The SAG Awards are the most unpredictable of the awards season. The winning actors are voted on by a league of peers, and the members of the Screen Actors Guild show yearly love to those toiling in the business to create examples of great thespian acting in film and TV. And as unique as this show can be, it leads to numerous highlights.
The first award of the evening went to best supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o, who just won two days ago at the Critics Choice Awards. This second win has some wondering if she might have a chance at winning an Oscar. Many see the Academy Awards as coming from a mixture of talent and popularity. And Lupita just might have enough steam to take over.
Veteran Rita Morena was given the Lifetime Achievement award for her multifaceted achievements as an actress, singer and dancer having won a Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and Oscar in her career. The 82-year-old performer graced the stage after being introduced by former Electric Company co-worker Morgan Freeman. She sang nearly half of her acceptance speech in between hitting on Brad Pitt and Jeremy Renner.
Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which was nominated for 7 awards, was snubbed once again. Making Lee Daniels' The Butler 0-3 for the Golden Globe, Oscar, SAG awards season. While other surprises came when American Hustle won the best ensemble cast award. Not best picture, a category the SAGs don’t have. Instead the show focuses on acting, giving American Hustle the nod and win for having the best overall thespian cast.
The funniest moment of the show came seconds before the credits ran as Ben Affleck said goodnight and actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. rushed the stage, grabbed the mic away from Affleck, and screamed, “Happy MLK Weekend!” The camera panned out. The credits ran. And we all laughed, happy, proud, and surprised that the short two hour show was finished.
For the full list of SAG Award nominees and winners see below:
Male actor in a supporting role:
Daniel Brühl, Rush
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Female actor in a comedy series:
Male actor in a comedy series:
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ensemble in a comedy series:
The Big Bang Theory
Female actor in a TV movie or miniseries:
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Male actor in a TV movie or miniseries:
Female actor in a drama series:
Jessica Lange, American
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Male actor in a drama series:
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Ensemble in a drama series:
Game of Thrones
Male actor in a leading role:
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Female actor in a leading role:
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Cast in a motion picture:
12 Years a Slave
August: Osage County
Dallas Buyers Club
Lee Daniels' The Butler