It was a somber morning at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning where the nominations for the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced, but also where celebrities remembered the life of the late Alan Thicke.
Alan died of a heart attack on Tuesday while playing ice hockey with his 19-year-old son. The father of R&B crooner Robin Thicke, Alan a member of SAG-AFTRA, so during Wednesday’s nomination announcements, HipHollywood caught up with the committee and fellow celebrities to talk about Thicke’s untimely passing.
“There’s probably a special room in heaven for America’s dads,” Jason George told us.
SAG-Aftra president Gabrielle Carteris said Thicke was “the true essence of the joy in our industry. He was really a great man.”
Sophia Bush explained, “It’s horrible and my heart absolutely goes out to his family.”
Another big topic during Wednesday’s event was the diversity in this year’s nominees. In the category for Female Actor in a Supporting Role in Motion Picture, three of the five names listed were women of color: Fences’ Viola Davis, Moonlight’s Naomie Harris and Hidden Figures’ star, Octavia Spencer.
Also joining the ladies in the same category are Nicole Kidman for Lion and Michelle Williams for her role in Manchester by the Sea.
Tune in for the SAG Awards on January 29, 2016 on TNT/TBS.
Click for the full list of nominees.