Pedro Pascal Wins Major Honor for 'The Last of Us'

2024 SAG Awards Highlight Remarkable Achievements in Drama

by Zain ul Abedin
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Pedro Pascal Wins Major Honor for 'The Last of Us'
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In a stunning turn at the 2024 SAG Awards, Pedro Pascal, renowned for his role in "The Last of Us," clinched the award for Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. Surpassing formidable contenders like Brian Cox and Kieran Culkin of "Succession," Matthew Macfadyen, and Billy Crudup from "The Morning Show," Pascal's victory marks a significant milestone in his illustrious career.

At 48, Pascal's acceptance speech was as memorable as his performance. Visibly emotional, he began by humorously admitting to being slightly inebriated, a candid confession that endeared him further to the audience. "This is wrong, for a number of reasons.

I'm a little drunk. I thought I could get drunk," Pascal quipped, adding a touch of levity to the ceremony. His gratitude towards HBO was palpable, despite his self-deprecating remark about making a fool of himself. Pascal's speech was heartfelt as he tearfully thanked his colleagues and family, referring to the accolade as "an incredible f***ing honour." His authenticity shone through when he concluded with a candid admission of feeling overwhelmed, saying, "I'm going to have a panic attack and I'm going to leave."

Unforgettable Pascal Speech

Backstage, in a conversation with Tan France, Pascal's humility was evident.

He confessed to not remembering his speech, attributing it to the surprise of the win. His remark, "Let's YouTube it later," showcased his down-to-earth personality. In "The Last of Us," Pascal portrays Joel, a complex character who becomes a surrogate father to 14-year-old Ellie, played by Bella Ramsey.

The narrative follows their journey in a post-apocalyptic world, with Ellie potentially being key to its salvation. The on-screen chemistry between Pascal and Ramsey translated into a deep off-screen bond. During a discussion with Steven Yeun for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Pascal expressed his admiration for Ramsey.

"I couldn’t have asked for a more anchoring, generous, thoughtful teenager," he shared, highlighting how Ramsey inspired him to maturely navigate their shared experiences. Pascal's win at the SAG Awards not only cements his status as a formidable actor but also highlights his genuine, relatable persona, making his triumph a noteworthy moment in television history.

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