Wednesday, April 17, 2024

SAG Awards: King’s Speech, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo


The Screen Actors Guild Awards are tonight. Refresh this page often.

The King’s Speech and Colin Firth win Best Ensemble and Best Actor. ┬áThis movie now heads to coronation at the Oscars.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman for “Black Swan. “Smart pro-SAG speech. Getting bigger. Annette Bening, et al still rock!

Christian Bale wins Best Supporting Actor for “The Fighter.”

Al Pacino wins as Dr. Kevorkian again. He’s in New York on Broadway in “Merchant of Venice.” HBO clean sweep of anything they were nominated for. Claire Danes also wins for HBO.

Ernest Borgnine is great. What a career. Tim Conway, still the best. But no mention of Ernie’s 2 minute marriage to Ethel Merman. TMZ woulda loved them!

Best Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin. Best Actress, Comedy Series: Betty White. Wow. Good for her! “Modern Love” is Best Comedy Ensemble.

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter.” Gets a little political, pro-union. Good for her.

Best TV Ensemble: “Boardwalk Empire.” HBO is king. AMC loses focus on “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad.”

Best Actor, TV Drama: Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire.” Beats Jon Hamm, Hugh Laurie, et al. Wow. Second award for Buscemi this winter.

Best Actress, TV Drama: Julianna Margulies, for “The Good Wife.”

Read here for updates. Much of the Guild overlaps with the acting branch of the Academy, so the SAGs are the best barometer for Oscars. With “The King’s Speech” winning both the Directors and Producers Guild Awards, it could be that the Golden Globes are totally–as Sarah Palin might say–refudiated. Let’s see what happens tonight. The SAGs are live at 8pm EST.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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