With 13 nominations and 5 wins over a brilliant career, Dame Helen Mirren is the standout star of the 28th SAG Awards.
On Sunday night, where the awards were presented by the Screen Actors Guild, she was honored once again – this time with a Lifetime Achievement award.
At the Santa Monica Barker Hangar in California, Helen dedicated her gongs to her peers.
And the star-studded crowd, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett, howled at Helen’s jokes.
She said: “’Lifetime achievement’ sounds epic but I reckon I’m still alive, so that way I qualify.
“But any achievement that I achieve is the result of my mantra, ‘Be on time and don’t be the bad guy’.”
She continued: “I hate to say the word ‘saggy’ at my age. It’s always SAG for me. ”
Helen continued: “I’m frustrated not knowing what to say tonight. I’ve been waiting for inspiration. Then it arrived. . . I will talk about the actors.
“God, what a great idea! So original. I like thinking inside the box. It’s you, fellow actors, I want to thank. For your wits, your humour, all the giggles, all the laughs.
“I’ve laughed my whole life, to be honest. Your awareness, your generosity, your intelligence and your incredible energy. And your dedication to our chosen profession.
“Together we laugh, we cry, we worry, we change clothes, we vomit and we have diarrhea.”
After hitting the gong, celebrating her incredible five-decade career, Helen was seen chatting with a host of A-listers including Lady Gaga, Jessica Chastain and Tyler Perry.
Gaga was comforted by Dame Helen after missing Jessica for acting and was later reunited with Bradley Cooper, her A Star Is Born co-star in 2018.
Meanwhile, Dame Helen said she has no intention of slowing down. She wants to reprise the role of Magdalene Shaw in the Fast & Furious movie and says she’d love to work on the Shazam superhero sequel! Fury Of The Gods.
Talking about playing the villain Hespera, Helen said: “I had a good time playing a Roman goddess. I love working with those incredible stunt artists and special effects. It’s great to see them in action. I like to mix it up.
“I love going from big-budget, phenomenal effects movies to one that is more about relationships and conversation than explosions.”
‘Caught fish for hours’
In an interview with Variety, she added: “I think the next hurdle is that I would love to play a cowboy!
“Just a cowboy on a horse. I fell off my horse many times. I can’t ride at all, so it’s going to be a big challenge.”
Brit member Kate Winslet has won the Outstanding Performance Award for her portrayal of police officer Mare Sheehan in the HBO hit Mare Of Easttown. No Time To Die, Daniel Craig’s final film as James Bond, was recognized for his stunt work.
Aled Jones’ daughter Emilia won for her film CODA, in which she played Ruby Rossi, the only hearing member of a deaf family.
Emilia and her co-stars won Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture. And CODA’s Troy Kotsur made history by becoming the first deaf actor to win an individual SAG award.
“I trained for nine months with American Sign Language,” says Emilia. I also learned to sing. I also had to learn how to fish, so I got up at 3 a.m. every morning for two weeks and went out to sea three miles and fished for hours. “
Netflix’s Squid Game won big, becoming the first foreign-language TV series to win after 28 years of yearly flops.
There were Drama Series acting wins for stars Lee Jung-jae and HoYeon Jung plus an overall nod to the film’s stunt work.
Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, along with Jean Smart as Best Female Hacks.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/17799875/sag-awards-dame-helen-mirren-success/ My success is due to my mantra of don’t be late and don’t be a jerk**, says Helen Mirren after the success of the Sag Awards