JAMES GANDOLFINI: Well, thank you very much. Listen, I’m no good at this, as you just saw; let someone else do this. Here…
TONY SIRICO: I’m really not good at this, but we’ll give it a shot. To the Screen Actors Guild members, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We work real hard on this show and what a helluva way to go. We’re all honored, we’re all humbled, and we’re all happy. Thank you, thank you, thank you. [applause] And David Chase, I love ya. [applause]
JENNA FISCHER: Hi. Thank you. They voted me to speak if we won, so – which we didn’t expect. Thank you so much. We really love working together. We love each other, we love working together and being together. And as an ensemble, a lot of the people in this group struggled for a long time as non-working actors – and by a long time I mean, like, eight, 12, 15, 20 years. So, we’re always grateful, we don’t take it for granted. Thank you so much.
But there’s another part of our ensemble, that’s our crew, and we want to dedicate this to them tonight. We can’t wait to go back to work with them, so, thank you so much. [applause]
I didn’t know it was the first award. Man, this is kind of freaky. This is our last, of “The Sopranos,” our last official act as “The Sopranos” together. So, here’s to you guys. Thank you very much. [applause] It’s been ten years, it’s an honor. That’s all I can say. Thank you. Thank you for this. Appreciate it.
Oh my gosh, this was so not supposed to happen. Oh my goodness. Thank you. Yes, ten years I wish for – everybody in every walk of life – but particularly for actors – to have an opportunity to have a work experience like I have had, with my family here. You’re not supposed to get this attached because it’s a transient business. But I have fallen in love with these people and I don’t know how you walk away from that.
We love each other and support each other, and we made each other want to do good and be better, and work harder, and find new places to go. And I felt loved and protected, and taken care of at all times. Nobody is luckier than me. Nobody. I am so grateful for this I can’t even – I’m shaking – I can’t even speak. It is such an honor to be an actor, it was such an honor to be a part of this show. Thank you so much for this. [applause]
Thank you. Oh my goodness. Well, thank you so much. I thank anyone in the Screen Actors Guild for considering me an actor at all. And I share this with everyone in our ensemble; it takes a lot of people to make me look like a good actor. And specifically, I really want to thank my most frequent scene partner, Alec Baldwin. [applause] If you’ve seen me on the show with Alec Baldwin, then you know it’s sort of like watching Fred Astaire dance with a hat rack. And after a while, you’re like, “Oh, that hat rack is pretty good, too.” [laughter] So, you’ve given an award to the hat rack, and I thank you.
And I want to thank everyone in SAG for being so supportive of the Writers Guild of America. Thank you.