Backstage at the SAG Awards

Award winners comment on their kudos

“It’s exciting and it means the message got out,” Mo’Nique said back stage after winning the supporting actress award for “Precious” at the SAG awards.

She said she’s seen the pic three times – the last time at the premiere. “It’s a hard movie to sit through,” she admitted.

Monique also said she’s grateful for how her portrayal of the film’s abusive mother Mary Jones has influenced others to seek help. She recalled hugging a man who told her, “Mo’Nique, I am Mary Jones” and telling him she loved him and asking him to get treatment.

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Kevin Bacon, who won the miniseries award for “Taking Chance,” got the biggest laugh back stage when asked about the secret of keeping his 21-year marriage to Kyra Sedgewick intact.

“Never look to an actor for the secret to longevity,” he responded.

Bacon took time in his acceptance speech to single out Master Sergeant Vic Szalankiewicz for his training the thesp.

“Vic had the unenviable job of making me look like a Marine,” he said. “And his real job is even harder. He’s back from his third tour of Iraq and probably on his way to Haiti. So Vic, thanks for your help with this.”

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Diane Kruger said what she enjoyed most about “Inglourious Basterds” was simple. “I really got to kick ass,” she said back stage.

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By far the best received speech of the night came from Betty White, receiving the SAG life achievement award along with two standing ovations.

Back stage, she was in fine form too, shown when asked about the slit in her dress. “You’ve got to use everything you possibly can,” she quipped.

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Jane Lynch did most of the talking on stage and back stage for the young cast of “Glee,” with 19 members taking home a trophy for best TV comedy ensemble.

Asked about the worldwide popularity of the series, Lynch quipped, “We’re spreading like the bubonic plague.”

Then she heaped praise on her castmates.

“When I’m not resentful and seething, I’m so proud of these guys,” she said. “They’re not shlubs – they’re talented exceptional people.”

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Tina Fey, who won the comedy series actress award for “30 Rock” for the third year in a row, said she’d been up until 1:30 am working on a scene with Michael Sheen in New York, slept two hours and boarded a plane for Los Angeles. “I”d much rather do this than a real job,” she said.

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