Sam Elliott Wins SAG Award For Role In 1883: “Most Meaningful Acknowledgement Of My 55-Year Career”

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And the winner is…

The 29th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards is underway tonight, and admittedly, I’m not watching it.

It’s no secret that Taylor Sheridan’s Yellowstone is one of the hottest things on television, but… it has failed to catch the eyes of critics and awards shows.

There’s been a few nominations here and there, Kevin Costner won a Golden Globe, but for the most part, it’s been crickets.

That being said, Sam Elliott took home some hardware tonight, winning a SAG Award for Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, for his role as Shea Brennan in the Yellowstone prequel series, 1883.

He beat out the likes of Steve Carell in The Patient, Taron Edgerton in Blackbird, Paul Walter Houser in Blackbird, and Evan Peters for Dahmer—Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

And in his acceptance speech, he called it the most meaningful accomplishment of his long career.

“I wonder if anybody else is gonna read anything tonight. I do this because I didn’t expect to be up here. I only have 43 seconds to say this and I’ve already wasted a half of that.

What can I say in 45 seconds, after just receiving the most meaningful acknowledgement of my 55-year career from a group of my peers? Many of whom I don’t even know, or know only from afar as a fan who respects their work. Not time to say enough.

But I can say thank you, and I can tell you that I’m honored and grateful to be in your company, whether in this audience or at home.

After seeing the work of my fellow nominees, I’m not sure I should be standing up here, but I’m sure I’ll get over that.

I’m gonna treasure this guy, this gal, because it comes from all of you, my brothers and sisters from SAG-AFTRA. I’ll treasure it as a constant reminder of ‘1883’ and what a gift it was for all of us on both sides of the camera.

To my incredible cast mates, there’s a piece of this for all of you. Not only for who you are but your beautiful work that helped me find the way. I love you all for that.

Thank you Taylor Sheridan for your brilliant script, and David Glasser, and everyone else at 101 Thank you to Paramount, thank you to my team, and thank you to my wife, my beautiful Katharine, my partner through thick and thin, and the mother of our beautiful daughter.

Thank you ladies and gentlemen.”

Watch the speech below:

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