According to reports, hundreds of attendees were abandoned outside the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles as the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony began on Sunday night.
The star-studded crowd was left waiting for permission to join others in the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel after a fire marshal allegedly blocked the entrance, including Bill Murray, Claire Foy, and Rooney Mara. However, Mara’s representative told The Post that the hold-up was just due to overcrowding and that no one was locked out from the ceremony.
“Not a single actor was barred entry into the SAG Awards,” her representative said. “There was a delay upon entry to clear the carpet due to overcrowding however no one was barred, including Rooney.”
However, Ramin Setoodeh, co-editor in chief of Variety, shared videos of the brief moment on Twitter. Captioned; “Even Bill Murray has to wait,” he wrote along with another clip that showed Foy and Mara waiting in line for entry.
The Fire Marshal is not letting movie stars inside the #SAGAwards. Even Bill Murray has to wait. This is madness! pic.twitter.com/gxCsED6uez
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) February 27, 2023
Total chaos at the #SAGAwards as Claire Foy and Rooney Mara are not being allowed inside the ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel — they’re told they need to wait for the Fire Marshal to let them (and hundreds of other guests) inside. pic.twitter.com/WHsd55oghv
— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) February 26, 2023
“Total chaos at the #SAGAwards as Claire Foy and Rooney Mara are not being allowed inside the ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel — they’re told they need to wait for the Fire Marshal to let them (and hundreds of other guests) inside,” Setoodeh tweeted.
The influential film and television labor organization now known as SAG-AFTRA hosts one of Hollywood’s many prestigious award shows, the SAG Awards.
Actors make up the largest voting group in the Motion Picture Academy, so they are viewed by many in the business as a reliable indicator of the Oscars in March. Anti-vaccine activists had hinted that they would demonstrate the Union’s strict vaccine regulations outside the awards ceremony. It’s unclear if this has anything to do with the fire marshal’s choice.
Thank goodness, the two actors arrived in time for the brief presentation of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, which went to Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere All At Once”), to take place on stage with Jessie Buckley.
This year’s SAG Award nominations were led by reality-bending sci-fi fable Everything Everywhere All at Once and Irish tragicomedy The Banshees of Inisherin, with five nominations each.
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