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The Best Moments From The SAG Awards

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    The Screen Actors Guild Awards tend to be a much lower-key affair than their swankier cousins the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Since there's no official host, the show kicks off with select SAG members delivering solemn monologues that start with, "I'm [insert name here], and I'm an actor." It would be easy to confuse the event for a black-tie A.A. meeting if not for the awarding of trophies — "the actor," as the SAG hardware is called — that takes place immediately afterward in rapid-fire succession.

    It's also one of the only award shows that runs short on time. The final award of the night was handed out around 9:50, leaving the cast of Birdman onstage, vamping to fill time until the credits could roll at 10. It turns out that the play-off music that's a hallmark of the Oscars and Globes is a good thing. Give an actor a microphone and no time limit, and things get sort of awkward.

    Still, the SAGs are still an award show, meaning there were still some great moments. Here, the highlight reel from the final major stop in the run up to the biggie (the Academy Awards) in February. 

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    Viola Davis Wins
    The How To Get Away With Murder star didn't plan the amazing speech that she gave when she accepted her award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, but that's just further proof of how deserving she is.

    Davis addressed the lack of diversity in Hollywood, and thanked HTGAWM producers for believing that a "mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned, African-American woman who looks like me."

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    William H. Macy Thanks Felicity Huffman
    Macy won the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Comedy, and his hilarious speech showed how quick on his feet he can be. He ended with a special shoutout to his wife, Felicity Huffman. "Flicka, I love going to bed with you."

    She responded on Twitter a little later. "Love going to bed with you too @WilliamHMacy."

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    Orange Is the New Black Wins Best Ensemble
    The gender imbalance in Hollywood still skews heavily in favor of men, so it's very refreshing to see a stage full of amazing women being recognized for their fantastic work. The award was accepted by Uzo Aduba, who also picked up the actor for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.

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    Debbie Reynolds Teases Carrie Fisher About Star Wars
    It's not every day that a daughter gets to present her mom with a SAG Life Achievement Award. Reynolds still managed to get in some gentle ribbing that reminded everyone that even though they were currently in the midst of an extraordinary situation, they still enjoy some gentle mother-daughter ribbing like the rest of us.

    Reynolds mentioned the "big ugly bun" she sported in Singin' in the Rain, and said that when Fisher was cast in Star Wars, she warned her to "be careful of any weird hairdos." It all worked out, though. "Luckily, George [Lucas] gave her two buns."

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    When Zach Galifianakis Was On As The World Turns...
    Julianne Moore started her acceptance speech with a story about her time on the soap opera As the World Turns, which received uproarious applause from the crowd, because ha ha, Julianne Moore couldn't be further away from soap operas right now.

    At the end of the night, the cast of Birdman had some dead air to fill, so they all took turns going up to the microphone one by one. Zach Galifianakis' speech (if you can call it that) was the best, though, because all he had to say was, "When I was on As the World Turns..." and the audience went wild.