The 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards is honoring acting achievements in film and television. The 2018 SAG Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, is taking place at The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday in Los Angeles.
The show focuses on women, with mostly female presenters and an opening with only actresses speaking about their art. Producers say they were inspired by last year’sto highlight women’s achievements at this year’s SAG Awards.
Tension over sexual misconduct accusations brewed before the show, with Giuliana Rancic of E! asking Alison Brie about the allegations against her brother-in-law,. Brie, who is married to Dave Franco, said, “I think that above all what we’ve always said is it remains vital that anyone who remains victimized should have the right to speak out and come forward.” But she also added, “Not everything that has come forward is fully accurate.”
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Molly Shannon and Leslie Mann presented outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. The award went to the cast of “Veep,” and Matt Walsh made a speech and thanked the cast’s “leader,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Walsh joked and thanked his colleagues for giving him a “Grammy” before looking at his trophy and saying, “SAG Award. Sorry.”
Sarah Silverman told a story about a young girl who wanted to be an actress, but was cast as a carrot in a school play. Silverman joked, “That carrot grew up to be Dame Judi Dench” before presenting outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role. Allison Janney won the SAG Award for her role in “I, Tonya.” In her acceptance speech, Janney said, “It’s incredibly emotional to be in this category of great women I love so much,” before praising the other nominees for their “brilliant” performances.
Kristen Bell opened the 2018 SAG Awards with a monologue, talking about how she was the first host ever for the SAG Awards. Bell joked and called herself the “first lady” and said, “I honestly never thought I would grow up to be the first lady but I kinda like it.”
Bell joked that her platform would be to fight against cyberbullies but talked about the real purpose of the SAG Awards.
“Everyone’s story deserves to be told, especially now,” she said. “We are living in a watershed moment and as we march forward, let’s make sure we’re leading the charge with empathy and diligence, because fear and anger never win the race.”
Then Bell joked, “I think we can come together and delight in one thing: ‘Frozen 2’ is coming out in theaters in 2019.”
Maya Rudolph and Kristen Bell presented the first award of the night, outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series, which went to William H. Macy for “Shameless.”was a nominee, but the actor, who was recently accused of sexual misconduct, was absent.
Connie Britton and Mandy Moore took the stage to present the next award outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series, which went to Julia Louis Dreyfus, who recently announced she is battling breast cancer. Britton said, “Julia Louis Dreyfus couldn’t be here. Julia, we’re thinking of you and we love you.”
Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand introduced a look at “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
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