Mark Ruffalo says there should be no shame attached to mental illness

Mark Ruffalo says there should be ‘no shame’ attached to mental illness as he wins SAG Award for I Know This Much Is True

He’s well known as an activist as well as an award-winning actor.

And on Sunday, Mark Ruffalo used his win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards to make a plea to de-stigmatize mental illness.

The actor, who won for his dual role in the HBO miniseries I Know This Much Is True, said: ‘Mental illness is a real thing and I just think it’s really important that we’re honest and open about it and have no fear and no shame.’

He’s well known as an activist as well as an award-winning actor. And on Sunday, Mark Ruffalo used his win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards to make a plea to take mental health seriously

In the HBO mini series, Ruffalo, 53, plays twin brothers  Dominick and Thomas Birdsey.

Thomas is a schizophrenic and is confined to a secure hospital. The limited series follows Thomas as he tries to get his twin out of institutional care. 

Ruffalo was honored for outstanding performance by a male actor in a miniseries or television movie, beating out Hugh Grant (The Undoing), Ethan Hawke (The Good Lord Bird), Bill Camp (The Queen’s Gambit) and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton). 

It’s his third SAG Award, having previously won for Spotlight in 2016 and The Normal Heart in 2015. 

The actor, 53, said in his acceptance speech: ‘Mental illness is a real thing and I just think it’s really important that we’re honest and open about it and have no fear and no shame’

Ruffalo was honored for outstanding performance in a miniseries or television movie for the HBO mini series I Know This Much Is True. He plays twins, one of whom is  a schizophrenic confined to a secure hospital and the other who tries to care for him on the outside

It’s his third SAG Award, having previously won for Spotlight in 2016 and The Normal Heart in 2015. The awards were announced during a slick pre-taped one-hour TV presentation Sunday

Facing the unique challenges of a pandemic-era awards show, SAG-AFTRA’s awards committee decided against a Zoom-heavy affair.

Instead, the awards were handed out in a slick one-hour TV presentation Sunday night made up of pre-produced pieces and top-secret acceptance speeches shot ahead of time.

The show, that aired on TBS and TNT, also featured stars such as Viola Davis, Riz Ahmed, Cynthia Erivo, Sterling K. Brown, Dan Levy, Rita Moreno, Common and Daisy Ridley talking about being an actor.

SAG WINNERS 2021

Cast in a Motion Picture

Da 5 Bloods

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Minari

One Night In Miami

Trial of the Chicago 7 – WINNER

 

Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

Mank: Gary Oldman is up for Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture

Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams, Hillbilly Elegy

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – WINNER

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

 

Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

Jared Leto, The Little Things

Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami

Up for one: Sasha Baron Cohen is also nominated for The Trial of the Chicago 7 

Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Maria Bakalova (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Youn Yuh-Jung, Minari – WINNER

Helena Zengel, News of the World) 

 

Ensemble in a Drama Series

Better Call Saul

Bridgerton

The Crown – WINNER

Ozark 

Lovecraft Country

Leading the way: The Crown received an impressive five nods at the SAG Awards 

 

Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark – WINNER

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Josh O’Connor, The Crown

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Rege-Jean Page, Bridgerton 

 

Female Actor in a Drama Series 

Gillian Anderson, The Crown – WINNER

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Emma Corrin, The Crown

Julia Garner, Ozark

Laura Linney, Ozark

Crowned: Gillian Anderson has received a nod for her role in Netflix hit The Crown

Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Dead to Me

The Flight Attendant

The Great

Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Ted Lasso

 

Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Nicholas Hoult, The Great

Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso – WINNER

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

 

Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

 

Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Bill Camp, The Queen’s Gambit

Daveed Diggs, Hamilton

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True – WINNER

Drama: Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman are also nominated for The Undoing 

Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Nicole Kidman, The Undoing

AnyaTaylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit -WINNER

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere

 

Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Da 5 Bloods

Mulan

News of the World

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Wonder Woman 1987  – WINNER

 

Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

The Boys

Cobra Kai 

Lovecraft Country

The Mandalorian – WINNER

Westworld

 

 

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