Saoirse Ronan loses out at Screen Actors Guild Awards

A host of stars were hailed for breaking the silence surrounding sexual harassment

Saoirse Ronan loses out at  Screen Actors Guild Awards

Saoirse Ronan attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California | Image: Hahn Lionel/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan has lost out to Frances McDormand in the Best Actress category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) in Hollywood.

McDormand won for her role in Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Ouside Ebbing Missouri', which took home three awards in total.

Other winners included Gary Oldman for best actor for The Darkest Hour.

On the TV side, HBO's Big Little Lies picked up best actor in a miniseries wins for both Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman.

"I'm so grateful today that our careers can go beyond 40-years-old," Kidman said in her acceptance speech.

"We are potent and powerful and viable. I just beg that the industry stays behind us because our stories are finally being told."

Both James Franco and Aziz Ansari, who have been accused of sexual misconduct, lost their respective categories.

Franco lost to Oldman and Ansari to William H Macy, who was awarded for best male performance in a TV comedy for Shameless.

The Crown's Claire Foy won best female actor in a drama series for her portrayal of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Morgan Freeman was handed the Lifetime achievement award and made a joke about the green statuette's gender.

"I'm gonna tell you what's wrong with this statue," he said.

"From the back it works, from the front it's gender specific. Maybe I started something."

A host of Hollywood stars were hailed at the awards for breaking the silence surrounding sexual harassment in Hollywood.

Rosanna Arquette, who was one of the actresses to allege she was harassed by Harvey Weinstein, was applauded on stage as she presented an award, accompanied by Marisa Tomei.

The Oscar-winner told Arquette: "You are one of the silence breakers and we all owe you a debt of gratitude."

The pair also paid tribute to other accusers - including Asia Argento, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino - who also made allegations against Weinstein; Anthony Rapp, who alleged he was harassed by Kevin Spacey; and Olivia Munn, who made allegations against Brett Ratner.

Gabrielle Carteris - president of SAG-AFTRA, the actors union that votes for the awards - also praised the Me Too movement.

Speaking from the stage during the ceremony, she said: "Truth is power and women are stepping into this power. We are in the midst of a massive cultural shift.

"We are, with brave voices, saying me too and advocates know time is up. We are making a difference. You are making a difference.

"It's amazing, change is coming. And we are the agents of that change. Men and women are the agents of that change. We can and we must create an environment where discrimination, harassment and abuse are no longer tolerated.

"Make no mistake this is not a moment in time, this is a movement. And our strength, our strength comes in our unity."

The SAG Awards are a reliable predictor of the Oscars, and this year's show comes two days before The Academy announces its nominees.

Full list of winners:

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture
Wonder Woman
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series
Claire Foy, The Crown
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series
William H. Macy, Shameless
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series
This Is Us
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
Veep
Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a television series
Game of Thrones