SAG Awards: Rami Malek, Queen Latifah Make Heartfelt Statements in Opening
The stars of 'Mr. Robot' and 'Bessie' shined during the show's signature opening "I'm an Actor" segment.
Rami Malek and Queen Latifah made touching statements Saturday night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Traditionally, at the start of each year's ceremony, 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 declared, "I'm not insane. I'm an actor."
Latifah later discussed the many criticisms she's faced. "I have often been told I’m not thin enough, I’m not white enough, I’m not short enough, I’m not man enough," she said. "Damn it, I am enough. I am Queen Latifah, and I’m an actor."
After Jeffrey Tambor kicked off the signature segment, Anna Chlumsky also recalled not getting a job after she was told by the casting director to "just take the energy down 90 percent," and Kunal Nayyar remembered when he "played a terrorist on a very popular TV show, I couldn't grow a mustache, so they glued one on me; then Mark Harmon punched me in the face. It was the greatest moment of my life."
The 22nd Annual SAG Awards were handed out in a ceremony simulcast on TNT and TBS. Game of Thrones, Homeland and House of Cards each scored a leading three nominations in the TV categories, and Trumbo led the film categories with three noms.