The third weekend of 2018 hosted not one but two awards shows. First up, the Producers Guild Awards. Vanity Fair's Rebecca Keegan was there. When she spoke to A Martinez she told him the subtle theme throughout the night was outsiders claiming their place. This was especially highlighted during Jordan Peele's Stanley Kramer Awards acceptance speech:
"I’m encouraged because finally, unique voices are breaking through. The voice of the outsider is increasingly louder, more celebrated and stories from and by those who have been marginalized are now being embraced and that is because of everybody in our room tonight . . . We won’t be silenced. We won’t be suppressed. Art is not just our hope, it’s our weapon to help fight. We will tell our stories, we will show how diverse and honest storytelling opens eyes and hearts. If we hear the support and amplify voices, we can break out of the sunken place together.”
On Sunday, the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild awards took place. For the first time ever, the awards show had a female host, Kristen Bell, and featured all female presenters. Keegan spoke with SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, who said they'd been planning this move far before the #MeToo movement or Time's up campaign.
"This was not a response to recent events in the industry. But part of SAG is being sort of aware of the way gender is an increasingly hot topic in Hollywood, particularly in regard to pay issues. So, they had been planning for it and were sort of well poised for the moment we're in."
Though there are no front runners in the 2018 awards season, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" got a boost. Sam Rockwell took home the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for "Three Billboards..." and he was one of the few men to give a nod to the Time's up movement in his speech.
The film isn't without controversy. "There's a controversy over how race is portrayed in the movie," Keegan said. "Rockwell plays a racist, violent police officer who has some redemption. Some folks aren't crazy about that."
The awards show season continues Tuesday, with the announcement of the Academy Awards nominations.