The Spotlight cast dropped in after their win for best cast in a motion picture to discuss what further can be done about the issues around child molestation in the Catholic Church. Actor Michael Keaton expanded on the comments about Flint, Michigan that he made in his speech –“I mention it because there are a zillion Flint, Michigans out there. If there had been a spotlight put on that, I would argue that they would have been a little bit ahead of the situation.” He encouraged the younger, rising generations to explore this world of journalism and to take that major responsibility on their shoulders, even as print journalism declines across the country. “If you’re curious and have the ability to listen, you are a journalist to some degree.” Mark Ruffalo expanded upon Keaton’s comments and addressed the things he’d like to see change –“The transparency is what survivor groups are asking for. Many of the archdioceses still haven’t released the names of priests who are known to be child molesters and rapists. It’d be nice to see Cardinal Law in a prison cell rather than in a palace at the Vatican. I think what we need is transparency, and the church isn’t known for being transparent.”
For Brie Larson, working on Room was a cathartic experience, particularly as a woman. In the film, Larson and child actor Jacob Tremblay play kidnapped mother and son, who break free of their suburban captor. “I learned so much about strength,” said the actress who gained 15 pounds of muscle and lifted things she never knew she could lift before. This stamina fueled those “emotional moments. Just when you think you don’t have moments to give, there’s more and life keeps going and it’s OK…the process became the movie.” In regards to getting into the mindset of a mother, Larson said that by working with Tremblay “there was this natural instinct to protect that came so easily.” But then, like the rest of the night, Larson ended on a broken glass ceiling end note: “We women are strong powerful leaders. We play it cool. We play silent. I enjoyed this period of time where women are speaking about their story.”
Projected to take the Oscar this year in his sixth attempt, Leonardo DiCaprio took the SAG Award for his leading performance in The Revenant at tonight’s ceremony, and stopped by the pressroom to discuss environmentalism and his upcoming climate change documentary. Speaking to the environmentalist nature of both The Revenant and his doc, DiCaprio stated, “(On The Revenant), we had huge fluctuations from hot to cold—locals told us they hadn’t had conditions like that since they’d lived there. Mr. Tarantino had some similar problems with his film. I’ve been simultaneously doing a climate change documentary, flying all over the world. I hope to be able to show people this documentary in the next few months and show people that knowledge.” Speaking to the pressing realities of climate change, The Revenant star said, “Anyone who doesn’t believe in climate change just doesn’t believe in science.” Like Kevin Spacey, DiCaprio made it clear that his work as an actor continues to excite him and continues to evolve. “I started by watching movies—watching what has been accomplished in our past. It’s a thirst that’s never quenched, always trying to get close to what you saw as a child.”
Accepting the award for best comedy actor for his career-changing role in Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor was in shock, as a result of both the weight of this achievement and the weight of his giant green statuette. Of course, given his role as transgender Maura Pfefferman, Tambor continues to be looked at as a spokesperson for diversity. Asked what he would say to the next president of the United States, Tambor replied: “I would say it’s a nation of very different people and we need our authenticity and we need to feel safe and we need to feel free. Help us. Enable Us. Engage us. Listen to us.” He added, “Non-education is no longer an alibi — we have to be educated.” Above all, Tambor stressed the need for a world in which authenticity is not only tolerated, but encouraged on all levels. “It’s not a red carpet thing,” he said. “It’s a people thing. …They’re people.”
Alicia Vikander appeared genuinely moved in the press room after accepting the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role. “I’m wearing high heels, but I’m actually short,” she laughed. Vikander fielded questions about the opportunities she’s had to travel all over the world for her roles, including to St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as advice she would give to young people pursuing their dreams. Speaking to the impression that winning this award has left on her, Vikander said: “First of all, I grew up and looked up to American cinema, and sort of saw it as a fairytale land. I fell into the theater when I grew up, but especially with the SAG awards, I used to YouTube it and was amazed by this award, particularly.”
Kevin Spacey won in 2015 for the role of Francis Underwood in political Netflix series, House of Cards. Asked about the current state of politics in America, Spacey tactfully dodged that bullet. I don’t know. I’m playing a fictional character on a fictional television series. I think asking actors to comment on politics is a hole for me to fall into that I’ll never get out of. But thank you for the question,” he said. Admittedly “still a student” of acting at his age, Spacey is as unsure of the future of his conniving character as anyone else. “It’s a great question— I have no f*cking idea how to answer you,” he said, adding, “There’s a tremendous amount of discussions and work to be had. I wish Beau (Willomon) all the best—he’s worked tirelessly for four seasons and he’s going to continue to show extraordinary range as a writer. I meant what I said up there—we will continue to honor the road that he paved.” Spacey made it very clear that he intends to continue to act and explore the craft, even as he is taking on his new role at Relativity.