Hello my fellow award watching lovelies!!! It is time for the SAG Awards! It should be good, as it is all actors, all the time, and the incredible Megan Mullally is host. Alan Alda is getting one of those Lifetime achievement things. I STILL watch MASH when I find it on. Timeless talent.
Programming note: As far as I can tell, red carpet coverage starts 2 or 3 hours before but it is all streaming. Shockingly, nothing on E! The SAG Award website, the People magazine website, and the EW (Entertainment Weekly) website have all been mentioned. I’ll probably be checking out EW if any, because I like their shows on Sirius Radio. They are apt to talk about the actual acting work. ALSO, my TV guide may be messed up, but it looks like it might not be aired live on TBS? Again, I could be wrong, but the show ALWAYS airs on TNT and TBS, so if you tune in at start time (5 PM Pacific, 8 PM Eastern) on TBS, switch to TNT quickly if it isn’t on.
Have you been tracking the award season? It is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Controversies, clichees,’firsts’, and triumphs abound! The Oscars are the Super Bowl, and the nominees have finally been announced, with some hits and misses. I mention them because the SAG Awards are the first ones since the nominations, and they might be a clue to what will win on that golden night.
First though, television. Honestly, if you are into diversity and the richness in storytelling that it brings us, television is where it is at. But CLEARLY not main network TV. The only network actor nominated tonight is Sterling K. Brown, from NBC’s This Is Us. ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, and FOX should be fucking scared and step up their game. Honestly, it also makes it difficult for those of us on a budget, who can’t necessarily afford to subscribe to these premium channels or all of the streaming content providers. (I only do Netflix and Amazon, so some of these shows I’ve never heard of) I haven’t even seen any of the dramas. So meh.
Having said that, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’ll be watching the Female Actor in a Comedy category quite closely. I’ve never seen Glow (if you have, do you recommend it). But I’ve ALWAYS loved Grace and Frankie, and over the holidays I discovered The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and fell in love. Rachel Brosnahan usually gets all the attention, but I’m really rooting for Alex Borstein. She won the Emmy for best supporting, and get this – she got a divorce two years ago, and she WORE HER WEDDING DRESS to the ceremony. She wanted to put a positive memory on it! She’s fantastic as Susie, Mrs. Maisel’s budding agent.
Also one I’ll focus on is the Best Actor in a Comedy. Kominsky Method is also a recent marathon of mine, and I can’t wait for season 2. But Tony Shaloub is freaking awesome in Mrs. Maisel, and he hasn’t gotten enough love for that. But if Henry Winkler beats them all, as a kid who grew up on Happy Days, I’ll be cheering (and probably crying… Henry is such a mensch and I love him to pieces).
On to the movies! Now if you, like me, caught the Critic’s Choice Award you know that there were two ties in the female actor categories. Patricia Arquette and Amy Adam tied in their TV category. Fine. But the most delightful moment for me was the tie in Best Actress in a movie. The Incredible Glenn Close won first. I stan for Glenn now, even though I haven’t seen The Wife yet. She got up there and talked about how she was so glad there was a tie, because “they” tend to pit women against each other. (and seriously, when have you ever read an article where the tone was pitting the best actors against each other? It is always the women they are looking to have a cat fight). She was so excited, she asked to stay on stage when they announced the second person. It was Lady Gaga and Glenn lost her shit in happiness. Lady Gaga nearly started crying talking about winning with Glenn. So much for the head to head competition. Turns out that Glenn is buddies with Gaga’s mom! The others in their SAG category are equally deserving and should give us great speeches and moments.
As for best ensemble, I’m SO grateful that Green Book isn’t nominated. Read up on some of the controversy. I’m not boycotting; I will see it in the theaters in my quest to see all the Oscar nominees. However, I am a little tired of this trope of white guy discovers racism and befriends black guy. The Don Shirley family (the real life person that Mahershala Ali plays is Don Shirley) was so upset they came out publicly against the film. Viggo Mortensen’s character’s son wrote the book in real life, but it was all from the stories his father told him growing up. He never met Mr. Shirley himself. So they went with his account, and considered it accurate, I guess. I know it was bad enough that Mahershala Ali personally called the family and apologized. Green Book did win the recent PGA award for best picture, which historically has been a strong indicator of who would win the BP Oscar. BUT they were wrong with Moonlight and Spotlight, much to my delight. (They gave the nod to La La Land and The Big Short, respectively, those years.) Many critics and analysts are looking to see who wins to see if a different trend will develop.
Of course, Crazy Rich Asians was NOT nominated for Oscar’s Best Picture but was nominated here for best ensemble (their version of Best Pic). In my personal opinion, it is a strong contender. So many were excited by an all Asian cast (as they were excited for an almost all black cast for Black Panther), and Crazy Rich Asians was one of my favorite movies of the year. So adorable, and I can’t wait for the sequel. (Side note: I loved the book too!) It really wasn’t just about the one couple, it was definitely an ensemble piece that flowed well.
I’ve seen all the nominees in this category except for Bohemian Rhapsody. Honestly, from everything I’ve heard it may be by the band and named after it, but the movie, as in life, is all about Freddie. This is how it should be. This means it isn’t really an ensemble flick. Black Panther was – frankly, I was more intrigued by the supporting actors than the Black Panther himself! A Star is Born will always be a tearjerker favorite, and Bradley Cooper really brought an incredible cast together to do some amazing work. But BlackkKlansman isn’t out of the running either. Certainly the focus is on John David Washington as lead, and Adam Driver who was in it nearly as much, but Spike Lee ALWAYS has side characters and actors that are fantastic. There isn’t EVER anything flat in a Spike Lee Joint.
What are you rooting for? Have you seen anything yet? I’ll see you in the comment section!
For your reference, the nominees are:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Emma Stone, Maniac
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal
Anthony Hopkins, King Lear
Bill Pullman, The Sinner
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler, Barry
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
The Kominksy Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Joseph Fiennes, The Handmaid’s Tale
John Krasinski, Jack Reacher
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Julia Garner, Ozark
Laura Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlacKKKlansman
Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams, Vice
Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
Margot Robbie, Mary Queen of Scots
Emma Stone, The Favourite
Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
John David Washington, BlacKKKlansman
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Crazy Rich Asians
A Star is Born