Saturday, February 4, 2017

'Stranger Things' wins awards from both SAG and Producers Guild

I made the following observation and prediction about the the nominees in Speculative fiction at the 2017 SAG Awards.
The three shows with the most nominations are "Game of Thrones," "Stranger Things," and "Westworld," with three nominations each, with all of them nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Drama Series, the SAG equivalent of Best Drama Series.  As I wrote about speculative fiction television nominations at the Golden Globes, "there appears to be critical and popular consensus both on which speculative fiction shows are best, but also that they are among the best shows on television right now."  Add in the opinion of the actors themselves, and its now a clear popular, critical, and professional consensus on both the best speculative fiction shows and their place among the best television shows of last year.  As for whether any of them win top honors, I'd be pleasantly surprised, but I have a feeling "Downton Abbey" might get Outstanding Cast for its final season.
I was happy to be wrong.  "Stranger Things" won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Drama Series.  From TNT, here is the Stranger Things Cast: Acceptance Speech.

Stranger Things receives award for Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
That's a justifiably happy group, even if both Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder lost to Claire Foy for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Crown."

SAG/AFTRA wasn't the only organization in Hollywood recognizing outstanding achievement in film and television on Sunday.  Producers Guild of America did as well and "Stranger Things" won the Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama.  The other speculative fiction series it was competing against were "Game of Thrones" and "Westworld"--no surprise there.

I wrote that it would be the year of "Stranger Things" in Speculative fiction on television at the People's Choice Awards 2017, part 1.  That prediction finally seems to be coming true as the professionals weigh in.

The other speculative fiction winner was "Game of Thrones" for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series.  I was not surprised, as it was the defending winner of the category.

Stay tuned for a special entertainment feature tomorrow for the Super Bowl.

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