The Screen Actors Guild may be known for its starry awards show in January, but on Thursday the SAG-AFTRA Foundation inaugurated another show to celebrate 30 years of providing support programs and benefits to union actors. Of course, the union also handed out four awards — to director Lee Daniels and Rob Marshall, producer Megan Ellison and actor Leonard DiCaprio.
Held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, the event was structured like a typical awards show, but with more personal addresses and musical numbers interspersed throughout. Who knew that actresses Abigail Spencer and Bellamy Young could sing? They joined Darren Criss, Estelle, Shelby Lynne and Cheyenne Jackson for renditions of show tunes and movie themes.
The night, which was supported by Ralph Lauren, called for business casual attire — and Camilla Belle, in a Ralph Lauren jumpsuit, complied, as did Spencer, who chose a men’s-style brocade tux from the house for her rendition of “When Autumn Leaves Fall.”
James Corden, who has proven himself a go-to guy for awards podium color, kicked things off to honor Marshall, who cast him in “Into the Woods.” “I thought for sure I’d be recast,” he said of making the movie with Meryl Streep. He also poked fun at DiCaprio, saying, “I know we look alike, but Leo, you have to stop getting laid off of my show. I’m a married man.”
Mark Ruffalo presented the final honor to his fellow actor and friend, telling the crowd, “When you are stuck on an island with Leo, you learn a lot of things. You learn about endangered species, climate change, renewable energy and models.”