Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne win top acting honors at the SAG Awards

Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne


Birdman, Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmaye, and Orange is the New Black were among the winners at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards last night, January 25 (U.S. time).

The dark comedy Birdman had led the nominations for the annual ceremony with nods in four categories but picked up just one, the most coveted accolade of the night, Outstanding Motion Picture Cast.

Accepting the award, Naomi Watts tripped over co-star Emma Stone's dress but was saved from falling by Edward Norton and regained her composure to give her thanks for such a "wonderful, collaborative" experience.

And Michael Keaton said: "Thank you, this is very, very exciting. It's the ultimate team sport, what we do for a living. To look at all the great actors out there...

"These guys are tremendous. I'm proud to be a part of this group."

Julianne bagged the trophy for Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role for her role as a Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice.

British star Eddie picked up Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything—for which he has already won a Golden Globe award—and said the honor was "unexpected."

He said: "It was really unexpected. There's really a lot of euphoric noise going on in my head."

During his acceptance speech, Eddie, 33, paid tribute to his fellow nominees, including Birdman star Michael, and dedicated the win to the acclaimed physics professor and his ex-wife, as well as sufferers of motor neuron disease—which is also known as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)—around the world.

He said: "I'd like to dedicate the award, this very wonderful, skinny man, to those people around the world living with ALS, to those who have lost their lives to this brutal disease.

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"In preparing to play Stephen, I met many people fighting ALS and I met their families fighting alongside them and the courage and the bravery and the spirit—the triumphant spirit I witnessed—blew my mind. So I'm incredibly grateful to them.

"To Stephen and Jane back in Cambridge, thank you for allowing someone who gave up science when they were 14 years old to enter your orbit...

"Thank you for reminding me of the overwhelming power of the will to love and the will to live every second of your life as fully and as passionately as possible."

Meanwhile, Orange is the New Black picked up the Outstanding TV ensemble prize, while its star Uzo Aduba picked up the Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series accolade and made an emotional speech.

She said: "Oh my God. I really, truly do not know what to say.

"I just wanna say thank you so much to the Screen Actors Guild for this incredible honor.

"I want to thank Jenji Kohan for writing a show like this and putting something like this on television, not just for myself but for our incredible team of actors to be seen in such a beautiful way.

"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 want to thank my friends. I want to thank my family and just finally I really, really, truly want to 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 honor.

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"Thank you so very much. God bless you."

Meanwhile, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette strengthen their Oscar chances after winning supporting acting honors for Whiplash and Boyhood, respectively.

Other winners included Kevin Spacey, who scooped Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series for his work on House of Cards, and Downton Abbey, whose cast were honored with Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Carrie Fisher presented a Lifetime Achievement award to her mother Debbie Reynolds.



21st Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards list of winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Julianne Moore, Still Alice


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Downton Abbey


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart


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 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


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