The drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last evening. The Martin McDonagh-directed story of a mother who publicly shames her local police department who have still not solved her daughter’s murder a year later won the Guild’s Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture while star Frances McDormand took home the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role prize and Sam Rockwell clinched the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role award.
McDormand’s win places her as an Academy Awards front-runner. The last four actresses to have the Outstanding Female Performance SAG Award going on to with the Best Actress award at the Oscars.
The remaining two solo film actor awards were awarded for performances that brought real life people to the big screen.
Gary Oldman took home the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the beleagured Winston Churchill in his early days as Prime Minister at the start of World War Two in Darkest Hour. Oldman has been having a busy awards season, having already won a Golden Globe and received a BAFTA Award nomination for his work in the film.
Allison Janney won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role category for her roll as the mother of controversial figure skater Tonya Harding in the dark comedy I, Tonya.
The SAG Award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture went to Wonder Woman, a fitting tribute as the theme for the awards show this year was female empowerment.