The Screen Actors Guild Awards aren’t as big as the Emmys or Oscars, but they still bring together and honor the best in both TV and film. For actors, the awards are particularly special because they’re chosen by their own peers.
This year’s SAG Awards were jam-packed with celebrities, jokes, fashion, reflections on the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, and of course, awards! Check out the show’s highlights below.
The Red Carpet
I, Tonya’s Allison Janney Always Dreamt of Being… An Ice Skater?!
Janney revealed in a red carpet interview that she grew up wanting to be a professional figure skater rather than an actor, which is particularly funny considering the subject matter of I, Tonya.
“That was my first dream, to be a figure skater. I wasn’t very good,” Janney said. “I was actually very graceful but it’s really an acrobatic sport. I’m 6 feet tall. I maybe could’ve been an ice dancer, but I could maybe do two double jumps, but that’s it. You have to be compact and small and a gymnast almost. It just wasn’t my thing. That’s the short answer.”
Millie Bobby Brown Rocks Converse with Pink Dress
Nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, Brown opted for sneakers over heels. “You got to go for Converse. You gotta dance the night away, win or lose!” Brown told PEOPLE.
Allison Williams Discussed the Entertainment Industry’s Impact on the Election and Time’s Up
The Get Out star talked about how actresses are making positive changes despite being told their voices didn’t help in the 2016 presidential election.
“I’ve learned a lot. One of the biggest lessons from this movement is that in many ways, what we do and the power it gives us, the platform it gives us [has] always been kind of confusing to us,” Williams said. “For actresses, one of the messages from the last election was that their presence didn’t help with the race and everything like that, and so that’s, among all other reasons, that’s I think why it’s so powerful to have a legal defense fund set up by actresses but that benefits men and women all across the country in their workplaces, no matter what the industry is.”
Williams continued, “That, to me, is the most incredible wielding of power, to be able to take our platform and the microphones that we have and use it to raise money for people who do other jobs and everywhere … and so that’s been fascinating to watch. That that’s possible is really amazing.”
Sequins Were Everywhere
You seriously couldn’t go five seconds without seeing some form of sequins on last night’s red carpet.
— InStyle (@InStyle) January 22, 2018
— Nicola Jones (@MzJones) January 22, 2018
— Fashionista.com (@Fashionista_com) January 22, 2018
Who was your favorite?!
Kristen Bell was the First-Ever Host
Bell didn’t waste any time in her introduction, quickly delving into topics like Melania Trump and the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.
“We are living in a watershed moment and as we march forward with active momentum and open ears, let’s make sure we are leading the charge with empathy and diligence,” Bell said. “Because fear and anger never win the race.”
All of the Presenters Were Women
Halle Berry, Lupita Nyong’o, Mandy Moore, Sarah Silverman and Dakota Fanning were just a few of last night’s all-female presenters.
According to SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris, the decision had actually been made more than a year ago.
SAG-AFTRA executive producer Kathy Connell called the decision “a unifying salute to women who have been very brave in speaking up.”
Sterling K. Brown Made History
This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown was the first black actor to ever win the SAG Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
— SAG Awards® (@SAGawards) January 22, 2018
Brown was nearly in tears during his speech.
“What a blessing it is to do what you love for a living,” Brown said. “What an honor it is to be recognized by your peers for a job well done. This room is a source of endless inspiration for me.”
Aziz Ansari Was a No-Show
Despite being nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Aziz Ansari was not in attendance at last night’s show. Though not confirmed, some thought it was because of the recent Babe article about him.
Twitter was quick to call out his absence, also noting a lack of applause — or time to even do so.
They didn’t break for applause when announcing Aziz Ansari’s nomination at the #SAGAwards
— Kup (@AmyKup) January 22, 2018
SAG awards skipping over applause for aziz ansari ?
— Hartley Miller (@hrtlym) January 22, 2018
Ansari has not commented on why he missed the show.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Won Big
The film won three out of the six awards in the motion picture categories, including the top honor, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell also won for their performances in the film.