SAG Awards 2023: 'Top Gun: Maverick' and 'Stranger Things' Among Early Winners
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The Tom Cruise-starring action movie and the hit Netflix series win the stunt ensemble prizes which are unveiled prior to the telecast, while Jessica Chastain and Sam Elliott nab the first awards at the live ceremony.

AceShowbiz - The 29th Screen Actors Guild Awards is currently underway at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, California, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2022. Ahead of the telecast, some of the prizes were already handed out, with "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Stranger Things" among the early winners.

The "Top Gun" sequel beat "Avatar: The Way of Water", "The Batman", "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" and "The Woman King" for the Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture award. Meanwhile, the popular Netflix series nabbed the action performance by a stunt ensemble prize in TV category, edging out its competitors including "Andor", "The Boys", "House of the Dragon" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power".

After the live ceremony was kicked off at 8 P.M. ET / 5 P:00 P.M. PT, Jessica Chastain took the stage to accept the first award announced during the telecast. She was named best actress in a TV movie or limited series for her role as country music star Tammy Wynette on Showtime's "George & Tammy". It's her third SAG Award after winning for "The Help" in 2012 and "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" in 2022.

Chastain defeated fellow nominees, namely Emily Blunt, Julia Garner, Niecy Nash-Betts, Amanda Seyfried, for the prize. "To every actor watching, I look forward to working with you. I will see you on set!" she said in her speech.

Sam Elliott later grabbed the best actor in a TV movie or limited series award for his role on "1883", followed by Jean Smart's win as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her performance on "Hacks".

The show, which streams live on Netflix's YouTube channel, will see Sally Field being presented with the Life Achievement Award.

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