SAG Awards: 25 Best Quotes From the Show

“So you slept in a horse and ate bison liver, big whoop. Carol [Burnett] would have slept in that horse, worn it, done a song and a dance, and made a much funnier face after eating something very disgusting.” — Amy Poehler to Leonardo DiCaprio

It wasn't just about the trophies handed out Saturday at the SAG Awards: Those who took the stage also made memorable comments from the funny to the inspiring.

From the Orange Is the New Black cast to Idris Elba’s presentation for Beasts of No Nation, here are 25 of the most memorable quotes of the night from both E!'s red-carpet pre-show and the live TNT/TBS awards telecast (in no particular order).


"Wow, I don't understand how that could've been overlooked for the Emmys or the SAG Awards. It brings a tear to my eye every time. I'm sorry." — Bryan Cranston watching his old cameo on Baywatch

"It's nice to be described as sexy, isn't it?" — Idris Elba explaining to Giuliana Rancic how it feels when the press calls him sexy

"Well, I walked into the house and she [nominee Rooney Mara] was in a robe with her feet in the jacuzzi. And then I opened the champagne at some point — you didn’t really drink any, but I drank a lot of it." — Kate Mara on her and her sister's preparation for the SAG Awards

"Oh, I always use the poo one. And the chicken! … And then I like the heart, but then the one that's got the little pink heart with the even littler pink heart. That's kind of girly, so I like that one." — Kate Winslet revealing her favorite emojis

"Yeah, usually people that are, like, smart and plan ahead, they do that sort of thing. Me, I'm just sort of like 'Ay, we’ll figure out two hours before you walk out. That sounds good.'" — Brie Larson on picking her dress hours before the SAG Awards

"My first professional acting job was playing a terrorist on a very popular TV show. I couldn't grow a mustache so they had to glue one on me. It was crooked. Then Mark Harmon punched me in the face. It was the greatest moment of my life." — Kunal Nayyar’s introduction for the SAG Awards

"When I was a kid, I used to lock myself in the bathroom and create a collection of characters. I thought I was insane. My name is Rami Malek. I’m not insane. I’m an actor.” — Rami Malek’s introduction for the SAG Awards

“I have often been told I’m not thin enough, I’m not white enough, I’m not short enough, not man enough. Dammit, I am enough.” — Queen Latifah’s introduction for the SAG Awards

“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.” —  Uzo Aduba, best female actress in a comedy series winner for Orange Is the New Black

“Get up here, Dad.” — Jason Bateman calling fellow Arrested Development alum Jeffrey Tambor to the stage for best male actor in a comedy series for Transparent

“Look at this stage. I mean, this is what we talk about when we talk about diversity. You know, different race, color, creed, sexual orientation.” — Laura Prepon and cast, best performance by an ensemble in a comedy series winner for Orange Is the New Black

“We made a film about real people and real lives, you know, and to be, you know, awarded for it is very special because a lot of people were damaged through that. So thank you for giving this film some light, man. Respect. Love.” — Idris Elba, best male actor in a supporting role winner for Beasts of No Nation

“Ted something from Netflix, whatever your name is … well done for your belief, bro.” — Idris Elba, best male actor in a supporting role winner for Beasts of No Nation

“You build your own boxes, not people, so knock that thing away and do you!” — Queen Latifah, best female actress in a TV movie or miniseries for Bessie

“I can still remember the first time I got nominated for a SAG award. I was only 9 years old, and I was competing against Batman.” — Jacob Tremblay, presenting the award for best male actor in a TV movie or miniseries

“So you slept in a horse and ate bison liver, big whoop. Carol would have slept in that horse, worn it, done a song and a dance, and made a much funnier face after eating something very disgusting.” — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comparing Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in The Revenant to Carol Burnett’s acting chops

“The point is, Carol is better than all of us. We’re gonna give her a prize for it.” — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presenting the Life Achievement Award to Carol Burnett

“The O’s were my favorite, I loved the O’s.” — Carol Burnett, recipient of the Life Achievement Award, recalling how she used to climb the Hollywood sign

“My job as an actor is just to create a human being to the best of my ability: flawed, messy, maybe not always likeable, maybe not cute.” — Viola Davis, best female actress in a drama series winner for How to Get Away With Murder

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV!” — Idris Elba and Abraham Attah presenting a clip from Beasts of No Nation  

“I would first like to thank our creator … no, not that one, the one grounded here on Earth.”— Kevin Spacey, best male actor in a drama series winner for House of Cards

“Just don’t overthink it ... the drinks are free.” — Keegan-Michael Key while presenting the award for best performance by an ensemble in a drama series with Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Gosh, I’m going to write more thank-you cards. OK. Thank you! Bye!” — Brie Larson, best actress in a leading role winner for Room

“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.” — Leonardo DiCaprio, best actor in a leading role winner for The Revenant

"Honestly, this is not only for the survivors of this horrific situation, but 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. That's who I am proud to be part of this [for]. Thank you very much. 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." — Michael Keaton accepting the award for best performance by a cast in a motion picture for Spotlight

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