SAG Awards: Watch 5 Memorable Acceptance Speeches

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THR takes a look at the five most memorable speeches from winners at the 22nd Annual SAG Awards.

The 22nd Annual SAG Awards featured a number of memorable speeches from first-time and repeat winners.

In front of a star-studded banquet hall at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday night, award recipients made reference to everything from their co-stars to Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

Here's a look at five of the most memorable winning speeches from the SAG Awards.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Believe it or not, this is DiCaprio’s first time winning a SAG Award, though he has been nominated eight times before. The star, who also won a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award for his performance as legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass in director Alejandro G. Inarritu's epic Western revenge tale, told the room, “I’m truly humbled by this because it comes from my fellow actors.” He also offered a bit of advice for up-and-comers who may be watching. “For any young actors out there, I encourage you to watch the history of cinema,” DiCaprio said. As he did in his Golden Globe acceptance speech, DiCaprio made sure to thank his mom and dad, closing his speech with a nod to his parents, "Thank you for listening to an overly ambitious, slightly annoying 13-year-old kid.”

Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Tambor's award was presented by his former Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman, who called him onstage saying, "Get up here, Dad!" Tambor thanked his Transparent co-stars and show creator Jill Soloway, calling them “the most amazing cast, except for Jason [Bateman], I’ve ever worked with.”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

In his first of two wins Saturday evening, Elba called Beasts of No Nation director Cary J. Fukunaga a “G” for making the film and thanked “Ted something or other” from Netflix. The British actor, who won the award for his portrayal of a brutal African warlord, thanked SAG voters for acknowledging a film about “real people and real situations.”

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

The multiple SAG Award-winning actor thanked his creator. “No, not that one,” the star, who won the award last year as well, joked, pointing to the sky, “the one in this room.” In addition to thanking House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, Spacey also made a cryptic reference to the theory of relativity and elevators, referring to his new gig as Relativity studio chief.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Carol Burnett

In the most moving moment of the night's show, Carol Burnett was presented with a lifetime achievement award from fellow comedians, and lifelong fans, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Burnett spoke of her childhood back “in the covered wagon days,” and recalled the adversity she faced breaking into the variety show genre as a woman. “I was told it was a ‘man’s game,’ ” she told the crowd, who cheered her on. She ended her speech in tears with the famous line from The Carol Burnett Show's theme song, “I’m so glad we had this time together.” The audience seemed to agree with the sentiment, honoring the longtime performer with a standing ovation.

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