Marvelous Mrs Maisel shines at SAG Awards, Tan Kheng Hua and Fiona Xie on red carpet

Actress Rachel Brosnahan won best actress for her role in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Jan 27, 2019. PHOTO: AFP
The cast of Marvelous Mrs Maisel with their award for outstanding ensemble - the Screen Actors Guild Awards equivalent of best comedy. PHOTO: REUTERS
Actor Alan Alda, who is probably best known for the series M*A*S*H (1972 to 1983), received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
The cast of Crazy Rich Asians, including Singapore actresses Tan Kheng Hua and Fiona Xie (fourth and fifth from left), at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan 27, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (NYTimes) - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel was the big winner on Sunday (Jan 27) at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony that otherwise spread the bounty among several movies and television shows.

Tony Shalhoub took the first prize of the evening, best actor in a comedy series, for his turn as the title character's father. Then, after the show's star, Rachel Brosnahan, won best actress, Shalhoub, backed by his castmates, returned to the stage to accept outstanding ensemble - the SAG Award equivalent of best comedy.

Other major winners included This Is Us for outstanding drama series ensemble, and among film nominees, Rami Malek, best actor for Bohemian Rhapsody, and Glenn Close, best actress for The Wife.

Black Panther took a great leap forward with outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, beating other contenders including A Star Is Born and Crazy Rich Asians.

Singaporean actors Tan Kheng Hua and Fiona Xie were among the Crazy Rich Asians cast at the red carpet.

Unlike the 2017 ceremony, when President Donald Trump was denounced in fiery acceptance speeches, there were few overtly political moments on Sunday, which more often focused on guild issues.

Patricia Arquette, named best actress in a mini-series for Escape At Dannemora, thanked Mr Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia's 2016 election interference, as she left the stage.

But she drew much more applause from fellow union members when she called out production companies that did not pay performers overtime and other fees.

Similarly, Jason Bateman (best actor in a drama series for Ozark) reassured unemployed actors watching at home: "You're just one job away."

The SAG lifetime achievement award went to Alan Alda, the veteran actor probably best known for the 1972-1983 series "M*A*S*H.

In July, he revealed that he had been living with Parkinson's disease for more than three years but that he had been leading a full life despite the movement disorder.

After being introduced by Tom Hanks, Alda took the stage to a lengthy standing ovation from an audience.

"It may never have been more urgent to see the world through another person's eyes," he said on stage, his hands trembling. "And when the culture is divided so sharply, actors can help, at least a little, just by doing what we do."

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