Renee Zellweger, Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell have all taken home SAG (Screen Actors Guild) awards for their performances on screen of musical theatre’s greatest stars. Zellweger starred in Judy, a 2019 biographical drama film about American singer and actress Judy Garland in the tragic last year of her life. Williams and Rockwell portrayed Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse respectively in FX’s Fosse/Verdon, a story of the troubled personal and professional relationship between two of Broadway’s most influential theatre makers. The three were all awarded for their performances at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 19 in Los Angeles.
Williams, who was nominated for a Tony in 2016 for her leading role in Blackbird and who starred as Sally Bowles in the 2014 Broadway revival of Cabaret, garnered the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Award. Sam Rockwell, who will appear on Broadway this season in a revival of American Buffalo, won the Lead Actor Award for playing Fosse, the nine-time Tony-winning director and choreographer responsible for mounting shows like Chicago, Pippin, Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees.
Zellweger, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 2003 for her turn as Roxie Hart in Chicago (and won in 2004 for Cold Mountain), was awarded for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Judy, which gave Zellweger her fourth SAG Award, was adapted for the screen from the Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter. “Judy Garland, 50 years later, your community is thinking of you tonight,” Zellweger said while accepting the award.