By BERNICE FOX
Special to Circling the News
Several happy Palisadians continue to bask in the glow of their new Screen Actors Guild awards. The awards show was televised Sunday night, with nominees in Zoom-like settings.
“Oh, my goodness! Oh, man!” were the first words Dan Levy blurted out when “Schitt’s Creek” was named Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – SAG’s equivalent of Best Comedy Series.
When accepting the award at his Los Feliz home, Dan was flanked by fellow “Schitt’s Creek” cast members: his sister, Sarah Levy, and his dad, Pacific Palisades honorary mayor Eugene Levy. And he pointed out “to get to share this award with my brilliant sister and my incredible dad is absolutely extraordinary.”
Dan also thanked the full cast: “this incredible ensemble of actors who made comedy look absolutely effortless with their skill and their dedication.” Those actors include Brentwood honorary mayor, Catherine O’Hara, who won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.
“Schitt’s Creek” finished its six-season run last year. And Dan thanked SAG-AFTRA voters for “this insane honor,” adding “what a way to say goodbye!”
The top movie award went to “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which includes cast-member Michael Keaton.
Referring to other cast members, who actually played the Chicago 7 characters, Keaton said after the awards show he “was just grateful I got to hang on the coattails of all those guys for two days. Now I get credit for doing basically nothing.”
Many would disagree with the Riviera resident who played former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
Keaton’s win as part of “The Trial of the Chicago 7” ensemble gives him a SAG record. He’s the first actor to win as part of an ensemble three times. First was “Birdman” in 2014. Then, “Spotlight’ in 2015 and now.
Sunday’s SAG Awards included comments throughout the show from various actors about acting and in some cases, about life in general. In answering what she’s looking forward to, former Palisades honorary mayor Rita Moreno said “I don’t know if you know, but I’m 89. My hopes for the coming year are to be alive.”