What Happened at the SAG Awards This Year

4:03 PM 1/30/2016

by THR Staff

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From the red carpet style to the unexpected moments during the telecast, below is The Hollywood Reporter's live coverage of the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

  • 'The Big Short,' 'Trumbo,' 'Carol' Shut Out

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    The Big Short, Trumbo, Carol and Steve Jobs failed to win awards. Meanwhile, TV nominee Homeland also went home empty-handed despite going into Saturday night's show with a leading three nominations, tied with Game of Thrones and House of Cards, which each won one award. Read more>

  • How the Winners Reacted Backstage

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    When asked about when films will start looking as diverse as television does, Queen Latifah said that it depends heavily on want viewers want.

    “Some of it is already happening, but I think the public has to continue to demand that. We are in a capitalist society so hopefully supply and demand will kick back in. I don’t know what happened to that, but it used to make pretty darn good sense,” she said, adding: “People want it. Give it to the people. It’s OK to evolve and change and grow. Change is inevitable, so let’s go.”

    The Bessie star also had some words for the next President of the United States: “Please continue to have some damn sense. Do what’s right for the damn people and climate change is a real thing. I hope our next president takes time to use his or her wisdom to before speaking and acting to make the right decisions for all of us as Americans as well as for the world.” Read more backstage reactions>

  • Uzo Aduba's Inspiring Moment

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    Uzo Aduba won the first award of the night, best actress in a comedy series, and thanked her fellow actors for her award, saying “it’s really really truly touching.”

    The Orange Is the New Black actress thanked series creator Jenji Kohan as well as Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Lionsgate “for the bravery you have shown to our show.” Lastly, she thanked the cast: “I not only love you but I respect all of you,” while also acknowledging the actors “who are at home, not here in this room with us but hoping to one day be in this room with us, to continue to keep trying. To keep plugging, to keep working. ... No matter if anyone tells you to get out of that line you are waiting in — stay in line." Read more>

  • 'Spotlight' Wins Best Cast in a Film

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    Mark Ruffalo thanked Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, who co-wrote the script of the fact-based journalism drama, which follows a group of Boston Globe reporters as they expose sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

    "They didn't take any cheap way, it was always the truth. It honored these people, these victims — who are dead, and the survivors who are still alive — of one of the most horrific things that our culture has allowed to happen," he said alongside the cast. "This movie allows them to be seen in a world that has been blind to them."

    "For me personally — and I'm only speaking for me — this is really for the disenfranchised everywhere. This is for every Flint, Michigan, in the world. This is for the powerless, this is for the powerful who take advantage of the powerless. And you can hang me for that I don't really care," added Michael Keaton. "It comes down to two things: There's fair, and there's unfair. And I'm always going to vote for the fair. I'm always gonna pull for the good guys." Read more>

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Again for 'The Revenant'

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    In his SAG Awards acceptance speech, Leonardo DiCaprio reflected back on his early years as an actor, when he was just a teenager. He began by recalling how after he got his part in This Boy's Life he spent the next year watching "as many films as I possibly could."

    "Films from Jimmy Cagney all the way to Robert DeNiro and it gave me a tremendous respect for this craft. The craft of acting. I was in awe of their performances and I was incredibly inspired," DiCaprio explained. "So for any young actors out there, I encourage you to watch the history of cinema. As the history of cinema unfolds, you realize that we all stand on the shoulders of giants, so I want to thank all of those actors from the past that have inspired me and all of the actors that are in this room."

    Indeed, DiCaprio said he was humbled by the award, since it was voted on by his fellow actors. He thanked the cast and crew of the film; his team, particularly his manager Rick Yorn, he said; distributor Fox and production company New Regency, especially founder and chairman Arnon Milchan, whom DiCaprio said, "stuck with us until the bitter end."

    He also thanked the people that helped make his acting dreams a reality when he was just a teenager: "And to my parents, thank you for listening to an overly ambitious, slightly annoying 13-year-old kid who wanted to go on auditions every day after school. I would not be standing here without you. Love you." Read more>

  • 'Downton Abbey' Wins Best Cast in a Drama Series

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    "We've been coming here for six years and we have only encountered the most amazing generosity and kindness from American actors," said Lesley Nicol, who plays Mrs. Patmore in the show, while accepting the award for the cast. "To be nominated in this category is mind-blowing for us."

    She continued: "You know, we're a British show, what are we doing here? And we're up against you, TV royalty, so this is a deep honor, just phenomenal, so thank you." Read more>

  • Brie Larson Wins Best Actress in a Leading Role

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    Brie Larson won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role.

    She was nominated for her performance in Room along with Cate Blanchett (Carol), Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back). Read more>

  • Kevin Spacey Makes Cryptic Relativity Reference After Win

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    Kevin Spacey wrapped his acceptance speech for best actor in House of Cards by addressing his new position as Relativity studio chief.

    "I just want to talk a little bit about the theory of Relativity. Because apparently, they say, that if you're in an elevator, you don't know whether you're going up or going down. But right now, it feels like I'm going up. Thank you very much." Read more>

  • "In Memoriam" Segment Snubs

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    Saturday night's SAG Awards ceremony paid homage to the many notable film and TV industry figures who died last year, but several names were left out of the show's "In Memoriam" video tribute, including Abe Vigoda, Dan Haggerty, David Margulies, John Compton and Grace Lee Whitney. Read more>

  • Idris Elba: "Welcome to Diverse TV"

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    Idris Elba made note of the diversity among the SAG winners on Saturday night.

    The actor claimed two wins during the evening, for his roles in TV series Luther and in Netflix's movie Beasts of No Nation. Queen Latifah, Uzo Adoba and Viola Davis also claimed early wins.

    While presenting, Elba drew drew attention to the winners. "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV," he said. Read more>

  • Carol Burnett Accepts Life Achievement Award

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    "I grew up not far from here — I'm going to tell you my life story," began an overwhelmed Carol Burnett, who described how, when she was young, she used to see six to eight movies a week with her grandma and later act them out. "When I got my variety show, [that] was one of my favorite things to do."

    She continued: "In essence, we mounted a musical comedy review every week and, oh god, did we have fun. At first, the network didn't want me to do one, they tried to talk me into doing a half hour comedy called Here's Agnus ... but I had a terrific and unheard-of contract that said that all I had to do was push the button and the network would have to give me 30, one-hour variety shows, and I told them that's what I wanted to do.

    "But the network said, 'Carol, no, all variety shows are hosted by men ... It's really not for a gal. Comedy variety is a man's game.'"

    Burnett then shook her head and said, "No." Read more>

  • Viola Davis Wins Best Actress in a Drama Series

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    Viola Davis won the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series for ABC's How to Get Away With Murder.

    In her acceptance speech, Davis lamented the idea that female actors have to be likeable in order to be successful. "I always think, 'Why do I have to be a hero? Why do you have to like me? And why do I have to be a mentor?' My job as an actor is just to create a human being to the best of my ability."

    This is her fourth win from the Screen Actors Guild. She won last year for the ABC drama, and had previously won two awards for her role in The Help. Read more>

  • 'Orange Is the New Black' Wins Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

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    The cast of Orange Is the New Black took home the award for best performance by an ensemble in a comedy series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night.

    The show was nominated alongside CBS' The Big Bang Theory, Comedy Central's Key & Peele, ABC's Modern Family, Amazon's Transparent and HBO's Veep.

    Laura Prepon, joined onstage by the rest of her co-stars, gave an acceptance speech on behalf of the cast, thanking SAG-AFTRA, Ted Sarandos and "our fearless leader Jenji Kohan."

    "Look at this stage. This is what we talk about when we talk about diversity: different race, color, creed and sexual orientation," she said at the podium, referencing the on-going #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Read more>

  • Jeffrey Tambor Wins Best Actor in a Comedy Series

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    After a few jokes, Jeffrey Tambor -- who plays transgender parent Maura Pfefferman on Amazon's Transparent -- closed his speech by saying, "I would just like to dedicate this award to the non-Maura Pfeffermans who don't have a lot of cash for their operations, for their medicine, for their freedom."

    Sarah Silverman and Jason Bateman presented the award. "Get up here, dad," said Bateman during the announcement, referring to their Arrested Development roles. Read more>

  • Uzo Aduba Wins Best Actress in a Comedy Series

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    "Oh my gosh," the Orange Is the New Black actress said. After thanking Netflix, Lionsgate and her co-stars and creators of the hit show, Aduba dedicated her speech to the hopeful actors watching at home: "I would like to just take an opportunity to acknowledge the actors who are at home, not here in this room with us but hoping to one day be in this room with us, to continue to keep trying. To keep plugging, to keep working. No matter if anybody tells you to get out of that line that you're waiting in — stay in line. You have the chance. It is yours." Read more>

  • "I Am an Actor"

    Rami Malek, Queen Latifah made touching statements at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night.

    Traditionally, at the start of each year's awards, the camera pans to several actors in the audience — nominated, or not — so they can share brief anecdotes that range from touching to comical before saying the "I'm an actor" line.

    Malek noted that as a child, "I used to lock myself in the bathroom and create a collection of characters. I thought I was insane." The Mr. Robot star then stated, "I'm not insane. I'm an actor."

    Latifah later stated the limitations she's faced, as many told her she wasn't thin enough or tall enough, among other things. "Damnit, I am enough," she said before the signature segment's line. Read more>

  • Shades of Blue on the Red Carpet

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    Not only did this year's SAG Awards see plenty of leg, skin and shine, but the carpet was also feeling blue. Naomi Watts, who was accompanied by husband Liev Schreiber, looked divine in a deep blue floral embellished Burberry gown. Sarah Hyland showed off her "Angelina Jo-Leg" in an indigo colored J.Mendel dress, while Claire Danes chose a neck-plunging two-toned dress by Stella McCartney. Read more>

  • Cut-Outs Took Over the Red Carpet

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    At Saturday's SAG Awards, the stars weren't afraid to show a sliver of skin.

    Laverne Cox, whose Netflix show Orange Is the New Black won outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, stunned in a single-shoulder, maroon Prabal Gurung gown that showed off a bit of her abdomen and toned gams.

    Brie Larson didn't disappoint with her latest look, either. She stepped out in a pale blue Versace with a chest cut-out and thigh-high slit, which was completed with Swarovski knot embellishments and a single orange accent strap in the back. Tiffany & Co. jewels and Roger Vivier sandals rounded out the sexy getup. Read more>

  • The Red Carpet Arrivals

    All the names as they arrive.

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    Hollywood elite are stepping out at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. See all the looks here>

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