Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015

The Guild awards keep coming. Tonight, it was the turn of the Screen Actors. Exactly as the producers did last night and the directors and writers will do in the weeks to come, the actors awarded themselves. Showing a severe lack of imagination, the award is called "The Actor."

The show itself was not bad. Very little filler and most speeches were charming. There was the requisite In Memoriam section that was strangely moving this year. We lost a lot of greats. But, more cheerfully, the following were winners:

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Birdman

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Downton Abbey
-- As the reviewer of this show, I was thrilled by this win. I'm not sure it is completely deserved, but it certainly is an ensemble.
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Orange is the New Black
-- As the camera panned across the cast, I was struck by the diversity and the varying body types of each of the women who are members. Congratulations to this wonderful show.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: William H. Macy, Shameless
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
-- Her speech made me cry. She got the job on OITNB the day she decided to give up acting. Wow!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge

STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Unbroken
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: Game of Thrones

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Debbie Reynolds
-- The award was presented by her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who gave an odd speech. Never mind. It may have been made sixty-three years ago; she may have done dozens of things since; but, Debbie Reynolds will always be Kathy Selden to me. If you've never seen Singin' in the Rain, stop reading this and start watching.

Although we didn't do a formal red carpet view for this show, sunbunny and I couldn't help making a few comments.

My choice for best dressed was Tatiana Maslany. I loved her dress and I loved how poised and articulate she was on the red carpet. Why this woman isn't nominated for simply everything escapes me.

sunbunny's choice was Viola Davis who "looked positively ethereal." I tend to agree.

We agreed on the worst dressed. Sorry, Lorelei Linklater. This whole ensemble is simply disastrous. What you can't see in this photo are the blue hair extensions. Wow, but they didn't work at all.

ChrisB is hoping for a snow day tomorrow.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

It's nice when the speeches are well thought out and really make an impact on the industry or the wider society.