Skarsgard, Alexander: SAG Award for Big Little Lies

Alexander Skarsgard won the SAG Award for his performance in HBO’s Big Little Lies.

Skarsgard said in his acceptance speech: “Yeah, that makes sense. A lot of people have been asking who the greatest male actor ever is. Is it Mr. Robert De Niro or the tall dude from ‘True Blood?’”

Skarsgard swept earlier acting races, but the SAG Awards lumps leading and supporting roles into this catch-all category, which meant he was competing against De Niro, who starred in the Madoff biopic “The Wizard of Lies.”

The win kept the trophy in the HBO family, which has an impressive track record with victories in the past: Bryan Cranston (“All the Way”), Mark Ruffalo (“The Normal Heart”), and Michael Douglas (“Behind the Candelabra”).

Ultimately the awards love for “Big Little Lies” — which has nearly swept all of its races — carried Skarsgard forward.