Kristen Bell's opening monologue
The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards kicked off in traditional fashion with Allison Janney, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Millie Bobby Brown speaking from their seats in the audience about their lives as actors. And then the stage belonged to Kristen Bell, the show’s first-ever host. As the self-proclaimed “first lady,” Bell promised to tackle cyber bullying (because there’s still a bit of work to do there) and joked about GLOW (“strong ladies who get roped into doing Marc Maron’s podcast”) and The Handmaid’s Tale (“the documentary”) before ending on an inspirational note: “Fear and anger never win the race.”
Frances McDormand got in between Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell together presented their film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, nominated for outstanding performance by a cast. In the best supporting actor category, Rockwell and Harrelson are in friendly competition, but McDormand kept things light and civil by poking her head through.
Matt Walsh spoke for the Veep cast
As the former White House Press Secretary and Director of Communication, Mike McClintock seemed like a natural choice to accept the SAG on behalf of the ensemble cast of Veep. Walsh jokingly fumbled the honor: “We do so love that you gave us this Grammy.”
Timothée Chalamet clapped behind Greta Gewig
Host Kristen Bell pulled a bait and switch, sitting next to her husband and then revealing she was heaping praise on… Greta Gerwig. But it was really Lady Bird (and Call Me By Your Name) actor Timothée Chalamet who stole the screen erupting in laughter and clearly having more fun than anyone in the room.
Marisa Tomei and Rosanna Arquette thanked women
While presenting the award for Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series, Marisa Tomei and Rosanna Arquette took a few moments to thank the brave women — and men — who spoke up about the sexual harassment they’ve faced and bravely led the charge when it came to changing our culture.
Rita Moreno received a standing ovation
In 2014, Morgan Freeman presented the SAG Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno. Four years later, the EGOT winner (and Freeman’s former Electric Company costar) got to repay the favor. As Moreno took the stage, the audience rose to its feet, surprising the actress. “That’s a lot of love,” Moreno said, tearing up. “But I can take it.”
Morgan Freeman rocked a baseball hat
Morgan Freeman accepted this year’s SAG Life Achievement Award but not before receiving a quick fashion tip from Rita Moreno. “Lift your hat,” she called out to the baseball-cap-wearing Freeman, who obliged. “Now we can see you!”
Niecy Nash read Sterling K. Brown's name
Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn presented the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and made an impromptu deal: If the winner was Brown, Nash would read his name. “‘You can read the name if an Asian actor wins!'” Nash said. Munn’s response: “It’s just white guys and Sterling K. Brown…” (Of course, Brown did win, making him the first black man to ever win in the category.)
Frances McDormand won a 'doorstop'
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home two of the biggest awards, with Frances McDormand winning for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor. “This is really great and I thank you, but there’s a lot of young ones comin’ up and they need doorstops too. Let’s think about that.”
This Is Us took home Best Ensemble
The Pearsons stick together on and off screen. When it was announced that This Is Us won over heavy hitters like Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Crown, and Stranger Things, the TIU cast seems equally thrilled and astonished, making their way to the stage with numerous hugs, squeals, and “oh my gods!”