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It was a somber morning at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning where the nominations for the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced, but also where celebrities remembered the life of the late Alan Thicke.

Alan died of a heart attack on Tuesday while playing ice hockey with his 19-year-old son. The father of R&B crooner Robin Thicke, Alan a member of SAG-AFTRA, so during Wednesday’s nomination announcements, HipHollywood caught up with the committee and fellow celebrities to talk about Thicke’s untimely passing.

“There’s probably a special room in heaven for America’s dads,” Jason George told us.

SAG-Aftra president Gabrielle Carteris said Thicke was “the true essence of the joy in our industry. He was really a great man.”

Sophia Bush explained, “It’s horrible and my heart absolutely goes out to his family.”

Another big topic during Wednesday’s event was the diversity in this year’s nominees. In the category for Female Actor in a Supporting Role in Motion Picture, three of the five names listed were women of color: Fences’ Viola Davis, Moonlight’s Naomie Harris and Hidden Figures’ star, Octavia Spencer.

Also joining the ladies in the same category are Nicole Kidman for Lion and Michelle Williams for her role in Manchester by the Sea. 

Moonlight, Fences and Hidden Figures all snagged a nod for Outstanding Performance by a cast in a Motion Picture. Meanwhile, Sterling K. Brown garnered two nominations for his roles in The People v. O.J. Simpson and NBC’s This is Us.   

Tune in for the SAG Awards on January 29, 2016 on TNT/TBS.

Click for the full list of nominees.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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