Alan Rosenberg, the guild's embattled president, also kept his onstage remarks free of any mention of the stalled negotiations between the actors and producers.
And most of the talk before and after the ceremony was the kind of idol banter usually associated with Hollywood awards shows.
The SAG red carpet doesn't quite carry the refined elegance of the Oscars, but by the nature of the crowd, it actually may have a higher celebrity count per capita (you don't have all those tuxedoed writers, producers and technical artisans clogging up the crimson real estate).
With so many worries about labor talks -- and many of the night's guests offering competing views of what the guild needs to do -- more than a few actor attendees nonetheless had fun.
"This is like real life but more so -- or maybe less so," said "Frost/Nixon's" Michael Sheen as he made his way past the metal detectors at the carpet entrance. Sheen, who plays talk show host David Frost opposite Frank Langella's Richard Nixon, said he started his day with an unusual telephone call.
"David Frost called me this morning in bed. He said, 'Michael, hello. It's David,' and I had to stop and figure it out that my character was calling me," Sheen said. "He calls me all the time now." Sheen paused. "Nixon hasn't called yet though."
Times staff writer Chris Lee contributed to this report.
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