1. Wide Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
2. Arrivals-line backdrop with logo: SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Patron of the Artists Awards
3. Lady Gaga arrives, poses for photographers
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lady Gaga, recording artist/actress/honoree, on the mass shooting Wednesday (7 NOVEMBER) in Thousand Oaks, Calif.:
"Last night's shooting is another reminder that we have to do better. There is so much that we need to do in this world. But what I really believe is No. 1 is making mental health a global priority. And this is something that I care very much about, and that I will speak about this evening."
5. Harrison Ford poses for photographers
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Harrison Ford, actor/honoree:
"I wish that we could hear more appropriate language from our leadership. It's very sad. And my heart goes out to all those people."
7. Spike Lee poses for photographers
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Spike Lee, director:
"Well, I think that this guy in the White House is really responsible for all this stuff. He set the tone. And his base his following up on it., and gone overboard. So, we live in a very tricky moment in history the United States of America."
(Reporter: "Do you think the elections will make any difference?")
Lee: "The midterm? Yes. Yes. It's going to be a showdown."
GAGA ON THOUSAND OAKS SHOOTING: 'ANOTHER REMINDER THAT WE HAVE TO DO BETTER'
The union representing actors was celebrating its own Thursday (8 NOVEMBER) night in Beverly Hills.
But many attendees acknowledged they were sombre in the wake of news from a city just 35 miles northwest.
Wednesday night, 12 were killed during a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks nightclub. Authorities identified the shooter as a former U.S. Marine who was armed with a legally purchased .45-caliber Glock 21 handgun.
"Last night's shooting is another reminder that we have to do better," said recording artist and actress Lady Gaga. "There is so much that we need to do in this world," she continued.
Gaga, widely considered a current awards-season contender for her performance in the musical "A Star is Born," was among those honored by The SAG-AFTRA Foundation at its annual Patron of the Artists Awards.
The Foundation, which provides assistance to union members in need, also honored studio executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, director Spike Lee and actor Harrison Ford.
"I wish that we could hear more appropriate language from our leadership," noted Ford, referring to US President Donald Trump's response to the shootings. "It's very sad. And my heart goes out to all those people."
Director Lee, himself buzzed as an awards-season contender for "BlacKkKlansman," a sometimes-humorous commentary on modern-day America that Lee refuses to call a "comedy."
When asked about the Wednesday tragedy, Lee said "this guy in the White House is really responsible for all this stuff."
"He set the tone. And his base his following up on it, and gone overboard. So, we live in a very tricky moment in history the United States of America."
Emmy winner Henry Winkler, an event attendee, said the latest shooting was "Unbelievable."
"We can spend a lot of money and send troops to the border for an invasion that isn't happening. But we can do nothing about the incredible loss of life that is happening with such frequency - for real in our country."
Veteran Malaysian superstar Michelle Yeoh, now riding high in Hollywood thanks to the TV series "Star Trek: Discovery" and the box-office hit "Crazy Rich Asians," said, "It's so heartbreaking for, you know, families to have to deal with this. And, often enough, I don't understand your gun rules, and I don't claim to understand it at all, because, you know, in Asia, we just don't have. It is not allowed. And why do you have to carry weapons that are even bigger and stronger than your police force? You know, I don't understand that. And when you can buy guns so easily, it's very scary when the people who are mentally not stable still have access to that. I hope your government, your president will protect his people better, because you deserve to be protected."