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At the SAG Awards, Hollywood directed its fire at show business, not Trump

Presenters Marisa Tomei and Rosanna Arquette at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Presenters Marisa Tomei and Rosanna Arquette at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

One of the most unpredictable awards seasons in memory took another itty-bitty step toward clarity at Sunday evening's SAG Awards, as Hollywood's actors — who represent the motion picture academy's largest branch — gave their highest honor to "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Director Martin McDonagh's dark morality tale took home three awards, including the top prize for ensemble, beating out "Lady Bird," "Mudbound," "Get Out" and "The Big Sick." Frances McDormand won the lead actress award for her turn as a grieving mother who tries to spur the local police to solve her daughter's murder, while Sam Rockwell earned the supporting actor award for his performance as a racist, dimwitted cop.

Two of this year's strongest contenders — Guillermo del Toro's fantastical fable "The Shape of Water" and Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama "The Post" — were shut out of the SAG ensemble category.

Last year's SAG Awards ceremony, held in the wake of President Trump's inauguration and just days after the announcement of a controversial immigration ban, was filled with raw, blistering political speeches. By contrast, this year's show was a relatively muted affair, with the bulk of the fire directed not at Washington but at the entertainment industry itself.

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