Easily our favorite part of the mostly uneventful SAG AwardsÂ was the Martin Scorsese drinking gameÂ that the BridesmaidsÂ ladies mentioned while introducing a clip from their movie. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, and Melissa McCarthyÂ explained that while shooting their uproarious film, they had an on-set drinking game where you had to take a sip or chug whenever anyone said the word “Scorsese.”
“Youâ€™d be surprised how much that comes up in conversation,” poor Melissa said as she took a swig from the Grey Goose vodka bottle she’d lugged onstage. “People like to throw that thing around.” And they did: Her costars name-dropped a few times, not to mention all the happy winners when Scorsese’s Boardwalk EmpireÂ took home two awards.
And here’s the thingâ€”we think that they made up this game intentionally for the SAG Awards. Our reasoning is, the ladies figured that Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire would beat out other nominees Kyle ChandlerÂ and Michael C. HallÂ (and in the ensemble category, the casts of Breaking BadÂ and Game of Thrones), so they might as well have an excuse to get drunk and enjoy the night.Â And lo and behold, BridesmaidsÂ took home nothing whileÂ BoardwalkÂ got both of its categories. Sure, it was only two wins, but two out of fifteen total awards is nothing to sneeze at.
Also, it turns out that Kristen Wiig has done this same gag before. On January 9, she and BridesmaidsÂ director Paul FeigÂ appeared at a panel for the movie in New York City.Â Entertainment WeeklyÂ reported that Kristen and Paul decreed that their panel would include a drinking game. The magic word? “Asshole.” And just as with tonight’s show, the two stars just peppered the conversation with “asshole” whenever they wanted a sip of wine.
As for tonight, we feel like Steve BuscemiÂ was even in on the joke beforehand, seeing as he said the magic word when he won forÂ BoardwalkÂ and handed his glass off to Tina Fey.
We’ll be curious to see if Kristen Wiig carries the gag into a third awards show or event, though now that it made its way into a live TV broadcast, the dead horse may be beaten to a pulp.
Update:Â They brought it to the Oscars! And Marty had just the cutest reaction.