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SAG Awards 2015: We live-blogged it

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The SAG Awards annually serve as a predictor of Oscar success: Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jared Leto all won SAG Awards last year and went on to win Oscars just weeks later. This year’s ceremony aired Sunday evening, giving movie fans plenty of excitement—plus a good idea of who might win big at the upcoming Academy Awards.

But the winners list isn’t the only memorable part of the SAG Awards: This year’s show was full of noteworthy—sometimes funny, sometimes sentimental—moments, including Reese Witherspoon’s graceful reaction to a technical glitch and Viola Davis’ emotional, empowering acceptance speech. Check out the live-blog below for more on the night’s best parts, and see here for the complete list of winners.

9:54 p.m.: Naomi Watts just pulled a Jennifer Lawrence and tripped (she’s okay!), then gave the mic to Zach Galifianakis after her quick turn. “When I was on As the World Turns,” he started, calling back to Moore’s speech from just minutes before—and eliciting tons of laughter from the crowd.

9:53 p.m.: Birdman wins the final award of the evening, and Michael Keaton responds to the announcement by embracing co-star Emma Stone in a very cute (if slightly awkward) hug from behind.

9:50 p.m.: Julianne Moore says she thinks acting alone is boring—and the camera operator missed a great opportunity to look to Wild star Reese Witherspoon for a reaction shot.

9:47 p.m.: Was hoping Matthew McConaughey being onstage would lead to Matthew McConaughey saying something McConaughey-like. Sadly, he stuck to the generic script.

9:40 p.m.: Eddie Redmayne looked like he was about to throw up for a second when his name was announced, but he didn’t—good job, Eddie. Then he went on to deliver an extra classy speech that addressed sufferers of ALS and included an emotional thank you to Stephen and Jane Hawking. Now that’s how you deliver a crowd-pleasing speech.

9:37 p.m.: Julia Roberts is nixing her lines to instead congratulate Mark Ruffalo. Friendship!

9:36 p.m.: The Downton Abbey cast finally figured out how to accept an award for multiple people: just pass the award from cast member to cast member so everyone gets a chance to say a few seconds worth of thank yous. Sure, it might look like a game of hot potato, but it works (kind of).

9:32 p.m.: Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg are lifting the mood up with the silliest presentation of the night, one that judges actors based on increasingly wacky worths. Example: “Any actor worth a frog’s green uterus,” Jones says, “knows that the journey inward leads to truth.” Can’t argue with that.

9:26 p.m.: The in memoriam montage ends with a shot of Robin Williams waving through a hospital door in Patch Adams. It’s fitting—and heartbreaking.

9:21 p.m.: Viola Davis started out her acceptance speech by talking about how her 4-year-old daughter likes to be part of Davis’ made-up bedtime stories, an anecdote that led to Davis thanking the How to Get Away With Murder team “for thinking a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark-skinned African-American woman.”

9:08 p.m.: Reynolds just spent a good amount of her speech talking about Princess Leia’s buns while Fisher (the original Princess Leia, of course) blushed inches away. Classic mom move, Debbie.

9:06 p.m.: Reynolds is on the stage, and everyone in the audience is smiling so big.

8:59 p.m.: “She has been more than a mother to me,” Carrie Fisher jokes of Debbie Reynolds, who’s receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. “Not much.” Reynolds isn’t exactly cracking up, but Fisher’s introduction—which also includes quips at her own expense—is one of the brighter moments of the evening so far.

8:50 p.m.: And a winner! She’s using her speech as an opportunity to plug Olive Kitteridge in the most amusing way: “Give it to someone as a Valentine’s present,” she suggests. She also recommends streaming it even though she doesn’t know where to stream it from. Even Frances McDormand can’t have all the answers, guys.

8:49 p.m.: Frances McDormand is still unimpressed.

8:40 p.m.: Mark Ruffalo isn’t there to accept his award, so presenters Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto do it for him—but seem very confused about the whole thing.

8:31 p.m.: Reese Witherspoon was trying to announce the award for male supporting actor in a drama but some audio of what sounded like applause interrupted her. “It wasn’t me,” she responded before moving on to her presenting duties. (But really, what was it?)

8:26 p.m.: Now Patricia Arquette is choking up (and wearing the greatest purple-rimmed reading glasses). So many emotions!

8:16 p.m.: Orange is the New Black just won the award for ensemble in a comedy series, and Julie Bowen—who was also nominated, along with the rest of the Modern Family cast—responded by immediately giving the winners a standing ovation. Aww. 

8:11 p.m.: William H. Macy just called Showtime “bodacious.” A-plus word choice, Bill.

8:07 pm.: Aduba is choking up… and so is every viewer with a heart. Also, she said she got her gig on Orange is the New Black the same day she stopped acting—now that’s good timing.

8:06 p.m.: Uzo Aduba wins the first award of the night and looks genuinely shocked. It’s adorable.