SAG winners, as they are announced

Posted by · 4:01 pm · January 25th, 2009

OK, so we’re gonna do something a little similar to what we did on Globe night, posting the SAG winners as they come through — maybe with some commentary, if I can find the time, and if I can stay awake. (Hey, it starts at 1 a.m. over here and I’ve had a few pints … cut me some slack.)

Feel free to keep us company with your own thoughts, cheers and jeers. I believe the fun starts in an hour. See you then. (By the way, for those unable to watch it on U.S. TV, I believe there will be a live stream here.)

7.03 p.m. Wow, those last three awards dropped in such quick succession I barely had time to process them. So my predictions took a bit of a beating in the lead acting categories — and let’s face it, I always knew my Melissa Leo gamble probably wouldn’t pay off — but at least I called the top award correctly. If any of you out there needed any further evidence that “Slumdog Millionaire” is romping to victory on Oscar night, I think you just got it. Hardly an actors’ piece, but with a movie so widely and deeply beloved, that’s a minor detail.

In Best Actor, I fully admit I was rooting for Mickey Rourke, but I’m not so churlish as to deny that Sean Penn’s victory was richly deserved — did he just crawl ahead in the Oscar race? It’s still fairly evenly poised to my untrained eye, but the unexpected emotiveness of Penn’s acceptance speech can’t do him any harm, even if it skirted incoherence at times. (What did come through loud and clear, however, was his bold shout-out to Benicio Del Toro’s unnominated performance in “Che” — nicely done, Sean.)

Meanwhile, Meryl Streep made the most of what I suspect will be her biggest moment of the awards season, with a loose, witty acceptance speech highlighted by a refreshing bit of self-satire, as she dismissed the routine “greatest actress alive” claims, but ultimately conveyed genuine, selfless gratitude for the recognition. (Why she professed to be “shocked,” however, is another question altogether.) Kate Winslet may have the Oscar sewn up, and I confess I’m not a great fan of either performance, but I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing a repeat from Dame Meryl (oh, c’mon… if the cap fits) on February 22.

Anyway, it was a refreshingly brisk show — which was at least some compensation for its stultifying lack of surprise. Thanks for joining me, but before I bid you good night, let’s take a moment to revel in the fact that Freida Pinto is now an award-winning actress.

Best Ensemble: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Told ya.

Best Actor: Sean Penn, “Milk”

6.54 p.m. Uh … anybody want to tell me why Katie Holmes is presenting Best Actor? Anybody? I got nothin’.

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, “Doubt”

OK, so I screwed that one up. Anyway. That, ladies, is how you do a speech.

6.48 p.m. Ralph Fiennes should really grow some hair back. I’m just sayin’.

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

Well, of course. What more is there to say? I admit it, I tear up every time. Moreover, I love that Gary Oldman accepted for him this time — you can’t miss the sense of empathy and camaraderie there. This is one winning streak that isn’t going to get old.

6.37 p.m. Wow, Kristin Scott Thomas pitched up too — looking incredible, might I add. Is this ceremony’s roll call of presenters intended as a subtle reminder list of the amazing performances that the boneheaded SAG voters forgot to nominate? If so, well played. Is Sally Hawkins up next?

In Memoriam: God, this was a terrible year for losing people. I’m still not over the fact that Paul Newman isn’t around anymore. And why didn’t I even hear that Richard Widmark passed on? I should rewatch “Kiss of Death” sometime … ah, there’s but the faintest of silver linings. Too sad. I need another drink.

Best Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries: Paul Giamatti, “John Adams”

6.25 p.m. Reasons I love Marisa Tomei: her performance in “The Wrestler,” her incredibly hot dress, and her fantastic sportsmanship in showing up tonight despite SAG’s agonising stupidity in not nominating her for Reason #1. And those are just reasons from this year, folks.

Best Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries: Laura Linney, “John Adams”

OK, so I was rooting for the other Laura, but there truthfully aren’t enough awards in the world to give to Laura Linney. Great actresses, both. Oh, would that we had such choices to make in the Oscar race this year. (Linney also wins for Best Line of the Night: “I promised my husband I wouldn’t fondle the Actor onstage.” Yeah, but go crazy backstage, Laura.)

6.19 p.m. I don’t know if I’m more surprised that Ernest Borgnine is still alive, or that he can still get a gig like this after the whole “Brokeback Mountain” incident. I call a draw.

Lifetime Achievement Award: James Earl Jones

And really, who on earth is going to argue with that? (But seriously, what was with the circa-1985 porn-movie music accompanying the clip reel? Did the choose they most banal possible soundtrack to highlight the sheer incontrovertible amazingness of his speaking voice? Mission accomplished.)

Aww, nice touch with the Paul Newman tribute. What a class act.

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series: “Mad Men”

Even SAG couldn’t get that one wrong. Is this the first time we’ve got to see Jon Hamm give a speech at an awards ceremony? How is that even possible? Anyway, nice job … now just put “The Day the Earth Stood Still” behind you and get that movie career started. Fear not, Clooney hit some early speed bumps too. (Moving on, I stand by my casting note to Chris Nolan: Christina Hendricks = Catwoman. Make it happen.)

Best Actress in a TV Drama: Sally Field, “Brothers and Sisters”

I remember when I liked Sally Field. It was a very long time ago. So instead I’m going to talk about January Jones, who anybody with a pulse knows is the best actress on TV, is destined to be a superstar, and mysteriously missed out on even a nomination. Well, not that mysteriously. These are the SAG Awards, after all.

1.43 p.m. OK, either I really had too many pints tonight, or that schtick between John Krasinski and Amy Poehler was actually funny. Which is it? Oh okay, if I’m that far gone, I may as well have another. Barman!

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Hugh Laurie, “House”

Uh, riiiiight … because “House” is the hottest show on TV right now, after all. Oh, what’s that, you say? That was five years ago? Who’s this Jon Hamm? Isn’t Michael C. Hall still on “Six Feet Under?” No? I need to get with the program(s), so to say. (Seriously, at least Laurie winning spared me having to admit to my slightly embarrassing man-crush on Jon Hamm. Oh, I just did. Moving on.)

Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Good Lord, was that the best possible clip they could find for Winslet’s performance? I mean, I didn’t like the performance much, but really. Glad to see she’s holding it together this time. At this rate, by Oscar night — when she inevitably wins in the correct category — she’ll actually have something (delete as appropriate) witty/moving/interesting to say onstage.

5.27 p.m. The ensemble of “Frost/Nixon” is introduced by Frank Langella and Michael Sheen — who are, let’s be honest, the only members of the “ensemble” you could possibly remember a month after seeing the film. And in Sheen’s case, only because his character forms half the title. Ah, the poetry.

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series: “30 Rock”

Because, as you well know, there’s no other comedy series on TV. Oh sure, you think you saw shows called things like “Weeds,” “The Office” or “Desperate Housewives,” but it was all in your mind, dear. Get some rest.

5.23 p.m. Claire Danes? Where’ve ya been? Glad to see she’s returned from exile to present the Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series award … I couldn’t think of a more fitting return. OK, a decent movie role would be a little better, but let’s not nitpick.

5.19 p.m. Ah, the lovely Evan Rachel Wood is here to introduce a clip from “The Wrestler,” which of course was nominated for Best Cast … no? Oh, right, I forgot. But hey, it’s a montage! That makes up for it.

Best Actor in a TV Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Remember when Alec Baldwin was a movie star? Sure you do … remember? He was thin? Married to Kim Basinger? Was awesome in “Miami Blues” … no? Not ringing a bell? Am I that old?

5.09 p.m. God, Freida Pinto is gorgeous. Can she present at the Oscars? Please? She seems tailor-made for the part of the hot ingenue who shines her light on the all-male geek ensemble at the Sci-Tech awards. Or does Jessica Alba have a five-year contract?

Best Actress in a TV Comedy: Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

What are the odds they’re going to invent a last-minute category for Tina Fey to win at the Oscars? Or a write-in Best Actress victory for “Baby Mama,” perhaps? You can’t have an awards ceremony without Tina Fey winning something. It’s against the law.

5.04 p.m. “I’m Eva Longoria-Parker, and I’m an actor.” Are you sure about that, love?

5.03 p.m. God, this voiceover is hilarious. “Penelope Cruz looks elegant!” “Christina Applegate is a vision in green!” Are the writers striking again and nobody told me?

Best Stunt Ensemble: “The Dark Knight”

As if you had to ask. (By the way, I love the mixed messages sent by creating this category — hey, stuntmen, you’re real actors too! — and then presenting the award on the red carpet. Do you think the stuntmen are even allowed inside?)

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43 responses so far

  • 1 1-25-2009 at 4:08 pm

    Ronn said...

    Hilarious! I just returned from the Lakers game and happened to have plenty of drinks myself as I looked at Jack with curiosity as to if he would be attending tonights festivities. I’m sure he’ll be there…. I cannot wait! Cheers! You guys do an amazing job with this site. Thank you for all your efforts… it is appreciated.

  • 2 1-25-2009 at 5:00 pm

    McGuff said...

    I guess until the big event starts, I’m going to pretend this is an open thread. Mostly because I just saw The Wrestler. Really disappointed that Ms. Tomei won’t be in attendance tonight, but also, disappointed that Evan Rachel Wood was nowhere to be found this whole awards season. I suppose it’s not impossible that Viola Davis wins tonight, and I’ll tell you what, I could argue that Wood was better in her short role than Davis was in hers.

    For some reason, I think “Slumdog” might not win tonight … not with this guild. But I don’t really know who to pick … “Milk”? “Doubt”?

    And, because I like to do this a lot, and really, have no one else to share it with, here’s my newly updated top 10 (short Defiance, The Reader, Last Chance Harvey and a few others in the Gomorrah/Happy-Go-Lucky ilk):

    1. WALL-E
    2. Revolutionary Road
    3. Slumdog Millionaire
    4. The Wrestler
    5. The Dark Knight
    6. The Visitor
    7. Man on Wire
    8. Tropic Thunder
    9. W.
    10. Role Models

  • 3 1-25-2009 at 5:05 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    This is kind of a dumb question, but what channel are they on in the US? Haven’t been holding my breath for these, but I would like to see them.

  • 4 1-25-2009 at 5:07 pm

    McGuff said...

    TNT or TBS.

  • 5 1-25-2009 at 5:08 pm

    Jake said...


  • 6 1-25-2009 at 5:09 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    Thanks McGuff.

  • 7 1-25-2009 at 5:15 pm

    McGuff said...

    30 Rock has just become the dominant critical comedy of this decade. I have slowly come to love 30 Rock more than I do The Office, but COME ON, where was this love when we had real brilliance with Arrested Development.

    Sorry, I’m just bitter after Will Arnett was the star of the “I’m an actor” intro.

  • 8 1-25-2009 at 5:26 pm

    Speaking English said...

    “MILK” needs to take ensemble.

  • 9 1-25-2009 at 5:27 pm

    James D. said...

    I agree on Arrested Development, McGuff, but not on 30 Rock. I have never laughed while watching it.

  • 10 1-25-2009 at 5:32 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    Wow Kate! What a dress.

  • 11 1-25-2009 at 5:41 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Nothing against you, but man is your commentary quite snarky!

    Disagreed about “Frost/Nixon.” I certainly remember Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, and that plump guy (sorry can’t remember his name).

    And why don’t you like Winslet’s performance? It’s an uncommonly internalized, haunted, and subtly nuanced portrayal from her, and it comes across beautifully… heartbreaking, really. Not as showy as her perf. in “Rev. Road,” but it’s not the same kind of performance.

    Regarding the clip… well, they all kind of sucked, didn’t they? Couldn’t they be longer?

  • 12 1-25-2009 at 5:47 pm

    Troy said...

    Yeah, most of the clips they have shown have been horrible.

  • 13 1-25-2009 at 5:50 pm

    SICK OF GUY said...


    I know you’re a respected film expert and all, but I really hope you’ll stop this running bitching tally. If I understand correctly, you dislike Frost/Nixon, one of the years most acclaimed films, and 30 Rock & House, two of the most consistently entertaining shows on TV that everyone who watches seems to love…with the exception of you. Do us a favor and shut up.

  • 14 1-25-2009 at 5:53 pm

    McGuff said...

    Dear lord, January Jones must be the most gorgeous woman on this planet, no?

  • 15 1-25-2009 at 5:55 pm

    Dario said...

    Hahaha, ‘dozens of viewers’! That cracked me up! Two years ago, at the Emmys, when Tina Fey said it.

  • 16 1-25-2009 at 5:58 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “I know you’re a respected film expert and all”

    Really? I didn’t know that … thanks.

  • 17 1-25-2009 at 5:59 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    McGuff: You won’t hear any argument from me there, buddy.

  • 18 1-25-2009 at 6:11 pm

    Mike said...

    30 Rock is great, love that it gets all the awards, it just needs more viewers…

    McGuff, you hit the nail on the head though Arrested Development is another great comedy and should have received some awards in its time and should have ahad more viewers…

  • 19 1-25-2009 at 6:38 pm

    Josh said...

    Dario, I think that actually, Mitch Hurwitz was the creator of that “dozens of viewers” joke. Sigh, I also miss Arrested Development; I like 30 Rock, but AD was far funnier. Still, I’m cool with Fey’s show raking in the awards; better that than Monk.

  • 20 1-25-2009 at 6:40 pm

    Aaron said...

    It’s really bizarre to think that January Jones was in American Wedding…wow, she’s risen from the dead lol

  • 21 1-25-2009 at 6:42 pm

    Mike said...

    Loved the love for Button by the crowd plus the love for Fincher and Roth…

    Glad they had Oldman accept the award for Heath, I love everything Nolan has said but its a nice change of pace, plus Oldman is the man.

  • 22 1-25-2009 at 6:43 pm

    Lane said...

    I love Gary Oldman.

  • 23 1-25-2009 at 6:50 pm

    Bryan said...

    Melissa Leo cleans up too!

  • 24 1-25-2009 at 6:54 pm

    Bryan said...

    I wish Meryl would win everything because she gives the best speeches.

  • 25 1-25-2009 at 6:58 pm

    alynch said...

    Hah! Sean Penn just made a dick joke.

  • 26 1-25-2009 at 7:01 pm

    Bryan said...

    Slumdog Millionaire? Really?

  • 27 1-25-2009 at 7:04 pm

    Mike said...

    Glad Sean gave a shout-out to Benicio he should have been a nom, not sure about his whole speech though, but I guess we have come to expect that from him.

    Don’t think Slumdog should have won best ensemble though, not at all.

  • 28 1-25-2009 at 7:07 pm

    evan said...

    pretty sure slumdog didn’t deserve that one.

    but my god is meryl streep amazing. probably the best speech i’ve seen yet this awards season. emotional yet composed and very eloquent.

  • 29 1-25-2009 at 7:09 pm

    parker said...

    ensemble: worst. decision. ever.

    actors – be ashamed, be VERY ashamed

  • 30 1-25-2009 at 7:09 pm

    sirio11 said...

    Man, I liked Slumdog, I really liked, but this love is just out of control. Best ensemble, really?

  • 31 1-25-2009 at 7:10 pm

    Lester said...

    Boo at the Longoria comment! She’s the best thing in Desperate Housewives.

  • 32 1-25-2009 at 7:10 pm

    Mike V. said...

    I’m so glad Meryl and Sean Penn won!! But I still think Milk should have won best ensemble cast. Slumdog is so overrated!!

    And I don’t understand why you predicted Melissa Leo as the winner. It was clear that Meryl was going to win! Well, for me it was! I voted for her!

  • 33 1-25-2009 at 7:11 pm

    RockMocha said...

    I dunno…I’m pretty much over the deification of Ledger. No offense. Just saying.

  • 34 1-25-2009 at 7:11 pm

    Troy said...

    Yeah, that should seal the deal for Slumdog as best picture, given it awards any chance it has just to show their appreciation for the film. I’m sorry, but Milk and Doubt deserved this much more.

  • 35 1-25-2009 at 7:12 pm

    Troy said...


  • 36 1-25-2009 at 7:12 pm

    Eunice said...

    @ Bryan: Agree with you a 100%. She always gives the most entertaining and insightful speeches. Go Meryl!

    Sorry, but I really can’t be trusted not to be biased come awards season. Anyway, if the acting branch of the Academy is the biggest one, does that make the SAG indicative of the acting awards? Or has this been historically debunked?
    Just asking.

    And Sean Penn winning Best Actor. I thought I was going to go 4/4 on the individual acting awards for film since I picked Rourke. Oh well. At least Tina Fey, Hugh Laurie, and ‘Mad Men’ won. Speaking of ‘Mad Men’, you’re not the only one crushing on Jon Hamm, Guy.

    And Slumdog wins! I loved, loved, loved the movie, in fact I’ll be rooting for it come Feb. 22, but I expected ‘Doubt’ or ‘Milk’ to win this, just because of their powerhouse casts. Wow. I’m surprised, but pleasantly so. I think we now have a lock for Best Picture.

    As for the TV awards, I think I already saw everything coming, thanks to the Emmys.

    Interesting results, really. I wonder how it will all play out during the Oscars. :)

  • 37 1-25-2009 at 8:04 pm

    Hans said...

    The Dark Knight wins the most awards out of all the films so…yay?

  • 38 1-25-2009 at 8:11 pm

    Eunice said...

    *Just thought I’d clarify, I’ve only seen ‘Slumdog’ and ‘Doubt’, so by being pleasantly surprised, I just was because I had love for ‘Slumdog’. I’m a little surprised at it winning Best Ensemble since well, the leads could have used a few more acting pointers.

  • 39 1-25-2009 at 8:20 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Lester: Relax, I think Longoria is a riot in “Desperate Housewives” too. It’s just when all those guys intone po-facedly “… AND I AM AN ACTOR” that I can’t help laughing a bit.

    Eunice: Yeah, SAG has a pretty good track record of anticipating the Oscars, but it’s hardly a sure thing. Just last year, there was a Julie Christie-Marion Cotillard (not to mention Ruby Dee-Tilda Swinton) disconnect between the two.

    And this year, Kate Winslet’s category switch has made SAG pretty much irrelevant for the Best Actress category — I’m pretty sure Winslet’s taking the Oscar, not Streep.

  • 40 1-26-2009 at 12:21 am

    Eunice said...

    It’s my first time to tune in to a live-blogging of the SAGs, actually it’s my first time to tune in to the entire awards season, so I was pretty curious. Thanks for the info, Guy.

  • 41 1-26-2009 at 8:06 am

    Dario said...

    Josh, I dodn’t know that! Thanks for the correction.