Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons continued their reign over the supporting acting categories on the road to the Oscars at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
Arquette beat Keira Knightley, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Naomi Watts to claim the SAG trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, while Simmons bested Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, and Mark Ruffalo in the supporting male category.
Their victories follow Golden Globe wins for their performances in awards season favorites “Boyhood” and “Whiplash,” as well as Oscar nominations. Arquette portrayed a single mom in Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama shot over the course of 12 years, while Simmons played an abusive music mentor to Miles Teller in fellow Best Picture of the Year nominee “Whiplash.”
“I can’t tell you what this means to me, I am a fourth generation actor, my family has been committed to acting for over a century through feast or famine,” Arquette said during her acceptance speech. “My father Lewis Arquette taught me to approach work with compassion and gratitude and taught me also how hard it is to make a living as an actor.”
Simmons also recognized his family, but took a more humorous approach when singling out his wife, director Michelle Schumacher.
“I would like to thank my extraordinary wife, Michelle Schumacher. We met 24 years ago as actors on Broadway, and 16 years ago she became a mother to our above average children,” Simmons told an audience made up of his peers. “Now after many years of that she’s now stepped to the other side of the camera writing and directing and producing, which is awesome because it’s more jobs for me! Because I am sleeping with the director.”