ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico got lots of love at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards this weekend.
And it was all in part to “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston shouting out the state.
“Thank you to every actor who has ever graced our stage and brought their talents to our stages and lives in New Mexico,” he said while accepting the award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.”
Cranston along with the cast, which includes Santa Fe native Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Albuquerque resident Steven Michael Quezada, Dean Norris, New Mexico resident Tait Fletcher, R.J. Mitte, took home the award.
Cranston went on to say in his speech, “Look at this! We have the nicest bunch of white supremacist Nazis I have ever worked with. I swear to you, I would kill you all over again, I really would.”
Cranston also picked up the SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series,” for his role as Walter White in the series “Breaking Bad.”
Albuquerque native Jesse Tyler Ferguson also picked up a SAG Award as part of the comedy series “Modern Family.” The show picked up the award for ensemble cast in a comedy.
While the acting categories are the races to watch, there were honors given to stunt ensembles.
In the “Outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture,” the award went to the group with “Lone Survivor.” The movie was filmed in Albuquerque and northern New Mexico and has had some staying power at the box office. The $40 million film has nearly doubled it by taking in more than $70 million its first two weeks in theaters.
The stunt ensemble for “Game of Thrones” also took a SAG Award home in the comedy or drama series category. The series is based off of Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The show is gearing up for its fourth season which will premiere in April on HBO. Martin is currently hosting free screenings of the series at Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe.
Below is his Bryan Cranston’s speech for his acting role win:
Oh! [applause continues] [sing-song] “I won a SAG Award!” [spoken]
You know how things are strange? A week ago I was at a banquet and I saw out of the corner of my eye Emma Thompson coming over, fighting her way through tables and looking over here. And I thought, “Oh my God, that’s Emma Thompson. That’s Emma Thompson.”
And she was looking my way and I thought, “Who’s she…?” And she came up to me, and I lost it. I didn’t know what to say. That’s what happens when you’re so lucky! I’ve had so many crappy jobs in my life, [laughter] I gotta tell you. I loaded trucks downtown: cold, dust, dirt everywhere, every orifice, people yelling at you, [yelling] “Cranston! Move faster! Work harder!” And the only thing that got me through is imagining, dreaming that one day I could actually make a living as an actor, and that’s what got me through. Thank God! [applause]
We are the luckiest people in the world who could say, “I am an actor.” Thank God to all my cast mates here. And, of course, Vince Gilligan, I owe you everything. I love you, honey. Thank you so much. [applause]