SAG Awards 2020: 6 must-know moments from the Screen Actors Guild Awards
Dating apps and Adam Sandler. The acceptance speeches at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles covered a lot of ground and offered many moments of note.
The inspired-by-true-life Fox News drama “Bombshell,” about the downfall of then-CEO Roger Ailes after allegations of sexual harassment, was riding high with four nominations at the start of the night. But the cast walked away without any trophies when all was said and done. That wasn’t the only surprise. The stars of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” were shocked when they overtook “Fleabag” to win best ensemble in a comedy series.
While “Irishman” star Robert De Niro was surprisingly snubbed in the nominations, he was honored by SAG with a life achievement award. De Niro, who hasn’t been shy about expressing his disdain for President Donald Trump, encouraged the audience to support leaders who endorse unions.
The evening where actors celebrated actors delivered those moments and more. Here’s what you need to know.
Brad Pitt brought the funny during his acceptance speech for best supporting actor in a movie.
“I gotta add this to my Tinder profile,” he joked. He also gave a shout-out to the feet of his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-stars Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley and Dakota Fanning. “Seriously, (director) Quentin (Tarantino) has separated more women from their shoes than the TSA.”
Pitt also took aim at himself. “Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part – a guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn’t get on with his wife,” he said. “It was a big stretch.”
After the winner of the life achievement award commended SAG-AFTRA, Robert De Niro urged Americans to vote for those who back unions. “Political leaders who support unions are more likely to support (the) Affordable Care Act, equitable taxes, humane immigration regulations, a safe environment, a diverse citizenry, reproductive rights, sensible gun control, and fair wages and benefits,” he said. “We owe them our support, and we owe them our vote.”
Speaking to those who thought he shouldn’t be touching on politics, he countered: “As a citizen, I have as much right as anybody – an actor, an athlete, a musician, anybody else – to voice my opinion. And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I’m gonna to use it whenever I see blatant abuse of power.”
“Adam Sandler, your performance is extraordinary, and your magic is real,” she said of her co-star for “Murder Mystery” and “Just Go With It.” “Buddy, I love you.”
“Who knew that emotional breakdowns felt that good?” she said of her role as Alex Levy on “The Morning Show,” for which she won best actress in a drama series. “It was literally like seven months of therapy.”