SAG Awards 2017 live blog: Let’s dish the best, worst and craziest moments

Gold Derby editors and contributors can’t stifle what we think of every moment of the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Here are live musings on the best, worst and craziest moments of this free-wheeling kudofest from Chris Beachum, Sam EckmannCharles BrightDavid BuchananMarcus Dixon, Zach Laws, Rob LicuriaDaniel MontgomeryTom O’Brien, Tony RuizPaul SheehanAmanda Spears, and myself.

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DANIEL: It was another good night for “The Help”: Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, and Viola Davis all won again tonight.

Best Film Ensemble – “Hidden Figures”

TOM O’BRIEN: So sad that we were deprived of yet another underwhelming acceptance speech by Casey Affleck. zzzzzzzzz Huge congratulations to Denzel!

DANIEL: You go get it, Denzel! One of my favorite performances of the year, and far and away the best performance in that category. Kudos!

ZACH: DENZEL!!!! I said he would win at SAG!!! OSCAR IS NEXT!!!

AMANDA: So over the moon happy Denzel Washington won becoming the second actor to win for directing himself!!

Best Actor – Denzel Washington, “Fences”

ROBERT: Courtney B. Vance apparently didn’t get a chair. Why’s he always standing

JOHN: If Mahershala Ali’s wonderful acceptance tonight secured him an Oscar then I’d have to say Emma Stone’s should lose her hers. Oof

MATT: Glad to see “LaLa Land” win something tonight. In an open race this will help Stone in her Oscar bid

AMANDA: Most who are snubbed by the Oscars skip the SAG Awards all the credit to Amy Adams being so classy and showing up anyway.

Best Actress –  Emma Stone, “La La Land”

ROB: I’m deliriously happy for the cast of “Stranger Things”…. and as an overall statement, the SAG Awards are proving once again that it is the best awards show. It’s just about honoring the performances. Love it.

DANIEL: Did anyone see that amazing David Harbour speech coming? Is he running for office? Could he please run for some sort of office?

SAM: Can we please revote and give a SAG award to Winona Ryder’s facial expressions during the “Stranger Things” win?

AMANDA: The kids of Stranger Things just won the rest of the cast a SAG Award. No one was more shocked that Winona Ryder!

MATT: Surprised that “The Crown” didn’t win, but I’ve seen stranger things. Deserving win!

Best TV Drama Ensemble – “Stranger Things”

MARCUS: Here come the big categories! I hope we don’t see a single upset. I want to do well in my predictions.

AMANDA: Always the best in memorial.

TONY: Andrea from “90210” is the president of SAG??? Nicely done!

MATT: Back to back wins for “The Crown.” We also now have 2 presidents, 1 queen and a prime minister with wins tonight.

Best Drama Actress – Claire Foy, “The Crown”

MATT – “3rd Rock,” “Dexter,” “The Crown:” Lithgow is one of the most versatile TV actors from the past 30 years.

Best Drama Actor – John Lithgow, “The Crown”

DANIEL: I am delighted by these speeches tonight. I could listen to Lily Tomlin talk all night.

TONY: Lily Tomlin turning the award around! Am I the only one who didn’t know there was a sad face on the other side?

JOHN: Ugh. My heart sinks every time they show Amy Adams.

AMANDA: After all the drudge and politics Dolly just makes everyone smile. Please please do Grace and Frankie!!!

TONY: Can we just have Dolly host the show???

SAM: I demand Dolly Parton’s sequel to 9 to 5 (“95”) immediately.


TONY: Bryan Cranston owes everyone else in that category an apology. Really not a good choice

JOHN: Michelle Williams jumping up to clap for Dolly Parton is more exciting and Oscar-worthy than the whole of her 10 minute contribution to Manchester by the Sea.

AMANDA: Bryan Cranston became the second male on TV Side to win for reprising Tony Winning Role behind Brian Dennehey (“Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman,” 2001). They defaulted to the most famous in the category!!!

Best Movie/Miniseries Actor –  Bryan Cranston, “All The Way”

TOM O’BRIEN: I was so worried that this was going to be a parade of political speeches that Trump will only use as a punching bag, but tonight’s acceptance speeches (especially those by Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali) are so remarkably personal yet universal that I can’t help but think that they will penetrate to the viewing audience. Just a little

AMANDA: I know the cast usually introduces their own clip. But if there was ever a good exception to the rule it should have been Courtney B. Vance who starred in the original Broadway production of “Fences!” Just think of the potential comedy missed!

MATT: Nice to see Gold Derby fan Paulson complete the Emmy/Globe/SAG sweep!

AMANDA: WOW so great after such a losing streak that she finally won an award! JKJK!! We all knew how this was going to go!

Best Movie/Miniseries Actress – Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson”

DANIEL: That was a magnificent Mahershala Ali speech. What makes the SAG Awards such a good telecast every year is that winners have time to give speeches like that, there’s time to see clips of all the nominated performances, and we don’t waste time with unnecessary host jokes or presenter patter

MARCUS: Mahershala Ali just won the Oscar! He gave the best non-Julia speech of the night.

SAM: If there is any truth to precursor speeches being Oscar “audition”, then Mahershala Ali just secured his win next month.

AMANDA: I saw Kevin Spacey earlier….why didn’t they cut to him clapping and smiling. Unless Frank Underwood or I mean Spacey wasn’t happy that Mahershala Ali won???

TONY: Mahershala Ali’s speech was heartfelt and inspiring, yet seemed truly spontaneous. My favorite speech so far.

Best Film Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

DANIEL: Viola Davis is physically incapable of an uninspiring awards speech. Let’s just have her come up to accept every award tonight no matter who wins.

TOM O’BRIEN: Octavia Spencer’s clip was such a relief after that cry-athon in the Supporting Actress clips. Still, another brilliant Viola acceptance speech.

JOHN: The clips of the supporting actress nominees made me realize for the first time how badly I need a scene of Octavia Spencer crying.

AMANDA: Viola Davis made history as first actress to win for reprising Tony Winning Role in “Fences.” Sometimes, being in the supporting category pays off!!! Sorry Denzel, even if you win you’ll be the second reprisal performance to do so

Best Film Supporting Actress – Viola Davis, “Fences”

CHARLES: Very happy for “Orange” but it would have been nice to have Samir’s Wiley give the speech for the ensemble since, #spoileralert, we had to say goodbye to her character this past year

MATT: The fact that “Veep” has never won this award is criminal. The way they use improv to refine scenes makes them one of the greatest comedy ensembles of all time.

AMANDA: At least Taylor Schilling FINALLY showed up!

Best TV Comedy Ensemble – “Orange is the New Black”

DANIEL: William H. Macy wins and more digs at Donald Trump. There might be a time when that starts to get old. But on a weekend like this I don’t mind if these become the “Go Trump Yourself” Awards.

AMANDA: Is the SAG Awards legally required for either William H. Macy or Felicity Huffman to win? Because that’s the only way to explain this win!

Best TV Comedy Actor –  William H. Macy, “Shameless”

MATT: Julia is the queen of award speeches. Great message! Also, we should have a SAG drinking game for trump slams.

TONY: Is there a better ambassador for the US than Julia? Can’t wait for the Trump outrage!!!

CHRIS: Julia now has 7 SAG trophies — one away from the record by Julianna Margulies and Alec Baldwin.

Best TV Comedy Actress – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”

DANIEL: I like that the SAG Awards doubled down on political defiance from the get-go, but not sure Ashton “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Kutcher had the weight to carry it off.

AMANDA: Kutcher would be an amazing host if this show was three hours long!

MARCUS: Casey Affleck just said on E! that he does not have a speech ready in the event that he wins tonight. Don’t worry, Casey. I’m sure you’ll come up with something absolutely AMAZING on the spot.

MATT: It’s a shame they announce the stunt winners before the show. Would be fun to see these ensembles take the stage, since these awards are such a celeb-fest.

Best Film Stunt Ensemble – “Hacksaw Ridge”

Best TV Stunt Ensemble – “Game of Thrones”

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