Wednesday, January 23, 2019

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

The competition: The Americans, Better Call Saul, The Handmaid’s Tale, Ozark, This Is Us

For your information: This is the second consecutive nomination for both “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “This Is Us,” which won last year. Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes are nominated from the former, while Sterling K. Brown is nominated for the latter. “The Americans” earns its first and only SAG bid for its sixth and final season. “Ozark,” which was nominated for two of its stars last year, is new to this category, and has three individual bids, for stars Jason Bateman, Julia Garner, and Laura Linney. “Better Call Saul” earns its first bid in this category this year, along with a third solo nomination for star Bob Odenkirk. Three shows have won this award without any individual nominations – “Six Feet Under” in 2002, “CSI” in 2004, and “Lost” in 2005. “The Americans” took home the Golden Globe for Best TV Series – Drama as well as the corresponding Critics’ Choice Award.

Who should win? I haven’t seen any of this season of “Ozark.” I watched most of this year of “The Americans” and I’m actually fine with it taking this sine the ensemble is good. I’m happy “Better Call Saul” is finally nominated, and “This Is Us” is a solid choice too. “The Handmaid’s Tale” definitely deserves this, however, due to the exceptional contribution of every cast member.

Who will win? The smart choice might be “The Americans,” but I’ll pick The Handmaid’s Tale instead.

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