The Screen Actors Guild Awards – better known as the SAG Awards – are atypical in the sense that the jury is made up of actors, with outstanding performances in both film and television recognized by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. And unlike other awards shows, the ceremony is on the shorter side.
That’s not to say there aren’t always a handful of memorable moments, as evidenced by the 26th edition that took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles last night. Some made history, others made us gush – in fact, the cutest moment of the night actually happened backstage. Here, Savoir Flair recaps the ones worth knowing.
Back to Basics
Unlike last year’s SAG Awards, which saw Will & Grace star Megan Mullally host the ceremony, the 2020 edition is host-free, citing the Oscars – which saw ratings improve without a host – as inspiration for the decision. Furthermore, the SAG Awards is only two hours long, leaving not much time for a host, 15 wins, and a Life Achievement Award.
Live, Love, Laugh
Not afraid to poke fun at himself, Brad Pitt took to the stage to accept his award in the Male Actor in a Supporting Role category. Not only did he joke about adding the win to his Tinder profile, but he also added: “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. It’s a big stretch, it’s big.” See Jennifer Aniston’s reaction in the clip, below – you know you want to.
Shock and Awe
Everyone will now be talking about Parasite. The South Korean dark comedy made history at the 2020 SAG Awards by becoming the first foreign language film to win in the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category. The cast, who said onstage that the film is “about coexistence and how we can all live together” received a standing ovation from their peers – and rightfully so.
After iconic roles in Taxi Driver, Cape Fear, Meet the Parents, and many more – plus that adorable turn in The Intern – Robert De Niro was (finally) honored with the Life Achievement Award. Accepting the award from Leonardo DiCaprio, the veteran actor was received by cheers and a standing ovation from the room. De Niro, unlike other actors, did take a moment to get political – he is well-known as a rather outspoken critic of Donald Trump.
Moment of Truth
We love a bit of brutal honesty, and last night’s dose came courtesy of Alex Borstein. Not only did she casually drop the F-bomb during the acceptance speech – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won for Ensemble in a Comedy Series – but she also admitted that she voted for Fleabag. We would have, too.
Cut to Cute
We don’t always share moments that happen backstage, but couldn’t resist taking a second for this one: Brad Pitt watching as Jennifer Aniston accepted the award in the Female Actor in a Drama Series category for her role in The Morning Show. The two later met backstage and congratulated each other for their wins.