Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston both took home awards at the 26th Screen Actors Guild on Sunday.
Pitt is headed toward his first acting Academy Award for his supporting performance in â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” and he added to his front-runner status with a win from the actors’ guild. Along the way, his speeches have been full of one-liners, and he didn’t disappoint Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Pitt, who said he was nursing a flu, looked down at his award and said, â€œI’ve got to add this to my Tinder profile.â€
“Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part. A guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn’t get on with his wife,” joked Pitt. â€œIt was a big stretch.â€ The audience laughed and clapped, including – as the cameras captured – Aniston, his ex-wife.
Aniston later won an award of her own for best female actor in a drama series for the Apple TV Plus show â€œThe Morning Show.â€ â€œWhat!” she said upon reaching the stage. Aniston finished her speech with a shout-out to her â€œMurder Mysteryâ€ co-star Adam Sandler, whose performance in â€œUncut Gemsâ€ has gone mostly unrewarded this season despite considerable acclaim.
â€œYour performance is extraordinary and your magic is real. I love you, buddy,â€ said Aniston.
Laura Dern also further established herself as the best supporting actress favorite for her performance in â€œMarriage Story” with a win from the Screen Actors Guild. On her way to the stage, she hugged her father, Bruce Dern.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued her awards sweep for â€œFleabag,â€ a winner at the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Waller-Bridge added a SAG win for best female actor in a comedy series and took a moment to reflect on the showâ€™s parade of accolades.
â€œThis whole thing really has been a dream, and if I wake up tomorrow and discover it was just that, then thank you,â€ said Waller-Bridge. â€œItâ€™s been the most beautiful dream.â€
â€œThe Marvelous Mrs. Maiselâ€ also continued its streak, winning best comedy series ensemble for the second straight year, along with Tony Shalhoub taking home the statue for best male actor in a comedy series. But accepting the ensemble award, the showâ€™s shocked Alex Borstein said she had voted for â€œFleabag.â€
â€œHonestly this makes no sense,â€™ said Borstein. â€œâ€˜Fleabagâ€™ is brilliant.â€™â€
Among the films vying for the screen actorsâ€™ top honor, best ensemble, are Oscar heavyweights â€œOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywoodâ€ and â€œThe Irishman.â€ They are competing with â€œParasiteâ€ (only the second foreign language nominee after â€œLife Is Beautiful,” which received a nod in 1999), â€œJojo Rabbitâ€ and â€œBombshell.â€
Because actors make up the largest percentage of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, their picks are closely watched. But the last two years, the SAG ensemble winner has not gone on to win best picture: â€œBlack Pantherâ€ last year and â€œThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouriâ€ in 2018.
Two of this yearâ€™s top best-picture contenders at the Oscars – â€œJoker,â€ more of a one-man show; and â€œ1917,â€ more acclaimed for its technical acumen – werenâ€™t nominated for best ensemble. On Saturday, â€œ1917â€ won top honors at the highly predictive Producers Guild Awards, solidifying its front-runner status. In 21 of the last 30 years, the PGA winner has lined up with the eventual best picture winner.
Robert De Niro was given the guild’s lifetime achievement award, an honor presented by Leonardo DiCaprio who, like De Niro, is a frequent leading man for Martin Scorsese. (The two co-star in Scorsese’s upcoming â€œKillers of the Flower Moon.â€) A raucous standing ovation greeted the 76-year-old actor.
De Niro, a fiery critic of Donald Trump, referenced the president in his remarks.
â€œThere’s right and there’s wrong. And there’s common sense and there’s abuse of power. As a citizen, I have as much right as anybody – an actor, an athlete, anybody else – to voice my opinion,â€ said De Niro. “And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I’m going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power.”
Awards for stunt ensemble were announced ahead of the ceremony, with prizes going to Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”