The 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards had moments of passion, pleasure and humor.
The Screen Actors Guild had a message heard loud and clear Sunday night: “Wakanda forever.”
The beloved superhero blockbuster “Black Panther” won best ensemble in a motion picture at the 25th annual SAG Awards, which let Hollywood’s thespians choose the best of the best. And they divvied up the trophies on a big night: “The Wife” star Glenn Close took top female actor, Rami Malek of “Bohemian Rhapsody” was named best lead male actor, while Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) and Emily Blunt (“A Quiet Place”) picked up supporting actor honors.
And in the TV categories, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” cleaned house, winning three awards (including best comedy cast), and “This Is Us” took best ensemble in a drama.
Here’s a minute-by-minute (ET) breakdown of the highlights:
9:56: The superhero blockbuster “Black Panther” wins for best film ensemble. “Well, I’ll be. I didn’t think I’d have to speak,” says star Chadwick Boseman, pointing out his fellow castmates for their “passion and intelligence and resolve.” He also mentions the film’s impact on Hollywood: “To be young, gifted and black, we all know what it’s like to be told there’s no screen or stage to be featured on. We know what it’s like to be underneath and not above. … We knew we had something special we could give the world.”
9:53: It’s starting to really look like Glenn Close’s year as she grabs lead female actor for “The Wife.” “I am so proud to receive this award from my fellow actors,” she says. “Film is the only art form that allows us the close-up … two eyes looking into two eyes. The power that we have is two human eyes looking into two other eyes. That will give us empathy and understanding.”
9:43: Rami Malek pulls a major upset, taking lead actor in a movie for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “This just seems extraordinary to me. I never in my wildest dreams thought I could be in a category with these men,” says Malek, who was embraced by fellow nominee Bradley Cooper on his way to the stage. He also mentions the man he plays, Queen singer Freddie Mercury, and how he was “about stepping up and living your best life. I feel that and he allows us to feel that.”
9:38: “This Is Us” wins for best TV drama over “The Americans” and “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “Thank you so much for embracing a show about love and accepting loss and inclusivity,” says star Justin Hartley.
9:26: Sandra Oh of “Killing Eve” takes female actor in a drama. “I just so want to thank my fellow actors. I have felt your support over these years.” She calls out supportive fellow actors like Alfre Woodard (who told Oh, “We fight the same fight”) and Jamie Foxx (who said to her, “Keep going”).
9:20: “Ozark” star Jason Bateman wins best male actor in a TV drama. “This is reassuring,” he deadpans. Bateman says he feels lucky to be at the show: “You wonder if you got it, you wonder if we’re any good. We’re liars up there.”
9:03: Tom Hanks hits the stage to honor Alan Alda with SAG’s life achievement award, a man who “has shown us who we are and who we can be.” The M*A*S*H star gets a standing ovation and says it’s hard to describe what it feels like “for his colleagues and heroes to welcome me up here.” His wish for the crowd: “Let’s stay playful, let’s have fun and let’s keep searching. It couldn’t hurt.”
8:53: Patricia Arquette wins for female actor in a limited series for “Escape at Dannemora.” “I thought you were saying (fellow nominee) Patricia Clarkson and I was like, ‘Yes!’ ” Arquette says. “I’d like to take her acting class.” She also thanks special counsel Robert Mueller “and everyone making sure we have sovereignty in the United States of America.”
8:43: Darren Criss is named best male actor in a TV limited series for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” “Boys, we got nominated with Anthony Hopkins,” Criss says to his fellow nominees. “That’s a feather in my cap I never could have imagined.”
8:34: Oscar-nominated Mahersala Ali of “Green Book” follows up Golden Globe honors by snagging male actor in a supporting role. “The more I’m fortunate and blessed enough to do this work, the more I need the rest of you in this room,” Ali says, thanking co-star Viggo Mortensen “for making me better.”
8:28: The first movie trophy of the night – for female actor in a supporting role – goes to “A Quiet Place” star Emily Blunt, a minor surprise. “Oh, my goodness, me. Guys, that truly has blown my slicked hair back,” Blunt says, adding she’s sharing the honor with director (and husband) John Krasinski. “You are a stunning artist. … Thank you for giving me the part. You would have been in trouble if you hadn’t.”
8:20: And “Mrs. Maisel” gets the hat trick, also winning for best TV comedy ensemble. “You cannot imagine the incredibly wonderful feeling it is to work alongside these people,” Shalhoub says.
8:14: “Mrs. Maisel” gets its second, with Rachel Brosnahan taking female actor in a TV comedy. “I have wanted to be an actor forever,” she says, loving the fact she’s in a room with all her peers.
8:09: The first award of the evening, lead actor in a TV comedy, goes to Tony Shalhoub in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” “I have nothing prepared tonight, for obvious reasons,” he says, pointing out his fellow nominees including Alan Arkin, his idol and friend.
8:04: Mullally riffs on Hollywood diversity: “They cast black people in ‘Black Panther,’ which was good. Asian people in ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’ There’s even a green book in ‘Green Book.’ You know there was some executive saying, ‘Can the book be white?’ ” When the laughs are few, she says, “Not my favorite joke.”
8:00: The annual actors-telling-everyone-how-they-became-actors opening kicks off with Mike Myers talking about filling out a Canadian vocational test at 17 and the government deciding he should be “a movie star.” Geoffrey Owens mentions his famous stint at Trader Joe’s “to see if I could hang in there with my career and it’s actually worked out pretty well,” he quips, and host Megan Mullally jokes she’s been working since 1942.
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