Carol Burnett SAG Awards Video: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Present Lifetime Achievement Award — WATCH HERE!
The tribute began with Fey and Poehler saying how Burnett has been a “huge part” of everyone’s lives for the past 50 years. Fey joked that Carol is a biopic about Burnett’s friendship with Julie Andrews. And after saying how Burnett has made acting look easy, Poehler said, “The point is, Carol is better than all of us. We’re going to give her a prize for it.”
The presentation included a montage showing Burnett’s career highlights, as well as praise from Betty White, Jane Lynch, and Ellen DeGeneres. After, the legendary star she took the stage to a standing ovation, assisted by Steve Carell. With tears in her eyes, Burnett exclaimed, “Wow! Thank you! Oh my gosh!”
“Tina and Amy, you just touch my heart so much. I’m so thrilled. You guys are the whole ball of wax,” Burnett told her presenters. She went on to recount her childhood fascination with movies, admitted to climbing the Hollywood sign(“the Os were my favorite), and confessed that the favorite part of her variety show was doing “takeoffs of all the movies.”
Burnett recalled being told that comedy-variety is a “man’s game,” and of course, she proved otherwise. The star then thanked some of the key people who aided her iconic career. Doing her old sign-off, Burnett concluded, “I’m so glad we had this time together.”
Burnett has actually never won a SAG award before now, despite being a six-time Emmy winner and two-time Golden Globes winner. The Screen Actors Guild Awards, however, only date back to 1995, and Burnett was primarily honored in the 1960s and 70s, during the heyday of “The Carol Burnett Show.” She now follows in the footsteps of past SAG Lifetime Achievement recipients such as Debbie Reynolds (2015), Rita Moreno (2014), Dick Van Dyke (2013, and Mary Tyler Moore (2012). Check out the full video below!