RUNUP TO OSCARS

‘Three Billboards’ Takes Top Honors at SAG Awards

The comic drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri claimed the top honor of the night at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild awards, taking home the trophy for best ensemble in a motion picture. The film, about a strong-willed mother bent on getting justice after her daughter’s murder, was a fitting choice for a ceremony dominated by calls for female empowerment and support for the #MeToo movement. Frances McDormand won best actress for her role in the film, while Sam Rockwell was recognized as best supporting actor. The film beat out contenders like Lady Bird, The Big Sick, and Get Out for the honor, getting a major boost ahead of the Oscars. On the TV side, the drama This Is Us was named the best drama series ensemble. Emmy-winning Veep was awarded the best comedy series ensemble, while its lead, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won for her portrayal of Selina Meyer. Morgan Freeman was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, leaving the crowd delighted as he joked that the trophies “only work from the back” because the front is too “gender specific.”