Awards: Sarah gets SAG Best Actress nomination

SAGawardsLogoP2Sarah has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in the category “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role,” for her performance as Laney in I Smile Back.   Also nominated (in other words, her competition) were Cate Blanchett (Carol), Brie Larson (Room), Helen Mirren (Woman in Gold), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn). The awards will be  presented January 30, following voting by the 165,000 members of SAG-AFTRA, and will air live on TNT and TBS television.

Here is the People Magazine article describing her reaction.


by Kara Warner 12/09/2015 

“I thought someone had died.”

That’s the first thought that popped into Sarah Silverman’s head when her manager Amy Zvi called her in tears over Silverman’s first-ever Screen Actors Guild nomination.

“I answered the phone and she was sobbing,” Silverman, who was nominated for her dramatic turn in I Smile Back, tells People. “I thought somebody died. I didn’t realize these were being announced [today]. Silverman happened to be awake-ish at the early hour of the nominations announcement thanks to her commitment to attend The Hollywood Reporter‘s Women in Entertainment Breakfast.

“I feel like I’m kind of slumming it being in the company of like Dame Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett and all those hacks,” Silverman joked to reporters at the event about her fellow Female Actor in a Leading Role nominees. “But yeah, I’m totally in shock.”

So who did Silverman share her good news with first?

“I didn’t tell anybody,” she admits. “You learn early in Hollywood not to share your wares or brag. My mom died in August, but I email her good news, so I emailed her. On my birthday I wrote her a really long email and today, I found a picture of the list of names, the five [actress’] names and I sent her the picture and I said, ‘I got nominated! And I miss you,’ it’s so corny.'”

There’s nothing corny about her nomination, which many, Silverman included, considered a big surprise.

“I worked so hard in therapy to not let my self-esteem be defined by outside sources but today, f— it,” she says. “I’ve just been letting myself feel really nice from it. I’m totally shocked. I’m not trying to be humble. Everyone who works with me is shocked, it’s so lovely, it was unexpected and I’m really letting it make me feel great.”

“This is just an unbelievable frosting on a great cake of a good life,” Silverman told reporters earlier in the day. “But I’m excited because most starlets are discovered at 45, and I just turned 45.”

When asked to think ahead about her style-oriented plans for the event, Silverman admitted she doesn’t have the best track record in selecting awards show-appropriate red carpet-wear when she herself is a nominee.

“I was nominated for an Emmy for The Sarah Silverman Program six years ago and I got a dress made for me,” she recalls. “It was Badgley Mischka, they were like ‘We’ll design it with you!’ and I made it into such a monstrosity … in my mind it was beautiful … that they politely took their name off of it. It wasn’t until the next day when looking at pictures and people were saying, ‘Ugh, it looks like she’s in a blueberry Ren-Faire.’ So now, I always have friends over to watch the Grammys or the Oscars, or the Golden Globes and I always put it on over my sweatsuit at some point in the night. My friend texted me today, ‘Get that blue dress out!'”

Silverman says she hasn’t thought much about what she’ll wear yet, but probably won’t repeat that Emmys outfit.

“I’ve learned to maybe not have a Renaissance Fair theme going on,” she says. “And if you do have a corset, it does need to be tight. You can’t make them make it loose so you’re comfortable all night. There’s no ‘boyfriend fit’ corset.”

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be telecast on
TBS/TNT January 30 at 8 pm Eastern time.

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