SAG Award winners' reactions

Mo'Nique, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock talk backstage

Mo'Nique noted backstage that she's seen "Precious" three times and is "good" when it comes to seeing it again. "It's a hard movie to sit through and watch over and over again," she said of the drama for which she was named best supporting actress. "We left Mary Jones on the floor. When (director) Lee Daniels said that was a wrap, it was. What I did take away, from my prayer to the universe, was to never allow me to judge. You never know." And to celebrate, a humble Mo'Nique said she'd watch some TV and her husband would play "Madden."

At first, the only one onstage from the cast of "Inglorious Basterds" was B.J. Novak, awkwardly waiting for other castmembers to join him. "It was honor to have a couple of lines at the end of 'Inglourious Basterds,' " he quipped to no one in particular, making fun of his own part of the movie. Eventually Omar Doom, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz and Jacky Ido joined him. Kruger was asked what her early modeling career taught her about acting, to which she said about the passion you have about being an actor. "Whether you're a model or not, I don't think it's of any significance, it's the passion. If you're in it for the beautiful dresses, I don't think you should be an actor."

With drama actor winner Jeff Bridges giving props to his wife at every awards show so far, it wasn't a surprise when the star of "Crazy Heart" called his wife Sue onto the pressroom stage after he was asked about raising his daughters. He filled his wife in on the question and said, "I blame you for why they are so good." "He was fun and I was the constant," his wife replied, generating laughs. Bridges ended his brief session on a touching note, with a nod to his parents, who passed away in recent years. "I felt them, their spirits, in the room," he said, "and applauding."

Sandra Bullock continued her winning ways and when pressed by a reporter backstage about what she thinks her Globe and now SAG win for "The Blind Side" means for her Oscar chances, continued to "shush" the room before responding. "If you look at my career, I don't think anyone would have said, 'One day, I can see her up there.' Nobody would have predicted this, not even me," she said of her drama actress win. "It's a fluke, I feel this is wrong. I made a bet with our driver -- my money was on Meryl (Streep)." Bullock added that she felt fortunate to be considered an actor, and attributed her success to two things: "I meant what I said when I quit, I wasn't working for two years and in that time, I met my husband. I was happier at home than anywhere else, so it made me even more selective. And I learned how to say 'no.' "

What goes through the mind of an award winner when your name is called? According to Christoph Waltz, "for a split second nothing." "The expression is 'blown away' and your mind goes with it for a moment." Waltz said he has no lucky charm, he is 100% superstition-free, but after almost a 30-year career, he find himself an overnight success, with his name recognition up "99.999%" as his "Inglourious Basterds" character would say. "In a very disciplined way, I don't take anything for granted. I don't know if it's a surprise," he says of his supporting actor win, "but I really am indebted. Especially to Quentin Tarantino."

The heavy-hitters of AMC's best drama ensemble "Mad Men" were in an elevator, said Rich Sommer, explaining why Jon Hamm, January Jones and a few other castmembers weren't in the pressroom with the rest of the cast. Sommer said he was glad people found the slow-moving period show relatable, revealing the most personal moment for him this past season was the dissolution of the Draper marriage. "My parents are divorced and it the way it went was not dissimilar to the Draper House," he said. Christina Hendricks said the cast gets first-day jitters when they come back from their hiatus breaks, while Bryan Batt mused on the show's appeal. He said the show is set in what was mythologized as a golden age but was in fact a time of racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and homophobia. "It doesn't put a mirror to the society," he said, but shows how we got here. "And no other show does that."



The cast of Fox rookie hit "Glee" continued its winning streak, collecting the SAG comedy ensemble cast award less than a week after the musical dramedy's Globe victory. Backstage, Cory Monteith joked that Jane Lynch won an arm wrestling contest that sent her to accept the award onstage. Lynch, meanwhile, compared the show's worldwide following to the bubonic plague. "I think it has a lot to do with the music and cheering for the underdog," she said. "It's just such a great recipe."

Michael C. Hall didn't expect Showtime's "Dexter" to have such a large fan base when the show first started four seasons ago. "I knew our task was to try and sympathize a serial killer," said Hall, who collected his first actor in a drama SAG prize. "It was a very unique goal. I thought our show would develop a cult following, but I didn't anticipate it would be as broad or have as many kinds of viewers as it had." Asked how he has spent his time after his Globe win last week, Hall -- who revealed that his Hodgkin's Lymphoma is now in remission -- addressed his health. "Because I made this announcement, I've had a lot of people reach out to me -- high school teachers, friends from college. I spent a lot of this week responding to concern but ultimately congratulatory e-mails and things like that. It's been a lot of fun."

Drama actress winner Julianna Margulies, who collected her third SAG award overall and her first for CBS rookie "The Good Wife," continued thanking the show's writers backstage. "My fear of doing TV everyday for 10 months out of the year is that it's hard to maintain freshness," she said. "Every day is a new day. I have no idea how my character will react." When asked about the paparazzi, Margulies referred to a scene in the pilot when her character comes off the podium and slaps her cheating husband and the paparazzi follows her. "I've never felt more small or more afraid as this character," she said. "I'm a very private person and I love what I do for a living, but I don't think it has anything to do with my private life."

Tina Fey may have been running on about two hours of sleep -- she was up until 1:30 a.m. in New York shooting a "30 Rock" scene with guest star Michael Sheen into the wee hours of Saturday morning -- but was still sharp when asked if NBC's sale to Comcast will be included on the show. "For sure the sale of NBC to another company is integral to our show," said Fey, who collected her fourth statuette for her role as Liz Lemon. "(The sale) will be very hard for Jack. We may not handle it so literally, but in the coming weeks and months, there will be a transfer of power."

"Never look to an actor for the secret to longevity," actor in a miniseries winner Kevin Bacon said to laughs backstage when pressed for the secret to his 21-year marriage to Kyra Sedgwick. Bacon, who won for HBO's "Taking Chance," said he was emotional onstage "just thinking of her and knowing she's there." Asked how he made it through the dry spells in his career, he said it was his knowledge that he'd continue to be an actor that got him through it. "I think at the worst time, when I really had no money in the bank and no prospects of work, and the auditions weren't coming, I still knew I'd be in it for the long haul. Knowing I'd be doing this with my life made it possible to know that I'd ride out the hills and valleys."

Betty White was greeted to applause and cheers when she entered the pressroom after accepting SAG's lifetime achievement award. "I am not going to be fit to live with for the next few days," she said beaming. When a reporter pointed out she had a slit in her dress, White responded, "You've got to use everything you can." White said one of the most pivotal moments in her career was her first appearance on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." She was friends with Moore and was excited but nervous when asked to be on her show. But after the appearance, the show's creators, Allan Burns and James L. Brooks, told her they had another idea for her character. "You'll be back soon," they told her.

Compiled by Lesley Goldberg and Borys Kit
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