BIGSURPRISE: William H. Macy, “Shameless”
William H. Macy acknowledged he was shocked when his name was called over two-time reigning champ Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”).
SURPRISE: Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”
Mr. Bryan Cranston delivered a bravura performance as Lyndon B. Johnson in HBO’s gripping biopic — the role earned him a Tony as well. But like the lawyer he played on FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance was widely expected to win here, too.
MAJOR SURPRISE: Denzel Washington, “Fences”
Casey Affleck had completely dominated the circuit leading into the night. But in the end it was “Fences” star Denzel Washington, winning his first-ever SAG award, who shocked in the best actor field.
ANOTHER BIG SURPRISE: “Hidden Figures”
The smart money was on “Moonlight” to claim the film ensemble prize, particularly as it’s seemingly been “La La Land’s” biggest competition for best picture all season long.
UNFAIR SNUB: “Westworld”
HBO’s new sci-fi drama entered the night with a list-topping three nominations, but went home empty-handed. (And “Game of Thrones,” which also had three noms, had to settle for a stunt ensemble trophy.) The SAG voters just don’t like genre…. except when it comes in a ’80s package.
NOT SO SURPRISING SNUB: “Downton Abbey”
The two-time winner for best drama ensemble was finally dethroned in its final season by those plucky kids from “Stranger Things.”
BIGGEST SNUB OF THE NIGHT: “Manchester by the Sea”
It wasn’t just Casey Affleck who went home empty-handed from the “Manchester” crew but every other nominee, too: Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges and the film’s cast.