The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was hosted by Kristen Bell…. who did a fantastic job…as the first official HOST of the televised broadcast.
There has never been a host for this awards show,” Bell expressed …”First time. First person. First lady. I honestly never thought I would grow up to be the first lady, but you know what, I kind of like it.”
And she was glorious in her role… as First Lady! Every.Shining.Moment!!!
Kristen was a warm… and gracious host… with comedic timing that was SPOT ON!!! On a personal note…
I’ve always liked Kristen Bell… after working on set with her down in San Diego… on “Veronica Mars.”
I was always glad when she showed up… she always brought goodness and light ✨ whenever she showed up. I feel lucky to have met her… way back when… 😉
Kristen took a few good jabs here and there… saying Cyberbullying is a problem… that still needs to be
I really liked when she said:
“Everyone’s story deserves to be told, especially now,”
*** Yes… Yes… I was all ears!! 👂🏽 go on Kristen… go on…***
“We are living in a watershed moment in time…and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure we are leading the charge with empathy and diligence, because fear and anger never win the race.”
Regardless of our differences, we can all come together and delight in one thing: Frozen 2 is coming out in theaters in 2019.”
Now… that made me laugh! 😆and everybody else too…
Well alrighty then…. I can’t wait!!! 😃
You did that Kristen!!! I can totally see you hosting more awards shows!!! Yay!!! 🎉🎉🎉
The SAG AWARDS were held Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall…and broadcast on TBS and TNT..
I thought It was a great show… and flowed nicely. 👍🏽
I enjoyed watching it …and thought ~EVERYBODY~ looked fantastic! I’m so glad all the fellas have gotten the memo… and really stepped it up on the dress code!
It is the BEST thing EVER… to see so many HANDSOME men from the industry… in stylish… formal TUXEDOS!!!! “🙌🏽”
I LOVE ❤️ seeing that… L♥️VE iIT‼️
Women’s empowerment topics… were brought up quite a bit… while the Time’s Up and “Me Too” campaigns also surfaced throughout the show.
I had the great privilege of attending an awards viewing party… at the Alex Theatre….
What a joy to share this wonderful event… with a packed theater of my fellow SAG-AFTRA members…
All the guests at the party…received wonderful keepsake gifts… and enjoyed a festive atmosphere while watching the show.
There were tons of giveaways, raffles… while we enjoyed refreshments… throughout the course of the evening.
🔸And now…for the WINNERS!!!✔️🔸
The Honorees for individual SAG-AWARDS this year…were Frances McDormand…for best performance by a female…actor in a leading role…
This woman is a REAL POWERHOUSE!!! The part she played in “Three Billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri..” ( Fox Searchlight)
Just WOW!!! Her character did NOT PLAY!!!
Mc Dormand COMMANDEERED that role… with mental toughness… heart… grit… and a hard core element… that only a few actors can master in a lifetime…
Yep! Frances McDormand… is a one of a kind sensation…. I love seeing her sashay on stage too! Work it Fraces! (LOL!)
Gary Oldman… won for best performance by a make actor…in a leading role… for “Darkest hour” (Focus Features)
I was mesmerized by his performance!!! He was absolutely AMAZING in his transformation into Winston Churchill…
How about Allison Janney…winning… for her role as Tonya Hardings Mom… in “I… Tonya…” (Neon)
That role was written specifically for her… and she played it… to that FULLEST!!!! Allison Janney was just unbelievable!!! I watched her on the big screen… saying: mannnnnn….oh…mannnn!!! (LOL!) 😆
But wait…☝🏽Sam Rockwell won big too… as best supporting make actor..for his performance in motion pictures…
I have to take a moment and talk about Sam Rockwell’s performance in (“Three Billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri) He did a FANTASTIC job playing his part. I was stunned…what a character!. flawed.. and complex. An eye 👁 opening example… of how it sometimes takes a series of traumatic events… for a person to change… and dig down deep.. to reveal decency… empathy and compassion… qualities that I’d like to think… are in every human being…
This unforgettable role proves that life can conjure up a bizarre chain of events sometimes… to shake folks to the core… and get em straight!!!
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Rockwell said he welcomed the #MeToo moment, saying, “It’s long overdue.”
Another winner was Nicole Kidman….for “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Oh! Kidman made one of the BEST statements of the night… about ageism in the industry:
“How wonderful it is that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old,” said Nicole Kidman, who won best actress in a television movie or limited series for her “Big Little Lies” performance.
“Twenty years ago we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives. That’s not the case now. We’ve proven that we’re potent and powerful and viable. I just beg that the industry stays behind us.” To that… I say:
You GO Nicole Kidman!!! Shining BRIGHT as ever… like the TRUE super star ⭐️ she has always been!!!
The other winners of the night were:
Alexander Skarsgard…( Big Little Lies)
Claire Foy, yes! Yes! Let me say that Claire Foy is absolutely DIVINE as the Queen… in “The Crown”
I love ❤️ her in this role! She does a magnificent job… in a well written show. It’s one of my favorite things to watch on NETFLIX! 👑
Sterling K. Brown… a true STAND OUT in his role…I’m so glad to see how people have embraced this actor in this show… as well as the entire cast!
Another unforgettable moment of the night happened just before he won… when Niecy Nash… from “Claws” asked co-presenter Olivia Munn
if Sterling K. Brown won… could she announce his name…… when asked why??? Niecy said…”Cause he Black!!!” 👊🏽 bam!
That line was honest.. truthful and direct… It was well received by the audience… and a proud moment indeed… when Niecy Nash proclaimed Sterling K. Brown… the WINNER!!!
Sterling K. Brown has just made history, becoming the first black actor to win the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama.
As for more significant Victories… Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins again…for Outstanding female actor… in a comedy series for ( Veep) on HBO…and so does William H. Macy… Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series..( “Shmeless”) on Showtime
They are both incredible too…for OUTSTANDING performances in television….
They have embodied characters… that the audiences have latched on too… and can’t get enough of seeing!!!
How great… for Julia Louis Dreyfus… and William H. Macy to create such memorable characters!!!
Both have been fortunate to maintain tremendous career success for quite some time… and what a list of credits!!!
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensembles were awarded to Stunr crews with “Wonder Woman” and “Game of Thrones” (HBO)
The Actor award for performances by a motion picture cast went this year to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri… For television drama and comedy ensemble performances… Awards also went to the casts of This is Us…and Veep.
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris looked absolutely beautiful… in a fabulous red gown…
She spoke about the Unions commitment to serve and protect the membership…and give women… what is deserved:
“Truth is power and women are stepping into their power,”
She went on to say… that there will be some new changes…starting right away:
We are in the midst of a cultural shift.” she exclaimed…
We are, with brave voices saying ‘Me Too’ and advocates who know time is up, we are making a difference. You are making a difference. It’s amazing. Change is coming and we are the agents of that change.”
The movements making waves in the industry right now…
Rita Moreno presented Morgan Freeman with the 54th Life Achievement Award….
It was was truly a key moment in the show… because this gentleman has had one of the BEST careers in Hollywood!!!! ⭐️🎬🎥
It was a love fest… full ⭕️ circle… when Moreno exclaimed that she was extremely happy… to present the award to Morgan Freeman… after he bestowed the same honor to her…during a previous show..
Moreno shared how…she worked with Morgan Freeman on the “Electric Company!!!”
The “Electric company… was a super-fun kids show… where you could laugh… while you learned from a great cast!
I remember that show VERY well… It was one of my ✨FAVORITES✨ as a kid!!! I’d race home from school to catch it…in the afternoons… and was delighted to see it broadcast again… on Saturdays!!!
Oooh!!! Nice trip down memory lane… but back to the show! There was a wonderful filmed tribute to Freeman… Academy Award winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist,…
The audience applauded and cheered throughout the montage of outstanding film and TV roles… held by Morgan Freeman through the years!
I must say… this fine actor has captured our hearts… and minds… with powerful and unique characters…
This BRILLIANT performer… has been in some of the BEST movies in Cinematic history!!!
I mean… how many actors can put on their resume… that they were cast to play “GOD..” Can I get an A-men??? Oh… and how many can say they”ve had the authority and credibility… to also be taken seriously in a role… as President of the United States… 🇺🇸 and…South Africa 🇿🇦
That voice! That rich and powerful voice! Freeman is also a well sought after voice over artist… who has narrated numerous documentaries… commercials and other major projects.
Freeman looked suave… cool… calm and collected on stage… wearing a black baseball cap.. when he received his award. Before he spoke… Moreno said: “Lift your cap up…now they can see you.”
Morgan looked like… whhhaaaattt??? (LOL!!!) 😂🤣😅
“You see what I had to put up with?” Freeman joked.
There was a moment during his speech… when Freeman paused… to call out a chatterbox talking during his speech in the audience…. 😬
Morgan Freeman is just so smooth… even the way he put that person on BLAST was cool…(LOL!!!!) 😎
It was a heartfelt occasion indeed…for Freeman to receive the Life Achievement Award…. with all of his Children present.
He said he was very HAPPY his family had flown in… from all across the country… to share in this great occasion with him.
Felicity Huffman introduced a filmed memorial tribute to SAG-AFTRA members who have recently passed on… We lost a lot giants in the industry… but their fine work.. will be preserved on the Big… and small screens forever!
((( Another Moment of Silence…. in HONOR of these GREAT actors…😔))
…….and That’s a wrap for 2018… I honestly thought it was a GREAT show… and I was EXCITED that Most of the folks I voted 🗳 for… WON!!!
I enjoyed watching some incredible performances this year… the honors are well deserved!!! Those who were nominated… and did not get to take home a statue… should feel honored as well…. I know.. it’s said all the time… that “it’s an honor to be nominated… and it’s TRUE!!!!”
Kudos to all the nominees… you guys rock!!!
👉🏽 Now comes the Academy Awards… and I betcha… we’re going to see a lot of these same folks again… because they gave us OUTSTANDING performances!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
Congratulations!!! 🎉 to everyone… As your fellow actor… I support you… I learn from you… and VALUE your contributions to the industry…
Keep on…Keeping on!!!
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