Entertainment Movies Sam Elliott Says He Was 'Happy' to Reunite with 'Big Lebowski' Costar Jeff Bridges at SAG Awards 2023 The Big Lebowski costars were seated at the same table for Sunday's event, where they were both up for acting honors and Elliott took home a trophy By Jen Juneau Jen Juneau Twitter Website Jen Juneau is a News and Movies Staff Writer at PEOPLE. She started at the brand in 2016 and has more than 15 years' professional writing experience. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 28, 2023 01:33PM EST Share Tweet Pin Email Sam Elliott and Jeff Bridges at the 2023 SAG Awards. Photo: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty The dudes abide! Sam Elliott opened up about recently reuniting with his Big Lebowski costar Jeff Bridges at the 2023 SAG Awards in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, nearly 25 years after the release of the film. "I'm sitting with Jeff at the table and I haven't seen Jeff in quite a time," said Elliott, 78, of the Sunday event in Los Angeles. "I'm really happy to be with him." Bridges, 73, played protagonist Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski in the Coen brothers' 1998 cult-classic crime-comedy film. Elliott played "The Stranger," who serves as the movie's narrator as he sits at the bar at the bowling alley the Dude regularly frequents with his friends. Costarring John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman and more, The Big Lebowski follows the misadventures of Bridges' slacker character as he is mistaken for a man who owes money to kingpin Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara). Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories. Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliott in The Big Lebowski (1998). Gramercy Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection RELATED GALLERY: Sam Elliott's Life in Photos Bridges was up for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series (The Old Man) at the SAG Awards, while Elliott took home the trophy for outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or limited series (1883). "I wonder if anybody else is gonna read anything tonight," Elliott said on stage after pulling a piece of paper from his pocket to read his acceptance speech. "I do this because I didn't expect to be up here. I only have 43 seconds to say this and I've already wasted a half of that." "What can I say in 45 seconds, after just receiving the most meaningful acknowledgement of my 55-year career from a group of my peers?" he continued. "Many of whom I don't even know, or know only from afar as a fan who respects their work. Not time to say enough." "But I can say thank you, and I can tell you that I'm honored and grateful to be in your company, whether in this audience or at home," Elliott added. "After seeing the work of my fellow nominees, I'm not sure I should be standing up here, but I'm sure I'll get over that." Referencing his new award, he told his fellow actors and actresses, "I'm gonna treasure this guy, this gal, because it comes from all of you, my brothers and sisters from SAG-AFTRA. I'll treasure it as a constant reminder of 1883 and what a gift it was for all of us on both sides of the camera." RELATED VIDEO: Jeff Bridges Didn't Smoke Any Pot While Filming The Big Lebowski Back in 2018, Bridges, Goodman, 70, and Buscemi, 65, celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Big Lebowski during a segment on the Today show. But did it really feel like two decades had passed? "It does and it doesn't. It's strange," Goodman said at the time. "There's a whole generation now that's growing up with this stuff, kids in college seeing it for the first time." Although Buscemi agreed with Goodman that the script was hilarious, he remembered not understanding why Bridges and Goodman's characters were so mean to his Donny. "I loved it, I thought it was really kind of wild and weird and funny," he said. "But I have to say, when I was reading the part of Donny, I didn't get it. I felt bad for the guy; I felt sad. I thought, 'Why does Walter bully him all the time?' And then my favorite scene is the ashes."