Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Scenes from the SAG Awards: Orange Is The New Black, Viola Davis, More
Backstage at the SAG Awards on Sunday night, I got a chance to see the winners up close -- including the stars of "Birdman" (above), the big winner for best movie ensemble. Check out my take away from the awards at TV Insider: While Movies Struggle with Diversity, TV Makes Great Strides. I was struck by how, while the film world is criticized for this year's lily white Oscar nominations, TV is really embracing diversity.
Here are some more images and quotes from the press room at the Shrine Auditorium:
Winner Uzo Aduba (best female actor in a TV comedy) and several of the other "Orange is the New Black" stars, who all won the award for best TV comedy ensemble.
Aduba also spoke on the platform alone. "The whole experience has been incredibly humbling," she said. "I'm still in that space. When my name was called, I thought my heart stopped for a second. And then I was like, 'Come on, heart, beat again! This is the moment I need you.'" The actress also spoke of how she almost gave up acting before "Orange" came along: "The day this job came along was the same day I felt that acting was not for me. That's an experience so many actors have: 'What am I doing, what is next, is this for me?' This moment, to be recognized for our show, to be recognized by our fellow actors, I don't know if there are words strong enough."
Winner J.K. Simmons (best supporting actor in a film for "Whiplash") was flummoxed backstage when a reporter asked him about his "guns." Simmons buffed up for the role, and said it was a life-long dream to look that fit.
"How to Get Away With Murder" star Viola Davis won the award for best female actor in a TV drama -- a huge get for the first-year show. "Life inspires me," she said backstage. "That's where we draw on what we draw on as actors. We draw on real experiences. Every obstacle in my path, every bad or great relationship, every person I've loved has been my greatest inspiration."
Also backstage: the "Downton Abbey" cast won the SAG Award for best ensemble in a drama.
Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress in a film for "Boyhood."