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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Inside the Shrine Exposition Center, banquet tables filled with A-listers sit side by side as stars of TV and film honor their peers at Saturday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
But the real winners’ table is off camera, in a hallway just outside the ceremony, where the night’s winners come to claim their Actor statuettes. Here’s a running view from the trophy table at the SAG Awards:
Things are running a little behind. As Alec Baldwin accepts the night’s first award, the SAG Awards trophy table is still being set up. Workers move ladders and lights, and photographers scramble as a lone Actor statuette, for Baldwin, stands on the table, waiting to be claimed.
The 19 singing, dancing members of the cast of “Glee” filled the backstage trophy area with ecstatic cheers. “Holy cow,” said Jayma Mays, who plays buttoned-up school counselor Emma Pillsbury. “Do we take it?” ”I want this one,” Matthew Morrison, who plays teacher Will Schuester, said, fixing his eyes on one of the statuettes. “You can’t. You have to sign for it,” Mays said. “This is awesome,” Morrison said, claiming – and kissing – his Actor statuette. “I’ve never kissed a guy before, but there it is.” Then Jane Lynch, who plays cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, shouted, “we’re going to do a cast shot everybody!” And the whole cast followed her into the hallway.
AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter. Follow her at http://twitter.com/APSandy.