Cast of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
SEAN ASTINSam Gamgee
ORLANDO BLOOMLegolas Greenleaf
BILLY BOYDPeregrin "Pippin" Took
IAN HOLMBilbo Baggins
DOMINIC MONAGHANMeriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck
ELIJAH WOODFrodo Baggins
Transcript of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
BERNARD HILL: The ensemble qualities of this award go way beyond the cast I think. I think everyone here realizes that we sit atop a kind of pyramid of talent, we actors. Because we can’t do what we do without the whole structure beneath us, and I think we’re all very aware of that, and very appreciative of the producers, the writers, the directors, and the make-up people, and the people who arrange the trailers in a circle and keep them warm for us in the morning, and make sure that we’ve got coffee and tea and things that keep us going during the day, and all that kind of stuff. We haven’t got very long, but we thank the… [laughs] here comes the next president of the United States. [laughter]
We thank the Screen Actors Guild and everybody who voted for us. Thank you very much. [applause]
SEAN ASTIN: Our king… one of our kings. A couple of them aren’t here, Elijah Wood is not here, and Viggo Mortensen is not here, and Orlando Bloom’s not here, but they’re with us in spirit.
I wanted to seize a moment. My mom was the president of this union for a year and a half or a term and a half, I should say… To the union, I’m worried about the labor movement in our country. Tim Robbins said that he encouraged the power that’s in the room to bring productions back to America. I agree with him. [applause] I think it’s incumbent.
I want to encourage all of the power in the room in front of the camera to pay attention to our union when it’s not the awards show. There is internecine strife, there is controversy, and there is a time for all of us, and a way for all of us to look a little bit more closely. Some of us make a lot more money than others of us, but I think we need to be involved, or the union will not endure, and these awards shows will not last.
Thank you so much, [through tears] Clint Eastwood. [laughter] It just doesn’t get any better. I am so honored and proud to be an actor, ‘cause God knows, I don’t know what else to do. [laughter] I have so many amazing actors to thank who I could not have done this film without, who came and gave us their time, and we gave them no money in return. And they are Bruce Dern incredible Bruce Dern, Lee Tergeson, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Marco St. John, Marc Macaulay and Scott Wilson. And then my incredible, incredible, beautiful, talented leading lady, Christina Ricci, who… [applause] I share this with.
I have to thank my incredible manager, J.J. Hertz [sp], my friend… [applause] for having the best taste, and for always taking care of me you’re my shepherd. Thank you. My incredible lawyer, Steve Warren, Heidi Schaeffer and Amanda Silverman from PMK. And then, of course, my incredible director and writer of this incredible story, Patty Jenkins. [applause] And my angel and my date tonight, my mom... [applause] who put me on a plane with a one-way ticket to Hollywood when I was 19 years old. Thank you for being so brave and for letting me go to make my dreams come true. [through tears] Thank you. Thank you. [applause]
Oh boy! That’s so cool. Susie’s got one of these. I’m gonna get them alone in a dark room, see what happens. [laughter] Oh! So happy to get this award from SAG. It’s so important that we have unions, otherwise without unions, we’d be working 18 hour days, six days a week. [applause] No, but we get overtime. [laughter] Except in Australia.
I have several people I’d like to thank. My agent, first of all, Tony Howard, Lisa Kasteler, Phyllis Huffman, Robert Lorenz, Judy Hoyt, Bruce Berman, Jeff Robinoff [sp], Don Taybin, Allen Horn, Joel Himes you rock! Benicio, Alec, Ken, Chris Cooper, all incredible performances, and I’m honored to be in your company. The crew of “Mystic River,” thank you so much.
Actors need words and we had amazing words from Brian Helgeland, adapted from a book by Dennis LeHane, thanks to both of them. Thanks to the master Clint Eastwood, for guiding us all there. [applause] Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney, Marcia Gay Harden… also a few of the other people I haven’t mentioned much, and Kevin Chapman, Adam Nelson, Thomas Gehry, Emmie Rosen [sp], Spencer Clark, Robert Wahlberg and Eli Wallach, who also were so fantastic in the show.
Thanks to the Actors Gang for letting me come here. I missed the dress rehearsal at the Public today. They’re flashing the lights. What does it mean? [laughter] Susan, I love you. Kids, thank you so much for being patient with me going all around all over the place.
One more thing, this is about supporting actors. I just would like to say, there are so many supporting actors that make their living: day players and people my age, and a little bit older, in SAG that have taken a hit in the past few years because of a lot of runaway productions. And I’d like to encourage all the power that’s in this room to try to bring back some of those productions into the United States of America. [applause]
Oh my heart! Thank you very much. Thank you for inviting me here tonight, it is such an honor. I think it’s the nicest invitation of the year actually, and I’m beside myself. I believe me all know that you’re only as good as the folks that you’re working with, and I was spoiled for riches on this experience with “Cold Mountain.”
I have to say thank you to Charles Frazier who wrote such a beautiful book, and I was blessed to be part of the filming of the book and playing Ruby. Thank you to the entire cast and crew, I mean, Jude and Nicole. It was such an honor to go to work every day beside you, and especially to Anthony Minghella whose picture I will always, always be so proud to have been part of. I got a great group of people that I get to work with, who have integrity and who teach me every day that yeah good guys can go all right in Hollywood.
Thanks to that crew, SCAA, my fellows Brian and Brant and Kevin, and Jenny Rawlings. And my wonderful John Carrabino who tells the truth. Everybody needs a John Carrabino, I have to tell you. I’m lucky to hold your hand and to hear your words of wisdom. Thank you.
Thank you for this. I am so blessed, it is a wonderful life. Thank you. [applause]
PETER KRAUSE: Our cast keeps growing every year. I think I can safely speak for the rest of the cast when I say that as a group we always find it a lot more interesting what happens between two people rather than what one person is doing. And this is the only occasion that an ensemble gets to be awarded in the award arena, so I think we’re all very happy to be standing up here together, as happy as we are to be working with each other.
I’d like to thank HBO, a terrific team of writers led by Alan Ball and… 20 seconds. Anything else anybody wants to say in the next 20 seconds? [laughter] It’s a terrific group of people to work with and we all couldn’t be happier. Thank you very much. [applause]
KRISTIN DAVIS: Omigod! I’m the designated speaker, so bear with me. Hold on… You know, you guys have been unbelievably generous to us during the course of our show. And it means so much to all of us, and to Sarah Jessica, that you have embraced us, and that so many of you have come to act with us. We’ve had more good-looking men on our show—
KIM CATTRALL: And more fun.
DAVIS: Absolutely. So we want to thank you. It’s meant more than I think any of us have found a good way to express. We want to thank HBO for being brave and letting us do some strange things. And we want to thank Sarah Jessica, and Michael Patrick, and all of our wonderful writers. And all of our background players who had to look like they were having the most fun at a nightclub ever, in New York City, ever. So we will all miss you so much. And thank you again.
I am stunned. I got to walk by one of the guys who got me started, Mr. Sean Penn. Thank you. [applause] I want to make this about actors because that’s what this evening is about, but I have to thank our writers, because without them we couldn’t do this.
To Joel, Bob, Michael, Howard, all of the writers on “24,” you have given us so much pleasure to deliver the scenes, and your work. Very quickly, I realized I wanted to be an actor, I was about 14, I was watching a performance of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and somewhere between the first and second act, I forgot my mother was playing Martha and… [laughter] I realized how powerful that was. As my interest grew, I started to spend time with her friends, other actors, and I realized that as different as they all were, they were connected by a bond.
And there was a freedom in that bond and they became my family and as my career has developed, actors have been my family, and to get this from you, I cannot thank you enough.
I was nominated with some other incredible women in this category. And they called my name, so I thank you. And I’ve seen people here that I’ve known for years. Meryl Streep was gracious enough to come up and say hello to me this year. So many people because this is a family, and we’ve worked with one another in many capacities and many jobs that we’ve always felt fortunate to get. And we’ve either been in Actors Equity or AFTRA or SAG, and they’ve protected us. And that’s an important thing.
And I love the show that I’m on. Peter Krause, Michael Hall, Lauren Ambrose, Rachel Griffiths, Jamie Cromwell, Matthew St. Patrick, Freddie Rodriguez. Shoot me if I’ve forgotten anybody. But I love everybody on the show and Alan Ball and Alan. And everybody at HBO are very loving and nurturing. I’m deeply honored.
Thank you so much, I am so deeply unprepared. [laughter] I’m so thankful, so proud to be an actor. It is my fondest wish that all of you, all of the actors here tonight, and watching at home, have the opportunity to work with a team of people that I work with. I want to thank our executive producer and co-creator, David Hoberman for two things. First for coming up with the idea for this character, and second, for recruiting the perfect writer to bring this character and all the characters to life, Andy Breckman. Thanks to Andy and his whole team of writers.
And I want to thank my manager and dear friend Mary Goldberg who’s here tonight. For her faith and guidance for persuading me to do this part. And Jeff Wachtel at USA for working his magic, to make that this show saw the light of day in the first place.
Also to our show runner, Randy Zisk, and our supervising producer, Fern Field, who inspires all of us with her work ethic, which basically centers around the idea that it’s never good enough. Thank you, Fern, we couldn’t do this without you. To the cast and crew, my beautiful family, and all of you, I thank you. [applause]
MEGAN MULLALLY: Okay, well I brought Mother Nature with me. Because I couldn’t do the show without Debra and Sean and Eric, they are so amazing. And Debra is so deserving, she’s just a great actress, I hope you all get a chance to work with her some day, it’s a real treat. Other than that, I am absolutely stunned to be standing here, that’s why I brought Debra, so I thought may she could say something about me. [laughter] ‘Cause I got nothin’.
DEBRA MESSING: She’s really, really funny.
MULLALLY: How ‘bout that. But my dad was an actor and I struggled for almost 20 years before I got “Will & Grace,” and the greatest thing about it is to be able to have a forum to express yourself creatively. I feel so lucky, and I cannot believe that I have been recognized now, three times, by you. And the people out there watching, who aren’t here tonight, all the actors, it is so moving to me. We love our show and Debra, I love you, and Eric and Sean, and we have a good thing. Thank you so much. [applause]
Outstanding Performance by a
Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Cast of Doris Roberts
Everybody Loves Raymond
Transcript of Doris Roberts
Everybody Loves Raymond
Thank you. Thank you. I can’t believe Jeffrey and Justin, and all the wonderful nominees here, I thank you. This is all new actors, I know it means so much to get any part, you know, and especially a great part. These are one of the things we live for, is that opportunity. And here it is with Roy Cohn, I had this great part. Tony wrote this magnificent character, and it was a privilege to be involved with such an amazing piece of work as “Angels in America.” And I owe a great debt to Mike Nichols for casting me, and for helping me. I want to thank him, and I want to thank the wonderful cast and crew of “Angels in America.”
And I want to thank you actors of the Screen Actors Guild members for honoring me with this. I wish you all luck, I hope you all can get a part that you really love it’s really great. I thank you all. Thank you. [applause]
Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you. I’d like to thank Carrie Carrie, Colin and Chris, and all at HBO, for raising the bar for humanity on what we’re allowed to show. Uncomfortable truths, homosexual youth, middle-aged heterosexual glory, Al Pacino’s face, Emma Thompson’s grace, Tony Kushner’s incomparable story. Forgiving Mike Nichols, a truckload of shekels to bring this sweet tale to the masses. Of rose-lipped maidens and light-foot lads, and how quickly all of it passes.
If anyone’s biting his cuticles, ow… lest I say anything political now, I’m only an actor, this isn’t the factor. God forbid I should seen hypercritical, but it is a fact, I’ve been lucky to act with gratitude and joy, in this story of love that shone down from above on the life of a dying boy.
Thank you, Tony, for writing this beautiful piece, “Angels in America.” And thank you actors, friends, many of whom I’ve worked with, all of whom I’ve very grateful for this wonderful statuette… and honor. Thank you very much. [applause]