Selena Gomez has overcome a nasty fall to present the gong for outstanding female actress in a supporting role at the SAG Awards.
Gomez, 29, shone in a black Oscar de la Renta gown.
But she decided to ditch her Christian Louboutin heels to present the award having earlier taken a tumble on the red carpet.
Instead of replacing them with another pair, or opting for something comfier, she sauntered barefoot up to the podium alongside Martin Short.
Nicole Kidman also released the shackles, with the Aussie – sans heels — pictured with Gomez at the event.
“Nicole Kidman shows solidarity to Selena Gomez and goes barefoot as well after Selena’s heels broke earlier tonight! Queens,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile a drama about a hearing member of a deaf family, CODA, has taken top honours at an unpredictable 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards, that also saw wins for the leads of Squid Game, the cast of Ted Lasso and Will Smith.
The ceremony, held in Santa Monica, California, had historic wins for deaf actors, Korean stars and some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
CODA, Sian Heder’s heartwarming Apple TV+ coming-of-age film featuring a trio of deaf actors in Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant, along with newcomer Emilia Jones, won best ensemble. The film has been seen as a watershed moment for the deaf community in Hollywood.
“This validates the fact that we, deaf actors, can work just like anybody else. We look forward to more opportunities for deaf actors,” said Matlin on stage before teaching the crowd sign language for “I love you.”
Kotsur won best supporting actor, becoming the first deaf actor to win an individual SAG award.
Netflix’s Squid Game, the first non-English language series nominated by the actors guild, came on strong with three awards, including Lee Jung-jae for best male actor in a drama series and Jung Ho-yeon for best female actor in a drama series. Those wins came over the likes of Succession stars Brian Cox and Jeremy Strong, and Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston of The Morning Show.
Kidman and Kodi Smit-McPhee missed out on awards, while Sarah Snook was among the team as HBO’s Succession ultimately reigned in the best drama series category. Cox referred to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, noting that the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, was a fellow performer. He urged dissenters in Russia to speak out, despite likely censorship.
The SAG Awards are considered one of the most reliable predictors of the Academy Awards. In 2020, when the cast of Parasite and Brad Pitt won, they matched exactly.
The win for CODA suggests it’s a major threat to win best picture over Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast (which went winless Sunday) and Jane Campion’s leading Oscar nominee “The Power of the Dog”.
SAG’s track record may also mean Will Smith, star of the Williams family tennis drama King Richard, is heading for his first Oscar. Smith took best actor, scoring his first SAG award.
Jessica Chastain, who plays the infamous televangelist in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, won Best Actress, notching up her first individual SAG award.
Meanwhile, Ariana DeBose of West Side Story confirmed her frontrunner status with a win Sunday for best supporting performance by a female actor. DeBose’s award, too, had historic resonance, as an Afro-Latina, queer woman.
Some casts attended remotely — including the lead television nominee, Ted Lasso. Appearing by video link, Jason Sudeikis accepted the award for best actor in a comedy series. The Apple TV+ show was later named best comedy series ensemble.
Other awards went to Jean Smart of Hacks, Kate Winslet of Mare of Easttown and Michael Keaton of Dopesick, who dedicated his award to his nephew, Michael. Keaton has previously said he died from fentanyl and heroin use in 2016.
The SAG Awards also crowned The Queen actress Helen Mirren. The five-time SAG winner was honoured with a lifetime achievement award.
“Honestly, any achievement that I’ve succeeded in is the result of my mantra which is basically: Be on time and don’t be ass,” said the 76-year-old Mirren. “Thank you, thank you, S-A-G so much for this. I hate to say the word ‘sag’ at my age.”