'Inglourious' leads SAG Awards
“Inglourious Basterds,” which was overshadowed by “Avatar” and “The Hurt Locker” at last weekend’s awards shows, regrouped and made its awards season stand at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night.
The revisionist World War II tale, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, earned the top film prize for its acting ensemble at the ceremonies held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.
The film, produced by the Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures, also scooped up an expected supporting actor award for Christoph Waltz.
Otherwise, when it came to the individual film acting prizes, the 120,000-member guild followed the lead of the Critics Choice Awards and the Golden Globes, handing out trophies to Sandra Bullock for “The Blind Side,” Jeff Bridges for “Crazy Heart,” Mo’Nique for “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” and Waltz. All four were also first-time SAG Award winners.
The TV winners were almost a complete repeat of the Golden Globes as well.
Fox's hot new musical comedy “Glee” and AMC's “Mad Men” again took the top series prizes, Julianna Margulies of CBS' “The Good Wife” and Michael C. Hall of Showtime's “Dexter” repeated as best drama actors, Alec Baldwin of NBC's “30 Rock” as best comedy actor, and Drew Barrymore and Kevin Bacon as best actors in a movie or miniseries for their starring turns in HBO's “Grey Gardens” and “Taking Chance,” respectively.
The only difference came in the best actress in a comedy series category where Golden Globe winner Toni Collette of Showtime's “United States of Tara,” who also won the Emmy in September,” lost out to Tina Fey of “30 Rock.”
With only “Basterds” winning two awards, the Weinstein Co. and Universal proved the dominant studio players, with Warner Bros., Fox Searchlight, Lionsgate and Paramount each earning one award.
Leading a triumphant squad of the “Basterds” actors to the stage -- the same group was also cited for acting ensemble awards at the Critics Choice Awards -- Eli Roth paid testament to Tarantino who assembled a wildly eclectic international cast. Addressing his fellow guild members, Roth said, “You’re vote is for a director who, if he feels you are right for a role, he will give it to you.”
With the broadcast, which aired live on TNT and TBS running overtime, best film actor Bridges, scoring another victory for his down-and-out country singer in “Heart,” was told to wrap up his acceptance, but he pressed on, exclaiming, “I love being an actor, pretending to be other people, getting into the shoes of other folks.” Among his thank-yous, he acknowledged his voice coach, who tutored him over the phone.
Bullock, lauded for playing a housewife who goes out of her way to help a homeless teen in “Blind Side,” admitted that six years ago she stopped acting, because “I wasn’t doing good work.”
She related that participating in “Crash,” for which she shared in an ensemble nomination, recharged her. And she thanked director John Lee Hancock “who allowed me to step up to the plate.”
It was also more Mo’Nique as the comedian-turned-dramatic actress scored yet another best supporting actress award for her performance as an abused and abusive mother in “Precious.” She used this trip to the winner’s podium to thank a number of the supporting actors in the movie and to once again hail her director, Lee Daniels, saying, “You never cease to amaze me. God got something on you, brother.”
Continuing his own awards season sweep, Austrian thesp Waltz, who enjoys wordplay in his acceptances, began by intoning, “A stage actor acts on a stage, but a screen actor doesn’t act on the screen. The stage actor just walks on by himself, but the screen actor is put on by a projectionist,” and ended by saying, “I am indebted and grateful to all of you, for this as well, to all of you including the projectionist.”
It took a while for the 19 cast members of high school dramedy “Glee” to take the stage, prompting co-star Jane Lynch to exclaim: “We have also the largest cast.” She later thanked “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy “for giving is the parts of a lifetime.”
Baldwin and Fey nabbed their fourth and third consecutive SAG Awards for their starring roles on “30 Rock.” Given the fact that Baldwin has not lost at a major award show for more than two years, it was somewhat surprising that he opened his acceptance speech with “This is completely unexpected.”
Baldwin, who was active in the workings of SAG during the recent labor negotiations with the studios, praised the work of the union and reminded everyone that “we have another negotiation coming very soon.”
His co-star Fey energetically raced to the stage to get her award to the theme music of “30 Rock.” “This is so exciting because every time they play this song my husband gets 15 cents,” she said, a reference to her husband Jeff Richmond, who wrote the show's title music.
Fey also poked fun at the recent late-night turmoil at NBC that saw Conan O'Brien, unhappy with the network's decision to move his “Tonight Show” to 12:05 a.m., depart. “I just wanted to take a moment to say to everyone at NBC: We're very happy with everything; happy to be there,” she deadpanned.
Both Hall, whose win marked a first SAG Award for Showtime, and Margulies thanked their parents. “My mother and father have been so supportive of me and have such interest in my life and every role I take…well, 'Snakes on a Plane,' they weren't so proud of that one. But they're proud of this one,” said Margulies, who added a third individual SAG award for “Wife” to her two for “ER.”
Barrymore gave another rambling speech, following her unprepared remarks at the Globes. “I want to speak from my heart and spontaneously and this is not going well,” she said after spending a minute collecting herself onstage. She went on to note the creation of SAG in 1933.
“The Barrymores were acting at that time, and I'm very honored to keep their name alive,” she said.
Bacon, like Barrymore a first-time individual SAG winner, sent a heartfelt message to his wife, fellow nominee Kyra Sedgwick, and their family.
“We actors, have got to go away some times, not just physically but into the heads of and the hearts of the characters that we play,” he said. “Thanks for trusting that I'll always find my way back.”
Three networks, HBO, NBC and Fox, whose drama “24” won the TV stunt award, scored multiple awards with two each.
Bullock presented SAG’s Life Achievement Award to Betty White, with whom she appeared in the summer hit “The Proposal.” After teasing the 88-year-old actress that because her six-decade career has been so prolific, “You make me feel like a slacker,” Bullock added, “Her radiant optimism and caring and kindness are legendary in our business.”
Greeted by a prolonged standing ovation, White showed off a bit of the slyly sharp tongue of her Sue Ann Nivens character from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” thanking Bullock by saying, “Isn’t it heartening to see how far a girl as plain as she can go.”
She also drew a big laugh when, looking out over the crowd, she observed that she’d worked with many of those present and “maybe had a couple...and you know who you are.
“I still can’t believe I’m standing here,” White concluded. “This is the highest point of my entire professional life.”
“We’ve come together not just as performers but as members of a great entertainment union,” SAG president Ken Howard said during his appearance. “The Screen Actors Guild exists to protect those who want to take the journey.”
He also offered a special shout-out to “Up in the Air” nominee George Clooney, thanking him for “his hard work” organizing Friday’s night’s benefit for Haiti.
During the red carpet arrivals before the broadcast began, SAG handed out its stunt ensemble awards: Paramount’s “Star Trek” took the prize for outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture, and Fox’s “24” copped the TV stunt ensemble honors -- it’s the second time “24” has picked up that prize.
The awards ceremony was directed and exec produced by Jeff Margolis.
A complete list of winners can be found on the next page.
16th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS RECIPIENTS
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
JEFF BRIDGES / Bad Blake - "CRAZY HEART" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
SANDRA BULLOCK / Leigh Anne Tuohy - "THE BLIND SIDE" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTOPH WALTZ / COL. Hans Landa - "INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
MO'NIQUE / Mary - "PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE" (Lionsgate)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)
DANIEL BRUHL / Fredrick Zoller
AUGUST DIEHL / Major Hellstrom
JULIE DREYFUS / Francesca Mondino
MICHAEL FASSBENDER / LT. Archie Hicox
SYLVESTER GROTH / Joseph Goebbels
JACKY IDO / Marcel
DIANE KRUGER / Bridget von Hammersmark
MELANIE LAURENT / Shosanna
DENIS MENOCHET / Perrier LaPadite
MIKE MYERS / General Ed Fenech
BRAD PITT / LT. Aldo Raine
ELI ROTH / SGT. Donny Donowitz
TIL SCHWEIGER / SGT. Hugo Stiglitz
ROD TAYLOR / Winston Churchill
CHRISTOPH WALTZ / COL. Hans Landa
MARTIN WUTTKE / Hitler
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
KEVIN BACON / Lt. Col. Michael R. Strobl - "TAKING CHANCE" (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
DREW BARRYMORE / Little Edie - "GREY GARDENS" (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan - "DEXTER" (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - "THE GOOD WIFE" (CBS)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - "30 ROCK" (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - "30 ROCK" (NBC)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
MAD MEN (AMC)
ALEXA ALEMANNI / Allison
BRYAN BATT / Salvatore Romano
JARED S. GILMORE / Bobby Draper
MICHAEL GLADIS / Paul Kinsey
JON HAMM / Don Draper
JARED HARRIS / Lane Pryce
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS / Joan Holloway (Harris)
JANUARY JONES / Betty Draper
VINCENT KARTHEISER / Peter Campbell
ROBERT MORSE / Bertram Cooper
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson
KIERNAN SHIPKA / Sally Draper
JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling
RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane
CHRISTOPHER STANLEY / Henry Francis
AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
DIANNA AGRON / Quinn Fabray
CHRIS COLFER / Kurt Hummel
PATRICK GALLAGHER / Ken Tanaka
JESSALYN GILSIG / Terri Schuester
JANE LYNCH / Sue Sylvester
JAYMA MAYS / Emma Pillsbury
KEVIN McHALE / Arty Abrams
LEA MICHELE / Rachel Berry
CORY MONTEITH / Finn Hudson
HEATHER MORRIS / Brittany
MATTHEW MORRISON / Will Schuester
AMBER RILEY / Mercedes
NAYA RIVERA / Santana Lopez
MARK SALLING / Puck
HARRY SHUM JR. / Mike Chang
JOSH SUSSMAN / Jacob Ben Israel
DIJON TALTON / Matt Rutherford
IQBAL THEBA / Principal Figgins
JENNA USHKOWITZ / Tina
SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
STAR TREK (Paramount Pictures)
Webster Winnery, Jr.
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Jimmy Sharp, Jr.
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