By Jess Cagle
February 09, 2015 12:00 PM

Let’s be honest. We’ve seen many entertainers accept awards with a little too much enthusiasm. The tears, the heavy breathing, the shock—you feel like reminding them the award is for acting, not resolving geopolitical conflict. But there is something special about the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Even the most decorated movie stars are genuinely moved to be honored by their peers and recognized by the union that has played such a pivotal role in their lives. On Jan. 25 the 21st Annual SAG Awards were handed out at Los Angeles’s Shrine Exposition Center (and broadcast live on TNT and TBS), and as always PEOPLE was there to help celebrate, throwing a post-ceremony gala with the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In this issue and on, you’ll find exclusive photos from our bash, where we toasted the winners and nominees. Many thanks to our sponsors, L’Oréal Paris and Dunkin’ Donuts. I particularly enjoyed the coffee and Munchkins provided for the ride home. For me that was the best treat of the night—next to watching Viola Davis win a prize.


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