LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The stars of Birdman earned the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Film in Los Angeles Sunday night.
"Thank you," said the movie's lead Michael Keaton. "This is very, very exciting. This is the ultimate team sport, what we do for a living. These guys are unbelievable. Every time I turned around, I ran into another tremendous actor."
"Just thank you so much. Thank you," Amy Ryan said.
"This really is absolutely amazing and it's so incredible to look out and see so many wonderful actors," Stone offered. "This is such an honor and this movie was such an incredible experience. Thank you. We are so grateful."
"It's fun to be an actor, but as everybody in this room knows, it's a true privilege to be a working actor and in a guild and it's a triple privilege if you ever get to work on something that you love as much a piece of material like this," said Edward Norton. "And we owe that thanks to Regency and Fox Searchlight for having the courage to risk their money making this movie. Thank you very much."
Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor prize for his work in The Theory of Everything, while Julianne Moore went home with the tophy for Best Actress for her performance in Still Alice.
"It's just been such an extraordinary year for performances and to be included in this number... is a great privilege for me. These are all actors I have long admired," Redmayne said, explaining he would like to dedicate his award to "people around the world living with ALS."
"In preparing to play Stephen [Hawking,] I met many people fighting ALS and I met their families, fighting alongside them, and the courage and the bravery and this triumph of spirit that I witnessed blew my mind, so I am incredibly grateful to them. To Stephen and Jane, back in Cambridge, thank you for allowing someone, who gave up science when they were 14 years old, to enter your orbit."
"When I was on As the World Turns," Moore recalled with a laugh, "I was so excited when they wrote two parts for me -- the classic twin-sister role, the good and the evil one. And I couldn't wait to do it and I was so excited and then I realized it was super-boring to act by myself and what I really loved, what I really craved and what was most exciting for me was being with another actor and feeling that intimacy and that excitement and that thrill of getting to know somebody in that way and that's what keeps me coming back to acting again and again and again and I want to thank my partners in this movie. The adorable Hunter Parrish, the exquisite Kate Bosworth, the magnificent Alec Baldwin, the compassionate and sensitive Kristen Stewart. I wish that they were here with me tonight."
The Best Supporting Actor and Actress statuettes went to J.K. Simmons for Whiplash and Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.