With the Academy Awards ceremony scheduled for February 22, all eyes have been on the other honors leading up to the Oscars, including the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The big winners were Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette, all of whom are also nominated for Oscars.
Lifetime achievement honors went to veteran actress Debbie Reynolds, whose award was presented by her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher. “I found it difficult to share my mother with her adoring fans, who treated her as if she were part of their family,” Fisher said. She went on to call her mother a kind person who would “give you the shirt off her back, if Vivien Leigh hadn’t once worn it in Gone With the Wind,” a reference to her efforts to preserve Hollywood memorabilia.
Reynolds was just 19 when she won her breakout role in Singin’ in the Rain, and hasn’t stopped working since. “I had a cute hairdo in that film, so when my daughter was cast as Princess Leia, I told her to watch out for weird hairstyles,” Reynolds said, drawing a huge laugh. Now 82, the actress is in talks to join fellow Hollywood veterans Jerry Lewis and Bob Newhart in the film Big Finish.