In the most recent Variety Video of the Awards Circuit presented by HBO, Deputy TV Editor Michael Schneider and Variety co-editor Cynthia Littleton discussed the SAG Award nominees for Best Female Actress in the drama, comedy and limited series categories.
In the drama category, the nominees are: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”), Jung Ho-yeon (“Squid Game”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and Sarah Snook (“Succession”) . Agreeing that there might be some “fatigue” for “The Morning Show,” Littleton and Schneider explained why they thought Snook had a chance of winning in the drama category.
“Remember, it’s actors voting for actors,” Littleton said. “For a female character, I can’t think of a more distinctive character [person who] makes a certain path in its own way [than] with the character of Shiv Roy, and I think that’s Sarah Snook’s category.
“I mean his character was on a journey,” Schneider added. “She looked like she was on top of the world, then she got knocked down a few pegs, and the back and forth between her and her brothers is fantastic.”
For comedy, the actresses nominated are: Elle Fanning (“The Great”), Sandra Oh (“The Chair”), Jean Smart (“Hacks”), and Juno Temple and Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”). Schneider and Littleton also agreed on this one, handing their prediction to Smart.
“The opportunity to reward someone for delivering this kind of performance at this fantastic stage in their career, I think the other members of Jean Smart’s SAG will [vote for] just an embarrassment of riches of big performances and big showcases,” Littleton said.
For best female actor in a TV movie or limited series, the nominees are: Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”), Cynthia Erivo (“Genius: Aretha”), Margaret Qualley (“Maid”), and Smart and Kate Winslet (“Easttown Mare”).
As Littleton and Schneider discussed the possibility of Winslet winning in the same category she won the Emmy last year, Schneider had a succinct thought to end the conversation, based on the star’s fan-favorite performance. from “White Lotus”: “This is the year of Jennifer Coolidge.
Watch the full conversation above.