Jennifer Aniston has earned a Screen Actors Guild award for her portrayal of Alex Levy in The Morning Show.
The former Friends star, who also co-produces the show, was awarded for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Aniston beat out Olivia Coleman of The Crown and Jodie Comer of Killing Eve.
Apple’s original shows were snubbed by the Golden Globes earlier this month, despite several nominations for The Morning Show and its cast. But it is receiving high-profile recognition from elsewhere.
Just one week after Billy Crudup was named Best Supporting Actor at the Critics Choice Awards, Aniston picked up an award of her own.
Continued success for The Morning Show
“You know, I was thinking back to when I was a little girl. I didn’t have a VCR but I had a tape recorder and I would tape Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days …” Aniston revealed during her acceptance speech. “And I would listen to these episodes. And I would just think I’m going to, I’m going to do that.”
Aniston obviously went on to star in one of the most successful and most beloved TV sitcoms of all time. She has starred in countless movies and made cameos in other shows since then. But The Morning Show is Aniston’s first real return to TV since Friends finished in 2004.
Aniston said she was grateful to Kerry Ehrin, The Morning Show’s head writer, who created characters “so layered and complicated and messy and ugly and just beautifully human.”
“And, boy, did we get to dive deep into our own experiences and our own history and really be able to breathe life into these extraordinary characters,” she added. “I mean, who knew that emotional breakdowns felt so good?”
Billy Crudup, Steve Carell nominated
Crudup and Steve Carell, who plays disgraced anchor Mitch Kessler, were also nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor. But they lost out to Peter Dinklage for his depiction of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones.
The Morning Show has become the most successful Apple original so far. Critics panned it early on, but viewers couldn’t get enough — and many are calling it one of the best shows of 2019.
A second season of The Morning Show has been ordered and should hit Apple TV+ later this year.