SAG Awards: How often do the nominated trios split the vote?

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, it’s relatively rare for three actors from the same TV show to be nominated in the same category. Since the inception of the SAG Awards in 1994, this has only happened seven times in the first 27 years. At the upcoming 2022 ceremony, there is an eighth trio joining this elusive group – Brian CoxKieran Culkin and Jeremy Strong from HBO’s “Succession,” all of whom are nominated in the dramatic actor category. But can one of them overcome a possible split vote and win the trophy? Let’s take a look back at the previous seven examples of SAG Award-nominated trios.

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The first example of three actors nominated in the same TV category was “The Sopranos” at the 2000 congratulations, with Edie Falco Lorraine Bracco and Nancy Merchant all entering the race of dramatic actresses. Falco would eventually beat his teammates.

Fast forward to 2004, which was a big year for trios. In both movie/miniseries categories, “Angels in America” took three spots each, with Al Pacino, Justin Kirk and Jeffrey Wright as an actor and Meryl Streep, Mary Louise Parker and Emma Thompson as an actress. Pacino and Streep managed to overcome the split vote and won their respective categories. But in the comic actor race that same year, the “Everybody Loves Raymond” trio of Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett and ray romano lost everything for Tony Shalhoub in “Monk”.

The movie/mini actress category was popular for threesomes in the 2010s. The first was in 2011 when Claire Danish defeated his “Temple Grandin” teammates, Catherine O’Hara and Julia Ormondwhile in 2018, Nicole Kidman won for “Big Little Lies” on Stage Partners Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon.

Most recently, in the drama actress 2021 category, we had Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman and Emma Corrin all nominated for “The Crown”. Anderson ended up bringing the statuette home.

Of those first seven trios, there was only one instance where none of the three actors emerged victorious (Shalhoub beating the “Raymond” guys). That makes sense, considering that if a show is popular enough to fill three of a category’s five slots, that passion would naturally extend to one of those winning actors. This bodes well for the men of “Succession”, although it’s not unlike the show’s storyline, the question will be which of them will prevail. Strong is highest in our ratings, followed by Cox, with Culkin fifth. But with all three providing memorable moments in the third season, this could conceivably be one of them.

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