Apparently, his wife, Sunrise, woke him up to tell him the news, at which point he live tweeted his acceptance speech and posted a picture of himself lying in bed to Instagram.
Mark Ruffalo tweets SAG Award acceptance speech
Mark Ruffalo live tweeted his SAG Awards acceptance speech from bed -- because Mark Ruffalo is the man
Ha ha ha! Sunny and my kids just woke me up to tell me I won a SAG award. Have to be at work in 4 hours. Thank you! @SAGawards
Thank you @ryanmurphy24 for giving me the incredible part! Thank you Larry Kramer teaching is all a little more about love.
Thanks @MattBomer my dear friend and partner in #TheNormalHeart you were an inspiration and friend every day.
Thank you @HBO and Dante Di Lereto, Dede Gardner and Plan B for Producing such a beautiful movie. You did the impossible.
Thank you @alfredMolina, Julia Roberts, Joe Mantello, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Sean Meehan, Jonathan Groff, BD Wong, and the rest of Cast
Upon waking and hearing from my wife and kids that I won a @sagawards for #TheNormalHeart Love wins… http://t.co/0jQHWB8DI5
Thank you @MrRPMurphy for giving me the role of a lifetime and leading me through it with grace and courage. You are great director.
Special thank you to all my brother and sister actors for this incredible distinction. It's really the one that matters. @SAGAwards
Thank You Reps! Shani Rosenzweig, Billy Lazarus, Tracy Jacobs, Scott Wexler, Aleen Keshisian, Margret Riley, Keith Kleven, Stuart Gelwarg.
Thank you PR team! Jessica Kolstad, Nicole Caruso, Alexandra Kahn and Grace Yi!
Last but not least. Thanks to all you folks who have supported the movie and me all these years. Good night. Again.
A very special thanks to the love of my life, my pal, and my partner Sunrise Ruffalo. And Keen, Bella, and Odette.
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Fans initially wondered if perhaps the actor had given up. Though Ruffalo, who was also nominated for his role in 'Foxcatcher,' has garnered big praise for his work this year and was even nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy for his work in "The Normal Heart," he didn't win.
But Ruffalovers were relieved to hear he hadn't given up -- he just had to get up for work the next morning.
Though it wasn't just fans who were upset. Everyone from Jared Leto to Julia Roberts to the SAG/AFTRA president suffered the disappointment of his no show (watch in the video above).