22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Results and Commentary

SAG Awards Actor statuette
Actor Statuette
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  • Date of Ceremony: Saturday, January 30, 2016
  • For performances seen in: 2015
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Welcome to DigitalHit’s coverage of the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were handed out on January 30th, 2016.

8:00 PM

Jeffrey Tambor, Anna Chlumsky, Kunal Nayyar, Rami Malek and Queen Latifah talk about their experiences as actors.

8:03 PM

Tonight’s first presenters are Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig, who are presenting Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. And the Actor goes to Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba.

“I would like to just take an opportunity to acknowledge the actors who are at home, not here in this room with us, but hoping to one day be in this room with us to continue to keep trying, to keep plugging, to keep working. No matter if anybody tells you to get out of that line that you are waiting in, stay in line. You have the chance. It is yours.” – Uzo Aduba

8:08 PM

Jason Bateman and Sarah Silverman are presenting Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series. Sarah needs glasses and a fake moustache to read the nominees. And the Actor goes to Jeffrey Tambor. Bateman says “Get up here, Dad” as Tambor played his father on Arrested Development.

“I play Maura Pfefferman. She’s very entitled, and she has a lot of money. And I would just like to dedicate this award to the non-Maura Pfefferman’s who don’t have a lot of cash for their operations, for their medicine, for their freedom.” – Jeffrey Tambor

8:12 PM

Christian Bale and Steve Carell introduce a clip from the ensemble-nominated film The Big Short.

8:14 PM

Moving right along, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons team up to present Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. And the Actor goes to Orange Is The New Black.

“Thank you so much to our peers at SAG-AFTRA for this is an incredible honor. I mean, look at this stage. I mean, this is what we talk about when we talk about diversity: You know, different race, color, creed, and sexual orientation.” – Laura Prepon

8:24 PM

Jeremy Renner is out next to present the Actor statuette for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. And the Actor goes to Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl.

“Thank you, SAG-AFTRA for this, and then thank you to to my fellow actors, to my friends, to my peers, to well, this is honestly, this is the highest honor I think just to be invited to join this stage because of you. Thank you. You know, I was remembering when I grew up. My mum’s an actress, so I used to go and watch her on stage at the theatre, and I loved to watch her rehearse. I loved to watch her perform; but already when I was a young girl, I was always, I think, the most captivated by what I saw. I saw a sudden thrill. I saw an excitement of a collaboration and exchange of camaraderie between actors by fellow actors; and I learned then, and I know still, that acting is not in above all. That magic only happens between acting companions.” – Alicia Vikander

8:29 PM

Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell introduce the clip from the nominated film ensemble Straight Outta Compton.

8:30 PM

Now it’s time for Saoirse Ronan to present Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. She’s a few seconds late getting out and jokes about it before introducing the nominees. Interesting fact about Ronan, despite the Irish accent, she was actually born in The Bronx, moving to Ireland when she was three. And the Actor goes to Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation.

“I want to tell you, man, we made a film about real people and real lives, you know; and to be, you know, awarded for it is very special, because a lot of people were damaged for that. So thank you for giving this film some light, man. Respect. Love.” – Idris Elba

8:40 PM

SAG-AFTRA president Ken Howard jokes that they’re already running a minute long. He pays thanks to the other unions and guilds that are part of the filmmaking family before talking about the good work done by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. He introduces a clip about the passion of their profession.

8:45 PM

Anthony Mackie and Anna Faris pay tribute to America’s Armed Forces before presenting Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. And the Actor goes to Queen Latifah for Bessie.

“Thank you mom and dad for believing in me and telling me I could achieve anything if I just believed in myself. And I hope that anyone out there who does not come in the package that people say you should, keep fighting for it. Flip those rocks over. Keep pushing. Keep turning. You can do it. You build your own boxes, not people. So knock that thing away and do you. Thank you.” – Queen Latifah

8:50 PM

Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo introduce the clip for the remarkable Spotlight.

8:51 PM

Room’s Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are presenting Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. And the Actor goes to Idris Elba for Luther. It’s his second SAG Award of the night.

Luther, a little train that was Luther. I got a shout out to Neill Cross, who is an incredible writer; and his imagination… He writes this show, which is the darkest show on TV, from a lovely, little window in New Zealand. I’m not sure where he gets it from. Sam Miller, who is an amazing director, who has brought Luther to life. Thank you, John, our DP, amazing. And thank you the amazing cast that work with us. I want to thank you, too. I really don’t know what to say tonight, man. Like, two wins in one night.” – Idris Elba

9:00 PM

Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren and Diane Lane present a clip from the ensemble-nominated film Trumbo.

9:02 PM

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are presenting the Life Achievement Award to the wonderful, the legendary, the funny, the beautiful Carol Burnett.

9:11 PM

Carol gets a huge ovation as she takes to the stage.

“When I got my variety show, one of the major things I wanted to do and I loved doing was our takeoffs on all the movies that I grew up loving. And this time, we had costumes designed by the brilliant Bob Mackie, a 28 piece orchestra, our own rep company, two guest stars a week, dancers and singers. In essence, we mounted a musical comedy review every week, and oh, God, did we have fun. And at first, the network didn’t want me to do one. They tried to talk me into doing a half hour sitcom called Here’s Agnes. Can you picture it? Here’s Agnes. I can just see it now, you know. But I had a terrific and unheard of contract that said that all I had to do was push the button and the network would have to give me 30 one hour variety shows. Yeah. And I told him that’s what I wanted to do. But they said, ‘Carol, no, no, no, no. Look, look. All the comedy variety shows are hosted by men; Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, now Dean. It’s really not for a gal. It’s comedy variety is a man’s game.’ Hum uhm, no. I want to pay tribute to all the folks who contributed to our show behind the scenes and especially to my family in front of the camera; the brilliant Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Wagner, and Tim Conway. Their comedic chops made it all work, and I was able to do what I did because of what they brought to the table; not only their talents, but their love, and I’m so happy I pushed that button.” – Carol Burnett

9:21 PM

Taye Diggs and Eva Longoria are presenting Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. And the Actor goes to Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder.

“You know, there’s a famous saying that: ‘I am I am not who you think I am. You are who you think I am.’ And, um, I think about that because people are always saying, wow, you know, Annalise is an antihero, and don’t you worry she’s not likable? And don’t you worry that she’s not a mentor? And I always think, Why do I have to be a hero? Why do you have to like me? And why do I have to be a mentor? My job, as an actor, is just to create a human being to the best of my ability; flawed, messy, maybe not always likable, maybe not cute. It is my job, and I do it to the best of my ability, and I get so much joy out of being an actor.” – Viola Davis

9:25 PM

Abraham Attah and Idris Elba introduce the clip for the ensemble-nominated Beasts of No Nation.

9:26 PM

Priyanka Chopra and Pedro Pascal are presenting Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. And the Actor goes to Kevin Spacey.

“I just want to wrap up by saying I just want to talk a little bit about the theory of relativity. Yeah. Because, apparently, they say that if you are in an elevator, you don’t know whether you are going up or going down. But right now, it feels like I’m going up. Thank you very much.” – Kevin Spacey

9:30 PM

Susan Sarandon is out next to present this evening’s In Memoriam segment.

9:39 PM

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Keegan-Michael Key present Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. And the Actor goes to Downton Abbey.

“Hello, hello, lovely room of fellow actors. Can I just say, before we even address this thing, this issue, that we’ve been coming here for 6 years, and we have encountered only the most amazing kindness and generosity from American actors. Thank you. So to be nominated in this category is mind-blowing for us. You know, we are a British show. What the heck are we doing here? And we are — we’re up against your TV royalty. So thank you for that. That is a deep, deep honor to win this. Just phenomenal. Thank you.” – Lesley Nicol

9:45 PM

Eddie Redmayne is now presenting Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. And the Actor goes to Brie Larson for Room.

“I feel like I was born questioning everything about reality, feeling lost and alone and always worried that I was deeply unlovable. And watching your movies, to all of my SAG members, helped, made me feel less alone and made me feel like that was a safe place for me to explore my creativity. So, thank you.” – Brie Larson

9:54 PM

Julianne Moore is out now to present Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. And the Actor goes to Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant.

“When I was 15 years old, I was lucky enough to get a film called This Boy’s Life. And for about a year after that, I watched as many films as I possibly could, films from Jimmy Cagney all the way to Robert De Niro, and it gave me such a tremendous respect for this craft, the craft of acting. I was in all their performances, and I was incredibly inspired. So for any young actors out there, I encourage you to watch the history of cinema. Because as the history of cinema unfolds, you realize that we all stand on the shoulders of giants. So I want to thank all of those actors from the past that have inspired me and all the actors that are in this room.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

9:58 PM

Demi Moore is here to present tonight’s final award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. And the Actor goes to Spotlight.

“This is for how great these guys are, but for me, personally, I think I speak for everyone. Honestly, this is not only for the survivors of this horrific situation, but for me, personally, and I’m only speaking for me, this is really for the disenfranchised everywhere. This is for every Flint, Michigan in the world. This is for the powerless. This is for the powerful, who take advantage of the powerless. And you can hang me for that. I don’t really care. That’s who I am proud to be part of this. And thank you very much. It comes down to two things: There’s fair and there’s unfair. And I’m always going to vote for the fair. I’m always going to vote for the good guys.” – Michael Keaton

10:02 PM

Demi wishes us all a good night.

The Actor Statuette Photo Credit: Mark Hill ©2005 Screen Actors Guild.