The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are going down tonight live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. I plead ignorance on a lot of the TV stuff (sorry Dan and Alan), but on the movies side, there is a lot of intrigue. After last night's Producers Guild victory for “Birdman,” and with the film being a favorite to take the ensemble and lead actor prizes tonight, everyone is wondering if Alejandro González Iñárritu's film will come out of this weekend looking BOSS. We'll know in due time.
For now, if you have the stomach for me, follow along with our live blog of the ceremony below. We'll obviously note winners along the way, but we're keeping track of them here as well.
On to the show!
4:15 – (P.S.: I'm totally watching the Royal Rumble on my laptop at the same time, so if I accidentally write about John Cena or something, my bad. We all know that's the REAL best ensemble of the evening.)
4:25 – By the way, you can watch a live stream of the show on TNT's website.
4:26 – They're chatting with Michael Keaton on the red carpet now. He's begging off handshakes. Been suffering the flu for a while it seems. Big series of interviews with him coming next week, FYI.
4:31 – Liev Schreiber on the carpet with wife and surprise nominee Naomi Watts (“St. Vincent”). “I had so much fun and the fact that it's being celebrated makes me feel brave enough to keep looking for comedic work,” she says of “Birdman's” success.
4:38 – Adrien Brody chatting it up re: his work in “Houdini,” as well as Wes Anderson and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” It's very possible the film snags that ensemble prize tonight and sends the season into an even. And then Maggie Gyllenhaal interview bombs!
4:47 – Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Debbie Reynolds isn't walking the red carpet, alas. So here's this:
4:50 – By the way, the Stunt Ensemble awards have been announced. Congratulations to “Game of Thrones” and “Unbroken.” Apologies for not being important enough, apparently, to be televised.
4:57 – Lots of Aniston chatter. “Red carpet body” and such. Let's get to this show…
5:04 – I would have said Jennifer Aniston wins the “I'm an actor” bit but then Zach G. stole her thunder.
5:07 – First award of the night is Female Actor in a Comedy Series. And the Actor goes to… Uzo Aduba for “Orange is the New Black.” Pretty lovely moment for her given that she just got finished telling us she got her SAG card for this show. Off to the races.
5:12 – Moving right along, Male Actor in a Comedy Series is up next. And the Actor goes to… William H. Macy for “Shameless.” It's his first trip back to the SAG stage in over a decade. I confess, I don't watch this show. There's too much (good) TV out there to keep up. But who doesn't like seeing Bill Macy get some hardware. “I've written so many great acceptance speeches that I never got to give,” he says. “To my fellow nominees…oh forget it. You lost.” Nice shout out to his co-stars. “I'm not sure why you're not nominated.”
5:17 – Oh, that's right. They get the comedy categories over with quickly don't they? On to Ensemble in a Comedy Series. And the Actor goes to… The Cast of “Orange is the New Black.” Cruising lately. And I think we're all just happy to see “Modern Family” bow out for a change. And also, how awesome that the stage was just PACKED with women for that victory.
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5:23 – Oh hi Colin Farrell.
5:26 – First film award of the evening: Female Actor in a Supporting Role. This has been Arquette's for the majority of the season, so let's see. And the Actor goes to… Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood.” What else can you say? Deserved. She's very caught up in the moment, emotional every step of the way this season, which is surely why she leans on written speeches so often. A fourth generation actor. Wow.
5:31 – Reese Witherspoon takes the stage to present Male Actor in a Supporting Role. Interesting how the Robert Duvall and Ethan Hawke clips sort of mirror each other in a certain way. Anyway, the Actor goes to… J.K. Simmons for “Whiplash.” But of course. Here is a guy who worked in the trenches, a real rank-and-file type. How do you not vote for J.K. Simmons if you're an actor. Richly deserved. Now let's see if he drags on the speech.
5:33 – “I feel like all of us actors are supporting actors, whether it's Miles Teller, who is in every scene of the movie — think about it…each of us is not only supporting the story, each of us is crucial to the story,” he says. “Because if there's one false moment, the train goes off the rails.” Nice touch in support of his co-star there. And a great little speech overall.
5:38 – Hey everyone! It's Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o, last year's Oscar winners in the supporting categories. Stoke that “are they or aren't they” fire, guys. Anyway, they're here to present Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. Gotta be Billy Bob, right? And the Actor goes to… Nope! Mark Ruffalo for “The Normal Heart.” One of his two nominations on the evening (the other for “Foxcatcher”). Bravo! But he's a no-show. Ah well.
5:46 – SAG seizing the moment with a montage dedicated to diversity. (I think. Lots of other…stuff…in there.) Followed up by presentation of the “Imitation Game” clip package. Nice segue.
5:50 – J.K. back with Viola Davis to present the award for Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. And the Actor goes to… Frances McDormand for “Olive Kitteridge.” She hasn't been on SAG's stage since she won for “Fargo.”
5:57 – “The Theory of Everything” stars Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are out here to present a clip from the film. One wonders if Redmayne could unseat Keaton tonight. We shall see. He's certainly worked it and charmed the pants off the circuit. So, too, has Keaton, in his own way.
6:00 – Princess Leia alert! Carrie Fisher is here to present the Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. Who is, by the way, her mom. Aw.
6:09 – Sorry, just listening, respecting. You gotta love Debbie Reynolds. Bow. When I think of the most iconic movie moment, by the way, I think of this.
6:15 – And now we're on to Male Actor in a Drama Series. Who presented? I missed it. Anyway, the Actor goes to… Kevin Spacey for “House of Cards.” Who isn't there. WTF with the constant shunning of Matthew McConaughy in “True Detective?” Everyone get fatigue from last year? Big bummer, man, and I love Spacey/”House of Cards.”
6:21 – Cruising along. Female Actor in a Drama Series now. And the actor goes to… Viola Davis for “How to Get Away with Murder.” I need to see this show. Sorry, again, for the ignorance on that score. And by the way, how dynamite does Davis look tonight? Love the hair. “Thank you to all the people who love me exactly as God made me,” she says.
6:24 – In Memoriam. :(
6:33 – Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg here to present Ensemble in a Drama Series. We're drawing to a close here. And the Actor goes to… The Cast of “Downton Abbey”
6:38 – Oh boy. Julia Roberts is here to present Male Actor in a Leading Role to keep the film categories going. Oh boy. Oh boy. Reminded of how bummed I was for Jake Gyllenhaal to miss the Oscar nod. And the Actor goes to… Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything.”
6:40 – Again, Redmayne has really worked it all year. I'm happy for him to get this boost when he's still in the early stages of his career. I'd really like to have seen Michael Keaton get that, though. And I frankly thought Keaton had a better shot at SAG than Oscar. So one has to wonder how wide open this one is now, if indeed at all. Redmayne has the drama Globe and now the SAG Award.
6:47 – Alright, here's Matthew McConaughey and his beard to present Female Actor in a Leading Role. And the Actor goes to… Julianne Moore for “Still Alice.” Cruising.
6:52 – OK, let's put a bow on this. Kevin Costner out to present Cast in a Motion Picture. Why to they eschew “ensemble” for this one? Anyway, moment of truth. And the Actor goes to… The Cast of “Birdman.” At least Keaton gets a trophy tonight. (Sorry to play favorites.)