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Silver Live-Blogging SAG Playbook (The Show!)

Previously: THE ARRIVALS

8:00 The announcer just said Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain is "Zero Dark Flirty". Regret to inform that his was not even the worst pun of the intro. This was not even in the bottom ten of worst puns. Yikes. "Argo Seat Yourself"??? (And you don't even want to know how much television pays writers for this sort of thing. Can I apply?)

8:02 I Am An Actor from Jane Krakowski, Chris Tucker, Helen Hunt, Hal Holbrook, Sofia Vergara. Followed by Nicole Kidman with some hot razor cut flat iron hair to announce... 

8:06 SUPPORTING ACTOR. I predicted Tommy Lee Jones because of the huge audience response he gets in Lincoln. But perhaps I'm too stuck back in November and the TLJ hoopla has ended. The award goes to... oh, wow. Tommy Lee Jones. Who is not there. His absence does him no favors in a possibly very tight Oscar race.

8:08 Bradley Cooper, whose hair is unusually light brown fluffy. (I'm reminded of Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie ...as both Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels) and Jennifer Lawrence introduce their own movie. They use a clip of the "silver lining" monologue over images of the cast. 

8:10 SUPPORTING ACTRESS. Justin Timberlake arrives in his 'suit and tie shit, suit and tie shit ♫' (plaid pattern potpourri but quite fetching)... and tries to do a little dance to the piped in canned show music [more after the jump]

BFFs Naomi & NicI predicted Anne Hathaway. Nicole Kidman's clip is fun but super brief and Naomi Watts woots beside her supportively.

And the "Best Supporting Friend of an Actress Who is Also An Actress!" Goes to Naomi Watts who is nominated for The Impossible. Unexpectly Naomi Watts totally emerges as Queen of Reaction Shots for tonight's event, the camera regular returning to her.

Love this gif tweets from last night from Dave Itzkoff 

Here's what Naomi Watts thinks of *your* SAG Awards win."

Anne wins. Nice shout out to the usual people and then The Dark Knight Rises cast? Nice throughline there about taking what you learned from one job into each of the next ones. 

8:12 A commercial for Quartet. The Boyfriend laughs "I love that the selling line of that movie is [Throws arms out in pointing gesture] 'MAGGIE SMITH...!' Well, can you blame them? How else to sell it.

8:20 ACTOR IN COMEDY SERIES. Kerry Washington and Jeff Daniels are here to thank the Armed Forces around the world before announcing. And then Alec Baldwin wins his 8th statue! SAG don't believe in spreading no wealth. Everyone in the audience toasts to 30 Rock finally being over so that someone else can win this prize.

8:28 ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES, announced by Julianne Moore and Damian Lewis (ginger power), give the award to a brunette Tina Fey who seems genuinely shaken and appreciative. To Amy Poehler:

My sweet friend Amy, I've known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham."


8:30 ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES. Are there 10 nominees? This clip reel is lasting forever and is strangely unfunny despite a lot of funny shows in the mix. MODERN FAMILY wins a third time. This show has been spectularly boring to live blog about - I apologize!. All the same winners as usual. Nobody who loves TV seems to be fickle in the slightest. Why is that? Does the habitual nature of television make us complacent to the ebbs and flows of quality within even our most darling darlings? If you don't win one of these prizes in your first season you almost never do. But if you win at the beginning you can keep on winning each year. 

8:41 ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE presented by Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, goes to Julianne Moore for "Game Change". 

The omnisicent TV god narrator remind us that she's been nominated ten times but this is her first win. It's true. Sometimes all it takes is biopic mimicry. (sigh). Not that she wasn't brilliant in the role

8:45 ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE presented by James Marsden and Rose Byrne wearing something that I cannot possibly describe but which is not awesome. She looks terrified. For Clive Owen's Hemingway & Gelhorn clip they chose a shirt tearing moment where he points to his man fur "this is what a man looks like" Well, don't stop there, Clive. Show don't tell! Kevin Costner wins and is not there. Bradley Cooper looks super bored in a reaction shot. Is it because they have to wait until the end of the show for Silver Linings love or are the drinks not as copious as at the Globes?

8:47 SAG-AFTRA MOMENT. They united two unions. They celebrate.

8:55 Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway come to the stage to show the Les Miz clip (basically the first trailer) while joking about Gladiator chasing Wolverine who adopts Catwoman's child who grows up to star in Mamma Mia! Even corporate Hollywood has adopted the interwebs movie mashup snark ways.

9:00 DICK VAN DYKE TRIBUTE. I am a huge Mary Popppins Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fan so I approve. Here's Naomi and Nicole watching him. Nicole smiled right after this at something he said but I missed it with my phone, so she looks very very serious.


9:15 OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR DRAMA SERIES. The birth mother of Lena Dunham and David Burtka's husband introduce these clips with a series of nonsensical words said dramatically. Bryan Cranston wins his first "actor" for Breaking Bad which is weird because SAG usually names the same winners as Emmy. 

9:22 OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN DRAMA SERIES. Can I just say that I think Michelle Dockery is OUTSTANDING on Downton Abbey. I don't think she gets enough credit. There's a lot just under the surface of all that glacial poshness. And the actor goes to... Claire Danes.

Every time Julianna Marguiles loses anything I look at her husband and think "she won!"

9:27 Jessica Chastain is appropriately sober for In Memoriam. So sad. CELESTE HOLM. God, what an actor she was. Other people that grabbed by attention: Charles Durning doing a little sidestep, Susan Tyrell (looking a little Burstyn-esque in her clip...what movie is that?), Nicol Williamson in an Excalibur clip (*sniffle*), Andy Griffith, Lupe Ontiveros, Larry Hagman. Chased with a commercial for the new season of DALLAS with Larry Hagman. Ummm... awkward.

9:33 These commercials for Silver Linings Playbook make it look like such a better movie than it is. Well done, marketing brainwashers. 

9:35 Sigourney Weaver and Alfred Molina introduce BEST ENSEMBLE DRAMA SERIES which goes to... "shut the French doors",  DOWNTON ABBEY.

I'm guessing Ben Affleck doesn't watch Downton Abbey

I don't think Ben Affleck knows who they are... just that they're swinging by his chair.

The help on Downton Abbey cleans up nice. They are genuinely shocked to win in the country of Homeland and there are only like five of them that crossed the ocean for the event.

9:40 Cute putting on glasses intro with Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis to introduce Lincoln's clip. Mrs and Mrs Abraham Mary Todd Lincoln. Such an unlikely actorly pair but a good one.

9:41 Robert DeNiro introduces BEST ACTRESS. Jennifer Lawrence wins.

Has a lot of trouble with her dress catching on things -- it actually looks like it comes apart at one point, what the what? -- but the acceptance speech is beautiful. She repositions Silver Linings Playbook as some noble effort towards understanding mental illness. (Savvy if it a bit disingenuous, that shell game). Jessica Chastain seems to take it in stride and Lawrence correctly points out that that movie wouldn't be the same without Bradley Cooper. He really is best in show. 

Kris Tapley tweeted this:



And trust that I'd love to believe that Emmanuelle Riva was the one taking home the gold on Oscar night. But I think SAG will prove prophetic here. There's nothing Oscar loves more than a Princess story as actresses go. 

9:51 "Ladies and gentleman, VIOLA DAVIS". Remember that awesome awesome awesome speech she gave when she won last year? Good times. She's presenting BEST ACTOR. Spoiler Alert on Denzel Washington's Flight clip! The Actor goes to... DANIEL DAY-LEWIS. Brief Mandatory Standing Ovation since he's DDL. 

9:55 DDL's speech name checks Joaquin Phoenix, Liam Neeson and Leonardo DiCaprio though I'm not sure I follow why all three of them are named. He's vague about the latter two but Phoenix is only a shoutout since he wasn't nominated (and should have been). There's a fun -is it okay to call it that?- twist to the speech in which he remembers that an actor killed Lincoln and then points out that other actors periodically try to bring him back to life. I think he ought to have saved that for the Oscar speech.

9:58 Jude Law (who was excellent in the non-nominated Anna Karenina) gets the honor of announcing OUTSTANDING CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE. Lincoln has one two prizes, Les Miz one, Silver Linings Playbook one but I predicted Silver Linings. But it's the cast of Argo that wins. There's your Oscar for Best Picture. No stopping it now. Ben Affleck accepts but honestly, I think it should have been one of the supporting players since choosing which cast member speaks is always a fun tradition and audience surprise when it comes to the Best Ensemble. 

I can't believe i'm standing in the place where Daniel Day-Lewis won. Maybe I'll be a better actor just from the radiation."

Affleck shouts out to the Farsi speaking cast members though you'll notice that none of them are on stage (Update: Maybe Sheila Vand is there, Nick points out in the comments though she won't receive a statue for her work). They weren't nominated due to SAG's entirely problematic best ensemble cast rules that I'm always bitching about. I'll bitch about it as a mostly lone soldier till other journalists and bloggers take up the war to recognize supporting players and not just stars who have good enough agents to get them solo title cards. 

10:01 Good night! Now it's time to catch up on the Outstanding Cast of Downton Abbey. Their latest episode was airing concurrently to this show.


  • Are you pleased with the winner's results?
  • Who do you think should have given the Argo speech?
  • Will all four acting winners (Daniel, Jennifer, Anne, and Tommy) advance on to Oscar? I think so but perhaps you feel differently? 


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Reader Comments (111)

Yo when did Helen Hunt play a cuckoo clock?

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

That was a really good clip they used for ensemble for Silver Linings ... it made the movie look much better than it is.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Supporting Actor looks like such a grab bag. I always thought DeNiro had it but who knows?

Kidman for best dressed. No one is coming close.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

is there a live stream anywhere? I'm in Montreal and NO CHANNEL is carrying it - UGH

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterG.ShaQ

Aww, Naomi so excited for Nicole was cute.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertee

Whoa. What the hell was Kidman's Paperboy clip? That couldn't be the only usable one.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

LOL at Nicole's clip and how they all thought it was funny. And Naomi's "Whoo" Do I have to keep watching these now? Oh, yeah...J-Law

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Nicole Kidman had the fastest clip ever.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Nicole Kidman. Best Dressed. That is all.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTom

They better choose a new clip for Hathaway in the Oscars. Otherwise, Supporting Actress will be a big deja vu.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJones

can't they just skip to best actress in a movie?

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

What happened to Rose Byrne?

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

sad man -- she looked miserable right?

tom - one of at least. Can't wait to do the fashion roundup if i can find time and if I can handle staring at all those best black dresses.

January 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Royal Tenenbaums deja-vu with this Lifetime Achievement Award!!

Ah, Alec Baldwin can narrate the hell out of everything!

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

I would rather see SAG shows clip Kidman peeing on Efron for a longer time!

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterlucy

I hate that they always read the name so fast, as if it didn't matter. A little suspense, guys!

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

I think awards shows are the only time Claire Danes can get drunk, so she does...

Ladies and gentlement, Jessica Chas....Tain.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

More ceremonies should do the same with the in memoriam segment: Just music and no audience sound until the end so is not a morbid popularity contest

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChecko

Way to give a shout out to Dockery. I'm just always pleasantly shocked she's actually getting nominated for things. I thought she would be completely overlooked for her brilliant but subtle work.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

I have to congratulate Jon Hamm, I really have. It must be so hard for him to appear in all these shows, Golden Globes, Emmys, SAGs and always losing ever so gracefully.

WHEN will Don Draper get his due? (I'm willing to bet: never).

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

The Susan Tyrell clip was from John Huston's "Fat City", her only Oscar nomination.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterN8

mrs. hughes, so cute.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

susan tyrell - fat city

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpar3182

Jorge - Hendricks not getting noms or awards for last season (which was arguably her best) hurts me more than Hamm. Hamm just has the misfortune of being nominated alongside Cranston and Lewis who are getting all the raves these days. I'm sure he'll get one before Mad Men ends in a few years though.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

Marion and naomi looked suprisingly happy to see Lawrence win!! Frontrunner for the oscar now, for better or worse.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBroooooke

I'm happy for Jennifer but the fact that Nicole and Naomi are becoming "Woo!" girls for each other is just golden. I'm hoping she carries Nicole as her date to the Oscars.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

SAG has officially let me down. Fuckers.

I can't do the whole my horse in the Best Actress race losing again.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

surprised at the lawrence win.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

Sorry guys, but I'm so happy Jennifer won. I truly love that performance and movie. What was going on with her dress, though?

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

My reaction to the SAG actress in a leading role result:


January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJones

Guess that's the end for Chastain.

But never fear, #teamRIVA is a-coming. Will the BAFTAs come rescuing this race? (look I love J-Law but I can't deal with the fact she'll win a Lead Oscar at age 22 for a performance that's so beneath her talent).

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

Broooke - I think Marion ALWAYS looks happy. She's always gushing over other people.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck

Derreck - Actually, I think Hendricks has a better chance to win one than Hamm. Cranston will get 2 more Emmys this year and the next and then it's Hamm's last season. And I can't see him getting a performance that will outshine the Damian Lewis and Michael C. Halls of this life. And... Matthew Rhys and Kevin Spacey are coming.

Hendricks, on the other hand, only has to overcome Maggie Smith. And people the Emmys WILL get tired of her shtick.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

sad man - today you're a happy men. but I'm not mad at her winning, just thought chastain would take it. having not seem any of the performances, I thought chastan had the advantage of having the bigger role and being the superior actress in general.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo


January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

I saw SLP at MoMA in November, and Russell talked a lot about his own struggles with mental health issues, and De Niro's, and both of their difficult relationships with their sons, and how all of that inspired and informed the movie. I think it's completely genuine, successful or no. (Of course, I do love the movie, so...)

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

OMG - 'Argo' is SO winning Best Picture, isn't it?!

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

Ugh, argo...Argo fuck yourself Argo. :p Solid movie, but so undeserving of any award.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

jennifer garner has given up on her career? why not ask her husband to direct her to success?

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

I can't speak on why DDL mentioned Dicaprio but in the case of Liam Neeson, he was originally supposed to play Lincoln but the production got pushed back and Neeson stepped down. However, it could just be that DDL remained great friends with Neeson and Dicaprio after GONY.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Armour

She's said in the past she doesn't want to work with him professionally.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean C.

I think if Emmanuelle gets the BAFTA, she has a great spoiler chance at the Oscars.

But damn, that was a really disappointing show.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

I don't know how much statistics really matter, but more often than not, the SAG and Oscar winners in the acting categories end up matching 3/4. So if we assume Day-Lewis and Hathaway are locks, does that leave Tommy Lee Jones or Jennifer Lawrence to lose at the Oscars? Based on buzz and precursor success, I'd say Jones is more likely to lose the Oscar, but I genuinely don't know which of the other nominees would win if that happened. So I'm REALLY hoping the BAFTA's go there and select Emmanuelle Riva for Best Actress. Then we'll have a race.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEdwin

Fat city

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJavier

I think DDL mentioned Leo D. because supposedly it was Leo who finally got DDL to seriously talk to Spielberg about doing Lincoln. DDL kept saying no until Leo intervened. I think I remember reading that somewhere in a Spielberg interview.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert A.

Actually, it looked as though Sheila Vand was up there on stage with the other members of the <I>Argo cast who were present - I don't get the sense in these moments that anyone in the audience at SAG stands on point with who is or isn't technically on the nominee ballot, and they bum-rush the stage as the families they've become. Pending who's available to be there, etc.

Re: your personal cause célèbres, try to take collective comfort that few of us are ever really "lone wolves" about any of this stuff, even when espousing minority or unpopular or under-attended positions. Other people share your annoyance about these SAG rules and write about it - for example, our own Joe Reid made it the intro to his SAG preview tonight at Film.com.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

Seriously SAG? This is all you got? A Ben Affleck (the star of Gigli and Jersey Girl and the one who goes to bed next to Jennifer Garner) pity vote? Puh-lease. This season is getting boring pretty fast.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenton

I read that DiCaprio served as the liaison between Day Lewis and Spielberg after DDL passed on Lincoln the first time. DiCaprio convinced him to give it a second look.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrendan

Agree about Michelle Dockery...with Maggie Smith, she really makes the show. So happy the cast won!!

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Nicole Kidman looks like David Bowie in Labyrinth with flat-ironed red hair. Naturally, she looks amazing.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSo Sue

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