Patricia Arquette was the recipient of the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her part in Boyhood. The film was notably shot over the course of a 12-year period, with Arquette shooting on the weekends while simultaneously playing the lead in her CBS series, Medium.
Uzo Aduba and the cast of Orange Is the New Black took home the Actor® statuettes for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, respectively. Aduba's portrayal of Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren was her first major television role — in fact, she received her Screen Actors Guild card when she joined the series.
Eddie Redmayne received the Actor® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Redmayne dedicated the award to those living with ALS and thanked Hawking for reminding him of the "overwhelming power of the will to love."