Jenna Fischer and cast accept the SAG Award for Best Comedy Ensemble. So fantastic.
Jenna’s speech: “Hi. Thank you. They voted me to speak if we won, so — which we didn’t expect. Thank you so much. We really love working together. We love each other, we love working together and being together. And as an ensemble, a lot of the people in this group struggled for a long time as non-working actors — and by a long time I mean, like, eight, 12, 15, 20 years. So, we’re always grateful, we don’t take it for granted. Thank you so much.
But there’s another part of our ensemble, that’s our crew, and we want to dedicate this to them tonight. We can’t wait to go back to work with them, so, thank you so much.”
As much fun as I had these past few days hanging out with some of The Office writers, I don’t want to minimize the seriousness of the strike. The writers are clearly weary, worried about their crew, and ready for everyone to get back to work. They do try to keep the mood upbeat, though, because they are, after all, comedy writers, and the funny just kinda flows out of them without much urging.
After my picketing shift ended yesterday, Rainn Wilson was kind enough to let me sit in on a writers meeting for Film Independent’s Spirit Awards show, which he is hosting in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 23. (The show was granted a Writers Guild of America waiver, allowing the show to hire WGA writers.)
I had never attended a writers meeting, so I was pretty excited!