Speech meets polite applause at awards show

Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg has side-stepped any mention of the pitched internal battle over the guild’s feature-primetime contract in his address during the SAG Awards.

Rosenberg, instead, saluted those in the U.S. military watching the telecast and the collaborative work performed by union writers, directors, musicians, below the line crew members and members of the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists. He also said that he looked forward to all workers being unionized.

Rosenberg was met with polite applause when introduced and after concluding his two-minute speech at the Shrine Auditorium. He’s been a strong supporter of a strike authorization but had announced several weeks ago that he had disavowed a boycott of eight actors who had come out against the authorization.

He said Sunday that he’d been “dazzled” by the work of actors during the past year.

Two targets of the boycott won awards Sunday with Alec Baldwin winning for the third straight year for best comedy actor in a TV series for “30 Rock” and Sally Field winning the drama series award for “Brothers and Sisters.”

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