LOS ANGELES – Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards offered a fair share of surprise wins.
“Black Panther” roared to a best ensemble victory, Rami Malek took the winner’s stage for his role as Queen’s Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Glenn Close (“The Wife”) rolled over Lady Gaga for best actress, and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won three SAG Awards.
But the SAG Awards were also filled with shocking moments that went behind trophy presentations and will continue to bubble long after the show’s end – like “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan’s impossible-to-miss colorful harness.
Here are eight big things that went down at the Shrine Auditorium.
1. ‘Black Panther’ surprises with a historic win and Michael B. Jordan’s harness
There was a tremendous cry when “Black Panther” took best ensemble cast, the first time a superhero movie has won the top SAG Award. Chadwick Boseman, who stars as T’Challa, didn’t even have an acceptance speech ready to go. “Well, I’ll be. I didn’t think I was going to have to speak,” Boseman said from the stage.
In a style befitting the leader of Wakanda, the mythical African nation, Boseman rose to the occasion and spoke stirringly about the moment, long after the music started to urge the cast off the stage. “We knew we had something special we wanted to give the world,” Boseman said of shooting “Black Panther.”
He was flanked onstage by co-star Michael B. Jordan, who played fierce rival Erik Killmonger. But Jordan was wearing a colorful harness over his black double-breasted suit, similar to the look Timothee Chalamet donned at the Golden Globes.
2. Rami Malek rocks us with his best actor win, hugs it out with Bradley Cooper
Rami Malek winning the Golden Globe for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with its multiple acting categories, was already a big surprise. But Malek, who is also Oscar-nominated for his performance as Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, snagged the SAG Award for best actor in a field including Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in “Vice” and Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born” (which took home no awards, despite leading the nominations with four).
Malek even had to walk past the “A Star Is Born” table, inconveniently located closest to the stage, where Cooper stood up to give him a stoic, hearty embrace in victory.
3. The John Krasinski and Emily Blunt show was a hit
The SAG Awards had star power in its A-list married couple, John Krasinski (nominated for Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”) and wife Emily Blunt, a double nominee for the couple’s “A Quiet Place” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”
But what a show, with Krasinski wearing the surprised/thrilled expression on camera as Blunt won for “A Quiet Place,” which he directed, before giving her a hug. “I think he probably was as shocked as I was because it was very unexpected,” Blunt explained backstage. She paid him one back by whooping loudly when his name was announced for “Jack Ryan.” No shocks there, however as Jason Bateman took the award for “Ozark.”
4. ‘Cosby Show’ star Geoffrey Owens gave Trader Joe’s a shout-out
“The Cosby Show” star made news in September when reports surfaced that the actor was working at a Trader Joe’s store. Owens was a standout in the awards’ opening segment, talking about how his acting career had hit a rough patch.
“Instead of switching careers like a sane person, I took a job at Trader Joe’s to see if I could hang in there. And it’s actually worked out pretty well,” he said. “I’m Geoffrey Owens and I’m an actor.”
5. Patricia Arquette gives praise to Robert Mueller
The actress sent Twitter into a frenzy in 2015 when she called for pay equity in Hollywood as she accepted her Oscar for best supporting actress in “Boyhood.” The “Escape at Dannemora” best actress winner (for a TV movie or miniseries) followed suit at the SAG Awards Sunday night, where she gave a shout-out to special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Thank you, Robert Mueller, and everyone working to make sure that we have sovereignty for the United States of America,” Arquette said in her speech.
6. Megan Mullally banters awkwardly about sex with Alec Baldwin
Host Megan Mullally got the awards off to a cringeworthy start when she got saucy on stage with Alec Baldwin, who was presenting the trophy for best actor in a comedy series.
“Give it to me,” Mullally exclaimed in a suggestive tone, as she asked for the winner’s envelope Baldwin was holding. He gave it to her. It was enough to make you thankful that there’s no host for the Oscars.
7. Alan Alda’s secret identity revealed
Alan Alda, 84, showed what a beloved member of the acting community he is, accepting the SAG Life Achievement Award to a standing ovation. The “M*A*S*H” star, who announced in July that he’s living with Parkinson’s disease, gave a moving speech with a wish. “Let’s stay playful, let’s have fun and let’s keep searching,” Alda said. “It can’t solve everything but it wouldn’t hurt.”
It also didn’t hurt that Tom Hanks, who gave a moving introduction to the acting icon, revealed and repeated Alda’s true name before he changed it for show business: Alphonso D’Abruzzo.
8. ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ was just fantastic
This is no joke. The stars of the Emmy-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” about a housewife pulled into the world of stand-up comedy, did plenty of getting up to the awards stage. The Amazon show took its first three SAG awards Sunday – best comedy, best actress for title star Rachel Brosnahan and best actor for her screen father Tony Shalhoub.