Uzo Aduba got her SAG-AFTRA card for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on “Orange Is The New Black” and on Sunday she received her first Actor statue for her performance in the Netflix series.
Aduba and her castmates were also honored with the award for best Ensemble in a Comedy Series during the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The honors, which were voted on by the some 165,000 members of the actors’ union, also helped bring the Oscar race into focus.
After missing out to “Boyhood" for the Golden Globe for best drama feature, “Birdman” won for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. On stage, Michael Keaton said, "It’s the ultimate team sport, what we do for a living.”
Co-star Edward Norton added: “It’s fun to be an actor, but as everybody in this room knows, it’s a true privilege to be a working actor.”
Julianne Moore took home the statue for female lead for her performance in “Still Alice.” During her acceptance speech, Moore, who won the Golden Globe in the same category Jan. 12, recalled her time on “As The World Turns.”
“I was so excited when they wrote two parts for me — the classic twin-sister role,” she said. “Then I realized it was super boring to act by myself. What was most exciting for me was to act with another actor.”
Moore, who plays a linguistics professor battling early onset Alzheimer’s disease in the film, went on to thank her co-stars including Kate Bosworth and Alec Baldwin.
Meanwhile, Eddie Redmayne won for Male Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in “The Theory of Everything.” He also won a Golden Globe earlier this month.
“Boyhood” also continued to collect awards with Patricia Arquette honored for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Fellow Golden Globe winner J.K. Simmons was her counterpart in SAG's male category for his turn in “Whiplash.”
The awards are given exclusively to performers but the cast of “Downton Abbey” sought to share the spotlight. After winning the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, the actors thanked casting director Jill Trevellick.
Another stand-out win was the Actor given to Viola Davis, who won for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her performance as professor Annalise Keating in “How to Get Away With Murder.” Davis, in her debut season, beat out Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies, Tatiana Maslany, Maggie Smith and Robin Wright for the win.
In the middle of the awards show, Carrie Fisher presented her mother, Debbie Reynolds, with the 51st Annual Life Achievement Award. Before the show began, SAG-AFTRA announced the stunt performers and coordinators from “Unbroken” and “Game of Thrones” were the 2015 SAG Awards honorees for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles. The full list of winners includes:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“Orange Is The New Black”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
J. K. Simmons, “Whiplash.”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild 51st Annual Life Achievement Award
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