A flustered Sarah Jessica Parker, who was named best actress in a comedy series for Sex and the City, said, "I've been a proud card-carrying member [of SAG] for so long. Acting is the only thing I ever wanted to do." Backstage, she said she was surprised at the win and hadn't prepared a speech, and proceeded to apologize for the one she did give.
Best actor in a comedy series was claimed by Robert Downey Jr., who has a recurring role on Ally McBeal. The frequently incarcerated actor also took home a Golden Globe in the same category.
Comedy series ensemble of the year went to the cast of Will & Grace. Eric McCormack, who plays Will on the NBC sitcom joked, "We're happy to receive this naked guy [the Actor statue] — it's the most appropriate award possible."
Brian Dennehy, a winner in the TV-movie category for Death of a Salesman, had the best line of the evening, however. "Oh, you're all waiting for Russell Crowe," said the burly actor backstage, before the best actor prize was awarded. "I'm him … plus," he joked of his own epic physique.
Crowe, who has gamely showed up at each awards show this season despite a kidnap threat, lost to Del Toro. The Gladiator star had already lost the best actor prize to Tom Hanks at the Golden Globes and Jamie Bell at the BAFTAs (both of whom were in contention in the same category tonight). While Roberts is virtually a lock to win the Best Actress Oscar, the Best Actor race remains a toss-up.