Could Imelda Staunton win a solo SAG Award for The Crown?
The fifth season premiere of Netflix’s “The Crown” is slated for November 9, and the anticipation surrounding it couldn’t be higher. For two years, viewers have been eagerly anticipating the depiction of the historical drama of the life of the British royal family in the 1990s, especially as the cast of the series has been completely revamped for the second time. The main role of the recently deceased Queen Elizabeth II is passed from Olivia Colman at Imelda Stauntonwho may soon emulate Colman’s predecessor, Claire Foy, winning an individual SAG Award for the role. Although Colman was unable to win favor with the guild during his royal tenure, Staunton seems to have a more than plausible path to victory.
According to Gold Derby’s SAG Awards predictions, Staunton comfortably holds the top spot in the Best Dramatic Actress race. Included among its challengers are castmates “Ozark” and perennial nominees. Laura Linney (second place) and Julia Garnier (fifth), the latter just won her third supporting Emmy for crime drama. Staunton’s own co-star, Elisabeth Debicki (third) and reigning Emmy Champion Zendaya (“Euphoria”, fourth) completes our current Top 5. The only actress who could score another win in this category this year is the 2019 winner Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”), which is 26th in our ranking.
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Before Jung Ho Yeon won this award last year for “Squid Game”, Gillian Anderson won it in 2021 for playing Margaret Thatcher on “The Crown”. Colman was nominated alongside her for the show’s fourth season, as was Emma Corrinwho created the role of princess diana which now belongs to Debicki.
Colman failed for the first time here in 2020 against Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show”). Along with individual wins for Anderson and Foy (2017 and 2018), “The Crown” received two SAG Awards for Best Dramatic Ensemble (2020 and 2021) and one for Best Dramatic Actor (John Lithgow2017).
Staunton’s history at the SAG Awards dates back to 1999, when she shared the Best Film Ensemble win for “Shakespeare in Love.” The fact that her husband Jim Carterwas also part of the cast made them the first of two married couples to win said award for a single project (the second being Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones for “Traffic” in 2001). In 2005, Staunton won her only solo SAG Award entry to date for “Vera Drake,” but then lost that Best Motion Picture Actress contest to Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”).
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New season of ‘The Crown’ will cover familiar ground by focusing on the Queen’s dealings with Prime Ministers John Major (Johnny Lee Miller) and Tony Blair (Bertie Carvel) as well as the dissolution of Prince Charles (Dominica West) and the wedding of Princess Diana. Staunton has been under surveillance for Helen Mirren once won a SAG Award for playing a ’90s version of the same monarch (Best Motion Picture Actress, “The Queen,” 2007), but she certainly has the chops to make the part her own.
Nominations for the 29th SAG Awards will be announced on Wednesday, January 11, with the ceremony following on Sunday, February 26. The awards are set to be televised, though the organization has yet to partner with a new network after reaching the end of its decades. -long contract with TNT and TBS.
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