A quiet celebration for John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, a Robert Mueller shout-out and a groundbreaking victory for the cast of "Black Panther."
It was a groundbreaking night for "Black Panther" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" as both took top honors at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The brisk and fun awards show continues to entertain in a way that many of the other more bloated productions are struggling to do these days. With its two-hour run-time and focus on stars from film and television, it's all about the names and faces we love.
At the SAG Awards, there is no best picture or best television series, but rather best ensemble casts in those various categories. Nevertheless, the historic win for "Black Panther" here sets the stage for a potentially interesting Oscar night.
And after Chadwick Boseman's powerful speech, the Oscars could do worse than give him another chance to talk about the power and impact of the film. And that was just one of the night's memorable moments, with others coming from the cast of "This Is Us," Patricia Arquette and Hollywood's cutest couple, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, among others.
Below are the only eight SAG Awards moments anyone will be talking about come Monday morning:
Thanks to Robert Mueller
While Patricia Arquette resisted the urge to drop an F-bomb while accepting her award for "Escape at Dannemora," as she did at the Golden Globes, the actress did still get the audience's attention by thanking a most unlikely man.
She thanked her cast and crew and admitted she enjoyed being able to gain weight for the role rather than struggling to fit into the unrealistic body standards set for women in Hollywood. But she also thanked Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
"Oh, thank you, Robert Mueller," she said to raucous applause. "And everyone working to make sure that we have sovereignty for the United States of America."
Reading Is Fundamental
Timothee Chalamet was caught not only not paying attention during the "SAG Awards," but he was actually reading. We're not sure how he was able to pay attention to whatever it was, but it most have been pretty engrossing because he didn't even look up when the cameras caught him in the act.
So just what was he reading? It was larger than a typical book making us think it's either a school textbook of some sort or a film script. Either way, you're way too dedicated, Timothee. You're allowed to take the night off when you're attending an awards show.
"Black Panther" wins Best Cast
It's the equivalent of "Best Picture" in the actor-driven awards show, so this is monumental that a minority-led superhero film took top honors. Hell, it's groundbreaking that a superhero film won at all, but even more exciting for what "Black Panther" has represented.
The film's leader and king, Chadwick Boseman, delivered an epic speech about being "young, gifted and black" (referencing the Nina Simone song) that will not quickly be forgotten. "We know what it’s like to be told there’s not a screen for you to be featured on, a stage for you to be featured on," he said. "We know what it’s like to be the tail, but not the head. We know what it’s like to be beneath, but not above."
He went on to day, "We knew that we had something special that we wanted to give the world -- that we could be full human beings in the roles that we were playing. That we could create a world that exemplified a world that we wanted to see."
He also took a direct shot at President Trump earlier in the evening when introducing the film as a nominee, saying of his character, "He learns to lead his country to be one that builds bridges, not walls."
Emily Blunt's Quiet Celebration with John Krasinski
#EmilyBlunt sweetly shared her #SAGAwards win with husband #JohnKrasinski ❤️ "You are a stunning filmmaker. I am so lucky to be with you and to have done this film with you." pic.twitter.com/aM3CHIYcg8— People (@people) January 28, 2019
It was an adorable moment that immediately went viral when Emily Blunt won her first SAG award for supporting work for her role in his film "A Quiet Place." He simply put his hands to his mouth before they silently embraced. She then took to the stage to heap praise on her husband and director.
"The entire experience of doing this with you has completely pierced my heart directly," she said. "You are a stunning filmmaker. I'm so lucky to be with you and to have done this film with you."
Geoffrey Owens Addresses Trader Joe's Job
The SAG Awards always kick off with various people telling their story about identifying as an actor. Well, this year they took the chance to allow former "Cosby Show" star Geoffrey Owens to tell his story, including his recent job at Trader Joe's that led to him being publicly shamed on social media.
"Somewhere in the middle of the road in my life, I found myself in the dark wood of unemployment and debt, but instead of switching careers like a sane person, I took a job at a local Trader Joe's to see if I could hang in there with my career," he said. "And it's actually worked out pretty well."
He got a huge round of applause from the stars around him for opening up and sharing his truth.
The Marvelous Sweeps
Rachel Brosnahan completed only the sixth-ever major awards show sweep for a television actor, following in the rarefied heels of Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Tina Fey, Julianna Margulies and Sarah Paulson. She took home the lead female actor prize for her performance in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."
It was part of a full sweep for the hit series which also took the award for comedy cast and male actor for Tony Shalhoub. The Amazon series just keeps winning all the awards and shows no signs of slowing down.
This Is Us Celebrating
At the same time, we saw you Sterling K. Brown and your beautiful wife Ryan Michelle Bath. The adorable couple competed with Blunt and Krasinski for sweetest moment of the night, though they brought it with a lot more energy.
Their little victory dance when "This Is Us" when best dramatic ensemble was everything. And while she already appeared in a recurring role during the show's first season, those were with flashback Randall. We are ready to see that amazing chemistry on-screen in the present.
Maybe she can be one of Beth's old college roommates who always had a crush on Randall. That would kill two birds with one stone, as we are still in desperate need of some Beth backstory.
This Is Us Cringing
"This Is Us" star Justin Hartley won't be hosting any awards shows anytime soon, and he proved why he's part of an acting ensemble that just won for their dramatic work when he decided to make a funny during their acceptance speech.
After Mandy Moore gave a beautiful speech praising the cast and crew of the hit NBC series, her on-screen bad-boy son jumped in with some impromptu words that were along the same lines, until he decided to wrap it up with a joke.
"And thank you to all of our parents up here for feeling randy -- otherwise we wouldn't be here." You know what else wasn't there? Any response from the audience.
It was about as awkward an epic fail as we've seen at one of these awards shows, and we can just picture Moore giving him one of those mom looks as they walked off stage.
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