Tonight, the actors take center stage. Welcome to Deadline’s live blog of the 2017 SAG Awards, which are being handed out tonight at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The 23rd annual SAG Awards are being handed out at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium tonight, and you can follow the livestream of the ceremony here. Manchester by the Sea comes in with a leading four nominations including lead actor Casey Affleck and the marquee Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Also up for the ensemble award are Captain Fantastic, Fences, Hidden Figures and Moonlight.

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis - Fences.jpeg
Paramount Pictures

Speaking of Fences and Moonlight, they arrive at the SAGs with three noms apiece, tied for second-most. Paramount leads all studios with a half-dozen nominations. Awards will be presented in 13 acting categories spanning film and television. The union says the awards “focus on both individual performances as well as on the work of the entire ensemble of a drama series and comedy series, and the cast of a motion picture. These honors are fundamental to the spirit of the Screen Actors Guild Awards because they recognize what all actors know – that acting is a collaborative art.”

Many expect politics to be a key topic onstage and in the crowd tonight, as Hollywood absorbs news of President Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Follow Deadline’s live blog for the latest updates, along with winners, speeches and all the attendant awards hoopla.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20174:53 pm

Welcome to this year’s SAG Awards, Jeffrey Tambor is on stage for a little pre-show housekeeping intro. We’re moments away from show time.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20174:54 pm

“I was lying about the 38 seconds [for my intro]. It was an alternate fact.” — Jeffrey Tambor

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20174:55 pm

The people producing tonight’s In Memorial have been
busy scrambling this week, as Hollywood lost double Oscar nominee John
Hurt, Perry Mason co-star Barbara Hale, Mannix star Mike
Connors and of course Mary Tyler Moore over the course of four days
this week.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20174:55 pm

The people producing tonight’s In Memorial have been
busy scrambling this week, as Hollywood lost double Oscar nominee John
Hurt, Perry Mason co-star Barbara Hale, Mannix star Mike
Connors and of course Mary Tyler Moore over the course of four days
this week.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20174:56 pm

Sarah Hyland, who has won four SAG Awards as part of the ensemble cast of ABC’s Modern Family, said on social media today that she won’t be attending tonight ceremony “for some health reasons.” She and the cast have been SAG-nommed for each of the sitcom’s eight seasons.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:01 pm

“I guess you could say I’m a product of luck and of nepotism. I’m Jeff Bridges, I’m an actor.”

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:01 pm

Comedic intro as per the past few years

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:02 pm

“I am a citizen of the world. I’m a professional liar. I play pretend for fun. I’m afforded the opportunity to show the ugliest, most fearful parts of myself because privately, someone loves me for those flaws. I’m Ashton Kutcher, and I’m an actor.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:03 pm

Kerry Washington, Jeff Bridges, Sterling K. Brown, Ellie Kemper, Ashton Kutcher all making “I am an actor” declarations before a round of applause. Draw your own conclusions.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:03 pm

Here are some of the presenters at tonight’s ceremony: Casey
Affleck, Mahershala Ali, Common, Viola Davis, Michelle Dockery, Kathryn Hahn,
Naomie Harris, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Jonah Hill, Kate Hudson, Rashida
Jones, Nicole Kidman, John Krasinski, Ashton Kutcher, Brie Larson, John Legend,
Viggo Mortensen, Gina Rodriguez, Octavia Spencer and Denzel Washington.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:03 pm

“Good evening everyone at home, and everyone in airports that belong in my America. You are a part of who we are, and we love you, and we welcome you,” Ashton Kutcher says, kicking off the soiree.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:03 pm

The Shrine Auditorium is no stranger to Hollywood Awards shows. The Academy Awards were held at the Shrine in 1947 and 1948 and then again eight times between 1988 and 2001 before the Oscars moved to their current home at the Dolby Theatre (née Kodak Theatre).

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:04 pm

“The complete focus is on actors, people who usually dislike attention.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:04 pm

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:07 pm

“Thank you. Whether the Russians did or did not hack the voting of tonight’s SAG Awards, I look out at the million or million and a half people in the room, and say, this award is legitimate, and I won. Landslide.” — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:08 pm

“I want you all to know that I’m the daughter of an immigrant. My father fled religious persecution in Nazi occupied France, and I’m an American patriot, and I love this country. And because I love this country, I am [disturbed] by its blemishes.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:09 pm

“This immigrant ban is a blemish and it’s un-American.” – JLD

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:10 pm

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:12 pm


Outstanding Performance by
a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:12 pm

William H Macy: “I’d like to go against the stream this evening and thank President Trump… For making Frank Gallagher seem completely normal.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:13 pm

The cast of Hidden Figures are on stage to present Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:13 pm

Sorry, ensemble for, err, Hidden Figures. Obviously.

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:14 pm

Hidden Figures headed over $100M this weekend at the box office.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:15 pm

The young cast of Stranger Things take to the stage to present Ensemble, Comedy.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:17 pm

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:19 pm


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
ALAN AISENBERG / Baxter “Gerber” Bayley
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
BETH DOVER / Linda Ferguson
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
LAURA GOMEZ / Blanca Flores
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
BRAD WILLIAM HENKE / Desi Piscatella
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
JULIE LAKE / Angie Rice
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
NATASHA LYONNE / Nicky Nichols
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
JAMES McMENAMIN / Charlie “Donuts” Coates
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Cindy “Black Cindy” Hayes
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
LORI PETTY / Lolly Whitehill
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara “Daya” Diaz
JOLENE PURDY / Stephanie Hapakuka
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Erica “Yoga” Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda Berlin
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
LIN TUCCI / Anita DeMarco
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:20 pm

“Mostly, we’d like to say that we stand up here representing a diverse group of people, representing a diverse group of families who have made a life here. And we know that it’s going to be up to us and all of you to tell stories that show that what unites us is stronger than the forces that try to divide us. We love you.” — Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black 

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:23 pm

So every award recipient wants to talk politics tonight … will there be anyone who won’t?

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:25 pm

William H. Macy backstage: “I’ve done things i thought I never would do. I’m Lutheran for god’s sake, so I read the scripts with the same horror the audience has in watching it. I think it’s making me bolder. I feel freer to say what I really think.”

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:26 pm

Coming up the Supporting Actress in features — Viola Davis won the Golden Globe in this category for reprising her stage role on the big screen for Fences.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:27 pm

Three TV winners, zero awards for broadcast or basic cable. Gasp.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:27 pm

William H. Macy says he wants to play a “bad guy. But more than that, the truly evil guy.” But violence upsets him he says.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:28 pm

Macy: “The Nazi, the racist, the Ku Klux Klan guy. I’d like to give a shot at those roles.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:29 pm


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

VIOLA DAVIS / Rose Maxson –
“FENCES” (Paramount Pictures)

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:31 pm

“We deserve to be in the canon and in the center of any narrative written out there. August elevated my father, my uncles, and he encapsulated them in history.” Viola Davis focussing on thank yous and the film in her speech. 

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:31 pm

“What August did so beautifully is honor the average man and that man happened to be of color.” — Viola Davis

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:32 pm

“Power to the people,” says Viggo Mortensen

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:32 pm

Fences had both Washington and Davis reprising their Tony Award-winning Broadway roles.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:32 pm

“That’s right, young people. Stick it to the man,” Kathryn Hahn echoes, presenting clip for Captain Fantastic

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:32 pm

Questions backstage focussing on where winners keep their trophies. The truly hard-hitting stuff. Nothing hugely political thus far, though we’ve only had Macy back so far.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:36 pm


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:36 pm

Mahershala Ali first met filmmaker Barry Jenkins over Skype. The film is based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue and is divided into three chapters in the life of a character named Chiron so three different actors play the lead role separated by 10 years each.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:36 pm

“I think what I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves.” — Mahershala
Ali, Moonlight, accepting his first SAG Award

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:37 pm

“I think what I’ve learned from working on Moonlight is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves.” — Mahershala Ali, Moonlight, accepting his first SAG Award

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:38 pm

“My mother is an ordained minister, I’m a minister. She didn’t do backflips when I called her to tell her I converted 16 years ago. I see her, she’s able to see me, that stuff is minutiae. It’s not that important. I want to thank Tarell McCraney for his courage. I want to thank Barry Jenkins, for your insight and just the collaboration, the opportunity.”

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:38 pm

Very heartfelt speech by Mahershala Ali — nicely done.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:40 pm

The TV side so far is teeming with familiar faces: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, William H. Macy and Orange Is the New Black all are repeat SAG Award winners.

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:40 pm

Moonlight was only Barry Jenkins’ second film after his 2008 Medicine for Melancholy.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:41 pm


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role


Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:41 pm

TV Movie/Limited Series awards are up next.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:42 pm

“I knew what was going to happen to my character over a year before it was going to be released. The real stories, I knew about 6 to 9 months before the rest of my cast knew.” —  Samira Wiley, backstage for Orange is the New Black

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:42 pm

“We got through it together, just like we went through it together the entire journey.”

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:42 pm

Very heartfelt speech by Mahershala Ali — nicely done. Others who starred in the film with him were Naomi Harris, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland and Janelle Monáe. Both he and Monáe are also in Hidden Figures this year.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:43 pm

OITNB cast backstage joke about the positioning of their seats as indicative of their win. “We’ve never had Taylor Schilling with us before,” they note.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:46 pm

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:47 pm


Outstanding Performance by
a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series


Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:48 pm

OITNB cast on diversity backstage: “I think we reflect reality and that we live on Carl Sagan’s big blue dot, and love will conquer all this. If they’re gonna lock up Muslims, they’re going to lock up all of us.”

“Art is going to be very important the next four years.”

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:49 pm

“Any money you have to spare, please donate to the ACLU. It’s a vital organization that relies entirely on our support.” — Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:49 pm

Sarah Paulson also won the Emmy and Golden Globe for her role as O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, who is in the audience.

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:50 pm

Sara Paulson was the only recipient so far that didn’t have a political bent to her — oh, never mind. She just asked for money to be donated to the ACLU which sued to get the emergency stay on the travel ban.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:50 pm

We’re onto the *THIRD* OITNB group backstage. They’re going to have quite a party this evening.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20175:52 pm

“It’s the true representation of what the world is, and the stories we’ve been working on have connected not only in America but throughout the world.” Dascha Polanco, OITNB

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:53 pm

Will People v. O.J. be the first double winner tonight? It has two chances.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:54 pm


Outstanding Performance by
a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

BRYAN CRANSTON / President Lyndon B. Johnson – “ALL THE WAY” (HBO)

matthewgrobar January 29, 20175:55 pm

Cranston: “I’m often asked, how would Lyndon Johnson think about Donald Trump and I honestly feel that 36 would put his arm around 45 and earnestly wish him success. He would also whisper in his ear, something he said often as a word of encouragement, ‘Just don’t piss in the soup that all of us got to eat.'”

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:56 pm

Or … to put it another way, drink upstream from the herd.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:58 pm

Cranston’s fifth career SAG win is a bit of an upset, with People v. O.J. having the awards momentum this season.

Anita Busch January 29, 20175:59 pm

Next up is honoring Lily Tomlin with the SAG’s Life Achievement Award.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20175:59 pm

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:01 pm

The win for All the Way means HBO is the first network or studio to pick up multiple trophies tonight.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:02 pm

“It wasn’t a tough decision to come up with what I wanted to say. I am not an immigrant, I was born here, so in terms of how I can speak from it from a personal perspective, it wasn’t available for me. I just wanted to have an opportunity to mention the inclusivity that I think is required right now. The ACLU, to me, represents that.”— Sarah Paulson, backstage for O.J.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:02 pm

“Even as I was getting ready tonight, as honored as I was, I felt the duality of the celebration and also the seriousness of people at JFK right now, at LAX. It just feels like a grave time. At the same time, I’m very proud.”

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:03 pm

Manchester by the Sea was a major breakout at Sundance last year and was picked up by Amazon Studios for $10 million.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:03 pm

Paulson: “It’s an odd thing because this is a very celebratory time in my life and it’s dovetailing with a very interesting time with our country. It just feels like a grave time. I’m trying to find a place to put it where I can be celebratory.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:03 pm

Oh, Dolly…

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:03 pm

Dolly Parton is on stage to honor Lily Tomlin, her “9 to 5 buddy”.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:03 pm

“To me, [Marcia] is an incredibly smart, complicated, not without flaw, woman. I too am full of flaws and complications. I feel very honored to have played here, and i don’t know when I’ll come across a role like that again.”

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:03 pm

Dolly Parton gets the first standing ovation of the night … Lilly will get the second. Who didn’t love 9 to 5?

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:04 pm

Johnny Carson would approve of these jokes.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:04 pm

Lot of political questions backstage of course

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:04 pm

“I don’t think anyone should feel pressured to do anything about anything. I do think silence is not golden at this particular time. If you have a platform and a place to say it and you can reach further, you should take the opportunity. But I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re failing if they’re not doing it.”

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:05 pm

“I think people should do whatever they’re moved to do, in general.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:05 pm

Parton: “People have been talking for years about us doing a sequel to 9 to 5. We better get after it because otherwise it’ll be called 95.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:05 pm

Jane Fonda missed the show tonight with an illness. You could tell she was getting sick during her appearance on Bill Maher’s show last week.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:05 pm

Paulson: “I’ve made my living as an actress for a long time, but this is a whole new world, absolutely.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:07 pm

Let’s hope they show a clip of Lily Tomlin’s brilliant, Emmy-nommed guest shot on Homicide Life on the Street.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:08 pm

Lily Tomlin took the Lifetime Achievement prize at last year’s ICG Publicists’ Guild too. Hers was far and away the best speech of the night, possibly the season. Brace for greatness.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:09 pm

Not a bad career, Lily Tomlin. Wow.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:09 pm

Bryan Cranston, backstage: “The Great Society is a play that has been written and is being produced in Austin, Texas. I’m not doing it. I’m here tonight. It was a big temptation to do it, but after having lived with it for a couple years, doing the play, and then the movie for HBO, I felt I’d examined it.”

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:11 pm

“There’s a lot of strife in the world and in our country, but I think it’s important to embrace the good things that we have as well, and the collective of creative people coming together and talking about the issues, which you’ve seen tonight. It’s alive.. This is what artists do best, taking the fear and putting it back into the work. Hopefully, that creates a groundswell of understanding and compassion. I don’t think it’s wrong to celebrate good work that has nothing to do with other things.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:11 pm

Tomlin: “How can I possibly express myself after Dolly and now you guys. What a week this has been though. You are kind of anticlimactic. Did you hear? The doomsday clock has been moved to two and a half minutes to midnight, and this award came just in time.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:11 pm

Perfect telling of Tomlin’s character on Grace and Frankie: Someone scrawled “Was me” on her filthy car; she “wrote back”: “It’s a #@%$!! drought!”

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:12 pm

Cranston: “We’re human beings and citizens before we ever became actors and activists or artists of any kind. If something is important to you, if something appears before you in a way that feels pressing, its up to the citizenry to speak up. Not everybody agrees, but that’s part of the democracy. In so many countries around the world, you’re not even allowed to voice objections.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:13 pm

Tomlin: “I’ve learned to turn my flaws into spiritual lessons. I must say, watching Oprah helped.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:14 pm

Tomlin’s advice to actors: “Don’t leave the house if you’re drunk, and if you’re out there you must be able to tell when you’ve had too much to drink. If you friends are talking to you and about you, saying things like, ‘Did she have a purse?'”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:14 pm

Tomlin: “Meryl is laughing at this and there’s absolutely no time she’s had a failure.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:15 pm

Much sage advice from Tomlin. Are you listening, folks?

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:15 pm

Tomlin: “Mind what Theroux said, ‘Beware of any enterprise that requires new clothing. Doesn’t that ring true to life at leas to some of you?'”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:15 pm

The Phrases of the Month: Alternative facts and fake news.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:16 pm

Tomlin: “I feel like I’m just getting started. What sign should I make for the next march?”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:17 pm

Tomlin wraps up with, “As long as I don’t have to audition I may well be back.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:21 pm

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:26 pm


Outstanding Performance by
a Male Actor in a Drama Serie

JOHN LITHGOW / Winston Churchill – “THE CROWN” (Netflix)

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:26 pm

“I never would have cast myself as Winston Churchill.” — John

Lithgow, The Crown, celebrating his first win in the category of Male Actor in a Drama Series

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:26 pm

That’s two for Netflix tonight.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:28 pm

“A great and underrated actress who managed to speak my exact thoughts at another award ceremony, and that’s Meryl Streep,” Lithgow says, listing those who he would wish to thank.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:28 pm

Is Lithgow the biggest surprise so far tonight? He was up against Sterling K. Brown, Peter Dinklage, Rami Malek and Kevin Spacey

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:30 pm

The Crown seems to be fresh on people’s minds, Erik. At Globes, Lithgow’s nomination didn’t come through to win, but Claire Foy’s did, and the show took Drama Series.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:30 pm

Circle gets the square, Joe.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:30 pm

“Like many of the nominees tonight, we represent people from other cultures, and that’s a real fact.” – Alia Shawkat, presenting Female Actor in a Drama Series with The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:30 pm

That’s Lithgow’s third career SAG Award.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:32 pm


Outstanding Performance by
a Female Actor in a Drama Series

CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II – “THE CROWN” (Netflix)

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:32 pm

More proof that British people rule, as Foy doubles up on her Globes success.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:34 pm

Gotta believe we have a front-runner for the next category — ensemble in a drama series.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:34 pm

“I don’t know. If you can’t be a little bit entertaining at the same time, it probably falls on deaf ears. So many people are activists now and so understand about expressing themselves and taking that platform to use it, but on the other hand, I think that stars that people really care for to some degree, I think what they say does land home, or I hope it doesn’t just  land on the ears on the people who are inclined as they are already. The main thing you should do is talk about legislation. Any activist should be talking about how to mount some legislation against what they’re opposed to. You’ve got to change the laws. Trumps changing the laws now. He’s trying to change the laws…I don’t want to make this comparison, but the Nazis, they changed the laws.. They just changed the laws, and they could do whatever they wanted. We have to be vigilant and stop certain behaviors.”— Lily Tomlin, backstage

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:35 pm

Tomlin: “We need to be vigilant and we need to agree when he has a good idea, or she may have a good idea. We should be resistant when they don’t. Oh my gosh. I feel like I’m talking to somebody in Germany, so many decades ago.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:36 pm

Before Ensemble in a Drama Series, it’s time for In Memorium.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:36 pm

Good mention of Ken Howard at the top on In Memoriam. 

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:37 pm

“I think using sunscreen is good advice for men and women. I don’t want to make that a women’s issue.” Somehow the conversation came here.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:37 pm

In Memorium names include: Ken Howard, William Schallert, Patty Duke, Jack Riley, Nancy Reagan, Bill Nunn, Alan Young, Anton Yelchin, Alexis Arquette, Anne Jackson, Kenny Baker, Hugh O’Brien, Florence Henderson, Robert Vaughn, William Christopher, George Kennedy, David Huddleston, Doris Roberts, Larry Drake, Jon Polito….

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:38 pm

And our Garry … who did more behind the scenes to help victims of crime than most people will ever know.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:39 pm

Theresa Saldana, Garry Shandling, John McMartin, Thomas Mikal Ford, Robert Horton, Beth Howland, Ron Glass, Steven Hill, Richard Libertini, Abe Vigoda, Dan Haggerty, Prince, Alan Thicke, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Garry Marshall, Gene Wilder, Mary Tyler Moore, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:41 pm

It seems the deaths of the last week, including John Hurt, Mike Connors and Barbara Hale, were too recent for inclusion.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:42 pm

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:42 pm

The show is running long, says an announcer here in the commercial break. They ask that winners keep their acceptance speeches under 45 seconds.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:42 pm

Good luck with that.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:43 pm

No way they are going to finish by 7 PT.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:43 pm

Only four awards to go, however.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:44 pm

Four awards to go. So that’s 3 minutes of show left, Erik. Do the math. 

(Yeah, you’re right)

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:44 pm

Going to be cutting it really close.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:45 pm

Dude, I was a journalism major. My last math class was 10th grade, I think.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:49 pm


Outstanding Performance by
an Ensemble in a Drama Series

Stranger Things (Netflix)

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:50 pm

This is unreal. I’d just like to say that with all that’s going on tonight, it’s hard to celebrate the already celebrated Stranger Things.”David Harbour, Stranger Things

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:50 pm

“We are united in that we are all human beings and we’re all here together on this painful and mysterious ride that is being alive.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:50 pm

Here is the Stranger Things cast:

CARA BUONO / Karen Wheeler
JOE CHREST / Ted Wheeler
NATALIA DYER / Nancy Wheeler
CHARLIE HEATON / Jonathan Byers
JOE KEERY / Steve Harrington
GATEN MATARAZZO / Dustin Henderson
CALEB McLAUGHLIN / Lucas Sinclair
MATTHEW MODINE / Dr. Martin Brenner
ROB MORGAN / Officer Powell
JOHN PAUL REYNOLDS / Officer Callahan
WINONA RYDER / Joyce Byers
MARK STEGER / The Monster
FINN WOLFHARD / Mike Wheeler

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:51 pm

What a speech from David Harbour.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20176:51 pm

“We will repel bullies, we will shelter freaks and outcasts, we will hunt monsters, and when we are lost, we will punch some people in the face, and we will do it all with soul, with heart and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:51 pm

Jonah Hill now has to follow that. 

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:52 pm

Hill: “Glad I followed that.” I guess we think alike.

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:52 pm

Well, that was the most impassioned political speech of the night … everyone on their feet …

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:52 pm

Here we go on the Big 3 films awards.

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:53 pm

Amy Adams was snubbed this year for Oscar noms, but nominated for tonight’s award by her peers.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:54 pm


Outstanding Performance by
a Female Actor in a Leading Role

EMMA STONE / Mia – “LA LA LAND” (Lionsgate)

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:54 pm

She also took home the Golden Globe this year and, of course, nominated for an Oscar — one of 14 that La La Land received this past week.

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:55 pm

They are pushing her off with a countdown … five minutes left.

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:56 pm

“The women in this category … you guys inspire me beyond, I mean you are just the greatest. Please wrap up, okay, I was just going to say that I feel insecure most of the time … ” Emma Stone

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:56 pm

TBS and TNT are set to replay this show at 7 PM in the Pacific zone. Good luck making that start time, Turner.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20176:56 pm

Emma Stone, whilst being wrapped up: “I was just going to say I feel insecure a lot of the time. Genuinely. And feeling like I could deserve anything like this requires mental gymnastics for me. I was thinking about the films and the art and the shows that I’ve seen this year. To get to be even a tiny part of a group of people that cares about reflecting society and giving people joy and hope… we’re in a really tricky time in the world in our country and things are very inexcusable and scary and need action.”

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20176:57 pm

Anita Busch January 29, 20176:57 pm

Two more awards with three minutes to 7 PM

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:00 pm

Not too many winners stepping backstage this evening. Is the press corps too scary?

Anita Busch January 29, 20177:00 pm

La La Land, which is not nominated in the Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture from SAG tonight, is director Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to his five-time Oscar-nominated Whiplash (which won three Academy Awards, including for Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons who also appears in La La Land).

Anita Busch January 29, 20177:01 pm

Coming next is Actor and then Ensemble Cast —

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20177:03 pm

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:05 pm

A huge upset there, in a category generally expected to go to Casey Affleck, as Denzel Washington takes the win.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20177:05 pm


Outstanding Performance by
a Male Actor in a Leading Role

DENZEL WASHINGTON / Troy Maxson – “FENCES” (Paramount Pictures)

Anita Busch January 29, 20177:06 pm

Denzel? That is surprising as the odds on favorite tonight was Casey Affleck.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:06 pm

Washington: “I’m a god-fearing man, I’m supposed to have faith, but I didn’t have faith. I said, ‘That young boy’s going to win, Denzel, you don’t have to prepare,’ so I didn’t prepare.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:06 pm

Even Washington knew the odds.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:07 pm

“This is not a testament to me, but it’s a testament obviously to August Wilson. The guys who don’t get recognized.” — Denzel

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:08 pm

“One last thing. Viola. Davis.” 

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:08 pm

Claire Foy and John Lithgow finally emerge backstage.

Anita Busch January 29, 20177:08 pm

So Viola Davis and Denzel Washington (who directed himself in the film Fences) as well as Mykelti Williamson and Russell Hornsby were the other actors … in this adaptation of the Award-winning August Wilson play.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20177:08 pm

That’s Denzel’s first SAG Award in his six nominations.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:09 pm

“We don’t know anything. It’s very difficult to get a truthful answer from anyone, which is the nature of them, and the beauty of them. We don’t know, but we do know they have a Netflix subscription.”- Claire Foy of Netflix’s The Crown, on the royal family watching the series

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:09 pm

“I had said yes at the word ‘Claire Foy.'” – John Lithgow

Anita Busch January 29, 20177:10 pm

Davis has been nominated for an Oscar twice before — for The Help and also for Doubt — but unbelievably has not yet won. The win tonight gives her momentum going into … wait … Hidden Figures!!

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:10 pm

Another big surprise here, with Hidden Figures taking the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award against Manchester, Moonlight, Captain Fantastic and Fences.

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20177:10 pm


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
HIDDEN FIGURES (20th Century Fox)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Col. Jim Johnson
KIRSTEN DUNST / Vivian Mitchell
TARAJI P. HENSON / Katherine G. Johnson
ALDIS HODGE / Levi Jackson
JANELLE MONÁE / Mary Jackson
JIM PARSONS / Paul Stafford
GLEN POWELL / John Glenn
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Dorothy Vaughan

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:10 pm

Huge gasp in the press room for this one, even as Lithgow and Foy talk onstage.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:11 pm

Lithgow: “We rehearsed for about ten days before we shot, and on the ninth day, I said, there’s an elephant in the room. No one’s mentioned I’m 18 inches taller than Churchill.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:11 pm

Taraji P Henson: “This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race. We win, love wins, every time.”

Anita Busch January 29, 20177:12 pm

Taraji P. Henson, who portrayed Katherine Johnson in the Ted Melfi-directed film honored “Three American Heroes” in the women behind NASA ‘They are Hidden Figures no more!” Besides Katherine Johnson, the women are  Dorothy Vaughn (portrayed by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe). Henson also gave a shout out to another hero: the late astronaut John Glenn who, sadly, never got to see the film.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:12 pm

OK, so the show is over, but stay with us on the liveblog, as Matt and I are expecting a few more backstage visits from winners.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:13 pm

That sounds weirder than I meant it.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:15 pm

The Stranger Things kids are backstage, lowering the average age in the press room by about 30 years.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:16 pm

Caleb McLaughlin: “I just heard the ‘S’ and I knew it was us.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:17 pm

Millie Bobbie Brown: “Me and the Duffers, we thought we had no chance. I didn’t get to say it on stage, because David Harbour just rocked it, but thank you to everyone in that category.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:17 pm

Gaten Matarazzo: “Dave’s speech was just amazing and I could listen to it a hundred times.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:20 pm

Matarazzo: “Tonight really proves that kids can be good actors too. It’s not about experience, it’s about the will do to what you love. You can do amazing things no matter how long you’ve been on this planet.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:22 pm

And now man of the evening David Harbour brings up the older Stranger Things cast.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:22 pm

Harbour: “I need a cheeseburger and a cigarette.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:24 pm

Harbour: “I didn’t expect us to win at all actually. I did know that if we did win, I’m very bad at improvisation, so I did not want to go up there with nothing to say. The speech went through many iterations. I’ve had a lot of feelings and thoughts this past week and I wanted to express it in some way what we do through our art and the craft of acting. It’s not about how popular you are or how many likes you get.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:25 pm

Harbour ran his speech past the cast the other day. He changed it as the airport protests happened last night.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:26 pm

Viola Davis comes backstage.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:29 pm

Davis gives a great answer to a dumb OscarsSoWhite question: “Everybody has had fences in this business. Therte’s a lot of typecasting. Age, sex, colour. I think that every nominee from Naomie Harris to Octavia Spencer to Mahershala Ali are there because they deserve to be there. They put in the work. I always use the three words, February 27th is going to come, and now what? Is it just going to be a trend to talk about inclusion – and I use inclusion rather than diversity – or is it going to become part of the narrative. People are going to demand it. That’s where we at. We’re not the Brady Bunch anymore. We’re Black-ish, we’re Fresh Off The Boat, we’re Jane The Virgin, we’re Stranger Things.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:30 pm

Davis: “Sometimes I feel like I’m forced to remind people that I look different, because I don’t want to sound kumbaya, but I always feel you have to look at your life like a relay race. Your life is about running your leg of the race. What is your legacy going to be? I saw an absence of women who look like me on TV as of even eight years ago. And to tell you the truth, we’re still absent in leading roles.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:31 pm

Davis: “I want to tell people that we in the past have not been invited to the party.”

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:33 pm

Davis: “I just thought Denzel did a tremendous job, and then he cared so much about this project. I think I blew his eardrum out, but hopefully he’ll forgive me. August Wilson gave me my equity card.”

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:35 pm

“They escorted me into a port-o-potty after that. I was like, what just happened?”— Emma Stone, backstage, on being cut off

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:37 pm

“Basically my intention was to express that sometimes in insecure times I go into my head and think that what I do maybe doesn’t count for anything in the world. It’s not enough and I’m not saving lives. I was thinking about the art this year and in a time like this when so many horrific things are happening, its so special to be part of a group that wants to reflect that back to the world, and maybe change perspectives or help people feel less alone. That’s something that’s given me a lot of happiness.”

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:37 pm

“We have to speak up against injustice, and we have to kick some ass.”

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:40 pm

“We have to speak up. Staying silent only helps the oppressor, not the victim. Right now I hope that people seeing things that are being done that are unconstitutional and inhumane would say something. I would hope that people would fight for what’s right, and what’s just f–king human. What’s f–cking human.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:40 pm

Denzel is backstage.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:43 pm

Washington: “By the third week, Viola showed us where she was going with that big scene. I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I better concentrate.'”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:45 pm

Washington on Trump’s Wall: “I think we as Americans better learn to unite. We need to put our elected officials’ feet to the fire and demand that they work together or they won’t get back into office. We’re getting further and further apart in this technological age. Everybody can’t be right. I think this is an opportunity, actually, to look at ourselves and say, ‘Are we together, really, and are we holding our officials accountable to make sure they’re working together?’ This is what’s happening, and god only knows where it’s going.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:47 pm

Washington: “When I turned 60 I realized, this is not a rehearsal. You can’t see a U-Haul behind a hearse. So what are you going to do with your life? I’m here to support Viola and the cast. I’ve won everything I need to win. I get more joy out of seeing others do well.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:47 pm

The Hidden Figures cast come backstage.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:49 pm

“I think the major role of an artist is to use the art that God gave you to touch and change lives. We all look different for a reason. No one group is better than the other. We’re all humans here to get along and make this big world go round. There’s a reason this film wasn’t made 10 years ago. The universe needed it now.” — Taraji P. Henson on Hidden Figures

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:50 pm

“Sometimes, we need to provide a little escapism from the realities we are currently existing in. People are hearing the message and feeling the message.” — Octavia Spencer

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:51 pm

“I think the colors of us, the nuances of us that make us all unique represent a shared humanity. The film reminds us that we’ve been through harder times, we went through it in the segregation era and we can get through it now. In the great words of Kevin Costner, ‘We all pee the same color.'” — Janelle Monae

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20177:53 pm

Erik Pedersen January 29, 20177:54 pm

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:54 pm

“I just pretended my character was very frustrated because she was in love with Octavia. I turned it on its head. Yes, it was very uncomfortable but Octavia said, just do it” — Kirsten Dunst on acting racism 

matthewgrobar January 29, 20177:55 pm

“We have agency now as women. We can say what’s on our mind. Don’t focus on the problems. Focus on the solutions. What are we going to do to get past this? I think that’s why this film is so timely. The beautiful thing in 2017 is that the majority is on the right side of history. Fear not. Fear and faith cannot coexist. Pick your battles. I choose faith.” — Taraji P. Henson

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:56 pm

And with that she dropped the mic.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20177:56 pm


Joe Utichi January 29, 20178:01 pm

OK we’re told Mahershala Ali will make a backstage appearance, the last of the night.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20178:05 pm

Here’s Ali now.

Joe Utichi January 29, 20178:08 pm

Ali: “Actors know the unique work that goes into acting. We don’t work harder than a director or a writer or a craft services guy. We just work uniquely in our own way. When other actors watch your work, there’s things that they recognize that maybe the layperson doesn’t recognize. That’s what makes this special to me.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20178:10 pm

A question to Ali about the five Muslims reportedly shot in a mosque in Quebec, around the time he was delivering his impassioned speech on stage, about what his words on stage meant to him.

matthewgrobar January 29, 20178:10 pm

“I remind you that I’m African American, so this is not new to me. My grandfather marched, he ws in the NAACP, my great grandfather and great grandmother were active in the civil rights movement, and when my great grandmother died, they announced that she was a communist, and she wasn’t. My great grandfather lost his job, and he had five kids to take care of. This is not new. These things have existed before. It’s just as painful as it’s ever been, so it’s sad. It pains me, and I do identify with that struggle, what Muslims are dealing with specifically.” — Mahershala Ali

matthewgrobar January 29, 20178:11 pm

“It’s hurtful to see what’s happening to immigrants, and so on and so forth. It’s a challenging time. As artists, as actors, we have an opportunity to make certain choices that shine a light on situations that light needs to be shined on. It helps our conversation, helps raise awareness because with awareness you can bring about change. That’s what we can do, and that’s the optimistic approach that I would like to have.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20178:14 pm

Ali: “That’s when we have to have respect, when we don’t agree with each other. When you see eye to eye there’s nothing to worry about. It’s when you have a certain degree of ignorance. You gotta respect that that person’s different from you, and just trust that maybe you’ll understand one day. Once you know something you can love something, and you can put the other things to the side. It’s about how we approach each other. It’s about giving people the respect that you would appreciate having, and seeing the other person as just as human as you. Arrogance doesn’t have a place. That’s what I’m trying to do, and I’m sure I might fail, but I’m just trying to respect people for who they are, and not try to fix anybody. To work on my own stuff.”

Joe Utichi January 29, 20178:14 pm

OK that’s it folks from backstage, and the SAG Awards liveblog.