Sunday, January 27, 2008

SAG awards on TBS and TNT tonight

On Sunday, January 27, 2008 the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) presented its 14th Annual awards ceremony on the TBS and TNT cable channels in most cities, live at 8 PM EST (5 PM PST). The show was not affected by the WGA strike.

The SAG Press Release and related links are here.

The best motion picture cast ensemble award (SAG's terminology for "best picture" for practical purposes) went to "No Country for Old Men," a thriller and black comedy-western from the Coen Brothers that Billy Bob Thornton called a "moral contemplation" -- about greed.

The best actor was Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood." (Though not nominated, the Paul Dano gave a riveting performance as the young pentacoastal "preacher" and financier.) The best actress was Julie Christie as an Alzheimer's Disease patient in "Away from Her."

At the beginning, a number of SAG members introduced themselves with a short byline, followed by "I am an actor." This included the women. The table settings at the event were ornate, with champagne bottles and flowers. There was talk about how SAG got started in the 1930s, in response to abuse by the studios then, and the concept of "all for one, one for all" -- solidarity.

It seemed that slightly more time was spent on the primetime television series awards than on movies awards.

There was a brief moment to remember Heath Ledger. Later Sunday night, many NBC stations aired an "Access Hollywood" report on Heath Ledger.

Zac Efron appeared, apparently fully recovered from a very recent appendectomy. Nikki Blonsky appeared with John Travolta.

I had some experience networking with the acting community in Minneapolis with MNTalent, which apparently is going on hiatus. I hope they return, as it is now looking more feasible that I could see Minneapolis again. The weekend forums did present the life of a professional actor.

In seventh grade, in the late spring, I appeared in an school operetta called "The Sunbonnet Girl." I do not recall the composer. I recall walking to school with makeup on my hands. I was very sensitive about my body as a boy, and as an adult I see that actors sometimes put themselves through all kinds of "humiliations" to become another person (aka John Travolta in "Hairspray" or "Staying Alive", or, for that matter, Steve Carell in "The 40 Year Old Virgin." It's interesting how conditioning so early in life affects opportunities one will have later.

SAG made a presentation at the Reel Affirmations GLBT film festival in Washington DC in October 2007. The SAG Independent Film link is here.

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