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Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell backstage after "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" won the ensemble prize at the SAG Awards.
Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell backstage after "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" won the ensemble prize at the SAG Awards. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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.

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Sterling K. Brown plays with his trophies in the press room at the 24th SAG Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday.
Sterling K. Brown plays with his trophies in the press room at the 24th SAG Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday. (Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

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. 

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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.