Sarah Silverman 'Thought Somebody Died' When She Learned She Scored a SAG Award Nomination

by Raphael Chestang 4:33 PM PST, December 09, 2015
Playing Sarah Silverman 'Thought Somebody Died' When She Learned She Scored a SAG Award Nomination

Sarah Silverman's Screen Actors Guild Award nomination was a sweet surprise, but she joked to ET it took a moment for her to recognize that she was being honored.

"I'm still in shock, but I'm very excited," Silverman told ET at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday. "My manager and partner Amy [Zvi] called me crying. I thought somebody died."

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Silverman got a nod for her dramatic turn in I Smile Back, joining a long list of notable nominees this year, which include Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Michael Shannon (99 Homes), Brie Larson (Room), Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Christina Ricci (The Lizzie Borden Chronicles), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl) and Kevin Spacey (House of Cards).

"This film has been such a wonderful and personal journey," Ronan told ET. "I think it hits so close to home for many people, making the incredible response so special. I'm honored to be nominated by SAG not only because they are my peers, but also because I'm overwhelmed to be recognized alongside actors whose work I admire so much. I've been lucky enough to be a working actor for almost 10 years and the mere fact that people can finally pronounce my name is pretty exciting! I share this with the whole Brooklyn family."

"It's very meaningful to be honored with the respect of my peers," Shannon said. "I love the Guild -- I've been a member for 23 years, and I've felt lucky every one of those years to be a part of it."

"Screen Actors Guild ... thank you!!" said Larson. "I'm so overwhelmed with happiness. This is a HUGE honor, made even more special because I'll get to share the evening with Jacob. Best date EVER!"

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"This makes me very very happy," Winslet gushed. "I am truly thrilled and grateful to be nominated for a SAG award this year. This really means a lot to me."

"Thank you to the Screen Actors Guild for this nomination recognizing my performance," Ricci said. "I'm thrilled and honored to be included among such talented actresses. I am very grateful and happy to share this honor with our wonderful cast and crew."

"So excited and thrilled for our happy group of idiot actors," Louis-Dreyfus quipped.

"I am thrilled to be nominated by my fellow actors," said Odenkirk, "and I give all credit to [Michael] Mckean, [Jonathan] Banks, [Rhea] Seahorn, and the amazing cast around me, raising my game. Thanks!"

"To be recognized by your peers is one of the greatest honors an actor can receive," DiCaprio said. "We were a team, and everyone involved with this project deserves to share in this nomination. Making The Revenant was an incredible experience, and throughout my career I have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented directors and actors. I never miss an opportunity to learn from those I have been fortunate to work with, and this was no exception. We are all thankful to Alejandro [Inarritu] for letting us be a part of this unique and unforgettable cinematic experience. Thank you SAG-AFTRA."

"It means a great deal to be recognized by my peers during such a wonderful year of filmmaking," Redmayne said. "The Danish Girl took a long while to get made and I am damn lucky that I ended up having the honor of helping bring Lili and Gerda's story to the screen. I am hugely grateful to Tom Hooper, Alicia Vikander, and our incredible cast for this truly unique collaboration. I certainly wouldn't have been able to play Lili were it not for the generosity of the trans women and men who helped me prepare for this role; I am indebted to all of them and the community. My thanks to SAG-AFTRA members for this nomination."

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Spacey tweeted his statement, writing, "Congrats to my fellow nominees in Best Actor category and thanks to the SAG membership for my nomination!"

The nominations were announced by Anna Faris and Anthony Mackie, and ET caught up with Faris, who told us the early morning call was no big deal for the mom of a 3-year-old son with husband Chris Pratt.

"I think I was up about 3," Faris told ET on Wednesday. "I was also really anxious because I've never done this kind of thing before. I mean it's not incredibly difficult but still at the same time it's an honor to be here."

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The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards air Saturday, Jan. 30, on TNT and TBS.