Everyone assumed Damien Lewis would take home the Best Actor in a Drama award at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award — even his rival nominee, Steve Buscemi. But the SAG committee decided to give the award to someone who has been shamefully under-appreciated for the past four years: Bryan Cranston.
This was Cranston’s fourth nomination for his role of Walter White in “Breaking Bad,” but his first win. Overlooking his chilling turn as White in 2012 would have been criminal, despite wonderful performances over the past year from Lewis in “Homeland,” Buscemi in “Boardwalk Empire,” Jon Hamm in “Mad Men” and Jeff Daniels in “The Newsroom.” Cranston accepted the win with the humble sense of humor we’ve come to love from him.
“It is so good to be bad,” he quipped in his acceptance speech. “I am so pleased and so honored to receive this award.”
Cranston went on to thank AMC, Sony, “Breaking Bad’s” writers, directors and crew, and of course showrunner Vince Gilligan and his fellow cast members. He went on to say he loves his wife Robin Dearden and daughter Taylor, and the camera cut to them in the audience to show his daughter adorably mouthing back, “I love you dad.”
His final thanks went to the SAG committee who endowed him with the Best Actor in a Drama award. “Tonight, at least, I am well endowed,” the man better known as Heisenberg joked. Congrats, Bryan! It’s been a long time coming.