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51 • SAG-AFTR A SPECIAL ISSUE 2023 • P U T T I N G I T TO G E T H E R ish in an epic dance battle at our gala; the sidesplitting antics from the cast of Bridesmaids as they took the stage and introduced us to their favorite on-set drinking game in honor of director Martin Scorsese; and the pure joy of watching the cast of Downton Abbey shutting the party down each year on the dance floor. Then there is the absolute honor I've had to meet some of my childhood heroes and acting idols like Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, Carol Burnett, Helen Mirren, Debbie Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and so many more. "But I think my favorite moments are when we and the world get to witness the beautiful love, compassion and, at times, righteous anger our members display on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. Whether it was Ashton Kutcher speaking out against the Muslim ban; the cast of Orange Is the New Black speaking up for women of color from around the globe; Ariana DeBose giving voice and hope to young queer performers, especially those of color; Nicole Kidman addressing sexism and ageism in the entertainment industry; or David Harbor literally shouting down bullies and oppressors of every stripe on behalf of the outcasts and misfits who feel they have no voice or place in the world. "Our show is so special because everyone in that room is bonded in their art, in their dedication and, most especially, their humanity." The Orange Is the New Black cast accepting The Actor ® at the 22nd Annual SAG Awards. Woody Schultz SAG AWARDS

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