It wasn’t simply the sunny Los Angeles setting heating up the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night — with several wins and solid moments, the cast of Orange Is the New Black was on fire.
In fact, they kind of hijacked the whole award show, if you ask us… and we mean that in the best way possible. Need convincing? Here’s a quick rundown of all the reasons OITNB dominated the SAGs.
1. Lin Tucci’s hilarious red carpet antics
In addition to totally hamming it up for photographers on the red carpet, Lin Tucci won our hearts with the cheeky interview she gave to People.com. In response to being told she looked lovely this evening, the actress — who plays Anita DeMarco, one of Piper’s (Taylor Schilling) first cellies, on OITNB — told TNT correspondent Danielle Demski, “You do, too. You need to be my prison wife!” Still. Laughing.
2. Danielle Brooks spilling deets on her and Uzo Aduba’s slumber party
While chatting with E! correspondent Maria Menounos on the red carpet, Danielle Brooks (aka Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson) couldn’t stop singing the praises of her co-star Uzo Aduba. Telling Menounos how much she adores Aduba, Brooks revealed that she’d just had her sweet co-star over for a girls’ night and that she was truly rooting for her to win. Can we guest on the show? ‘Cause we want these gals for pals.
3. Tatiana Maslany’s OITNB crush
There’s just something about Uzo! Interviewing Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, Menounos said, “Of course, I’m not the only one crushing on you. A lot of people are crushing on you, including Uzo Aduba from Orange Is the New Black.” To which, without skipping a beat, Maslany replied, “Well, I’m crushing on her. I think I crushed on her first, so it’s mutual — it’s great. She’s amazing. She’s such a strong actor. She plays such a huge character with such grounded truth to it. And she’s hilarious. I really love her.”
4. Laverne Cox, y’all
Laverne Cox could be seen all over the SAG Awards coverage tonight. From strutting her fabulous stuff in satin on the red carpet to presenting an award alongside her adorable OITNB costar Matt McGorry, Cox captivated us every minute she snagged some screen time.
5. Aduba’s opening reel spiel
The whole “I’m an actor” opening reel at the SAG Awards wasn’t our favorite part of the night, by any means, but Aduba was certainly one of the bit’s redeeming qualities. “I originally auditioned for the imprisoned track star, but they told me I was not quite right for the part — even though I ran track in college,” she said of OITNB, laughing. “Instead, they said, ‘We think you might be right for the part of the slightly off-kilter, mildly obsessive Crazy Eyes.'” Ha ha, classic. And, may we say, they were right!
6. Aduba nabbing the first win of the night
I mean, really. Could this woman be any more amazing? When the stunning Orange Is the New Black star took the stage to accept the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, she gave an emotional and gracious speech that moved her, us and many of her co-stars (did you see Lea DeLaria, aka Big Boo, bawling in the audience?) to tears.
“I want to thank Jenji Kohan for writing a show like this and putting something like this on television, not just for myself but for our incredible team of actors to be seen in such a beautiful way,” she said of the show, in which she plays the inimitable part of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren. Aduba also gushed about her co-stars, “without whom this is not possible.” Aww!
7. OITNB packs the stage with powerful women for their ensemble win
Another big moment for the binge-worthy show came when the award was announced for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and they landed top honors. As Aduba (wo)manned the mic for the second time of the night to thank SAG and the show’s creators, her co-stars formed a formidable huddle around her. And, my God, the sight of so many talented women — Aduba, Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, Dascha Polanco, Taryn Manning, Lolita Foster, Jessica Pimental, Lea DeLaria, Vicky Jeudy and more — on stage at once seriously took our breath away.
8. Aduba fangirling over Viola Davis and other peers
It’s always so moving to hear actors speak highly of one another, and Aduba is a master of doling out praise for her peers. In the press room following her wins, she pointed to another woman making history with her win: Viola Davis. “[She’s] been incredible and an inspiration and a reflection of what it is that one can achieve if they remain disciplined in their craft,” she said.
She also gushed about Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Bryan Cranston — all actors, along with Davis, who Aduba has “loved and [has] found so tremendous in their performances and their ability to craft. It’s been thrilling.”