OMG! The Craziest Things to Happen at the SAG Awards

From Meryl Streep fixing Ryan Gosling's bow tie to Cate Blanchett getting handsy

By Lena Grossman Jan 25, 2019 11:00 AMTags
Ryan Gosling, Meryl Streep, 2017 SAG Awards, CandidsBuckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Lights, camera, action! Emphasis on the action.

Put Hollywood's biggest names in film and television in one auditorium and there's bound to be some off-the-charts and surprising moments. This year marks the Silver Anniversary of the awards, so the stars will strut their best on a silver carpet this year instead of a red one. Suffice it to say in 25 years, there have surely been a few OMG! and WTF? moments inside the Shrine Auditorium.

Will & Grace star Megan Mullally takes the stage at the Shrine to host the show and becomes the second-ever host right after Kristen Bell

Unlike most other awards shows, actors are the ones nominating and voting for their fellow big and small-screen castmates. The 2019 SAG Awards come right on the heels of the nominations announcement for the 2019 Oscars, which take place on Feb. 24. While there is some overlap, we'll just have to wait and see what the actors themselves crown as the best in film and TV.

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 Before tuning into the 2019 SAG Awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, it's important to look back at some of the show's moments from yesteryear.

Double the Victory

The actor made history at the 2016 SAG Awards when he won not one, but two statues, becoming the first male and first black person to do so. Elba won Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Beasts of No Nation and Best Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini Series for Luther.

Comfort Is Key

In 2016, iconic comedian and Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Carol Burnett put her best foot forward and stepped out on the red carpet in a green skirt and jacket paired with a black beaded top. While most photos showed her donning black shoes at the event, one picture captured her in a pair of gray UGG slippers. Now that's a red carpet trend we all can get behind. 

Starting Something

In 2018, Morgan Freeman accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award while donning a baseball cap and made a very astute observation during his speech. "I wasn't gonna do this, but I'm gonna tell you what's wrong with this statue," he said. "It works from the back. From the front, it's gender specific. Maybe I started something."

Two Lifetimes of Achievement

Carrie Fisher presented her mom Debbie Reynolds with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 SAG Awards and the two of them poked fun at each other during the milestone moment. While speaking about her role in Singin' in the Rain, Reynolds said, "Some of you may not remember this, but I had a bun. At the back of my head, I had a big bun, an ugly bun. I'd warned my daughter Carrie, who'd just gotten a part in a picture, Princess Leia in Star Wars, and I said, 'Carrie be careful of any weird hairdos.' So luckily, George gave her two buns. Thank you, George." The mother and daughter died one day apart in 2016. 

Meryl Streep to the Rescue

At the 2017 SAG Awards, Meryl Streep helped La La Land star Ryan Gosling adjust his bow tie—and simultaneously made people around the world very jealous. 

Winona Ryder's Winning Expressions

In 2017, Stranger Things won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. As David Harbour gave an impassioned speech, Winona Ryder's resulting facial expressions quickly became the star of the show. Harbour later praised the expressive Ryder and called the resulting memes about her "epic."

Getting Handsy

This is one of those times where words aren't enough to explain. All we can say is that Cate Blanchett got noticeably handsy with her statue in 2014 after winning for her role in Blue Jasmine.

Political Fashion Statement

Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg and his wife Jocelyn Towne made a very clear political statement at the 2017 awards. Their signage and body art referenced President Donald Trump's ban that prohibited people from predominantly Muslim countries from visiting the U.S. He instituted the Executive Order on Jan. 27, 2017, which was a week after his inauguration. The SAG Awards were Jan. 29.

What will happen this year?! Tune in on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on TBS and TNT.