LOS ANGELES – The Screen Actors Guild Awards is like a ballroom filled with cool kids’ tables. It’s a show where actors honor their fellow actors in TV and film. Everyone gets to eat, drink and geek out about their craft.
And we get to watch.
So what does the evening look like on the ground at the Shrine Auditorium? Here’s what we saw in the ballroom and backstage.
John Krasinski gave Emily Blunt two standing ovations – that she didn’t see
You know, how at a wedding, it can be fun to watch the groom wait for his bride? At award shows, it’s worth watching relatives react to their significant other’s win.
Take, for example, John Krasinski, who directed, co-wrote and co-starred in “A Quiet Place” with supporting-actress winner Emily Blunt. He looked shocked as he stood up and applauded as his wife went up to accept her award. Then, still looking stunned, Krasinski mouthed “wow,” and then gave another standing ovation when she was done.
Backstage, Blunt told reporters that she missed her husband’s extreme reaction.
“I’m completely blind without my glasses, so his face was a bit of a blur for me,” she said.
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Post-win, Blunt was whisked away for photos and interviews while friends went to congratulate Krasinksi, who was also nominated for his lead role in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”
“I’m just gonna enjoy this moment,” he told USA TODAY after her win, politely warding off further questions.
The “Black Panther” cast tired out Tracy Morgan
Stars: They’re just like us. They, too want to take group photos at big events. But one picture was taking a bit too long for Tracy Morgan’s liking.
During a commercial, the comedian posed with cast members from “Black Panther” before putting a stop the flashes. “My quads are giving out!” he yelled as Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o broke out in laughter. “Black Panther” later won for best ensemble cast.
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The “Crazy Rich Asians” cast was in a silly mood
The stars from “Crazy Rich Asians” had a table in the front row, next to the tables occupied by cast members from “Vice,” “A Star Is Born,” “Green Book” and “Black Panther.”
Since their film missed out on an Oscar nomination, it was nice to see them embrace what could their last big award show together. They took photos, chatted and got silly when asked about if they prepared to do anything when the camera was on them.
“Let’s plan something right now!” Awkwafina, the lead instigator cracked.
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Patricia Arquette vs. the teleprompter
Patricia Arquette, who was named best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for “Escape at Dannemora,” didn’t let a teleprompter with the blinking words “PLEASE WRAP IT UP!” deter her thanking thanking Robert Mueller “and everyone working to make sure that we have sovereignty for the United States of America,”
At the start of her speech, Arquette said she was sure another nominee was being called: “I thought you were saying Patricia Clarkson, so I was like, ‘Yeah! She’s awesome.’ I told her I wanted to go to her acting class when we were outside.”
Clarkson, sitting in the front row of tables, smiled at the reference, before telling USA TODAY later, “She’s being facetious, I don’t have an acting class. But it’s just a compliment. You’re too young to get the joke.”
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Sandra Oh called her award a “very heavy baby”
“Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh referred to her drama-series actress trophy as a “heavy baby” as she signed a SAG-AFTRA poster while holding the trophy in her arms backstage.
After someone yelled that “The Actor” (that’s what they call the SAG Awards trophy) weighs 13 pounds, she replied, “13? Obviously, I need to work out more!”
After posing for a few photos, Oh met SAG Life Achievement Award winner Alan Alda backstage for a tearful embrace and an emotional conversation. “You mean so much to me,” Oh told the “M*A*S*H” star. “
Tony Shalhoub double-fisted his trophies
Some stars held their trophy like a baby (Sandra Oh). Others let their partner carry the heavy award (Arquette) and a few won two awards and wound up carrying one in each hand.
Tony Shalhoub fell into that last group. The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star hoisted awards for best actor and ensemble, his eyes wet after celebrating with his cast (including onscreen daughter Rachel Brosnahan who won for best actress on the show).
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