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Morgan Freeman accepts a life achievement award at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
Morgan Freeman accepts a life achievement award at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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.

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Nicole Kidman backstage at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
Nicole Kidman backstage at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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. 

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SAG's shades of pink: from left, Margot Robbie, Millie Bobbie Brown, Samara Weaving and Kristen Bell.
SAG's shades of pink: from left, Margot Robbie, Millie Bobbie Brown, Samara Weaving and Kristen Bell. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

The coordinated black-dress blackout of the Golden Globes from earlier this month may be in the rearview mirror, but there was still plenty of sartorial symbolism to be found on the arrivals red carpet Sunday at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards.

For the occasion at the Shrine Auditorium, there was a platoon of pinks and a squadron of sequins that, coming just one day after the pink-pussy-hatted second annual nationwide Women's March, created the unmistakable feeling of a women's movement on the move. (A feeling underscored by this year's SAG Awards having mostly female presenters.)

Those shades of pink included the pale pastel of nominee Margot Robbie's pink silk crepe chiffon Miu Miu gown, Samara Weaving in a fuchsia Miu Miu gown, Uzo Aduba in a custom pink chiffon Christian Siriano gown and Saoirse Ronan's Louis Vuitton silk gown with silver mini paillette details as well as the strapless fuchsia J. Mendel number worn by host Kristen Bell.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2017.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2017. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

“Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus couldn’t make it to the 2018 SAG Awards Sunday night to celebrate her actress in a comedy series and comedy series ensemble wins with her castmates.

But she was there in spirit as her costars picked up their trophies.

“We miss her greatly and wish she was here, big time,” Timothy Simons, who plays Jonah Ryan, said backstage as the “Veep” win turned into a Louis-Dreyfus lovefest.

“It's quite wonderful,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said of having all female presenters at the ceremony Sunday.

Change is coming, and we are the agents of that change. Men and women are the agents of that change. We can, and we must, create an environment where this discrimination, harassment and abuse are no longer tolerated. Make no mistake, this is not a moment in time. This is a movement. And our strength comes in our unity. 

Carteris expanded on that topic when the Los Angeles Times interviewed her on the red carpet earlier in the evening Sunday. Watch the video above.

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Morgan Freeman (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Morgan Freeman accepted the 54th annual SAG Life Achievement Award tonight. And he had something on his mind.

After his thank-yous — “This is beyond honor. This is a place in history” — he raised a question that seems particularly pertinent given the current climate in the entertainment industry.

“I’m gonna tell you what’s wrong with the statue,” he said. “It works fine from the back, but from the front it’s gender-specific.

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Alison Brie channeled her show "GLOW" with bright touches to her red dress, which we appreciated. She is on our best-dressed list.
Alison Brie channeled her show "GLOW" with bright touches to her red dress, which we appreciated. She is on our best-dressed list. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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"GLOW's" Sydelle Noel, whose flowing yellow dress and couture cut is on our best-dressed list.
"GLOW's" Sydelle Noel, whose flowing yellow dress and couture cut is on our best-dressed list. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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Tracee Ellis Ross knows how to own the red carpet. For the SAG Awards, she chose to shine in white and bright red lipstick.
Tracee Ellis Ross knows how to own the red carpet. For the SAG Awards, she chose to shine in white and bright red lipstick. (Kirk McKoy)
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How wonderful it is that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old. Because 20 years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives. So that’s not the case now. These actresses and so many more are proving that we are potent and powerful and viable. I just beg that the industry stays behind us, because our stories are finally being told. It’s only the beginning.

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Kristen Bell and David Harbour arrive at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday.
Kristen Bell and David Harbour arrive at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday. (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

We’ve got the winners — and all the nominees — from the 2018 SAG Awards, where Kristen Bell is serving as the actor-focused ceremony’s first-ever host.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" topped the film categories with four nominations, including ensemble cast. On the TV side, HBO's "Big Little Lies," Netflix's "Stranger Things" and "GLOW" each earned four nominations.

Of course, the festivities started on the red carpet, where some of the stars wore black, same as at the Golden Globe Awards, while others lightened things up a bit. See the photos here

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had her fair share of “Me too” moments throughout her life.

During a Sundance “Cinema Cafe” chat with NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg and a small audience that included Robert Redford, she shared one of those early experiences.

As an undergraduate student at Cornell University, a chemistry instructor gave her a practice exam.