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
- Ty Burrell- Modern Family
- William H. Macy- Shameless
- Jeffry Tambor- Transparent
Once again its hard to pick against the veteran of this category and that’s Tambor. Especially because his show has a message. I will go with him, but if there is to be a spoiler look for Anderson to sweep in for the gold, as Black-ish has been gaining a lot of recognition lately.
- The Big Bang Theory
- Modern Family
- Orange is the New Black
In today’s politically charged climate a show like Veep seems like the perfect one to take home the prize. Plus it has a lot of comedy veterans and actors guild favorites in its cast. If anyone is going to spoil Veep’s fun its, not really a comedy, Orange is the New Black, but Black-ish is a dark horse.
- Millie Bobby Brown- Stranger Things
- Clair Foy- The Crown
- Thandie Newton- Westworld
- Winona Ryder- Stranger Things
- Robin Wright- House of Cards
This is really a tough category to call. Foy won the Golden Globe, but that’s a more international audience and the The Crown is a British show. I would say look for the actors to give Newton’s resurgence the nod. Foy and Ryder could play spoiler.
- Sterling K. Brown- This Is Us
- Peter Dinklage- Game of Thrones
- John Lithgow- The Crown
- Rami Malek- Mr. Robot
- Kevin Spacey- House of Cards
On paper this category seems like a slam dunk. A well respected actor playing a historical figure should carry the day. That would mean Lithgow would pull off of the win for his performance as Winston Churchill. The dark horse here is Brown who is having quite a year and they might want to reward him somewhere if not in his other category.
- The Crown
- Downton Abbey
- Game of Thrones
- Stranger Things
At the Golden Globes The Crown pulled off the upset, but I just don’t see that happening here. Game of Thrones had one of its best seasons last year and I would think that would be your winner, but do not be surprised if The Crown does pull it off.
Now its time for the movie categories!
- Mahershala Ali- Moonlight
- Jeff Bridges- Hell or High Water
- Hugh Grant- Florence Foster Jenkins
- Lucas Hedges- Manchester by the Sea
- Dev Patel- Lion
Ali is the odds on favorite in this category and I am still blown away that he did not win the Golden Globe. Expect him to win, but a well respected actor like Bridges or Grant could slide in if the actors want to go the lifetime achievement route.
- Viola Davis- Fences
- Naomie Harris- Moonlight
- Nicole Kidman- Lion
- Octavia Spencer- Hidden Figures
- Michelle Williams- Manchester by the Sea
This category is Davis’ to lose. From what I here she puts in powerful performance that shakes you to your core. The only person who has a chance besides her in this category is Williams.
- Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea
- Andrew Garfield- Hacksaw Ridge
- Ryan Gosling- La La Land
- Viggo Mortensen- Captain Fantastic
- Denzel Washington- Fences
As with the previous category this is Affleck’s to lose. He also puts in an emotional tour de force and is probably as close as you can get to a lock for this show. Only possible spoiler is Denzel as a possible lifetime award.
- Amy Adams- Arrival
- Emily Blunt- The Girl on the Train
- Natalie Portman- Jackie
- Meryl Streep- Florence Foster Jenkins
- Emma Stone- La La Land
This is a really tough category to call. Adams, Stone and Portman all put in career best performances and you can never count out Streep. In the end I have to go with Stone, but do not be surprised if Portman pulls this one out.
- Captain Fantastic
- Hidden Figures
- Manchester by the Sea
Another really tough category to call, but Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea are two of the three Oscar front runners so its bound to be one of those two. I am going to go with Moonlight simple because it has a larger and more diverse ensemble. Manchester is a close second though.
Well there you have it. Those are my predictions for tonight. I hope you all tune in at 8 pm (ET)/ 5 pm (PT) on TBS/TNT and watch along.