“Birdman” soared to new heights at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards last night, scoring Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. “This is the ultimate team sport what we are doing for a living,” said star Michael Keaton. “Every time I turned around, I ran into another tremendous actor.” Julianne Moore reinforced her Golden Globe trophy winning Best Actress (“Still Alice”), Eddie Redmayne was named Best Actor (“The Theory of Everything”), and Best Supporting Actor and Actress went to J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”). In the television arena, “Downton Abbey” won for Best Drama Series, “Orange is the New Black” scored Best Comedy Series, Kevin Spacey nabbed Best Actor (“House of Cards”), Viola Davis claimed Best Actress (“How to Get Away with Murder”) and in the Comedy Series category, William H. Macy won Best Actor (“Shameless”), as Uzo Aduba seized Best Actress (“Orange is the New Black”). Check out some of the hot fashions hitting the red carpet:
Far from the glitter and glam of Hollywood, Angelina Jolie was M.I.A. at the Screen Actors Guild Awards because she was in Iraq. The “Unbroken” director, 39, was visiting victims of ISIS, who are now in refugee camps. After greeting crowds and shaking hands with many, she delivered a speech encouraging world leaders to help end the fighting in Syria and Iraq. “We are being tested, as an international community, and so far – for all the immense efforts and good intentions – we are failing,” she said. Wouldn’t it be nice if next year none of the celebrities attended just one of the awards show because they were out stumping for a cause?
The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as marksman Chris Kyle, “American Sniper” defeated its competition at the box office again this weekend, earning $64.4 million. The film is also up for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Cooper. Jennifer Lopez’s “The Boy Next Door” finished in a distant second with $15 million, followed by “Paddington” with $12.4 million, “The Wedding Ringer” with $11.6 million and “Taken 3” with $7.6 million. Lionsgate’s “Mortdecai,” which stars Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow tanked in its opening weekend, landing ninth with just $4.1 million.