Disney+’s The Mandalorian is no stranger to taking home hardware, especially after their critically acclaimed second season. Now, the stunt team can add another impressive award to their accolades.
At last night’s 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, or SAG Awards, The Mandalorian won the award for Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series. The show beat out a number of other hit television shows, including Prime Video’s The Boys, Netflix’s Cobra Kai, and HBO’s Lovecraft Country and Westworld.
This SAG Award is just another feather in the cap for Lucasfilm’s first-ever live-action Star Wars show. The Mandalorian has won or been nominated for a number of awards, particularly this season. Per StarWarsNewsNet, The Mandalorian received 15 total Creative Arts nominations at the 2020 Emmy Awards, winning five of them.
The Creative Arts portion of the Emmys typically focuses on awards for behind-the-scenes aspects of television shows, including stunt teams, visual effects, and sound design. Between the numerous Creative Arts nominations and the stunt-based SAG award that the show just one, it is clear that critics and those in the television academies view The Mandalorian as a major technical and visual breakthrough.
There was a large team on the show responsible for stunts, in particular, all the way down to the titular character himself. While Din Djarin, the Mandalorian, is mainly portrayed by Pedro Pascal, there were a number of stuntmen who portrayed the bounty hunter during action-heavy scenes.
Stunt coordinator Ryan Watson has described some of the creative processes that come with working in the Star Wars universe. “The pressure and the pace made it more challenging, but the subject matter was a dream come true,” Watson told Variety in a 2020 interview. “You can’t get away with as much fakery. I had to call on every part of my martial arts training and make it look natural, not choreographed.”
The show has obviously earned all of the awards it has won so far, and it will likely continue to garner accolades if a third season is eventually produced. For now, though, all 16 episodes of The Mandalorian can be streamed exclusively on Disney+.