The Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), which aired last night, is one of the most important events of the Hollywood awards season. The awards are a great indicator of who might take home the Oscar this year. The 21st annual SAG Awards has a great showing of stars and exceptional films that are all incredibly worthy.
One of the year's biggest honors went to the ensemble cast of Birdman, as well as to some other favorites in leading actor categories for both film and television.
Michael Keaton led the cast of Birdman to accept the award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. Although he did not win an individual award for his performance, Keaton said he was proud to be part of such an outstanding group. He is the pick by many as the favorite to win the Best Actor Oscar though.
"This is the ultimate team sport, what we are doing for a living. Every time I turned around, I ran into another tremendous actor," he said.
Beating out Keaton in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture category was Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal as physicist, Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, who dedicated his "very wonderful skinny man" award to all the people with ALS.
"To Stephen and Jane (Wilde) back in Cambridge, thank you for allowing someone who gave up science when they were 14 years old to enter your orbit. And thank you for reminding me of the overwhelming power of the will to love and the will to love every second of your life as fully and as passionately as possible," said Redmayne during his acceptance speech.
In the Best Actress category, Julianne Moore scored the trophy for her role in Still Alice, playing an academic battling the onset of Alzheimer's disease. As she accepted her award, she recalled her early acting days on daytime TV portraying good and evil twins on As the World Turns.
"Then I realized it was super boring to act by myself," she said.
In the supporting actor category, Patricia Arquette won for her role in the 12 years in-the-making film Boyhood, and character actor J.K. Simmons took home the honor for his role in Whiplash, which he thanked everyone in the ensemble for.
"All of us actors are supporting actors. Each of us is essential, completely crucial to the story because if there's one false moment, the train comes off the rails," he said.
Here is the complete list of golden statuettes awarded on this evening to many well-deserved actors from both the silver screen and small screen.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Birdman
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Unbroken
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy, Shameless
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: Game of Thrones
Life Achievement Award: Debbie Reynolds
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