SAG Awards 2015: How the Winners Reacted Backstage

January 26, 2015 5:27 AM

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“I think it had a huge appeal,” said Michael Keaton, Birdman’s leading man. “You’re voted on by your peers, and I think actors like this movie for showing the courage actors have for going out and laying it all on the line. And they thought that as a group we all deserved a prize.” Naomi Watts acknowledged that it accurately depicted the life of an actor, noting the difficulty in shooting the movie’s extended scenes. “This was an extreme case because of these long, continuous shots. If you made a mistake, you’re possibly destroying another actor’s best work. It made it incredibly high pressure," she said. “But if we all got it right as a team, it was like winning a race, which made it probably the most collaborative experience. Maybe actors understand better than anyone how we're all connected to one another.”

When it came to preparing for the challenging role, Moore acknowledged that she wasn’t alone. “I had a tremendous amount of help,” she said after admitting that she knew nothing about the disease and has been lucky enough not to have any family members affected by it. She began her research by conta...

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