Winners and presenters at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards used their platforms at the ceremony to acknowledge the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain and Michael Keaton were among the Hollywood stars who expressed solidarity with the country’s citizens at the 28th annual ceremony in Los Angeles.
There was a notable lack of British success at this year’s Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, with UK talent being snubbed in almost every category.
Here is everything you need to know about it.
How did the awards acknowledge Ukraine?
At the top of the show, co-host and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr said members of the organisation were praying for “impending peace” in the region.
“While tonight is a celebration, we are all at the same time holding a place in our hearts for the people of Ukraine and sending our thoughts, prayers and hopes for impending peace,” he said.
Taking to the stage to accept the award for best ensemble in a drama series, Succession star Cox said the unfolding events were “truly awful” and praised the country’s president Volodymyr Zelensky.
Michael Keaton, who won best male actor in a television movie or limited series, also praised president Zelensky, who “deserves credit tonight for fighting the fight”.
The Eyes Of Tammy Faye star Jessica Chastain, who won best female actress in a leading role for the film said: “My heart is with our international family all over the world right now who is fighting for their safety and their freedom.”
Who were the winners?
Cast members of the film CODA praised the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) for “validating” deaf culture and actors, as the film scooped the top prize at the 28th annual ceremony.
The film, featuring an ensemble cast of deaf actors, won SAG’s equivalent of best film, outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.
Coda tells the story of Ruby, the child of deaf adults (Coda), and stars Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant, as well as English actress Emilia Jones.
In an emotional acceptance speech given in American Sign Language (ASL) Matlin joked that she did not need the microphone and thanked Codas and their interpreters all over the world.
Squid Game star Jung Ho-Yeon said her Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award win has “opened doors for me” after years of dreaming to become a big screen actor.
The Korean actress won outstanding performance for female actor in a drama series for her roles in Netflix’s dark thriller, alongside co-star Lee Jung-Jae, who scooped the best male actor in a drama series prize at the 28th annual awards.
The actors gave short acceptance speeches in their native Korean language and thanked global audiences for their love and support for the show.
How did British nominees do?
British heavyweights including Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman, lost out in their respective categories, as did Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast.
Cumberbatch lost out to Will Smith for best male actor in a leading role, who won for his performance in King Richard, and Colman was beaten by Jessica Chastain, who took best female actor in a leading role for The Eyes Of Tammy Faye.
Belfast cast members Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Ciaran Hinds and Jude Hill took to the stage to introduce a clip from film, set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland, but lost out to CODA for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.
Balfe also lost out to Ariana DeBose in the female actor in a supporting role category.
Apple TV’s Richmond-based comedy Ted Lasso provided the only relief of the night, with it’s largely British cast receiving best ensemble in a comedy series.
Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple, who were both nominated for best female actor in a comedy series, lost out to Jean Smart, who won the award for her role in US sitcom Hacks.
However one of the evening’s highlights came from British screen veteran Dame Helen Mirren who was given the SAG lifetime achievement award at the 28th annual ceremony.
Dame Helen, who is SAG’s most decorated recipient of the accolade, attributed her years of success to her mantra of “be on time and don’t be an ass”.
The full list of SAG Award winners is as follows:
- Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role – Will Smith (King Richard)
- Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role – Jessica Chastain (The Eyes Of Tammy Faye)
- Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role – Troy Kotsur (CODA)
- Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role – Ariana DeBose (West Side Story)
- Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture – CODA
- Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or limited series – Michael Keaton (Dopesick)
- Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or limited series – Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)
- Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series – Lee Jung-Jae (Squid Game)
- Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series – Jung Ho-Yeon (Squid Game)
- Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series – Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
- Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series – Jean Smart (Hacks)
- Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series – Succession
- Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series – Ted Lasso
- Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture – No Time To Die
- Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series – Squid Game
- The 57th Annual SAG Life Achievement Award – Dame Helen Mirren
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