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Frances McDormand, right, congratulates Sam Rockwell in the audience after winning the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
January 21, 2018 - 9:14 PM

LOS ANGELES - The Latest on Sunday's presentation of the Screen Actors Guild from the Shrine Auditorium (all times local):

9 p.m.

The SAG Awards are over, but the after-party is giving nominees the chance to mingle and unwind.

Robert De Niro held court on a couch in the centre of the room and looked deep in conversation as machines billowed smoke around him and lights danced from the ceiling.

Other stars treated the couches more like a dance floor. Allison Williams started grooving to "The Weeknd's "I Feel It," as her "Get Out" co-stars mingled. Mary J. Blige moved to "No Church in the Wild" by Kanye West and Jay-Z as she munched on a crab leg.

The cast from "Orange is the New Black" mixed with the mostly female cast of "GLOW," spinning each other to Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" and Michael Jackson's "Rock With You," as they mouthed the words.

Yael Stone, who is pregnant, was perhaps enjoying the party a little less than her "Orange is the New Black" co-stars. She asked nearby strangers where the exit was, and was followed out by Taylor Schilling and Natasha Lyonne after they were overheard laughing at an inside joke.

— Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) at the SAG Awards after-party.


7:05 p.m.

The revenge tale "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is the winner of the best film ensemble SAG Award.

The film stars Frances McDormand as a mother seeking justice after her daughter is raped and murdered, and who unleashes scorn and fury in her campaign to hold a small town police force accountable. McDormand and Sam Rockwell also won SAG Awards Sunday evening.

Sunday's win continues the film's run as an Oscar best picture front-runner. While the performances have won widespread praise, some have criticized the film for being out of touch.


7 p.m.

Frances McDormand has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best film actress for her "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" performance.

McDormand plays the mother seeking justice for her daughter, who was raped and killed, and takes on the small town police force who she doesn't believe is doing enough to solve the case.

It is McDormand's second SAG best actress win in a film, and her third SAG Award overall. She won in 1997 for her role as a police officer in "Fargo."

She credited "Three Billboards" director Martin McDonagh for writing a "tsunami" of a film, and allowing its actors to ride the wave.


6:50 p.m.

Gary Oldman is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best film actor for his performance in "Darkest Hour."

Oldman is considered the front-runner for the best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill during a pivotal moment in World War II when the prime minister was trying to rally Britain to fight the Nazis.

The actor broke down in tears while accepting the award, saying there are "giants of acting" in the SAG Awards showroom.


6:45 p.m.

Cue the tears — NBC's "This Is Us" has won the SAG Award for best television drama ensemble.

The NBC series stars Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown and tells the story of the tight bonds of a family, with flashbacks filling in the backstories of the characters, including the origins of their secrets.

Ventimiglia accepted the award on behalf of the crew, flanked by actors on the show including several of the younger actors play the main characters when they were younger.

The actor thanked fans, telling them the cast loved them for supporting a show that supported positivity and inclusion.


6:40 p.m.

The SAG Awards are running a bit long and winners are being asked to keep their acceptance speeches short.

The announcement calling for 45-second speeches came before the presentation of the show's lifetime achievement award to Morgan Freeman.

The show traditionally has a two hour running time.

Best TV drama actor Sterling K. Brown was the first to encounter the time crunch, with music starting to play over his acceptance speech. The show gained some time with the best TV drama actress award. The winner, "The Crown's" Claire Foy, did not attend Sunday's ceremony.

— Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) at the SAG Awards


6:30 p.m.

"The Crown's" Claire Foy is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best television drama actress.

Foy plays Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series, which focuses on the early years of the monarch's reign as she struggled to balance her royal duties with her home life and the needs of post-World War II Britain.

Foy also won the award last year. She did not attend Sunday's ceremony.


6:25 p.m.

Sterling K. Brown is the winner of the best television actor Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Randall Pearson on 'This is Us'

Brown plays a family man recovering from a nervous breakdown and the ongoing effects of his adoptive father's death on him and is siblings when they were teenagers.

The actor says it is a blessing to do what you love for a living. He thanked his fellow actors, saying they were his inspiration.

He also specifically thanked the two young actors who play his character as a boy and a teenager on the NBC series.


6:15 p.m.

Morgan Freeman has accepted the lifetime achievement award at the Screen Actors Guild by pointing out the show's awards statuette is male.

Freeman says he wasn't going to point out a flaw in the award before saying, "It works from the back. From the front, it's gender specific."

The audience cheered, and Freeman says that maybe he started something. The SAGs statuette is called "The Actor" and depicts a performer holding the drama and comedy masks.

His comments came during a ceremony that put a special emphasis on women, with a roster of nearly all female presenters and its first-ever host in Kristen Bell.

Rita Moreno presented the award to Freeman, who received a standing ovation and kissed the actress gently on the lips when he took the stage.

Freeman wore a black baseball cap during the show, and was chided by Moreno to raise the hat a bit so people could see his face better. He obliged and joked that was what he had to put up with when he and Moreno worked together on the show "Electric Company."


5:55 p.m.

Nicole Kidman is the winner of the SAG Award for best actress in a television limited series or movie.

Kidman won for "Big Little Lies" in a category in which two of her co-stars were also nominated.

Kidman plays a housewife who gave up her professional life to care for her sons with an abusive husband, played by Alexander Skarsgard.

She won her first SAG Award Sunday night after being nominated 10 times. She thanked the guild first, saying she has been working since she was 14-years-old and was incredibly grateful for her career.

The 50-year-old actress says she is especially honoured for being honoured because at another time in Hollywood an actress her age would be considered too old for major roles.


5:45 p.m.

Alexander Skarsgard's portrayal of an abusive husband in the HBO series "Big Little Lies" has won him the SAG Award for best actor in a television limited series or movie.

Skarsgard plays the violently domineering husband of a laywer-turned-housewife played by Nicole Kidman.

The actor says he is incredibly embarrassed and "infinitely grateful" for the award.


5:30 p.m.

Allison Janney is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting film actress for her role in "I, Tonya."

Janney won for her role in "I, Tonya ."

It is Janney's seventh SAG Award. She says she is incredibly lucky and emotional to be nominated in a category alongside Mary J. Blige, Hong Chau, Holly Hunter and Laurie Metcalf. She also called "I, Tonya" star Margot Robbie fearless.

Sam Rockwell won the best supporting actor SAG for his role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." It is Rockwell's first SAG Awards win and comes for his role as a racist police officer in the film, which stars Frances McDormand.


5:20 p.m.

"Veep" is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best television comedy.

The HBO series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a politician who schemes and abuses her staff to manoeuvr her way through American political life. It is the first SAG win for the series.

Matt Walsh gave the acceptance speech, riffing on his character's inability to handle public speaking engagements. He thanked several absent cast members, including Anna Chlumsky and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won the best television comedy actress SAG award moment earlier.

It is the first SAG ensemble win for the HBO show.


5:15 p.m.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won the best television comedy actress Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on the series "Veep."

It is Louis-Dreyfus's fifth SAG comedy win and her third for her "Veep," in which she plays a politician acutely concerned with her place in the American political system.

The actress recently completed treatment for breast cancer and did not attend Sunday's ceremony.


5:10 p.m.

"Shameless's" William H. Macy is the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award for best television comedy actor.

Is is the third SAG Macy has won for his role as an alcoholic father on Showtime's "Shameless" and the second year in a row he has taken home the honour.

He also won a SAG Award in 2003 for the television movie "Door to Door."


5:05 p.m.

The SAG Awards have opened with Allison Janney, Tracee Ellis Ross, Millie Bobby Brown and Kristen Bell talking about their experiences as actors.

Bell, who is the show's first-ever host, cracked a joke during her "I Am an Actor" segment, telling the audience, "I am Kristen Bell, and I am a narcissist."

She also tried to strike a unifying tone, telling the showroom "fear and anger will never win the race."


4:50 p.m.

Daniel Kaluuya is happy to oblige a playful suggestion from a fan in the bleachers outside the SAG Awards.

When a woman in the bleachers spotted the "Get Out" star, she yelled "''Get Out," Daniel, Daniel! Get out! Get out!" Kaluuya pretended to start running and then smiled.

The calls from fans do get noticed by many of the actors walking the red carpet before Sunday's awards show.

At one point, a fan shouted to John Stamos, "You are one handsome devil." He appeared to blush and then hammed it up for the camera.

Another fan chatted with "This Is Us" star Sterling K. Brown about their hometown of St. Louis and which high schools they went to. Brown then tells the fan, "It's always nice to meet someone from home."

— Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) in the SAG Awards fan bleachers.


4:35 p.m.

Cheryl Hines is celebrating the men who are standing up for women and supporting the Time's Up movement.

As the actress walked the red carpet on her way to into Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, she said she has to "give a lot of props to the guys who are celebrating with us and saying it's your time to shine."

Hines stars in HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which is nominated for best television comedy ensemble.

She says those who are worried that it's "a bad time to be a white man" should acknowledge that "it's been a really good time for a really long time for the guys."

William H. Macy and "Get Out" star Daniel Kaluuya are among the men who said they supported the work of the Me Too and Time's Up movements.

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.


4:20 p.m.

"Get Out" star Daniel Kaluuya says every year is the year of the woman.

A double nominee at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Kaluuya says that while "everything men do is for women," he sees a "conscious shift" in response to the Me Too and Time's Up movements.

The SAG Awards are putting additional emphasis on female performers on Sunday, featuring a roster of almost all women presenters, its first-time host Kristen Bell, and an opening segment with only actresses describing their craft.

Kaluuya says men are examining their behaviour from a viewpoint they hadn't considered before, and he supports those who are speaking out about unfair treatment.

"It's not about me," he says. "It's giving the floor to these women and men who have gone through this stuff, and I'm here to support them and take a back seat."

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.


4:10 p.m.

William H. Macy says the Time's Up and Me Too movements may be "bewildering" for men, but it's a good thing.

The Screen Actors Guild Award nominee for his work on the comedy series "Shameless" says he skipped Saturday's women's march but recently attended a Time's Up meeting for men. He said he thinks "a lot of men feel under attack."

He says the discomfort is good and he expects the industry will quickly adapt. He says, "I love our business. It's self-healing. It's progressive, and it'll do the right thing quickly."

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.


4 p.m.

Allison Janney says not to expect any Oprah-style speeches should she win the Screen Actors Guild Award for her supporting role in "I, Tonya."

Winfrey's galvanizing speech at the Golden Globe Awards sets the bar high for awards show acceptance speeches, and Janney says she's not even trying to reach it.

Janney says, "I don't know what's going to come out of my mouth if I get up there, but it's not going to be Oprah."

The statuesque star says she "feels like a warrior" in the body-hugging, silver paillette-covered dress she chose for the SAG Awards, and that she's still feeling an empowering rush from participating in the women's march in Los Angeles Saturday.

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.


3:40 p.m.

Fans in the bleachers outside the Screen Actors Guild Awards are getting up close, and some cool photos, with some of their favourite stars.

Justin Hartley of "This Is Us" posed for photos in front of bleachers, taking a cellphone from one man and snapping a selfie with him.

Hartley also posed for a photo with Parker Bates, who plays him as a boy on the NBC drama, which is nominated for best drama ensemble.

Sean Astin of "Stranger Things" also stopped to sign an autograph and take a photo using a fan's camera.

"Stranger Things" is also nominated for best drama ensemble at Sunday's awards.

— Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) in the SAG Awards fan bleachers


3:30 p.m.

Jenifer Lewis says she's seen the effects firsthand of the Time's Up and Me Too movements in Hollywood.

The "black-ish" star said as she arrived at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday in Los Angeles that there's been "a huge change in the business" since the Harvey Weinstein news broke last year.

Lewis says "every show" is having mandatory sexual harassment meetings and that she recently attended one at Disney.

She added that she's honoured to be part of "black-ish," calling it "the cherry on top of my career." The ABC series is nominated for outstanding television comedy ensemble at Sunday's ceremony.

Lewis says the show is "leading the revolution" by dealing with such timely issues as police brutality, women's rights and depression.

— Mike Cidoni Lennox (@CidoniLennox) and Sandy Cohen (@SandyCohen75) on the red carpet.


3:20 p.m.

The stunt performers of "Wonder Woman" and the television series "Game of Thrones" are the winners of the first Screen Actors Guild awards handed out Sunday.

The awards were announced during the red carpet show preceding Sunday's celebration of the best acting in film and television.

"Game of Thrones" is a back-to-back winner. The cast of the HBO fantasy series is also nominated for the best drama ensemble award that will be handed out later Sunday.


3:05 p.m.

Hundreds of fans armed with cellphones and some in gowns themselves are shouting to stars as they walk the red carpet ahead of the SAG Awards.

One woman yelled to Alison Brie, in a striking red dress: "You're beautiful." Brie replied: "So are you!"

One fan shouted to JoBeth Williams of "Poltergeist" fame: "Looking good! Go one with your bad self!" Williams beamed and shouted back: "Thank you!"

Several shouted "Sterling!" when "This Is Us" star and SAG Award nominee Sterling K. Brown walked by looking dapper and "Kevin" when his co-star, Justin Hartley, followed shortly after.

The SAG Awards will be broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern on TBS and TNT.

— Amanda Lee Myers (@AmandaLeeAP) in the SAG Awards fan bleachers


7:30 a.m.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will honour the best performances in film and television from the past year on Sunday night, but not without also tackling the ongoing sexual misconduct scandal in Hollywood and efforts to improve the industry's treatment of women.

This year's show will feature a mostly female roster of presenters and its first ever host with Kristen Bell.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is the leading film nominee, including for its star Frances McDormand. The top television nominee is "Big Little Lies," with three of its stars — Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern — all vying for best actress in the same category.

The show being held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles begins at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast on TNT and TBS.


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