Awards season

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, ‘This is Us’ continue winning streak at SAG Awards

HBO was the most rewarded network, with four wins in all for ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Veep’.

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held in Los Angeles on Sunday, threw up a bundle of firsts and kept the momentum going on the global conversation about sexual harassment.

Breaking a long-standing tradition, the ceremony had a host for the first time, actress Kristin Bell. In her opening monologue, the Veronica Mars star solicited support for Hollywood’s TimesUp initiative, which has a legal defence fund for victims of sexual harassment and assault. The ceremony also had only female presenters.

Among the films, the big winner was Martin McDonaugh’s awards-season favourite, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The movie got the coveted award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture, while Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor and Frances McDormand took home the Best Actress in a Leading Role trophy.

Gary Oldman continued his winning streak at the SAG awards by bagging yet another Best Actor award for his performance as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s biopic Darkest Hour.

Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for her role as the harried mother of a disgraced figure skater in Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya. This is Janney’s seventh SAG award in a 29-year career.

The award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture went to the crew of Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman.

Morgan Freeman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award. The 80-year-old actor, with close to 100 films to his credit, told a reporter backstage, “You have to give that some thought because the title is Life Achievement. The inference might be to get off the stage, you’re done. My hope is that is not the case and they were saying congratulations, so far.”

In the television, cable and new media categories, HBO was the big winner of the night with four awards, followed by NBC, which picked up two trophies.

HBO’s Big Little Lies continued to rake in rewards for the network, with Alexander Skarsgard winning Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries and Nicole Kidman, who plays his wife on the acclaimed show, bagging the Best Actress title.

HBO’s hallmark comedy Veep, which has completed six seasons, won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The show’s titular vice-president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won Best Actress in a Comedy Series for the ninth time, becoming the recipient of the most SAG awards in a lifetime. Dreyfus, who had won the award five times earlier for Seinfeld and the rest for Veep, could not make it to the ceremony as she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

William H Macy won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Frank Gallagher, the alcoholic father of six children, in the Showtime series Shameless.

In the television – drama category, Claire Foy won the award for Best Actress for the Netflix series The Crown, where she plays Queen Elizabeth II.

Sterling K Brown continued to make awards history, winning Best Actor for his performance as Randall Pearson in NBC’s acclaimed series This is Us. Brown is the first black actor to win in this category, a feat he also achieved at the 2018 Golden Globes. The cast of This is Us won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama series.

HBO’s most successful show currently, Game of Thrones, won an award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series.

We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

When did we start parenting our parents?

As our parents grow older, our ‘adulting’ skills are tested like never before.

From answering every homework question to killing every monster under the bed, from soothing every wound with care to crushing anxiety by just the sound of their voice - parents understandably seemed like invincible, know-it-all superheroes all our childhood. It’s no wonder then that reality hits all of a sudden, the first time a parent falls and suffers a slip disc, or wears a thick pair of spectacles to read a restaurant menu - our parents are growing old, and older. It’s a slow process as our parents turn from superheroes to...human.

And just as slow to evolve are the dynamics of our relationship with them. Once upon a time, a peck on the cheek was a frequent ritual. As were handmade birthday cards every year from the artistically inclined, or declaring parents as ‘My Hero’ in school essays. Every parent-child duo could boast of an affectionate ritual - movie nights, cooking Sundays, reading favourite books together etc. The changed dynamic is indeed the most visible in the way we express our affection.

The affection is now expressed in more mature, more subtle ways - ways that mimics that of our own parents’ a lot. When did we start parenting our parents? Was it the first time we offered to foot the electricity bill, or drove them to the doctor, or dragged them along on a much-needed morning walk? Little did we know those innocent acts were but a start of a gradual role reversal.

In adulthood, children’s affection for their parents takes on a sense of responsibility. It includes everything from teaching them how to use smartphones effectively and contributing to family finances to tracking doctor’s appointments and ensuring medicine compliance. Worry and concern, though evidence of love, tend to largely replace old-fashioned patterns of affection between parents and children as the latter grow up.

It’s something that can be easily rectified, though. Start at the simplest - the old-fashioned peck on the cheek. When was the last time you gave your mom or dad a peck on the cheek like a spontaneous five-year-old - for no reason at all? Young parents can take their own children’s behaviour available as inspiration.

As young parents come to understand the responsibilities associated with caring for their parents, they also come to realise that they wouldn’t want their children to go through the same challenges. Creating a safe and secure environment for your family can help you strike a balance between the loving child in you and the caring, responsible adult that you are. A good life insurance plan can help families deal with unforeseen health crises by providing protection against financial loss. Having assurance of a measure of financial security for family can help ease financial tensions considerably, leaving you to focus on being a caring, affectionate child. Moreover,you can eliminate some of the worry for your children when they grow up – as the video below shows.

Play

To learn more about life insurance plans available for your family, see here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of SBI Life and not by the Scroll editorial team.