A heartfelt award for Jean Smart

The star of the HBO series “Hacks” scores yet another honor for playing acerbic Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance – but couldn’t attend the show due to a heart issue

Jean Smart smiling in a red long-sleeved dress in front of a step-and-repeat for the HBO Max show "Hacks."

Jean Smart at the season two premiere of “Hacks.” Photo by Kathy Hutchins.

Another Hollywood awards show, another richly deserved honor for Jean Smart. On Feb. 26, the Seattle native was presented the Best Actress in a Comedy Series award from the Screen Actors Guild for her incredibly smart and hilarious work in the HBO series “Hacks.” That follows the Emmy she won a few months ago, and was her second consecutive SAG award for her role as acerbic Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance.

But this time, Smart, ’75, was not able to dazzle us with her heartfelt remarks and quick smile because she did not attend the presentation at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles. She had recently undergone a heart procedure, something she told the world through her official Instagram. Typical Smart, in her Instagram message, she reminded us that February was American Heart Month, how fortunate she was to have excellent health care, and how we should pay attention to our body. In her place, “Hacks” co-star Chris McDonald was at the ceremony to accept the award and deliver her acceptance speech.

In her speech, Smart, who received her B.A. in drama from the UW, thanked her co-stars, guest stars and the other nominees with a smart “You all rock.”

Smart continues to keep busy as ever. She stars in the movie “Wildflower,” which is due to be released on March 17.