SAG Awards: 7 Memorable Moments From the Show

8:17 PM 1/21/2018

by Kara Haar and Rebecca Cohen

Kristen Bell pokes fun at Melania Trump, Morgan Freeman is honored, and Rosanna Arquette gets emotional.

Kristen Bell opened the evening by poking fun at Melania Trump, Morgan Freeman was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Rosanna Arquette got emotional in thanking several women in Hollywood for raising awareness of sexual harassment and abuse.

The Hollywood Reporter gathered a list of the most memorable moments from the 2018 SAG Awards. Check them out below.

  • "I Am An Actor"

    Following a long-standing tradition, the 24th annual SAG Awards opened with a collage of actors telling tidbits of their stories. The 2018 twist: They were all women. The spotlight was on some of Hollywood's favorites: Allison Janney of I, Tonya; Tracee Elliss Ross of Black-ish; Millie Bobby Brown of Stranger Things and, finally, host Kristen Bell. 

    Janney, leading the pack, spoke of her initial desire to be a figure skater on the red carpet and expressed her passion for the field she ended up in. Ross followed, describing her hopes as a child to grow up to be a courageous woman who could use her voice to affect everyone, and own a lot of shoes. She confirmed both were true, and that today, she owns a lot of shoes. Brown gave a shoutout to young girls like herself, encouraging them to follow their hearts and believe in themselves. Finally, Frozen star Bell reminisced about the time she dreamed of being a part of the Disney magic.

  • Kristen Bell Opens With First Lady Jokes

    Kristen Bell opened the show stating she was the first host and the "first lady" to host the SAG Awards. She said her first initiative as the first lady was to tackle the issue of cyber bulling, poking fun at the actual First Lady, Melania Trump.

    “Because I have yet to see any progress made on that problem — and I’m looking at you, Tony Hale,” she said as the Veep actor pretended to text from the audience.

    Bell gave a shoutout to the cast of GLOW, "the documentary" Handmaid's Tale and Get Out.

    She said that the SAG Awards wasn't just for the successful actors but for those watching at home in Koreatown with five roommates, eating canned tuna.

    Lastly, Bell ended her monologue confirming Frozen 2 will be out in 2019.

  • Rosanna Arquette Gets Emotional Thanking Women for Standing Up Against Sexual Harassment

    Rosanna Arquette and Marisa Tomei took the stage to present the award for best actress in a television movie or limited series. They took the time to thank the powerful women who used their voices in the #MeToo and Time's Up movements in Hollywood.

    Arquette, who was one of the first women to come forward in the Harvey Weinstein allegations, was applauded by the SAG Awards audience. "I'm here supporting many women," she said emotionally, as she named several courageous women in the industry.

    “We are inspired that so many powerful voices are no longer silenced by the fear of retaliation,” said Tomei.

  • Gabrielle Carteris Pays Tribute to Actors

    The president of SAG-AFTRA took the stage to commend those sitting before her with a tribute to all actors.The video following her speech included clips from all facets of Hollywood, on stage and behind the scenes, actors and actresses, telling their stories in seconds from their individual claims to fame.

  • Morgan Freeman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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    Morgan Freeman's lifelong friend and colleague Rita Moreno took the stage to present the actor with the night's Lifetime Achievement Award. She recalled how honored she was to receive the same award from her dear friend years ago, and even more so to reciprocate the act. The two forged their relationship in 1971 on The Electric Company and 50 years later, both their professional and personal relationships remain strong and in tact. 

    Moreno called her friend a "national treasure" before reflecting on some of his best moments with the crowd. Before a video tribute played for the actor, she repeated a phrase Freeman has said to her: "If you become a star, people are going to see you, and if you remain an actor, they will go to see the story you're in."

    "These are [Freeman's] stories," Moreno said as she introduced a video compilation of his most memorable scenes as an actor, with clips from Bruce Almighty, The Shawshank Redemption, the Batman series, Million Dollar Baby and other films playing onscreen.

    When Freeman took the stage, after some technical difficulties with his mic and his hat, he directly addressed the audience, telling them that this was for them. "This is beyond an honor, this is a place in history," Freeman said, beaming with thanks for those who helped him get to this place in his career. 

    He closed his speech declaring that the SAG Award trophies only "work from the back" since the front is "gender specific," evoking a loud cheer from those in the audience. 

    "Maybe I started something," Freeman said with a smirk as he left the stage, followed by an overwhelming applause.

    Backstage, Freeman was asked by reporters about the start of his speech, when he briefly stopped, looked at an audience member and said: “Hey…I’m talking to you. Yeah, hey. ... OK, well you just stand out to me, that’s all." Freeman said he was referring to Lily Tomlin, who received the SAG Awards' Lifetime Achievement Award two years ago. "She's a wonder in herself and I've always loved her. I see her and I say hello," he explained.

  • Sterling K. Brown Makes History as First African-American to Win in His Category

    Sterling K. Brown nearly shed tears as he accepted the award for best male actor in a drama series for his role as Randall Pearson in This Is Us. The actor made history as the first African-American to win in this category at the SAG Awards. “To my white family [on This Is Us], which thankfully is nothing like the family from Get Out, I love you," Brown joked upon accepting his award.

    Before the music began playing him off, he added, “Fame won't sustain you, money won't sustain you. The love — keep that love alive; it will keep you going."

  • 'Three Billboards' Wins Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won the final SAG Award of the evening for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. Presented by Oscar winners Brie Larson and Lupita Nyong'o, castmembers Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and more approached the stage to accept the award. McDormand, who took home the award for best female actor in a lead role earlier in the evening, spoke on behalf of the cast.