20th Annual SAG Awards And the SAG Awards Went to… (Review)

20th Annual Sag Awards January 18 (Review)


Tonight, the 20th Annual SAG Awards, otherwise known as the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, were on TNT. The stars were out tonight, and I watched the show entirely confident (well, mostly confident) that all of my predictions about who would win the SAG awards would be correct. I turned out to be sadly mistaken in this assumption.

And The SAG Awards Went To…

The first SAG award presented was for Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role. The nominees were: Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle, Lupita Nyong’o as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts as Barbara Weston in August: Orange County, June Squibb as Kate Grant in Nebraska, Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe. I said that Oprah would be the winner, but Lupita Nyong’o won the first SAG of the night.

Jennifer Garner presented the SAG award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role. The nominees were: Barkhad Abdi as Muse in Captain Phillips, Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda in Rush, Michael Passbender as Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave, James Gandolfini as Albert in Enough Said, and Jared Leto as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. Jared Leto won the Golden Globe, but James Gandolfini wasn’t one of the nominees for that award.

I said that James Gandolfini would be the (posthumous) winner. However, Jared Leto was the winner, once again — I should have chosen him, I suppose, but I didn’t learn from my past incorrect prediction. I’m now 0 for 2 in my predictions — off to a roaring start….

Kevin Spacey and Kerry Washington were the next presenters. They presneted the SAG award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series. The nominees were: Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in Modern Family, Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie, Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice-President Selina Meyer in VEEP.

I predicted that Tina Fey would win this SAG. Julia Louis-Dreyfus was the winner, though, for VEEP. My powers of prognostication are failing me…I’m now 0 for 3.

The next SAG award was for Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series. The nominees were: The SAG award went to Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock, Jason Bateman as Michael Bluth in Arrested Development, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy in Modern Family, Don Cheadle as Martin “Marty” Kaan in House of Lies, and Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory.

I said that Jim Parsons would win this SAG. Instead, Ty Burrell won – it was his first SAG win, and well deserved, though it marks my fourth incorrect prediction out of four.

John Goodman was the next presenter. The SAG he presented was for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The nominees were the casts of: The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, Modern Family, and VEEP. Brooklyn Nine-Nine won the Golden Globe Award, but it’s not one of the TV series nominated tonight.

I said that The Big Bang Theory would win. The SAG award went to the cast of Modern Family. It’s the fourth consecutive win for the cast of this comedy series.

Back from a commercial break, the SAG awards show showed some actors/actresses in clips talking about how great being a member of the Screen Actors Guild is, being a part of one of the best unions ever. Then, the president of the Screen Actors Guild came on, talking about the Guild and others which are necessary to make movies. He also mentioned the charity the SAG Foundation, and that they got a contribution of $1 million.

Don Cheadle and Julia Louis Dreyfus were the next presenters. Don congratulated Julia on her win. The duo presented the SAG award for Outstanding Female Actress, Drama, in a Television Movie or Miniseries. The five nominees were: Angela Bassett as Coretta Scott King in Betty & Coretta, Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor, Holly Hunter as G.J. in Top of the Lake, Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden in Phil Spector, and Elisabeth Moss as Robin Griffin in Top of the Lake. I said that the winner of this SAG would be Elisabeth Moss, but the winner was Helen Mirren.

Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson gave the next SAG award, for Outstanding Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. The five males nominated were: Matt Damon as Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, Jeremy Irons as King Henry IV in The Hollow Crown, Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy in Killing Kennedy, and Al Pacino as Phil Spector in Phil Spector. I mentioned this category in my predictions, but wisely — for once — I didn’t make a prediction. Michael Douglas won — it marks his first win in this particular category.

Morgan Freeman presented the SAG 50th Life Achievement Award to Rita Moreno, who has won many impressive awards during her career.
The award is given to deserving actors/actresses based upon both their humanitarian accomplishments and their overall career achievement. Other awards that Rita has won include a Grammy, a Latin Grammy, a Tony, an Oscar, two Emmys one for The Muppet Show and one for The Rockford Files), a National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Morgan was a great choice to present Rita, 82, this SAG award, as the performed together for many years in the PBS series The Electric Company. Rita was bleeped right from the beginning of her acceptance speech — she said she was breathless and “bloody happy.” She spoke about what an “unexpected honor” it was to get the award. The audience gave her a standing ovation.

After a commercial break, the next SAG award was presented for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Series. Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland, Anna Gunn as Skyler White in Breaking Bad, Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode in American Horror Story: Coven, Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Duchess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey, and Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in Scandal. I chose Kerry Washington as the Golden Globe winner, and she didn’t win. I said that Jessica Lange would be the winner, but Maggie Smith won, instead.

The SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Series was next. The nominees were: Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson in Boardwalk Empire, Bryan Cranston as Walter White in Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in The Newsroom, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, and Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in House of Cards. I predicted that the SAG would go to Bryan Cranston. It did, indeed, go to Bryan Cranston — that’s my first correct prediction of the evening. Time to pop the cork on the champagne! One right out of– well, one is better than none, right?

Tom Hanks honored the SAG members, male and female, who passed away during 2013. We saw clips from the movies that the stars performed in. Esther Williams was a surprise to me — and Jonathan Winters. Most of the rest I’d heard had passed away, like the great Edith Stapleton and James Gandolfini, for instance.

Tina Fey presented the next SAG award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series. The nominees were the casts of the following TV series: Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Homeland, and Downton Abbey. Breaking Bad won the Golden Globe award, and I chose it to be the winner — I said that Breaking Bad would be the winner, and it won –WOO-HOO!

It was the third nomination but just the first win for the cast of Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston spoke for them, with the cast behind him. He said about the cast, jokingly: “I swear I would kill you all over again — I really would!”

Jennifer Lawrence presented the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, The nominees were: Bruce Dern as Woody Grant in Nebraska, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northrup in 12 Years a Slave, Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips in Captain Philips, Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

I predicted that Forest Whitaker would be the winner. Matthew McConaughey won –darn, there goes my winning streak as far as predictions go. I haven’t seen The Dallas Buyers Club, but it sounds like it is a pretty good movie, from what little I’ve heard.

The SAG Awards show came back from another commercial break, with just two more awards left to be presented. Robert DeNiro presented the first SAG award, for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. The nominees were: Cate Blanchett as Jasmine in Blue Violet, Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone in Gravity, Dame Judi Dench as Philomena Lee in Philomena, Meryl Streep as Violet Weston in August: Orange County, and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks.

Cate Blanchett won the Golden Globe Award — I said that she would also win this one. She did win the award — it was her first SAG win in this category. Her win marked my third correct prediction of the evening.

Ben Affleck presented the last SAG award, for Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture — 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, August: Osage County, and one I didn’t see nominated for a People’s Choice nor a Golden Globe Award — Lee Daniels’ The Butler. I predicted that the winner would be: 12 Years a Slave. The SAG went to the cast of American Hustle! It’s a great movie, but I thought that 12 Years a Slave was a shoe-in for this award.

That was the final SAG award presented. The show ran over about 9 minutes, then the show ran again. I thought that the SAG awards were presented in a fairly flowing fashion, without any huge production numbers or comedy bits or other fillers. Though most of my predictions were incorrect, I at least managed to get a total of three correct. I hope and trust that your amount of predictions was higher than mine. If they were, please leave a comment below — or tell me what you thought of the show, or both!

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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