Megyn Kelly’s war of words with Jane Fonda went nuclear Monday morning, just the latest development in their ongoing feud.
In a “Megyn Kelly Today” segment dedicated wholly to lambasting the Oscar-winning actress, Kelly went on the offensive to combat what she deemed Fonda’s “Poor Me routine.”
The disagreement began when Fonda appeared with Robert Redford on Kelly’s show in September to promote their film “Our Souls at Night.” During the interview, Kelly inquired after Fonda’s history with plastic surgery, to which the actress responded, “We really want to talk about that right now?”
Tomlin, the SAG-nominated “Grace & Frankie” star who was last year’s life achievement recipient, was seated near the stage and was apparently chit-chatting as Freeman was readying himself at the microphone. That prompted the veteran actor to call her out for distracting him.
“Hey, I’m talking to you,” the 80-year-old Freeman quipped, directing his invective at the previously unidentified audience member. “Yeah, hey. OK, well you just stand out to me. That’s all.”
For an awards ceremony that isn't the Oscars or the Golden Globes, there was plenty of attention heading into the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
Call it a stunt or a bold statement, but for the first time ever, the SAGs featured a female-only lineup of award presenters, and its first host, Kristen Bell. And it arrived less than 24 hours after the Women's March that President Trump tried his best to say was in his honor. (It wasn't.)
The unprecedented move was meant to further the conversation about sexual harassment in Hollywood following the #MeToo movement, the fall of accused predators like Harvey Weinstein and the Time's Up campaign, which was launched this month by many of the same women at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday.
One of the most unpredictable awards seasons in memory took another itty-bitty step toward clarity at Sunday evening's SAG Awards, as Hollywood's actors — who represent the motion picture academy's largest branch — gave their highest honor to "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
Director Martin McDonagh's dark morality tale took home three awards, including the top prize for ensemble, beating out "Lady Bird," "Mudbound," "Get Out" and "The Big Sick." Frances McDormand won the lead actress award for her turn as a grieving mother who tries to spur the local police to solve her daughter's murder, while Sam Rockwell earned the supporting actor award for his performance as a racist, dimwitted cop.
Two of this year's strongest contenders — Guillermo del Toro's fantastical fable "The Shape of Water" and Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama "The Post" — were shut out of the SAG ensemble category.
Oscar nominations haven't even arrived yet. So why does it feel like we already know who's going to take home the trophies when they're handed out March 4?
We don't, of course. The motion picture academy still might add a wrinkle or three into the race when nominations are revealed Tuesday. And after that, there's still more than a month of time before voters have to turn their ballots in. Who knows what might happen? Maybe everyone will listen to Frances McDormand and allow one of the "young ones" to take home an Oscar "doorstop."
Because the actors branch comprises nearly 17% of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' membership, Sunday's SAG Awards are a pretty trustworthy sign of what is to come at the Academy Awards. And this might be one of those years when the match game lines up perfectly.
For Sterling K. Brown, the Time’s Up movement is about taking stock of certain things that maybe hadn’t registered with him — kind of like when he realized for the first time, back in college, that his future wife was uneasy about taking the subway home from NYU after a late night of study, while he wasn’t.
“It has been a wonderful opportunity to take stock of the fact that I actually have privilege, that I have male privilege,” the “This Is Us” actor said backstage in the SAG Awards press room Sunday night. “I take a lot of things for granted.”
“It’s always the responsibility of the minority to understand how to negotiate the majority’s world. Black people have to know how to live in a white world, gay people have to know how to live in a straight world, women have to know how to live in a man’s world,” he said. “But it’s nice when people at the top take a second to look at and consider what it’s like for the minority,” he noted.
According to Morgan Freeman, the surest way to lose is to quit.
“Showbiz is my life,” the 80-year-old actor said in the SAG Awards press room Sunday night after being honored for his life achievement as a working actor. “The inference might be to get off the stage, you’re done. It might, you don’t know. My hope is that that’s not the case, that they’re saying, ‘Congrats so far.’”
Freeman noted that since his first performance — he was Little Boy Blue in a pageant when he was 8 — success has been far from assured. He thought his 15 minutes were up after he finished shooting the TV movie “The Marva Collins Story” with Cicely Tyson.
After winning her first SAG Award Sunday night, Nicole Kidman addressed a loaded question emerging from the Time’s Up movement: Are men doing enough?
“What we’re doing is trying to all work together to instigate change,” she said backstage after being honored for her work in “Big Little Lies.” “Right now for the voices of the voiceless to be heard, it’s an incredible time. Can everyone do more? Absolutely.”
Kidman acknowledged she has been moved by performances by other actresses who are nominated this awards season.