2014 nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Let awards season begin… The nominees for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are out. The big nominees in this year’s list include 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips, Lee Daniels‘ The Butler, Breaking Bad, Veep. A special shout out to Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o. They hail from my continent, so they naturally have my support 😉 I’m pretty surprised that Idris Elba and Naomi Harris from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom didn’t crack the nod, but it is what it is. The awards go down on the 18th of January. Who will win big? Well check out the list of nominees below:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

BRUCE DERN / Woody Grant – “NEBRASKA” (Paramount Pictures)

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR / Solomon Northup – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

TOM HANKS / Capt. Richard Phillips – “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” (Columbia Pictures)

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Ron Woodroof – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (Focus Features)

FOREST WHITAKER / Cecil Gaines – “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

CATE BLANCHETT / Jasmine – “BLUE JASMINE” (Sony Pictures Classics)

SANDRA BULLOCK / Ryan Stone – “GRAVITY” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

JUDI DENCH / Philomena Lee – “PHILOMENA” (The Weinstein Company)

MERYL STREEP / Violet Weston – “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” (The Weinstein Company)

EMMA THOMPSON / P.L. Travers – “SAVING MR. BANKS” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

BARKHAD ABDI / Muse – “CAPTAIN PHILLIPS” (Columbia Pictures)

DANIEL BRÜHL / Niki Lauda – “RUSH” (Universal Pictures)

MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Edwin Epps – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

JAMES GANDOLFINI / Albert – “ENOUGH SAID” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

JARED LETO / Rayon – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (Focus Features)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Rosalyn Rosenfeld – “AMERICAN HUSTLE” (Columbia Pictures)

LUPITA NYONG’O / Patsey – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

JULIA ROBERTS / Barbara Weston – “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” (The Weinstein Company)

JUNE SQUIBB / Kate Grant – “NEBRASKA” (Paramount Pictures)

OPRAH WINFREY / Gloria Gaines – “LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER” (The Weinstein Company)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

12 YEARS A SLAVE (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

AMERICAN HUSTLE (Columbia Pictures)

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (The Weinstein Company)

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (Focus Features)

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (The Weinstein Company)

 

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

MATT DAMON / Scott Thorson – “BEHIND THE CANDELABRA” (HBO)

MICHAEL DOUGLAS / Liberace – “BEHIND THE CANDELABRA” (HBO)

JEREMY IRONS / King Henry IV – “THE HOLLOW CROWN” (WNET/Thirteen)

ROB LOWE / John F. Kennedy – “KILLING KENNEDY” (National Geographic Channel)

AL PACINO / Phil Spector – “PHIL SPECTOR” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

ANGELA BASSETT / Coretta Scott King – “BETTY & CORETTA” (Lifetime)

HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Elizabeth Taylor – “BURTON AND TAYLOR” (BBC America)

HOLLY HUNTER / G.J. – “TOP OF THE LAKE” (Sundance Channel)

HELEN MIRREN / Linda Kenney Baden – “PHIL SPECTOR” (HBO)

ELISABETH MOSS / Robin Griffin – “TOP OF THE LAKE” (Sundance Channel)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)

BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)

JEFF DANIELS / Will McAvoy – “THE NEWSROOM” (HBO)

PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)

KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)

ANNA GUNN / Skyler White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)

JESSICA LANGE / Fiona Goode – “AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN” (FX)

MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)

KERRY WASHINGTON / Olivia Pope – “SCANDAL” (ABC)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – “30 ROCK” (NBC)

JASON BATEMAN / Michael Bluth – “ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT” (Netflix)

TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

DON CHEADLE / Martin “Marty” Kaan – “HOUSE OF LIES” (Showtime)

JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)

JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)

TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 ROCK” (NBC)

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)

BREAKING BAD (AMC)

DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

HOMELAND (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

30 ROCK (NBC)

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (Netflix)

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

VEEP (HBO)

SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

ALL IS LOST (Lionsgate)

FAST & FURIOUS 6 (Universal Pictures)

LONE SURVIVOR (Universal Pictures)

RUSH (Universal Pictures)

THE WOLVERINE (20th Century Fox)

 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)

BREAKING BAD (AMC)

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

HOMELAND (Showtime)

THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)

 

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild 50th Annual Life Achievement Award

RITA MORENO

 

Ben Affleck’s speech at the SAG Awards

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I just thought I should share this with the actors and actresses out there, who sometimes feel a bit lost and unloved. Here’s someone I respect and you should too, Mr. Ben Affleck. His film Argo won the Outstanding Motion Picture actor (award) at the SAG Awards and here’s what he said on stage:

“I can’t believe I’m standing in the same place where Daniel Day-Lewis just was. Maybe I’ll be a better actor just for the radiation. I am really amazed and stunned. There are so many great actors here and this is voted on by our brothers who are actors. There’s a hundred and some thousand people in SAG Aftra. Some of them never get to come to a place like this and they vote from home. First I want to thank my wife and kids who I love. And Warner Brothers who I love, not quite as much, but I do love. You know, there are so many people who are actors, who want to be actors.

I got a SAG in 1986 and I always wanted this. To me, this has nothing to do with me. This has to do with the incredible people who are in this movie. The people you see on stage. There are more than 150 actors who spoke in English and in Farsi and the one thing they had in common was they came to work every single day, whether they had a line or a look to somebody or two lines or ten lines or a bunch of things I couldn’t understand in Farsi. They were there to kill it, to make the movie better. Because that’s what actors do, all over the world, every single day. God bless you for making the movies, the television that you make, the theatre that you make. We are in your debt. Thank you. God bless you. Thank you all and thank you to all these incredible films that are nominated with us. Thank you.”

A little bit of inspiration, motivation on this Monday morning, this new week 😉 Argo is in South African cinemas now by the way. Go and watch it, despite what the Oscars say.

SAG Awards 2013

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The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) are live from the Shrine Auditorium now.

Jane Krakowski, Chris Tucker, Helen Hunt, Sofia Vergara and many others introduce themselves with very funny descriptions of themselves. Sophia’s was particularly good…. They all ended with “I am an actor”

Nicole Kidman is up to announce the first award of the night in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The winner is Tommy Lee Jones, who isn’t there tonight. After being so miserable at the Golden Globes, it’s probably best he is here ;). I’m sure his role in Lincoln was a lot more cheerful?

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are up to introduce their film, Silver Linings Playbook.

Justin Timberlake looking all kinds of swag in his Suit and Tie. He is presenting the Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role. The award goes to Anne Hathaway for her role in  Les Misérables.

“I’m just so thrilled I have dental. I got my SAG card when I was 13. It felt like the beginning of the world. Thank you for nominating me alongside incredible women and incredible performances. I want to thank my mother for voting for me. At least she better have. Thanks mom for being an actor. Thanks dad for marrying one.”

The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels is up with Kerry Washington.  They’re presenting the award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series. Kerry fluffed her lines but she recovered really well.

“Oh my god. This is ridiculous. Again I want to thank Tina. It’s the end of our show and everyone is sad about that. My agent asked me to thank him and mention that he is the greatest agent in the history in show business.”

Ginger power right there… Julianne Moore and Damian Lewis from Homeland are  up to present Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Series to Tina Fey.

“Oh my goodness. That’s so nice. Thank you for letting me in this union. I share this with everybody else. I share this with my sweet friend Amy Poehler. Amy I’ve known you since you were pregnant with Lina Dunham. Thank you so much, our finale is on this Thursday at 8. Just tape the Big Bang Theory for once.”

Julianna Margulies and Noah Wyle are up to present the Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series award. That award goes to the cast of Modern Family… So deserving. Great show. “We are so honoured to be nominated against some of the biggest shows, ” said Jesse Tyler Ferguson. He then went on to give a special thanks to the stars of 30 Rock and The Office. “You’ve all set the bar so high. we’re all fans of yours. If we can absorb any of you into our cast, please call Jeff Greenberg.  This is a huge honour. We love being actors, so thank you”.

The happy couple Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber are up to present the Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries. The award goes to Julianne Moore. It’s her first win and her tenth nomination.

“Thank you so much. This means so much to me. Thank you to all the actors who voted for me.”

Rose Burn and James Marsten present the Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries award to Kevin Costner for his role in Hatfields & McCoys. Unfortunately he isn’t there tonight, which is such a pity. He’s a great speaker and always nice to listen to him.

Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman introduce Les Misérables in a more ‘modern’ way, by making references to their other characters like Cat Woman and Wolverine.

Alec Baldwin is up to presents the Life Achievement Award to the legendary entertainer, Dick Van Dyke.

“Thank you. Thank you. Mr Lincoln, marvelous. Such a thrill. Thank you. I’ve been in this business for over seventy years and I still don’t really know what I do. Every time is different. I have my wonderful family here tonight. My beautiful wife Arlene. I’m still singing and dancing,” he said.

“I’m looking at the greatest generation of actors in the history of acting.You’ve all lifted the art to another place now. This very heavy object here means that I can refer to you as my peers. God bless, thank you.”

Amy Poehler and Neil Patrick Harris are up. Their use of adjectives to describe the Outstanding Male Actor in TV Drama is impeccable. Who knew there were so many ways to describe the word drama 😉 The winner in this category goes to Bryan Cranston for his role in Breaking Bad.

“It is so good to be bad. I am so pleased and honoured to receive this award. I’d like to thank our writers, director and our beautiful crew who were so hard. To my lovely wife and daughter.”

Newsroom star, Dev Patel introduces The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Taye Diggs and Busy Philipps are up to present Outstanding Male Actor in TV Drama. I don’t know if Taye is really short but pregnant Busy is towering above him currently, tjo. Anyway the actor goes to Claire Danes for Homeland.

“I guess I’m an actor and not an actress. That answers this question. Thank you so much. As a grand spanking new mom, it takes a village to raise a child. It’s the same for Homeland. We are so very connected. I’m so indebted to them and my team. Thank you so much this really means a lot to me. Oh and to my husband and my baby.”

Jessica Chastaine honours a few of the late actors who passed throughout the year. “The Show must go on”

Sigourney Weaverand Alfred Molina are up to present the Actor for the Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series to the Downton Abbey. “We are so not expecting this. Shut the fridge window. We’re just overwhelmed by it all. All our fellow Downtownians who aren’t here. Here’s to our crew and I’m sure to all of your crews too.”

Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field are up and swapping reading glasses. They’re introducing their film, Lincoln.

Robert De Niro presents the award (actor) for Outstanding Female Actor in a Lead Role to Jennifer Lawrence.

“This is incredible. Thank you so much. I want to thank MTV. I earned my SAG card when I was 14 for My Super Sweet 16. I remember getting in the mail and it being the best day of my entire life because it made me officially a professional actor, which put me in a category with all of you. Now I have this naked statue, which means some of you voted for me and that is indescribable.  I want to thank David. You said you wanted to make a movie for you son. Bradley, my performance would not be what is it without you. Harvey you’re a rascal. You’ve paved a pretty much impossible road for all of us. And my family, thank you.”

Here is that promo:

Viola Davis introduces the nominees for this year’s Outstanding Male Actor in a Lead Role category. The obvious winner is Daniel Day-Lewis, but stranger things I happened. The Actor goes to Daniel Day-Lewis

“Thank you to all my brothers and sisters in the Screen Actors Guild. I’m very happy to be here tonight. Joaquin you’re a remarkable actor and I’m sorry you’re not here tonight. Every single cast member… Have no doubt that this is an ensemble award.”

Jude Law presents the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture to the cast of Argo:

Director Ben Affleck says, “I can’t believe I’m standing in the same place where Daniel Day-Lewis just was. Maybe I’ll be a better actor just for the radiation. I am really amazed and stunned. There are so many great actors here and this is voted on by our brothers who are actors. There’s a hundred and some thousand people in SAG Aftra. Some of them never get to come to a place like this and they vote from home. First I want to thank my wife and kids who I love. And Warner Brothers who I love, not quite as much, but I do love. You know, there are so many people who are actors, who want to be actors. I got a SAG in 1986 and I always wanted this. To me, this has nothing to do with me. This has to do with the incredible people who are in this movie. The people you see on stage. There are more than 150 actors who spoke in English and in Farsi and the one thing they had in common was they came to work every single day, whether they had a line or a look to somebody or two lines or ten lines or a bunch of things I couldn’t understand in Farsi. They were there to kill it, to make the movie better. Because that’s what actors do, all over the world, every single day. God bless you for making the movies, the television that you make, the theatre that you make. We are in your debt. Thank you. God bless you. Thank you all and thank you to all these incredible films that are nominated with us. Thank you.”

The rest of his speech will come soon. It was great.

The Help, The Artist win big at the SAG Awards

We’re heading closer and closer to the biggest night in film, with the Academy Awards a little under a month away.

The latest awards show took place last night, that being the Screen Actors Guild Awards. We’ve seen early wins from The Artist and The Help at other award shows and that hasn’t stopped them here. Jean DuJardin is bound to win his first Academy Award, as he walked away with the Best Actor in a Lead Role award. Meryl Streep took home the Golden Globe recently for her role in The Iron Lady. When she got her Oscar nomination nodd, it seemed as if she’d be well on her way to Oscar glory. That was until Viola Davis won the award last night for her role in The Help. Right now it’s anyone’s game and one thing’s for sure, it’s going to get interesting.

 

Others winners worth mentioning? The Boardwalk Empire crew, Betty White and the rest of her Hot in Cleveland cast as well as the ever awesome and hilarious Modern Family team. Well done to all the winners (and nominees). Check out the full list of winners below: Continue reading “The Help, The Artist win big at the SAG Awards”