The answer to this morning’s ferocious Google searches of “Who did Morgan Freeman call out during his 2018 SAG Awards speech” has officially been revealed, and as it turns out his “scolding” was not at all what it seemed like.
The Oscar–winning actor had just begun his acceptance speech for the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award when he stopped and addressed someone in the audience. “Hey…I’m talking to you. Yeah, hey,” he said to a then-unidentified person, who some have speculated was talking, texting, or not paying attention while he spoke. “Okay, well you just stand out to me, that’s all,” he continued, before getting back to his speech.
But apparently, he wasn’t throwing any shade, as many suspected. “Yeah. That was Lily Tomlin,” Freeman said, People reports. “She’s a wonder in herself and I’ve always loved her. I see her, I say hello.”
Coincidentally, the Grace and Frankie star was the recipient of the same award, which is traditionally given to an actor for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, last year. She also gave one hell of a speech.
“Morgan is more than just an actor, producer, humanitarian—this man is a national treasure,” said Freeman’s Electric Company costar, Rita Moreno, while she was introducing him for the award.
Tomlin wasn’t the only call-out the legendary actor made during his moving speech. “This is beyond an honor. This is a place in history,” he said, before adding, “Oh, and one more thing. I wasn’t going to do this. I’m going to tell you what’s wrong with this statue. It works from the back, [but] from the front, it’s gender specific. Maybe I started something.”
The 37 Best SAG Awards Dresses of All Time
At the second ever SAG Awards, Jodie Foster kept it casual in a white short-sleeved t-shirt and matching trousers.
A young Kirsten Dunst attended the 2000 ceremony in an olive green column gown with lace embroidery down the sides.
Lucy Liu went for a shocking turquoise hue in 2000.
Nominated for her role in Friends, Jennifer Aniston arrived at the 2003 awards in a black gown with a daring double cutout.
Sarah Jessica Parker channeled Carrie Bradshaw for her 2003 look, pinning an oversized flower pin to her black and white dress.
In 2004, Catherine Zeta-Jones went for the gold in a sparkling Elie Saab look.
Liv Tyler matched her bold red lips to a similarly-hued crimson sash in 2004.
Renee Zellweger kept it simple in 2004, adding a single diamond necklace to her strapless black gown.
Eva Longoria looked to the past for her vintage-inspired lace ensemble at the 2006 awards.
America Ferrera made a case for grey on the red carpet, wearing Monique Lhuillier in 2008.
More is more was the mandate for Debra Messing’s 2008 look, a golden Oscar de la Renta column gown.
Kate Winslet won big in 2009, wearing a cobalt blue Narciso Rodriguez dress.
Emily Blunt made a statement in 2009 wearing silver sequins.
Evan Rachel Wood enhanced her Monique Lhuiller gown with contrasting violet accessories.
Diane Kruger stunned in a mustard gown by Jason Wu in 2010.
Kate Hudson went backless in Pucci at the 2010 ceremony.
Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld made a bold entrance at the 2011 awards in striped Prada.
Mila Kunis pulled of print with aplomb, wearing Alexander McQueen in 2011.
Michelle Williams went tea-length in a lace Valentino dress at the 2012 awards.
In 2012, Tilda Swinton chose a goddess-esque custom Lanvin dress.
Zoe Saldana arrived to the 2012 red carpet wearing an intricate Givenchy design.
Naomi Watts kept it simple in 2013, wearing a strapless Marchesa gown.
Amanda Seyfried amped up her Zac Posen dress with stunning Lorraine Schwartz pendant necklace in 2013.
Kerry Washington turned to Rodarte for her lace-covered look in 2013.
Julia Roberts made a major statement at the 2014 awards in a hot pink jumpsuit by Valentino.
Never one to shy away from a bright hue, Lupito Nyong’o stunned at the 2004 awards in a turquoise Gucci gown.
Jennifer Lawrence wore a rainbow of Dior sequins to the 2014 ceremony.
Cate Blanchett showed why she is queen of the red carpet in 2014 wearing a pale pink Givenchy dress.
Amy Adams contrasted her famous red hair with a royal blue Antonio Berardi gown at the 2014 awards.
Julianne Moore took home the Best Actress statuette in 2015 wearing an emerald green Givenchy creation.