Emily Blunt: Horror Performances Deserve Awards Love, Including ‘Quiet Place’ Star Millicent Simmonds

No one was more surprised by Emily Blunt’s 2019 Screen Actors Guild Award win than the actress herself.

Blunt was in the running in two categories: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her charming turn in “Mary Poppins Returns” and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her work in husband John Krasinski’s smash hit “A Quiet Place.” She certainly wasn’t expecting to walk away with a statue for the horror film.

It wasn’t just her category-mates, including Amy Adams, Margot Robbie, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz, but the expectation that awards bodies are resistant to heap praise on films often dismissed as “genre.”Yet Blunt won, marking her first SAG win and further indication that those modes of thinking might be changing.

The work, from Blunt and others, is only getting better.

Why not give those performances the same affection and attention?

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