Jennifer Aniston has scored a minor upset in winning the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series, for her portrayal of Alex Levy in The Morning Show.
Aniston’s win was a bit unexpected, as she was up against Olivia Colman (The Crown), Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) for the award. Colman had been expected by most to take home the statue.
Aniston offered up the usual thanks to various folks:
I just have to say I’m so grateful, first of all, Kerry Ehrin our extraordinary head writer, who created these, not just one, but so many characters that are so layered and complicated and messy and ugly and just beautifully human.
And boy, did we get to dive deep into our own experiences and our own history and really be able to breathe life into these extraordinary characters.
I mean, who knew that emotional breakdowns felt that good. It was literally, like, you know, seven months of therapy covered about 20 years of work. So thank you for watching that.
And just every actor in this room, Mimi Leder, our fearless leader, Michael Ellenberg. Reese Witherspoon […] my partner in crime. I love, girl. It took 20 years, but we did it, finally.
And my producing partner Kristin Hahn, Amanda Anka, Kristin, top of the hill. Laura Canon, dreams do come true.
Apple CEO Tim Cook offered his congratulations via Twitter:
Congratulations to Jen and the entire team at The Morning Show! https://t.co/dlLIFgznPM
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 20, 2020
Aniston’s award is the second of the awards season for Apple TV+ and The Morning Show, as Billy Crudrup won the Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. Crudrup plays the somewhat off-the-wall network president Cory Ellison.