What They’re Talking About: 24th Annual SAG Awards

Awards season charged through with the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last night, hosted, for the first time ever, by Kristen Bell.

 The SAG Awards’ insularity makes it a little less exciting than shows like the Golden Globes or Grammy’s, but last night’s affair offered some moments worth mentioning:

 1. Oprah may have set a trend for women delivering powerful speeches at award shows. Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) president Gabrielle Carteris took the stage to declare that women are stepping into their power and stand in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse and in support of the #MeToo movement.

 2. The Time’s Up movement didn’t hold as much presence as it did at the Golden Globe Awards, but some attendees like actresses Gina Rodriguez and Allison Williams made space for their pins on their evening ensembles.

 3. One thing the SAG Awards had in common with the GGs? This Is Us and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri got the same outpour of love (and awards) that they’ve been getting for the past six months. This Is Us took home two awards and ‘Three Billboards’ walked away with four.

 4. This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown became the first black actor to win in the category of “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.”

 5. The incredibly smooth Morgan Freeman was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the end of the night where he took the opportunity to poke fun at the gender-specific award during his speech, claiming that it only works from the back.

~ Sydney Shuler

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