On March 8th 1998, the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards gave a lifetime achievement award to Elizabeth Taylor, star of such classic films as “National Velvet”, “Butterfield 8”, Cleopatra and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”.
The big winner on the night was “As Good as It Gets” with both Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt doing the double for Best Actor/Actress. Elsewhere Robin Williams picked up Best Supporting Actor for “Good Will Hunting” and (curiously) the Best Supporting Actress award was split between Kim Basinger for (“LA Confidential”, one of my favourite films of all time) and Gloria Stuart (as ‘Old Rose’ in “Titanic”). With the exception of Gloria Stuart, all would go on to repeat their success at the Oscars in two week’s time.
The standout award at this event (which I have praised before) is the ensemble “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” award, and for 1998 that went to the British cast of “The Full Monty”. They resisted the urge though to strip onstage when accepting the award!