SAG awards slip-up reveals hollow lie behind award ceremonies

If you thought fake applause was only reserved for episodes of Friends and other nineties sitcoms, think again - they're still useful for some of the biggest awards shows.

At Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, there was a rather awkward moment when a slip-up by the sound man made many viewers realise that the actors in the room may not actually be that enthusiastic about each other's performances in this year's best films.

As Reese Witherspoon finished reading off the list of nominees for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role, the apparent "real applause" in the room came to an end to await the name of the winner.

Credit to Witherspoon as well, for shaking off the potentially embarrassing moment with style and wit, quipping, "What was that noise? It wasn't me".

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