Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards were a virtual who’s who of Hollywood.
But the broadcast yielded some fantastic moments that beg to be shared.
There’s something special about the climate of the SAG Awards. First of all, it’s a two hour broadcast, so it’s streamlined and highly focused on the awards. There’s no “host” or “hostess” to entertain the crowd. It is simply Actors appreciating the work of fellow actors.
One of the most overwhelming sites was the stage full of the ensemble of “Orange is the New Black” comprised of mostly women. An ensemble of 40 people, to be exact, a lot of gowns, a lot of glamour, but most notably a lot of talent. The ensemble won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and were clearly thrilled to have been bestowed the deserved award by their peers.
This followed the award acceptance of Uzo Aduba for her role as Crazy Eyes in “Orange is the New Black.” The actress was authentically surprised to have been awarded the statue for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.
Frances McDormand, who took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her role in the HBO series “Olive Kitteridge,” had such lovely and supportive words to say to her fellow Actors, “I wish we could get some really cozy slippers, a box of See’s Nuts & Chews. Hang out and watch more of our work, because every little snippet that I see, I want to watch more and more.”
One of the great surprises of the night was that “Birdman” took the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
One of the most wonderful acceptance speeches of the night came from Eddie Redmayne, who accepted his award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role honoring his role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”
Overall, the SAG awards are one of the more enjoyable award shows of the season. The ceremony itself is only 2 hours in length, which is such a manageable time, and it’s evident that the award winners are all thrilled to be honored by their peers.0