Megan Mullally opened this year’s SAG Awards with a monologue that embraced the milestones Hollywood reached in 2018 — and a dire warning for one of the nominees.
“To SAG nominee, the beautiful Emma Stone, who just turned 30… our condolences,” the Will & Grace star said as the camera turned to Stone looking amused (and confused). “You had a great run, like a really great run, extra-extra good, but we’re looking forward to your reverse-mortgage loan commercials, chin up, good.”
Then again, poking fun at the nominees was Mullally’s method to beginning the show, also known as “the night where Hollywood finally shines a spotlight on actors,” as she quipped. Among her targets: Lady Gaga, who’s “been doing my eyeliner for the last 15 years”; Glenn Close, who “played a wife, so that’s new”; and Emily Blunt, “who played a mom who wasn’t allowed to speak.” After all, she pointed out, “roles for women continued to break new ground.”
Also groundbreaking? Diverse casting, Mullally said. “Hollywood did manage to get a few things right: They cast black people in Black Panther, so that was good… Asian people in Crazy Rich Asians,” she announced to laughs, “And a green book in Green Book. You know there were some executives saying, ‘Um, could the book be white?’”
Of course, she got in a little fun about herself, especially in her introduction, which followed the SAG Awards’ regular format of talking about being an actor. Only for Mullally, she… messed around with some of the details. “The year was 1942, the film was Casablanca, and I had just turned 35,” she explained earnestly. “If I didn’t get that role, I was ready to give it all up and go back to my day job as a design engineer on the Manhattan Project. Luckily, I did get the role and I haven’t stopped working since. Hi, I’m Megan Mullally. I’m not just an actor, I’m your host.” And she’s holding court so far.