ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS®
Good evening, I am a professional actor and I have been for
40 years now. I wasnt fit for anything else, frankly.
And Ive generously been given just a moment or two to
talk about acting.
Shakespeare, of course, put it well: All the worlds
a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have
their exits and their entrances and one man in his time plays
And if you
are not a member of the Screen Actors Guild and you dont
think of yourself as a player or as an actor well, didnt
you choose what costume or clothes you were going to wear this
evening, whether youre here or at home? And tomorrow morning
your costume will be something different, depending
on what scenes you intend to take
part in during the day.
demeanor will adapt. You know, think of the word Good
morning. First thing you say, Good morning,
thats to the person you wake up next to. Little bit later
in the day, youre on the phone, Good Morning
--agent, of course. [laughter] And then if youre lucky,
you might actually meet a casting director (fawning on knees)
Good Morning. [laughter] This human ability to fit
into a variety of situations at home, at work, at play, thats
the basis of professional acting only doing what comes
naturally to everyone.
other peoples dreams. And I doubt I shall ever tire of
the fascinating pleasure of inhabiting a characters life.
It feels to me a little like being a craftsman, you know, learning
throughout a career how to act better like a carpenter
aspires one day to make a perfect chair. And screen actors join
together in a craft guild, and on occasions like this, discover
a common cause from our individual experience of acting.
the Screen Actors Guild
looks inward on its craft to honor what, for want of a better
word, we call the best or just good examples
of work that aims to entrance the eye, to delight the ear and
to stimulate the mind -- and to glory in the certainty that
men and women -- all of us merely players -- have, each of us,
a unique story worth telling.
We actors cant do it alone, of course which is
why tonight we also celebrate the achievement of ensembles,
directors, other colleagues we work with. It should make for
an evening of emotion and fun.
my four favorite words: On with the show!
Crowe's Speech: A Beautiful Mind
very much, folks.You know, Im a storyteller. We are storytellers.
And ours is an ancient tradition, contemporized by the cinema
and the capturing of light. And we should all be very proud
of our place in society. On any given night, millions of people
across the world buy a ticket for adventures that only we as
storytellers can provide. We release burdens, we galvanize emotions,
we make people laugh, we make people talk over breakfast.
a great job and I want to encourage every one of you in this
room to give everything you can to the story. God bless narrative.
God bless originality. Good night."
Edited for space consideration- just kidding! Hahhhahhaa.
from the media room later:
A Beautiful Mind:
am really pleased that the movies gotten a lot of the attention
it's gotten. I'm really pleased I'm in the film that Ron Howard
got his first Oscar nomination for. Um, I think all, in terms
of the cast, in terms of the studios that are involved, everybody's
really appreciative of the movie. Not only has it received critical
praise, but also from our peers, DGA, PGA and, ah, the academy.
Um, so everything else after that
we've just enjoyed it.
I don't think we're sweating it. We're not, ah you know, desperate
about it by any means. We felt while we were doing the movie...
on a daily basis... we felt we were doing something really
" We just passed the $140 million mark at the box office
a movie about a schizophrenic mathematician, that says
something to me about the intelligence of audiences."
And Russell in an Ode to Opie: "It's a thorny story.
It's a deep story. But it's a really well crafted movie and
Ron's done a fantastic job."
Berry's Speech: Monster's Ball
you so much. I am so proud to be an actor, I cant tell
you. It's saved my life. Acting has enriched my life, and it
has made me learn so much about life, and Im so proud
to be here. Thank you so much to the actors for choosing me
this year. Thank you. [cheers and applause]
I want to
thank the entire cast. Any actress knows that she is only as
good as the cast that surrounds her. I want to thank Coronji
Calhoun, a first time acting job; Sean Combs; Heath Ledger;
and especially Peter Boyle and Billy Bob Thornton. [applause]
They are so good, and every single day they forced me to grow,
to learn, and to be better at the craft of acting. And this
is so much as much theirs as it is mine.
I want to
thank our fearless leader: our director, Marc Forster, who was
amazing, and who I loved and I trusted. [applause] And he guided
me through this this work. And Ivana Chubbuck, who helped
me get to the heart of who this woman was; my manager, Vincent
Cirrincione; CAA; our producer, Lee Daniels; and my life partner,
so much for----encouraging me to take this risk. And it has
paid off big time tonight! Thank you so much!
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
you, Tom. Thank you, Tom. Hes so big. Its really
tough talking to his armpit, but I love him.
my son, this thing is heavier than you are. [laughter] And this
thing almost makes one forget ones mortality. But as Robert
Redford said in The Candidate, when he won the election,
What do we do now?
I am to my peers whove always been there, and particularly
to the peers of S.A.G., who chose me for this award. Heres
to all the crews, casting directors, directors, writers, producers,
and of course, all those people of good taste who liked my work,
and made this award possible.
God Im no longer young enough to know everything. But
one of the things I do know is that there are many countries
in the world where the life achievement award is just that:
achieving life. Im so glad I won the American life achievement
award, which to me means living with purpose and passion.
I love acting,
being an actor, and in youth I wandered from play to play as
if in a dream. And wonder of wonders, I woke up and found myself
to be an actor. Well, actually, it was quite easy. Because firstly,
I stunk as a cabdriver. And secondly, I was babied and cushioned
all along the way by my families, my friends, those peers again
and my country -- my country, which forever instills in us the
desire to do what we wish, to be what we wish. Our country,
which tells us, Try it, youll like it, or
Why not? What are they going to do, shoot you? Not
And so if
I ended up being a decent actor, its because I didnt
have to worry about getting shot. Those there were some minor
critics who recommended it.
I pray that
we retain that spirit of trying, of experimenting, of challenging,
of keeping America fresh, innovative, a work in progress, and
that we promise ourselves, above all, to reject the sacrifice
of principle for playing it safe. Lets keep turning those
lousy cabdrivers into decent actors, and never, never, never
regret saying, Why not? What are they going to do, shoot
Actors Guild 38th Annual Life Achievement Award