By David Canfield
January 21, 2018 at 08:50 PM EST
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Capping a remarkable awards run, Alexander Skarsgård has proven that he can even stand with the leading men: His performance in Big Little Lies has won him the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.

“A lot of people have been talking about who the greatest male actor ever is – is it [fellow nominee] Mr. Robert De Niro, or the tall dude from True Blood? The thespians have spoken — thank you very much for that,” he joked after coming to the stage to accept the award.

Then, getting more serious, he added, “I am shocked, I’m humbled, thank you very much for this. I’m incredibly embarrassed and infinitely grateful.”

Unlike the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Critics’ Choice Awards, all of which honored Skarsgård with best supporting actor trophies, the SAG Awards do not separate lead and supporting categories for TV programs, making it rare for actors not at the center to get nominated — let alone win. But Skarsgård has bucked the trend, proving just how deep the industry’s love for Big Little Lies and his performance runs. He has now effectively swept the TV awards circuit.

This is Skarsgård’s first-ever individual nomination and win at the SAG Awards; previously, he shared in the True Blood cast’s ensemble nomination.

Skarsgård defeated four actors who have received multiple SAG Award nominations over their careers, and who were recognized this year for leading performances: Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock: The Lying Detective), Jeff Daniels (Godless), and De Niro (The Wizard of Lies), and Geoffrey Rush (Genius).

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