Well that was an interesting night! I went 8 for 13 (which isn’t that bad), the sound guy and clips supervisor will probably be fired, and we learned the crazy apple doesn’t fall far from the insane tree (Carrie Fisher/Debbie Reynolds). I kind of love when my predictions are wrong because the night is way more fun when it’s full of surprises. Well, at least the TV categories were a ton of fun.
What I like about the SAGs, aside from how quickly they move and how fast it gets to the award-giving, is that they make their non-award-giving time worthwhile. During tonight’s production flawed broadcast, the clips montage of the history films dealing with social issues was a highlight. During a night of trivial, narcissistic award giving (don’t forget: I love this stuff so much), we were reminded why we make art. It demonstrated the significance of actors being vessels to instill change, discuss idea, bring attention to rights, and educate the masses. All of this through nostalgic film clips that we know and love. These types of things should be shown at Oscars instead of modern dance pieces to film scores that lack poignancy and elongate an already bloated running time.
On that note, the two hour SAG awards went by in a flash (minus the absolutely wacky Debbie Reynolds tribute). Overall the surprises kept it engaging early on in the TV categories and the film awards allowed us to really foresee what the Oscars may bring in February. Below are the winners and my specific thoughts.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Birdman
I’m probably wrong, but I still think ‘Boyhood’ has an Oscar shot, but after winning this and the PGA, ‘Birdman’ winning Best Picture is probably a done deal.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Lead Role – Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Redmayne now has a Golden Globe and a SAG for this role. Keaton is still in the Oscar race, but it’s going to be tough to blow past Redmayne’s true story disabled British genius in a period piece performance.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role – Julianne Moore – Still Alice
An Oscar lock. Lovely speech.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role – JK Simmons – Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Downton Abbey
Called it! How cute is everybody!?
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Orange is the New Black
Not only did they deserve it, ‘Orange’ dethroned ‘Modern Family’. When Uzo won and Burrell lost, ‘Orange’ had the wide open opportunity to take the statue. So happy they won. Moving into the
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
I get so giddy when he wins, even though I really don’t enjoy the show. I’m actually surprised that McConaughey didn’t win one big award for his ‘True Detective’ role during awards season. Then again, he won the Best Actor Oscar for it–I mean ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series – Viola Davis – How To Get Away with Murder
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series – William H Macy – Shameless
I have to say, this one was a total surprise. Nice to see ‘Shameless’ get some love. It’s funny that this show switched from the drama to comedy category (like ‘Orange’) and the first award it wins is for it’s most dramatic season. Awards Season is funny like that.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
As the first award of the night, this set the mood for a few nice surprises here and there. I’m thrilled that Uzo won. She’s excellent on the show, but I still question her inclusion in this category based on quite a few factors. Regardless, she and the show got some deserved love and her genuine surprise was incredible to watch.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries – Mark Ruffalo – The Normal Heart
Let’s just say I was just as surprised as Billy Bob Thornton.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries – Frances Mcdormand – Olive Kitteridge
Winner, winner, chicken dinner. She wasn’t going to lose this award.
Now, my friends, ONTO THE OSCARS!!!!!
Keep on Watchin’!