Orange is the New Black rocks SAGs

By Kirstin Buick
26 January 2015

Orange is the New Black was a hit at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Netflix series, which centres on female prison inmates, took home two trophies at the ceremony held Sunday night in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

'I want to say a huge, massive thanks to our cast, without whom this is not possible'

The entire Orange is the New Black cast was awarded with the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series gong.

Uzo Aduba, who portrays Suzanne ‘Crazy Eyes’ Warren in the show, won the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.

And she delivered a tearful speech while receiving her award onstage.

"Oh my god. I really, truly do not know what to say,” Uzo told the star-studded crowd while choking back tears of joy. “I want to say a huge, massive thanks to our cast, without whom this is not possible. I love you guys so desperately, so much. This is not done without you at all, any step of the way. I wanna thank my friends. I wanna thank my family and just finally I really, really, truly wanna say that the day I got this job was the day I had stopped acting, and to be in a room with all you amazing human beings, amazing talents, for what I love and respect so much, is really, truly the greatest honour. Thank you so very much. God bless you."

The SAG Awards opened with a touching, traditional segment entitled Actor’s Stories. During this portion of the programme, cameras tour around the A-list crowd and several actors share about what made them want to take on acting for a living, ending with the line “I am an actor”.

And Jennifer Aniston made folks giggle with her account.

“When I was a little girl growing up in New York City, all I ever wanted to be was Scarlett O’Hara,” Jennifer recalled during her speech. “Oh well. I’m Jennifer Aniston and I’m an actor.”

Many critics pointed out The Hangover funnyman Zach Galifianakis looked noticeably thinner while delivering his Actor’s Stories speech, which consisted of these few hilarious words: “I’m Zach Galifianakis. I’m an actor.”

Debbie Reynolds, 82, received the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award on the night. She was presented with the prestigious honour by her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher.

21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Winners List:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Birdman

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 Male Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Unbroken

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey

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 Comedy Series: Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy, Shameless

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 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 Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: Game of Thrones

Life Achievement Award: Debbie Reynolds

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