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SAG Awards: When actors compliment other actors -- and they dig it [video]

January 31, 2011 |  8:56 am

Every year, when the Screen Actors Guild Awards roll around, we always hear the same thing from the nominees: "This award means so much more to me, because it comes from my peers!"

Sure, that's all well and good. But do famous A-listers ever actually praise one another on their performances? That's what we set out to discover Sunday on the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium, where a handful of stars shared some of the compliments they've received on the awards trail this season.

Many of the "Glee" cast members, such as Dianna Agron and Amber Riley, said they still recalled the kind words Meryl Streep sent their way at last year's SAG Awards. John Hawkes was touched when Ben Affleck said he enjoyed the indie actor's turn in "Winter's Bone." And in the era of cellphones and laptops, "Conviction" star Hilary Swank said she was shocked when she received a handwritten letter from none other than Sharon Stone.

"You know, it's amazing when someone hand writes a letter. It's not an e-mail, it's not a text, it's not a phone call, it's not hearsay," Swank said. "Sharon Stone wrote me the nicest letter, and I'm like, 'Oh my, oh look, look!' I didn't frame it, but it's still propped up on my desk."

"The Social Network" star Jesse Eisenberg, who had just stepped off a plane after his "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig the evening prior, said he has always felt like actors are more encouraging of one another than those in different professional fields.

"I think that has a lot to do with the nature of working with people in that context -- you're not only a colleague, but you're kind of like sharing something emotionally," he said. "There's this whole other element to it, and the vulnerability of performing on a set. I think it adds -- it strengthens the camaraderie in a unique way."

If you missed the red carpet, click the link below for more photos of SAG Awards arrivals.

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-- Amy Kaufman
Twitter.com/AmyKinLA

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