Michael Keaton's momentum slowed tonight as Eddie Redmayne was named best actor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He dedicated his award, for "The Theory of Everything," to those living with ALS as Stephen Hawking is. Redmayne plays Hawking opposite Felicity Jones.
Brit Redmayne, 33 and a newlywed, gave a lovely speech that ended with a thanks to Stephen and Jane Hawking and for reminding him "of the overwhelming power of the will to love and the will to live every second of your life as fully and as passionately as possible."
But Keaton made it to the stage with his fellow "Birdman" performers, honored for best movie ensemble. "Age before beauty," Edward Norton said, introducing Keaton who called what they do for a living the ultimate team sport.
The honor for best actress in a movie went to Julianne Moore, as predicted by all, for "Still Alice" in which she plays a 50-year-old Columbia University linguistics expert diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. She started her speech by referring to her work on "As the World Turns," in which she played twin sisters.
"I want to thank my partners in this movie," she said, singling out Alec Baldwin who plays her husband and Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish who are the couple's children.
At 9:35 p.m., it was all "Downton Abbey" all the time. The show was on PBS and the cast picked up the outstanding ensemble in a drama series. The members who were there took the stage and handed off the Actor statue, giving each a moment in the spotlight.
Winner of the female actor in a supporting movie role was Patricia Arquette from “Boyhood.” She is expected to repeat at the Academy Awards.
A six-time nominee, this was her first win. “Oh my God,” she said. “I can’t tell you what this means to me. I’m a fourth-generation actor. My family has been committed to acting for over a century through feast or famine.”
The winner of the honor for supporting actor was – as expected – J.K. Simmons from “Whiplash.” He said, “I feel like all of us actors are supporting actors,” and noted that Miles Teller is in every scene of the movie as the jazz drum student he browbeats. “I would like to thank the 49 actors who appear on screen in ‘Whiplash’ for realizing Damien Chazelle’s vision so beautifully.”
Debbie Reynolds received the Life Achievement Award from her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds got a standing ovation and revealed her favorite picture during her 66-year career was "Singin' in the Rain." She drew a connection between the bun she wore in the musical with the Princess Leia hairstyle Fisher had in "Star Wars."
Kevin Spacey, who won a Globe for his work on "House of Cards," picked up a SAG Award as best male actor in a drama series. He was not at the ceremony but the female winner for drama, Viola Davis from "How to Get Away With Murder," was.
On the TV side, Mark Ruffalo -- another no-show -- won for his TV work in HBO's "The Normal Heart." Winner of female actor in a TV movie or miniseries was onetime Monessen resident Frances McDormand for "Olive Kitteridge." She said, "I love what I do. Thank you for inviting myself and Mr. Richard Jenkins to the party. ... I'm proclaiming if you haven't seen Olive Kitteridge, you need to." It's coming out on DVD Feb. 9.
The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild wasted no time getting started tonight. At 8:04 p.m., first presenter Bryan Cranston was at the microphone to announce the SAG Award for female actor in a comedy to a stunned Uzo Aduba from “Orange Is the New Black.” Next up was winner of male actor in a comedy series: William H. Macy, a nine-time nominee who won for “Shameless.”
“I have written so many great acceptance speeches that I never got to give. But not tonight,” Macy joked. “To my fellow nominees. Aw, forget it, you lost.”
It was a big night for "Orange Is the New Black," turning its first nomination into its first win for its 40-member ensemble, picking up the honor for ensemble in a comedy series.
Pittsburgh native Keaton (real name: Michael John Douglas from Forest Grove, Pa.), Emma Stone and Norton introduced their movie, “Birdman” after the first two honors but would have to wait nearly two hours to hear their title called for the top award.
Also the stunt performers and coordinators from “Unbroken” and “Games of Thrones” were honored before the show started. Those honors were announced on the red carpet. Photos from SAG.