For an awards ceremony that is not the Oscar or the Golden Globe, there was a lot of attention at the 24 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
Call it a trick or a bold statement, but for the first time there was a time when the SAGs presented an alignment of prize presenters with only women, and their first host, Kristen Bell. And it came less than 24 hours after the Women's March that President Trump did everything possible to say it was in his honor. (It was not like that)
The unprecedented move aimed to encourage conversation about sexual harassment in Hollywood after the #MeToo movement, the fall of the accused predators like Harvey Weinstein and the Time & # 39; s Up campaign, which This month many of the same women were released in the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday.
The surprise, however, was not Bell's competent performance, or that the women held a full show or that James Franco attended after the accusations of misconduct were recently launched against him.
It was that aging, another byproduct of the industry's endemic misogyny, seemed to fall apart as each new category and prize were announced by presenters such as Geena Davis and Rosanna Arquette.
"How wonderful it is that our careers today can be over 40 years old," said Nicole Kidman, 50, who accepted the award for the actress on a limited basis. dramatic series for the acclaimed "Big Little Lies". "Because 20 years ago, we were very emptied by this stage in our lives, that's not the case now … [We are] … powerful, powerful and viable, I just ask that the industry be left behind because our stories are finally told" .
Kidman faced the co-stars of "Big Little Lies" Laura Dern, 50, Reese Witherspoon, 41, and Susan Sarandon, from "Feud & # 39; s". 71, and Jessica Lange, 68.
One after another, experienced actresses left the stage with the SAG prize, "the Actor", who like Oscar, is a figure of a slender young man. Oh, how things have changed in Hollywood.
Frances McDormand, 60, won for her leading role in the film in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." His competitors included Judi Dench, 83, ("Victoria and Abdul") and Sally Hawkins, 41, ("The Shape of Water").
And followed. In the support category, Allison Janney won for her portrayal of mother skater Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya". Other nominees were Laurie Metcalf ("Lady Bird") and Mary J. Blige ("Mudbound").  Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018 red carpet arrivals "class =" trb_em_ic_img "title =" Screen Actors Guild Awards 2018 red carpet arrivals "data-c-nd =" 2048×1365 "/>
And the winner of the actress in a series of comedy was Julia Louis-Dreyfus, establishing a SAG record in the process, who played the first president of the country in "Veep" and shared the category with inspiring figures for many in the room, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda of " Grace and Frankie. "
The men took the stage when they were summoned to receive prizes or introduced clips from the films they starred in. But it was established from the beginning that this particular program was about the other half of the room.
"The truth is power, and women are coming into their power," said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. "We are in the midst of a massive cultural change. With brave voices that also tell me and defenders who know that time is running out. … Make no mistake, this is not a moment in time, this is a movement. "
Bell was less acute in his monologue, which was decidedly shorter than the opening comments made by other hosts of recent awards , Seth Meyers (the Golden Globes) or Stephen Colbert (the Emmys).
The star of "Good Place" introduced herself as the "first lady" and, while writing about the talent in the room, she said "Elisabeth Moss is here from the documentary called & # 39; The Handmaid & # 39; s Tale. & # 39; "The room erupted in laughter.
When Maya Rudolph co-presented the first prize with her, the star of" Bridesmaids "told the star of" Bad Moms "Bell:" I really like your program about living in hell, what's it called? "
" 2018! "Bell answered
In addition to those sneaky hits, the ny ceremony was less about the state of politics and more about the Women's progress in the industry … and beyond.
It also showed how Hollywood is still dealing with what is and is not actionable when it comes to accusations of sexual harassment.  Franco was there for his nomination for "The Disaster Artist." Recent allegations against him, as well as other actors like Aziz Ansari – nominees, but not present – have generated debates about what constitutes a bad date and what advice about the line on sexual misconduct.  When Franco's name was announced, the applause was present, but not as much as weeks before at The Globes, before the story overflowed.
Presenter Brie Larson announced some concrete steps. command to deal with the problem. "In collaboration with Time & # 39; s Up and the members of your union in this room, there will be a new code of conduct to ensure security on the set so that we can remain vulnerable and empathetic [and do our jobs]."
Among the other members of the line of female presenters were Olivia Munn, Marisa Tomei, Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Halle Berry, Lupita Nyong & # 39; o, Mandy Moore, Dakota Fanning and Kelly Marie Tran.
Members of the public presenter stood up because, however, it was Rita Moreno. She could have been presenting Morgan Freeman with his career prize, but it was Moreno, whose presence spoke louder in a room where women of all ages were honored.