The 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards not only witnessed its first-ever host but also its “first lady” host, as Kristen Bell took to stage Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
“There has never been a host for this awards show. First time! First person! First lady! And I honestly never thought I would grow up to be the first lady, but you know what, I kind of like it,” Bell said.
“I think my first initiative as first lady will be cyberbullying because I have yet to see any progress on that problem quite yet,” she joked.
While many of you may think it was a jibe at Melania Trump – and you can’t be blamed for that as FLOTUS did claim that she would work towards combating the menace of cyberbullying – Bell was quick to point out that it was Tony Hale she was addressing.
“I’m looking at you, Tony Hale. You’re a bully. You guys, he’s savage on Twitter. I’m serious,” she said.
While she was witty and made jokes all through her monologue, she did address some heartfelt issues as well.
“It’s a true privilege to experience and share the wide scope of humanity through storytelling. The skating queen, the grieving mother, the ladybird, even the sea monster… everyone’s story deserves to be told, especially now,” she said.
“We are living in a watershed moment, and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure we’re leading the charge with empathy and diligence because fear and anger never win the race,” Bell added.
She closed with one last joke, though.
“And most importantly, regardless of our differences, I think we can all come together and delight in one thing: Frozen 2 is coming out in theaters in 2019, you guys. I’m really excited.”
Bell’s all-female co-hosts for the evening included Gina Rodriguez, Sarah Silverman, Laura Linney, Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei and Lupita Nyong’o
Here are some of the other highlights of the night.
Morgan Freeman Bags the Lifetime Achievement
Rita Morena, who accepted the same award from “dear and beloved” friend Morgan Freeman, returned the favor Sunday night when she presented him with the 24th SAG Lifetime Achievement award of his own.
“It was my wish even then, because I love him so, that I could reciprocate,” Morena said.
“Morgan and I have known each other for fifty years. We first worked together in 1971on superb children’s show called The Electric Company,” she reminisced, going on to say that while Freeman “played many hilarious characters,” the one that is etched in her memory is “Dracula.”
“This was educational programming at its finest,” she joked, drawing laughter from the crowd and a chuckle from the great man himself.
The 80-year-old actor walked up to the stage in a black tuxedo and black cap, looking every bit the “Mr. Debonair” she described him as when she was introducing him.
After graciously thanking his fellow actors and his guests from the southeast coast, including his children and their “cohorts,” the legendary actor – in the way that only he can – pointed out a flaw in the statuette, saying, somewhat sardonically, that the award was “gender-specific” from the front.
“One more thing; I wasn’t going to do this. I’m going to tell you what’s wrong with this statue. It works from the back; from the front, it’s gender-specific.” And after a small pause, for effect, perhaps, “Maybe I started something.”
Earlier, soon after he came on stage, the old friends and former co-stars even ribbed each other a bit. She asked Freeman to lift up his hat so that everybody could see his face clearly.
“You have no idea how long I had to put up with that,” he quipped back.
Here’s Mr. Freeman’s speech.
Nicole Kidman’s Award Acceptance Speech
Nicole Kidman won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries award for her role in “Little Big Lies.”
In her acceptance speech, the 50-year-old star said she was “incredibly grateful” to receive such an honor at this late stage in her career and at a time when youth is what works in Hollywood.
“To receive this at this stage in my life is extraordinary, and at this time in the industry when these things are going on, and for this role,” she said.
She went on pay her tribute to the veteran actresses in the industry, including Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange about whom she said: “I revere you! I’ve watched you and I have learned from you..”
Some of the other names she read out from her list were: Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Judy Davis, Isabelle Huppert, Shirley MacLaine and Judi Dench and many others she couldn’t mention as her list was long.
“How wonderful it is that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old because 20 years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives. That’s not the case now,” she said.
Watch her acceptance here.
Gary Oldman Wins 2nd Best Actor trophy this year
After walking away with the best actor Golden Globe earlier this month, it was time for British actor Gary Oldman to pick his second award, in the same category, and, in as many nominations this year, for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the war epic “Darkest Hour.”
An emotional Oldman thanked SAG for the “tremendous honor” and said that he was “honestly and truly thrilled and overjoyed” to be there that night.
Here’s a video clip of his speech.
As much as it was a shift from the all-black Golden Globes affair, the shades you got to see at SAG were somewhat subdued; albeit far from it when it came to style. The chic element was there on full display!
Here ‘s the full list of winners of the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
- James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
- Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
- Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” (WINNER)
- Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
- Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
- Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” (WINNER)
- Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
- Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
- Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
- Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
- Woody Harrelson,”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
- Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
- Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (WINNER)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
- Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
- Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
- Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”
- Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” (WINNER)
- Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture
- “The Big Sick”
- “Get Out”
- “Lady Bird”
- “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (WINNER)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
- “Baby Driver”
- “Wonder Woman” (WINNER)
- “War for the Planet of the Apes”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
- Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
- Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
- Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
- Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
- Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” (WINNER)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
- Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (WINNER)
- Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
- Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
- Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
- Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
- Jason Bateman, “Ozark”
- Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (WINNER)
- Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
- David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
- Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
- Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”
- Claire Foy, “The Crown” (WINNER)
- Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
- Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
- Laura Linney, “Ozark”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
- Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
- Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
- Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
- Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
- William H. Macy, “Shameless” (WINNER)
- Marc Maron, “GLOW”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
- Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”
- Alison Brie, “GLOW”
- Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” (WINNER)
- Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
- “The Crown”
- “Game of Thrones”
- “The Handmaid’s Tale”
- “Stranger Things”
- “This Is Us” (WINNER)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
- “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
- “Orange is the New Black”
- “Veep” (WINNER)
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
- “Game of Thrones” (WINNER)
- “Stranger Things”
- “The Walking Dead”