SAG Awards 2017 : Live from the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards

Thespians honor their own at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards, airing live on TNT and TBS Sunday.

Without La La Land in the best cast category, best picture contenders such as Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea and Hidden Figures will try to gain some momentum heading into the Academy Awards next month. Among TV shows, Downton Abbey and Orange Is the New Black will each be going for their third straight SAG Award for outstanding drama ensemble and comedy cast respectively.

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Here is a minute-by-minute breakdown of the night’s festivities:

9:55:La La Land star Emma Stone continues a successful season by taking lead female actor in a film. “To be an actor playing an actor receiving an Actor by a guild of actors is pretty exceptional,” she nervously says. “We’re in a really tricky time in the world and our country and things are very inexcusable and need action, and I feel very grateful to be part of a group of people who cares and wants to reflect things back to society.”

9:48:Stranger Things pulls off a huge surprise, downing Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey and The Crown for best drama ensemble. Cast member David Harbour unleashes an impassioned speech saying the win is a call-to-arms against fear and exclusivity. “We 1983 Midwesterners will repel bullies. We will hunt monsters and when we are lost amidst the hypocrisy … we will punch some people in the face.”

9:32: The Crown makes it two-for-two: Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, snags female actor in a drama. “I haven’t recovered from John winning so I’m emotional and a bit shaking,” she says, paying tribute to fellow co-stars and particularly wanting to embarrass Matt Smith. “Thank you for making this job a joy and making me laugh.”

9:26: The Crown star John Lithgow wins for male actor in a drama series, though he admits that “I never would have cast myself as Winston Churchill.”

9:04: Dolly Parton hits the stage to give a lifetime achievement award to her 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin. (Apparently they and Jane Fonda have “become like a little trio” — people keep talking about them doing a 9 to 5 sequel, Parton says, adding that “we better get after it or we’ll have to call it 95.”) Tomlin remarks that it’s “inspiring” to get the honor when she’s 77 and, with the Doomsday Clock officially moved up, “this award came just at the nick of time.” The comedienne has the audience in stitches when giving them all some “sage advice.” Among her lessons: wear sunscreen; don’t leave the house when you’re drunk; be wary of enterprises needing new clothing; and thank “those people on whose shoulders you stand.”

8:54: Bryan Cranston pulls off an upset win for male actor in a miniseries/movie. He said people often ask him what his All the Way role of Lyndon B. Johnson would think about Donald Trump. “I honestly feel that 36 would put his arm around 45 and earnestly wish him success,” Cranston says. “And he would also whisper in his ear something he said often as a form of encouragement and a cautionary tale: ‘Just don’t (pee) in the soup all of us gotta eat.’ ”

8:48: Hot off a Golden Globe win, Sarah Paulson snags another award for People v O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story: female actor in a miniseries/movie. She thanks the woman she plays, Marcia Clark, plus her co-stars. “Every day on this set was like being in a fine acting school,” Paulson says. “It’s very rare and special to have that alchemy with people.” And not to be outdone politically, she also called for people to give money to the American Civil Liberties Union who “protect the rights and liberties of people all across this country.”

8:37: A tearful Mahershala Ali gets his first big win of awards season, taking supporting male actor in a film for Moonlight. He imparts the lesson he learned about “what happens when you persecute people” and warns that “we get caught up in the minutiae of what makes us different.” Ali added he was grateful to play “a gentleman who saw a young man folding into himself as a result of the persecution of his community and (took) the opportunity to uplift him, to tell him that he mattered and that he was OK and accept him. I hope we do a better job of it.”

8:31: Viola Davis accepts her award for female supporting actor in a film, thanking Fences playwright August Wilson: “They say that maybe all one can hope for is the right regrets. What August did so beautifully is he honored the average man, who happened to be a man of color. Sometimes we don’t have to shape the world and move the world and create anything that is going to be in a history book. The fact that we breathe and live a life and (were) a god to our children, just that means we have a story and it deserves to be told.”

8:19:Orange Is the New Black takes its third straight SAG Award for outstanding cast in a comedy. Star Taylor Schilling accepts the trophy and makes it three-for-three for speeches with a political tone: She points out the huge diverse bunch of actresses “representing generations of families who have sought a better life here. … We know that it’s going to be up to us — and all of you preferably — to keep telling stories that show what unites us is stronger than the forces that seek to divide us.”

8:11: William H. Macy gets the award for male actor in a comedy for Shameless, namechecking his character and also continuing the political bent of the night. “I want to thank President Trump for making Frank Gallagher seem so normal.”

8:08:Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins for female actor in a comedy series, and in her acceptance speech, she first strikes an admittedly “insane note” saying, “Whether the Russians did or did not hack tonight’s SAG awards … this award is legitimate and I won. I won, the winner is me, landslide!” Then she went serious, talked about her father (who was the victim of religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France) and made mention of the immigration ban. “Because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes.”

8:04: There are no actual hosts but Ashton Kutcherbegins the night with a shoutout to those affected by the immigration ban at airports: “You are a part of the fabric of who we are and we welcome you and we love you.”


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