Sunday marked the first time in Sam Elliott’s career that he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and was victorious in the category of the best male performer in a television movie or limited series.

Evan Peters, a frontrunner for the award and nominated for his role as Jeffrey Dahmer in the drama produced by Netflix and titled Dahmer—Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, was defeated by the veteran actor.

“What can I say in 45 seconds after receiving the most meaningful acknowledgment of my 55-year career from a group of peers?” Elliott said as he stepped on stage to accept his award. “Many of whom I don’t even know or know only from afar as a fan who respects their work. “It’s not time to say enough.”

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1883 is the prequel to Yellowstone, and this actor, who is 78 years old, portrays Shea Brennan. After a career that spanned several decades, he has finally been honored with a SAG Award, thanks to his recent victory.


“After seeing the work of my fellow nominees, I’m not sure I should be standing up here, but I’m sure I’ll get over that,” he said during his speech.

As Elliott stepped onto the platform, he pulled out a piece of paper and began reading from it, claiming that he “didn’t expect to be up here.”

“I do this because I didn’t expect to be up here. I only have 43 seconds to say this, and I’ve already wasted half of that.”


Elliott has only received a few awards throughout his career, even though his devoted followers consider him among the best in the industry. Because of the votes cast by his peers, he was given his first significant award on Sunday night. He considers this victory the “most meaningful acknowledgment of my 55-year career.”

“I’m gonna treasure this guy, this gal, because it comes from all of you, my brothers and sisters from SAG-AFTRA. I’ll treasure it as a constant reminder of 1883 and what a gift it was for us on both sides of the camera.”

A person holding a trophy Description automatically generated with medium confidence LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 26: Sam Elliott, recipient of the Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series award for “1883,” poses in the press room during the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on February 26, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Elliott expressed his gratitude not only to his fellow actors and actresses for the recognition of his work but also to the cast and staff of 1883, which he considers to be his team. and “my wife, my beautiful Katharine, my partner through thick and thin, and the mother of our beautiful daughter.”

I want to congratulate Sam Elliott! This honor is highly deserved!

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