CILLIAN MURPHY, seen here in a scene from Oppenheimer, won best movie actor at the SAG Awards for his work in the film.

LOS ANGELES — Historical epic Oppenheimer picked up more prizes on Saturday at Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, bolstering the movie’s chances to score the best picture trophy at next month’s Oscars.

The film about the race to build the first atomic bomb took the top honor — best movie cast — handed out by members of the SAG-AFTRA actors union at a red-carpet ceremony in Los Angeles.

Cillian Murphy, who played scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, won best movie actor, and co-star Robert Downey, Jr. best supporting actor.

Irish actor Mr. Murphy said he took up the profession after trying to make a career as a musician and often felt like an “interloper.”

“This is extremely special to me because it comes from you guys,” Mr. Murphy told his fellow actors as he accepted his award.

SAG-AFTRA’s choices are closely watched because actors form the largest group of voters for the Academy Awards, the film industry’s top prizes.

At the moment, Oppenheimer appears unstoppable. Director Christopher Nolan’s drama already has claimed trophies at the Golden Globes, the British Academy Film Awards, and other ceremonies. Honors from Producers Guild of America, another key predictor of Oscars success, were to be announced on Sunday.

In other SAG accolades, the best actress trophy went to Lily Gladstone, star of Killers of the Flower Moon. Ms. Gladstone played a member of the Osage Native American community that suffered a string of murders in 1920s Oklahoma over their oil-rich land.

“My friends, fellow actors, I feel the good in what you have done,” Ms. Gladstone said. “We bring empathy into a world that so much needs it.”

Da’Vine Joy Randolph won supporting actress for playing a grieving mother in The Holdovers. “How lucky are we to get to do what we do. I wake up every day overwhelmed with gratitude to be a working actor,” Ms. Randolph said.

The awards streamed live on Netflix for the first time, part of the company’s efforts to expand its live programming.

SAG-AFTRA staged a four-month strike against Hollywood studios last year to fight for higher pay and protections from artificial intelligence.

“It is especially meaningful to be here with us all together again, for this occasion, after going through a very difficult time with the strike,” actor Idris Elba said in opening remarks.

In television categories, FX restaurant dramedy The Bear claimed best cast in a TV comedy and acting honors for stars Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri.

“I am so honored to be in this community,” Jeremy Allen White said. “I wanted to be part of this my whole life. I had no backup plan.”

HBO’s Succession secured best TV drama cast for its final season about the battle for control of a family’s media dynasty.

Elizabeth Debicki, who played Princess Diana in Netflix series The Crown, won best TV drama actress. The Last of Us star Pedro Pascal was named best actor in a TV drama and appeared stunned when he walked on stage.

“I’m a little drunk,” Mr. Pascal said as he held his trophy. “I thought I could get drunk… I’m making a fool of myself. Thank you so much!”

SAG-AFTRA also handed out a lifetime achievement honor to Barbra Streisand, the award-winning actress, producer, director, singer, and writer. — Reuters


And the winner at the Screen Actors Guild Awards is…

LOS ANGELES — The following is a complete list of winners at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Saturday for the best performances in film and television. The ceremony was streamed live on Netflix.

Best Cast in a Motion Picture: Oppenheimer

Best Male Actor in a Leading Role: Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer

Best Female Actor in a Leading Role: Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Robert Downey, Jr., Oppenheimer

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Da’vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series: Succession

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series: The Bear

Best Male Actor in a Drama Series: Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us

Best Female Actor in a Drama Series: Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown

Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeremy Allen White, The Bear

Best Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Ayo Edebiri, The Bear

Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Steven Yeun, Beef

Best Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Ali Wong, Beef

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series: The Last of Us

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One — Reuters