This Is Us has done it again.
The NBC drama repeated last year’s victory and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
On Sunday night, the hit heartwarming dramedy beat out rivals The Americans, The Handmaid’s Tale, Ozark, and Better Call Saul in the competitive category.
This Is Us features Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, and Justin Hartley in a time-jumping ensemble family tale. Brown was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
At the podium, Moore and Hartley accepted the award on behalf of the cast. “Thank you so much for embracing a show that’s about life and its unpredictable loss and its sweet, sweet victories and inclusivity,” Hartley said.
On the SAG red carpet, Hartley told EW, “I get emotional when I read [the scripts]. Our writers have a unique ability to… they don’t string anyone along, they tell a story at certain pace and then they just hit you with a knife. It’s beautiful storytelling. We’re lucky to be there.”
It was a big night for Brown, who was also part of the Black Panther cast, which won best ensemble. (He did not take home a TIU trophy for best actor in a drama, though.) Asked by People TV how it felt to be the most nominated actor heading into the night, he responded: “Humbled. Fortunate enough to be a part of two wonderful projects that have wonderful ensembles.” (Watch the video below.)
Season 3 introduced a series of ambitious flash-forwards to help “fill in the pieces of the puzzle,” creator Dan Fogelman told EW. “What really appealed to me about going into the future was that this is a show about two things — this is a show about family and it’s a show about time,” he noted last fall. “What’s really interesting about the life cycle of a family is that at a certain point the children become the parents, and the present becomes the past. Not just having three siblings looking back at their upbringing and seeing how it informed their present, but also thinking of their lives in the present as the potential past or a future where their children are looking back on them as the parents.”
This Is Us returns Tuesday, Feb. 5, on NBC.