In an upset, Jamie Lee Curtis wins SAG Award

In an upset, Jamie Lee Curtis wins SAG Award

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards are always an Academy Awards preview. And Sunday’s show threw some curve balls into the Oscar race. In an upset, Jamie Lee Curtis won best female supporting actor for her performance in “Everything Everywhere All at Once” over the favorite, Angela Bassett.

Bassett had been the category’s clear frontrunner for weeks if not months. But Curtis, nominated for her first SAG Award, was the surprise winner in Sunday’s ceremony, streaming live on Netflix’s YouTube page. A visibly moved Curtis said she was wearing the wedding ring her father, Tony Curtis, gave her mother, Janet Leigh.

“I know you look at me and think ‘Nepo baby,’ ” said Curtis. “But the truth of the matter is that I’m 64 years old and this is just amazing.”

Her win was quickly followed up with a more expected one for another “Everything Everywhere All at Once” cast member: Ke Huy Quan. The former child star, who had left acting for years after auditions dried up, noted he was the first Asian to win best male supporting actor at the SAG Awards.

“When I stepped away from acting, it was because there were so few opportunities,” said Quan. “Now, tonight here we are celebrating James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Hong Chau, Harry Shum Jr. The landscape looks so different now.”

Though not hosts, Quinta Brunson and Janelle James of “Abbott Elementary” began the ceremony with a few opening jokes, including one that suggested Viola Davis, a recent Grammy winner, is beyond EGOT status and has transcended into “ShEGOTallofthem.”

Brunson later returned to the stage with the cast of “Abbott Elementary” to accept the SAG award for best ensemble in a comedy series. Brunson, the sitcom’s creator and one of its producers, said of her castmates, “These people bring me back down to Earth.”

Other TV awards went to Jean Smart (“Hacks”) and Jeremy Allen White of the Chicago-made restaurant series “The Bear.”

The ceremony’s first award went to a winner from last year: Jessica Chastain. A year after winning for her lead performance in the film “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” Chastain won best female actor in a TV movie or limited series for Showtime’s country music power couple series “George & Tammy.” Chastain jetted in from previews on the upcoming Broadway revival of “A Doll’s House.”

After the SAG Awards, presented by the film and television acting guild SAG-AFTRA, lost their broadcast home at TNT/TBS, Netflix signed on to stream the ceremony.

Sunday’s livestream meant a slightly scaled-down vibe. Without a broadcast time limit, winners weren’t played off. A regal and unbothered Sam Elliott, winner for male actor in a TV movie or limited series for “1883,” spoke well past his allotted time.

Another streaming effect: No bleeping.

Last year, the top winners at the Screen Actors Guild Awards all corresponded exactly with the Academy Awards winners. The SAG Awards are considered one of the most reliable Oscar bellwethers. Actors make up the biggest percentage of the film academy, so their choices have the largest sway. Last year, “CODA” triumphed at SAG before winning best picture at the Oscars, while Ariana DeBose, Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and Troy Kotsur all won both a SAG Award and an Academy Award.