The A-List Turns Out for SAG Awards
February 7, 2005

The hottest stars of the big and small screens congregated in Los Angeles Saturday night for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and as always, "Extra" was there to cover all the action.

"Housewife" Teri Hatcher arrived looking as beautiful as ever, and revealed her reaction to becoming an "it" girl for the second time. "I am just real -- real and flawed," she insisted. "I've had ups and downs, and I do the right things and I make mistakes and everybody should know about it. But this is better than anything."

Fellow "Housewife" Nicolette Sheridan arrived with fiancÈ Nicolas Soderblum, and revealed some of her real-life proposal secrets: "I had no idea it was coming, and it was beautiful and it was romantic and it was different."

Teri took home a Best Actress SAG Award Sunday and the entire "Desperate Housewives" cast won Best Ensemble Cast for a Comedy. "There are so many moments everyday, I can't keep up with the good news on our show," admitted Eva Longoria. "If it's not an award thing, it's Oprah on our set. If it's not Oprah, it's Dayna Devon doing Dayna TV."

But can we expect any more famous neighbors on Wisteria Lane? "Johnny Depp is moving in, I don't know if you heard this," Felicity Huffman joked.

"Brad Pitt's coming first, Johnny's second," added Marcia Cross.

Meanwhile, America's most notorious family reunited, but with a heavy heart. "Actually Vince Curatola, a member of our cast, his father passed away," "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini told us. "He had to go home this morning, so we want to shout out to him. Vince, we miss you."

The night was not only about the actors -- several big names gushed about the mega-directors that led their films to success. "Million Dollar Baby" co-stars, and actress and supporting actor nominees Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, couldn't stop talking about the film's director, Clint Eastwood.

"It's almost hard to describe," Hilary said. "It's the dreamiest of dreamy. The man is an anomaly, and he's just so gracious."

"It's an experience you have to have," Freeman added of working with Clint.

Meanwhile, Best Actor Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio, was all about Martin Scorsese. "My expectations of this film ['The Aviator'] were very high and it surpassed them," Leo admitted. "I feel extremely proud and honored to be a part of this movie."

"Extra" also learned about a SAG Award close call. It seems that Lifetime Achievement recipient James Garner almost had to cancel due to a bout of agoraphobia. "I said, 'I don't know if I can do it,' and I said, 'I'll call you back in fifteen minutes,'" Garner revealed. "I talked to my wife and she said, 'You've got to do it. It's your fellow actors,' and I said, 'Yeah, that's true.'"

And Garner, who has more than 50 years of acting under his belt, revealed that the night was extremely nerve-wracking for him. "I almost cried," he admitted.

And from James to Jennifer Garner (no relation), our favorite "Alias" super spy was speechless after winning her SAG Award, telling us, "I didn't recognize my own name!"

There were some tears from some tough guys when "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" won, although they wouldn't fess up. "Not me, I'm not crying," William Petersen insisted.

"There's no crying on 'CSI,'" George Eads added.

Not so surprised by their win for best movie ensemble was the cast of "Sideways." "Not to sound like a putz, but I mean I thought we did a great job. I wasn't surprised," Paul Giamatti admitted. "It seemed fitting, somehow."

After the awards, the stars came to "Extra" first, where we learned several secrets and got some rumors under control, starting with "CSI." George Eads revealed, "There's a rumor that Quentin Tarantino is going to direct an episode of 'CSI,' so we're hoping that's more than a rumor."

Meanwhile, it seems another big star is headed to the set of "Will and Grace." "Oh my God, Meryl," Sean Hayes revealed.

And "Joey" star Drea de Matteo admitted that she'd be interested in pulling double duty if "The Sopranos" end up sparing her life.

Even "Extra's" Dayna Devon's little secret made it onto the carpet. "You're pregnant," Debra Messing exclaimed. "That's so fantastic; it's the best news ever. Stay off your feet as much as you can."

And Debra wasn't the only star with baby advice for Dayna. "Just lead with your heart and put patience at the forefront of your existence," Charlie Sheen advised.

"Put your microphone down; go home and go to sleep," "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Patricia Heaton added.

And miss all the excitement? To all of the SAG winners, "Extra" wishes you a big congratulations!

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