2018 SAG Awards Makes History
By J MCKENZIE
Jan 21, 2018, 10:22 PM ET
The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards kicked off Sunday night inside Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall and made history in the process.
“This Is Us” star Sterling K. Brown became the first black actor to win Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
It’s now become a trend for Brown, who earlier this month became the first black actor to win the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama. He’s also the first black actor in two decades to win an Emmy for best actor in a drama series for the same role as Randall Pearson, a black child who’s adopted by the Pearsons, who are white.
Kristen Bell, star of “Frozen” and “The Good Place” had the honor of being the show’s first-ever host. “There has never been a host for this awards show. And I honestly never thought I’d grow up to be the ‘First Lady,’ but you know what? I kind of like it,” said Bell.
Rita Moreno presented the evening’s biggest honor, the 54th Annual SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, to Morgan Freeman. The iconic actress, who said the two have been friends for 50 years, received a standing ovation from the crowd when she walked out.
Still, it became clear why Moreno was tapped to present Freeman the award. She even told the actor to take off his hat when at the podium.
“You have no idea how long I’ve had to put up with that,” he said, pointing to Moreno, with the audience laughing.
Growing serious, however, Freeman said, “This is beyond [an] honor. This is a place in history.”
Freeman also pointed out a part of the award that bothered him.
“I wasn’t gonna do this: I’m gonna tell you what’s wrong with this statue. It works from the back. From the front, it’s gender-specific.”