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Wednesday
Nov202013

SAG to Assemble Ensemble Nominees Now

Glenn here with news that Screen Actor's Guild voting forms have been shipped out in the post. As my tongue-twister of a title suggests, a select number (2,200 to be exact) of SAG members will be given the arduous task of deciding whether This is the End has an ensemble on the same playing field as 12 Years a Slave (I say yes!), if middling films with sprawling big-name casts like The Butler should be up there (I say no, but since when has that stopped them?) and which of the best actor favourites is going to pluck this year's unlucky short straw. There are so many contenders that somebody has to, right?

SAG are unique in that the people chosen to select the nominees changes each year amongst its hefty membership (now even bigger thanks to a merger with AFTRA, or is my lack of knowledge on the subject getting me into a mess?) That means whoever voted for that incredible roster of ensemble nominees in 2007 didn't necessarily vote for Nicole Kidman in The Paperboy, but we thank them for both nonetheless. It also means that sometimes curveballs are thrown that can signpost Oscar surprises waiting in the wings (Demian Bichir for A Better Life, anyone?) or can send prognosticators on a wild goose chase (Cloris Leachman in Spanglish?).

Last week Amir looked at SAG's ensemble category so there's no need to dip back into that well, but what are we thinking could surprise in the acting categories? Is there a Hilary Swank in Conviction waiting to win their lone citation of the season? Is there a Jacki Weaver who has two Oscar nominations to her credit and yet can't seem to get herself a solo SAG nomination? I'm personally wondering whether the older-skewing Best Actress category may make voters throw a bone to a popular young actor such as Brie Larson (Short Term 12) or if Matthew McConaughey can snag a double nomination with Dallas Buyer's Club in Best Actor and Mud in Best Supporting Actor. Lest we forget that Mud was the first screener sent to voters and that helps! 

What are you hunches or sneaking suspicions?
Speak up in the comments or make your FYCs.

The SAG Award Nominations will be announced on Wednesday, December 11th by TV stars Clark Gregg and Sasha Alexander

Tuesday
Nov122013

A Look Ahead at the SAG Award for Best Cast

It’s Amir here. Nathaniel and I have both previously shared our frustration about the way this prize is handled. Theoretically, this should be one of the best awards of the season. Imagine celebrating directors who can bring together an ensemble of actors with exciting chemistry, films that develop several characters in equal measure, and actors who find their footing by playing against other members of the cast. As previously stated, the award should be more about a collective achievement than multiple individual ones. Sadly, that’s not how it works in the real world.

Slumdog Millionaire's win remains baffling to this day.

 

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Monday
Jul222013

Rita! Rita! Rita!

Rita made the cover of "Life" in 1954 Congratulations to "Anita" herself, Rita Moreno. The EGOT winner, West Side Story MVP, and showbiz legend will be honored with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award this coming January at the SAG Awards Ceremony live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Unlike the Academy Awards (for shame) the Screen Actors Guild still understands the importance of honoring the giants of showbiz history each year on their broadcast, bless them.

Rita was the third actor to win the coveted "Triple Crown" (Tony, Emmy, Oscar) and coincidentally also the third performer to manage an "EGOT" (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony). What's most impressive about both achievements is that the awards were spread out over two decades and came for entirely different things (it's possible, after all, to win Grammys and Oscars for the same film and theoretically possible to win Emmys for performing on a Tony Awards show ;). This indicates true staying power and a lovely capacity to evolve. And, in Rita's case, she did this in an industry that was notoriously difficult for actresses of color to navigate. It still is to some degree but less so thanks to people like Rita. 

The Puerto Rican triple threat first made waves via movie musicals -- Singin' in the Rain (1952), The King and I (1954), West Side Story (1961, Oscar) -- but maintained her fame through work on stage (The Ritz won her the Tony in '75), and television in such memorable shows as The Muppet Show (Emmy),  Electric Company (Grammy), HBO's Oz and so on and so on. Children's Television, Immortal Musicals, and Racy Maximum-Security Drama; that's some range! And she's still working. She recently wrapped filming on a little movie called Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks which co-stars other wonderful older actresses like Gena Rowlands and Jacki Weaver. 

Now about the award... while my personal preference is to give lifetime achievement and honorary prizes to people who haven't logged a lot of hours holding golden statues up in triumph, we all know this is not how Hollywood works. They love a winner so you have a lot better shot getting a lifetime achievement for your career if you've already won prizes for that career over the years and don't need the lifetime honor for anyone to remember you. In this case we don't mind so much since Rita is a truly special figure and breakthrough in Hollywood history. Bring this on.

Rita celebrating WSS's 50th anniversary a couple of years back

Anita's gonna get her kicks,  SAG Nii-iiii-iiiight ♩ She'll have a private little mix, SAG Nii-iiii-iiight

Tell us how much you love Rita in the comments. You know you do. 

Wednesday
Jan302013

SAG Carpet Pt 2: Classic Penguin & Effortless Amanda

previously on SAG Red Carpet, Kurt and I discussed the huggability of Sally Field and which Best Actress we preferred. Now we're on to other more varied cloth.

NATHANIEL:We move on now to Screen Actor Beauty Guild members who were not nominated -- I amend! Not nominated in categories I tend to obsess over. That's an important distinction. To some degree I find myself surprised with TV awards. It's not that I don't know who is nominated, just that I don't commit it to memory and on awards night I'm like "ohmygod Michelle Dockery!". I love so much as "Lady Mary" on Downton Abbey and I'm happy she emerged a winner (for Ensemble) but this dress was already a big win, modern and sexy enough to pull her away from that massive PBS estate in casting director's imaginations I hope. And speaking of winners, I'm as happy as anyone that Julianne Moore is finally struggling to climb steps in tight gowns in order to give acceptance speeches. That's been a long time coming. And I'm especially glad that she chose this dress at this moment. Juli has always been delicious in deep plunge necklines and at 52 years young, she's still definitely got it. She kept it tight.

 

KURT: What a terrific lineup! I'm mad for Michelle Dockery, and Lady Mary Crawley may just be my favorite female TV character since Carmela Soprano. I hear her icy-perfect British voice in my head all the time now. It's like my new conscience: "Oh, Sir Kurtis, don't be absuuurd!" This is the first time I'm seeing her SAG frock in its entirety, and I must say, I'm a little alarmed by that much boobage from the aristocracy. But I do like it, and you're spot-on regarding the message it sends--she certainly doesn't want to get pidgeonholed in Corsetville. 

To be honest, I've thought of you often this season as Julianne has repeatedly climbed the stage steps to collect her metal. I know we share the long-delayed thrill of seeing her so honored, even if it's for the circus-act dreck that is Game Change (each time, I just pretend it's for something else: Far From Heaven! Safe! Assassins!). I'm not really feeling this dress, nor do I usually admire her awards-show outfits, but I certainly agree about the neckline, and holy moly, that age defiance. Moreover, I think she falls just second to Naomi Watts in the sideswept hair department. 

I'm not quite sure what's going on with Melanie Lynskey (nor can I pinpoint what she was doing at the SAGs). I know she's close to TFE's heart, and we all adore her, but this green getup, while flattering at the waist, isn't quite doing the trick. The girls look trapped and even she seems anxious to remove it with that not-so-comfortable smirk. My gold medal here goes to Amanda Seyfried, who looks regal, and whose talent I believe in without reservation. Lovelace may not be the vehicle to bump her into a higher league, but I trust she'll get there. I even find her compelling in garbage like Gone, and if I were a young, female, Best Ensemble nominee, this is what I'd wear.

NATHANIEL: Every time I begin to doubt Amanda's talent -- it's hard not to because it seems she chooses projects with several shot glasses and a dartboard -- I think back onMean Girls or Big Love and all is forgiven. It's too bad she didn't play Eponine because that Les Mean Girls tumblr could have had a field day with all the 'my breasts know when it's raining' absurdist comedy. As a celebrity she somehow manages to exudes both total confidence and 'where am I?' nonchalance like fame is a natural fit but she's forgotten to make a fuss of it.

I actually really like Melanie's dress -- great color on her but I mostly included her in the lineup because I am always surprised/ delighted to see her and if you look back through the history of the red carpet lineups, i like to throw in curveball choices that other blogs aren't featuring in their same old same old stargazing. As for Juli in Assassins! LOL. I'm sure that sentence had readers doing a double take which is good since reading comprehension in the days of blogs and twitters - yeesh. But speaking of assassinations, figurative mind you!, here's my votes for people who killed the red carpet (it hides stains well)... not in the good way..

I don't understand what is happening with these massive unflattering front pieces like silk bibs that Sigweavie and Rose Byrne are wearing. I don't understand why the usually perfect looking Frieda looks so frumpy in such a loud color and with January Jones' paired with Nicole Kidman's hair from the previous lineup, maybe David Bowie was the unofficial spirit animal of the SAG nominees this year.

KURT: basically always hate January Jones's looks. She seems to believe that she moonlights as an edgy, avant-garde model, yet she always misses the mark. At least this one is uncharacteristically undersexed, unlike that one outfit a while back that was very Fifth Element. Rose Byrne is giving you real fish--sailfish, that is. And those fins are swallowing her, poor thing. I saw her in the flesh once at Bryant Park, and she certainly didn't look so...engulfed. I do like the pseudo-finger-weave coif, though. 

I was thrilled to see Sigweavie in attendance, as she is, if I'm not mistaken, a frequent no-show, but I'm not getting this slimmed-down homage to Missy Elliot's "I Can't Stand the Rain." She's in pretty good shape for her age, and needn't hide it behind a virtual breastplate of cheap-looking fabric. I like my Sigourney when she's working with what she's got, whether that's barely clothed in a Gigerian escape pod, or playing sexiness one-ups with daughter J. Love-Hewitt in Heartbreakers (remember the line when she insisted to Jennifer's character that she was as tight and toned as ever? "Feel my butt!" Love.).

And, yes, Freida looks afright. I generally believe that she is one of the most good-looking women on the planet, and she usually turns it out on the red carpet, but this oddballs. One might make an argument for Weaver covering up, but what on Earth does Frida Pinto have to hide? Beneath a neon smock, no less? She's my worst offender in this lineup, and needs that thing torn off of her. Where are Anastasia and Drizella when you need them?

NATHANIEL: i can always trust you to put me in a good mood by coming from a Ripley-Loving place.

Finally, I thought we'd sign off with some men since they never get their fashion due but I think there was slightly more going on than usual men's fashion wise at the SAG awards. This lineup is weirdly symmetrical and I'll tell you why: all of these men are over 6' tall? Aren't male movie stars supposed to be short?

Hugh Jackman and Daniel Day-Lewis went classic but they should since they're both true movie stars -- albeit in diametrically opposed ways. Bradley Cooper went blue (I wish he would chop off the hair but I guess he can't mess with The Hangover paychecks). Justin Timberlake went very slim tight in multiple patterned grays.I would never be brave enough to wear something like that but it looks great on him (though this isn't the most flattering photo). My choice for best dressed is totally 100% I'd-love-to-wear-what-he's-wearing is Eddie Redmayne. It's SO perfect for his coloring.

KURT: Yes, I've been very pleased with Eddie Redmayne's maturation on all fronts, and good style is certainly among them. I think he's one of the most appealing untraditionally-handsome male stars to come along in some time. And I agree, he gets best-dressed here by a mile. Not to imply any femininity whatsoever, but he takes after SJP--clothes just look good on him. I'd often say the same about JT, and this look is fine, but rather predictable. Very Timberlake-y. His best move next time would probably be to subvert his own hipness by going more traditional. 

Bradley Cooper makes me yawn in general, and here we are again. I suppose there's nothing wrong with a blue suit and a bowtie, but this just reads prom-ish to me, and while I don't begrudge Bradley any of his success, I just find him to be such an unremarkable entertainer overall. In Silver Linings Playbook, there was simply more volume and flailing about. I won't comment on the hair, as the "Hangover paycheck" point is a good one. Agreed completely on the apt simplicity of all-stars Jackman and Day-Lewis. The transcendant ones needn't get flashy with the rabble. I'm always taken aback by how dashingly handsome Hugh is, and, no offense to the other gentleman, that kind of magnetism tends to make accessories irrelevant. I suppose the big race really is down to these two gents. Will they dial it down and penguin it up again on Oscar night?

NATHANIEL: If they penguin it up, Jackman wins. He already played one. And a singing penguin no less. Not that Daniel Day-Lewis wouldn't be convincing as a penguin if he put his mind and method to it.

Readers, who was your best dressed penguin at SAG?
Could you pull off Justin Timberlake's suit and tie shit?
Do you hear Lady Mary's voice in your head?
Do you think Amanda Seyfried won the gown wars?

 

Tuesday
Jan292013

SAG Carpet Pt 1: Silhouettes and Character Arcs

Red Carpet Line-Up Returns. I don't know if you've missed it but I have. This two-part SAG edition is less quickfire chat and more epistolary but we haven't talked to Kurt Osenlund in way too long since he flew the coop for The House Next Door. 

NATHANIEL: Kurt  I miss you. You have moved to the far off land of Brooklyn and we never see each other. And yet, when I watch the Best Actresses walking the red carpet I know you're out there somewhere gazing at the same visions. So a few questions to kick things off about the Screen Actors Fashionista Guild.

Which of the Best Actresses did it for you? And was this in line with what you think of their performances or the inverse of that? Character arcs aren't cut from runway cloth but sometimes I think people judge the gowns based on how much they're currently loving the woman inside.

"Impossible" Naomi, Dress-Lining Jennifer, "Mama" Jessica, Marion Cotillard

 

 

Anyway, tell me your "best", both performance wise and clothing wise. (Don't cheat and say Helen Mirren since she didn't show. Or the cameras just didn't bother searching for her because 'getouttahereHitchcock'!). [More plus Supporting Actresses after the jump]

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Sunday
Jan272013

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]

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Sunday
Jan272013

Silver Live-Blogging SAG Playbook (Arrivals)

6:22 Shall we begin?

6: 27 In this year of Past Favorites as Current Favorites -- so many previous statue-hoarding players in the mix -- I think it's wothing noting a bit of SAG history. Two of this year's Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Feature Film SAG Nominees were nominated at the very first SAG Awards for 1994: Helen Hunt won in the TV categories for Mad About You and Sally Field was up for Forrest Gump despite getting the ol' heave ho from Oscar voters who were otherwise totally GUMP HAPPENS! Except Mama Gump -- she don't happen!

6:44 Glee is STILL getting nominated? Mark Salling is addressing some sort of scandal/gossip that I am blissfully unaware of and shoos it away saying "I have a relationship with Jesus Christ"... Usually saying you have a relationship with a dude is not the way to stop gossip.

6:47 Lady Mary of Downton Abbey is showing major side boob and I am loving it.

6:56 I'm going to drink everytime someone claims they're tight with Jesus. #DrinkingGames #HolySpirits

 

 

 

7:00 Jessica Chastain is working a little side part, didn't want to go "too diva", doesn't know where to hide her jewelry, doesn't bother to hide her boobs.

MORE including Amanda Seyfried, Living Cartoon, after the jump

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