Hollywood descended on the red carpet on Sunday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, with Black comedy crime story Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri expected to dominate a ceremony that will honour Hollywood’s women.
Reese Witherspoon, Susan Sarandon, Morgan Freeman, Margot Robbie, Sterling K Brown, and Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown were among the glamorous arrivals at the Shrine Exposition Center in downtown Los Angeles, hosted by actor Kristen Bell.
The awards are a bellwether for the Oscars in March, and are being closely watched this year as they come with Hollywood engulfed in the worst sexual misconduct scandal in its history.
From Aziz Ansari’s absence to Dave Franco’s presence, here are six most talked about moments of the female-driven award shows.
We saw a lot of repeat winners from the Golden Globes: Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) in the supporting categories, Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) and Frances McDormand (Three Billboards) for lead actor and actress, and Three Billboards as top film, reported USA Today.
2. Aziz Ansari’s absence went unnoticed
Aziz Ansari’s absence went unnoticed as the Indian-American actor decided to skip the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards. But his presence was definitely felt Sunday night during the announcement of the nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
According to Huffington Post, when Ansari’s name was called, there was a notable lack of applause. No time was allotted for applause, either. Ansari won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy just two weeks ago.
3. Morgan Freeman receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Morgan Freeman received a standing ovation at the SAG Awards. The veteran Hollywood star, 80, was honoured with the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work.
“This is beyond an honour. This is a place in history,” he said. He then went on to thank his family, friends and colleagues. Freeman wore black tie with a baseball cap and when he reached the stage, Moreno, 86, admonished him to lift his cap up a bit so everyone could see his face better.
4. James Franco appeared after sexual misconduct allegations
James Franco, a best actor nominee for The Disaster Artist, did show up but skipped the red carpet and did not win. Franco has kept a low profile since describing allegations of sexual impropriety against him by five women two weeks ago as “not accurate.”
5. Nicole Kidman makes a powerful speech
Nicole Kidman, 50, won for playing a battered wife in HBO’s female-centric TV series Big Little Lies.
“How wonderful that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old. Just 20 years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives. This is not the case now,” Kidman said.
6. Time’s Up pins go missing
Colour came back to the red carpet (albeit in mostly muted shades) after the Golden Globes blackout but the Time’s Up pins that so many stars sported on January 7 were few and far between. Reese Witherspoon, who helped launch the women’s equality group on New Year’s Day, wasn’t wearing one on her emerald Zac Posen gown. Get Out star Allison Williams demoted hers, pinning it to her clutch instead of her Ralph & Russo gown.
Time’s Up and “Me Too” weren’t totally forgotten — they were mentioned on the red carpet and at various points throughout the show — but compared to the Globes, the SAGs were a business-as-usual affair.
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