Saturday, January 18, 2020

SAG Winner Predictions: Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

The competition: Big Little Lies, The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things

For your information: Only one of last year’s nominees, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is back for a second bid. Only two-time winner “This Is Us” was also eligible and snubbed. Three shows that were previously nominated are back after a season off. This is the seventh nomination for “Game of Thrones” and the third for “The Crown.” It’s also the third for “Stranger Things,” which won in 2016. “Big Little Lies” competed as a limited series in 2017, so it wasn’t eligible then. It’s the only show with no individual acting nominations, though “CSI” did win this prize in 2004 with no performers singled out. “The Crown” has two, while all the others have one. “The Morning Show,” which has three solo bids, isn’t represented here. “Game of Thrones” won the Emmy, while “Succession,” which won the Globe and Critics Choice Award, isn’t nominated.

Who should win? This is a fantastic list. I liked “Big Little Lies” season two better than the first, and the cast was definitely strong. While “Game of Thrones” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” continue to be superb, I’d pick either “The Crown” or “Stranger Things” for an absolutely stunning assemblage of talent.
Who will win? I think Game of Thrones finally wins, unless “The Crown” can take it down.

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