'A little drunk' Pedro Pascal fights back tears as he wins SAG Award for Best Actor

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By Asiya Ali

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An emotional Pedro Pascal confessed to being "a little drunk" as he accepted an award at the 2024 SAG Awards.

The 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles, California on Saturday (February 24) to honor the best in film and television.

The big winner of the ceremony - which followed the longest actors' strike in history - was Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, as the movie won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, while lead star Cillian Murphy scooped the prize for leading male actor and co-star Robert Downey Jr. picked up the award for supporting actor.

There were also big prizes for Lily Gladstone who was named best actress for her role as Mollie Burkhart in Killers Of The Flower Moon, while Da'Vine Joy Randolph picked up the prize for best supporting actress for her role as Mary Lamb in The Holdovers.

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Pedro Pascal. Credit: Steve Granitz / Getty

The 48-year-old Chilean-American actor picked up the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series thanks to his role on HBO’s The Last of Us, in which he plays Joel, a jaded survivor of a fungal apocalypse who takes young Ellie (Bella Ramsey) under his wing.

But, Pascal wasn’t exactly sober when he took the stage to give his acceptance speech as he admitted that he thought he could get drunk, most likely because he didn’t think he would win after Succession’s Kieran Culkin triumphed in the same category at the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards earlier this year.

Watch Pascal's speech below:

"This is wrong for so many reasons," Pascal told the audience. "I’m a little drunk. I thought I could get drunk. I’m making a fool of myself but thank you so much for this! I’ve been in the union since 1999 so this is an incredible f***ing honor. To the nominees, all of you, I can’t remember any of your names right now."

The Game of Thrones actor started to fight back tears as he expressed gratitude to his family for their support, only to immediately bring his inebriated acceptance speech to an end by saying: "I’m going to have a panic attack and I’m going to leave."

Many viewers loved Pascal's drunk acceptance speech as they took to X (formerly Twitter) to share their reactions.

One user wrote: "Pedro Pascal starting his speech 'I’m a little drunk' and ending with 'im gonna have a panic attack and leave' is exactly what I want from speeches."

Another chimed in: "Pedro Pascal being legitimately shocked to win a SAG Award, admitting in his speech that he’s a little drunk and having a panic attack, and then going backstage and announcing he plans to make out with Kieran Culkin is why I love him so dearly."

A third commented: "I’ve [probably] watched this speech 20+ times and I’m so in love with his honesty," while a fourth added: "Pedro is a phenomenal Joel and he’s such a cool guy too like he deserves an award just for being him honestly."

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Pedro Pascal won Male Actor in a Drama Series for "The Last of Us" at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty

Pascal has made memorable on-stage appearances throughout award season, but none more memorable than with his rival nominee Culkin, with whom he’s shared humorous remarks during both the Emmys and Golden Globes.

The actor has enjoyed a lighthearted feud with the 41-year-old Succession star as during the Golden Globes, Culkin told Pascal to "suck it" after winning for his performance as Succession's Roman Roy.

Pascal then issued a foul-mouthed response at the 2024 Emmy Awards, while he was presenting an award with a visibly injured shoulder, telling the audience: "A lot of people have been asking about my arm, it’s actually my shoulder... Kieran Culkin beat the s*** out of me."

Backstage after his SAG Award, the Narcos star said he was going to "make out" with Culkin as his revenge, according to Variety. "He is the greatest," he said, adding that he did not remember what he said during his acceptance speech.

Pascal will return to The Last of Us for the forthcoming Season 2, which goes into production this year.

Featured image credit: Michael Buckner / Getty

'A little drunk' Pedro Pascal fights back tears as he wins SAG Award for Best Actor

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By Asiya Ali

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An emotional Pedro Pascal confessed to being "a little drunk" as he accepted an award at the 2024 SAG Awards.

The 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles, California on Saturday (February 24) to honor the best in film and television.

The big winner of the ceremony - which followed the longest actors' strike in history - was Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer, as the movie won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, while lead star Cillian Murphy scooped the prize for leading male actor and co-star Robert Downey Jr. picked up the award for supporting actor.

There were also big prizes for Lily Gladstone who was named best actress for her role as Mollie Burkhart in Killers Of The Flower Moon, while Da'Vine Joy Randolph picked up the prize for best supporting actress for her role as Mary Lamb in The Holdovers.

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Pedro Pascal. Credit: Steve Granitz / Getty

The 48-year-old Chilean-American actor picked up the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series thanks to his role on HBO’s The Last of Us, in which he plays Joel, a jaded survivor of a fungal apocalypse who takes young Ellie (Bella Ramsey) under his wing.

But, Pascal wasn’t exactly sober when he took the stage to give his acceptance speech as he admitted that he thought he could get drunk, most likely because he didn’t think he would win after Succession’s Kieran Culkin triumphed in the same category at the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards earlier this year.

Watch Pascal's speech below:

"This is wrong for so many reasons," Pascal told the audience. "I’m a little drunk. I thought I could get drunk. I’m making a fool of myself but thank you so much for this! I’ve been in the union since 1999 so this is an incredible f***ing honor. To the nominees, all of you, I can’t remember any of your names right now."

The Game of Thrones actor started to fight back tears as he expressed gratitude to his family for their support, only to immediately bring his inebriated acceptance speech to an end by saying: "I’m going to have a panic attack and I’m going to leave."

Many viewers loved Pascal's drunk acceptance speech as they took to X (formerly Twitter) to share their reactions.

One user wrote: "Pedro Pascal starting his speech 'I’m a little drunk' and ending with 'im gonna have a panic attack and leave' is exactly what I want from speeches."

Another chimed in: "Pedro Pascal being legitimately shocked to win a SAG Award, admitting in his speech that he’s a little drunk and having a panic attack, and then going backstage and announcing he plans to make out with Kieran Culkin is why I love him so dearly."

A third commented: "I’ve [probably] watched this speech 20+ times and I’m so in love with his honesty," while a fourth added: "Pedro is a phenomenal Joel and he’s such a cool guy too like he deserves an award just for being him honestly."

wp-image-1263250454 size-full
Pedro Pascal won Male Actor in a Drama Series for "The Last of Us" at the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty

Pascal has made memorable on-stage appearances throughout award season, but none more memorable than with his rival nominee Culkin, with whom he’s shared humorous remarks during both the Emmys and Golden Globes.

The actor has enjoyed a lighthearted feud with the 41-year-old Succession star as during the Golden Globes, Culkin told Pascal to "suck it" after winning for his performance as Succession's Roman Roy.

Pascal then issued a foul-mouthed response at the 2024 Emmy Awards, while he was presenting an award with a visibly injured shoulder, telling the audience: "A lot of people have been asking about my arm, it’s actually my shoulder... Kieran Culkin beat the s*** out of me."

Backstage after his SAG Award, the Narcos star said he was going to "make out" with Culkin as his revenge, according to Variety. "He is the greatest," he said, adding that he did not remember what he said during his acceptance speech.

Pascal will return to The Last of Us for the forthcoming Season 2, which goes into production this year.

Featured image credit: Michael Buckner / Getty