Sunday, January 24, 2010

2010 SAG Award Winners Lead the Oscar® Race

The 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out yesterday on Saturday, January 23rd. Sandra Bullock won the SAG Award for the "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role" for her role in “The Blind Side”. With her SAG, Golden Globe and Critics Choice Movie Awards wins and the fact that she is the number one top grossing star in the movies today; Bullock is expected to win the Best Actress Oscar®. Jeff Bridges won the SAG "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role" for his role as a fading alcoholic country singer in “Crazy Heart” and is expected to win the Oscar ®. Austria's Christoph Waltz for Inglorious Basterds, and Mo’Nique for Precious won in the supporting actor categories and are destined to take home the Oscar® hardware at the 82nd Academy Awards®.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

“Inglourious Basterds”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Kevin Bacon, “Taking Chance”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Drew Barrymore, “Grey Gardens”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
“Mad Men”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:


Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: “Star Trek”
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series: “24″

Screen Actors Guild Awards 46th Annual Life Achievement Award
went to Betty White


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Although respected by his peers, Bridges has largely been bypassed for major awards.

JEFF BRIDGES: Whoo! Oh! [standing ovation] Thank you. Thank you so much. Aw, this means so much to me. My god, this is a heavy thing. Whoa! This means so much to be acknowledged like this by my acting family. You guys, that’s what it’s like. It’s like a big family with you guys, playing “advanced pretend.” You know, my mom was real good at that. You always encouraged us to pretend, and it’s like this is just, you know, an advanced version of that. And it especially feels wonderful to be nominated in this great group of actors, with my buddy George, and all of you guys. You’re such wonderful actors. [applause]

I love being an actor. You know, pretending to be other people, getting into the shoes of other folks. Please wrap it up?! Oh man! [laughter] I wish I was – I mean, there’s so many people to thank. Okay, I’m just gonna have to—

MERYL STREEP: Don’t listen to them.

BRIDGES: Don’t listen to it? Just don’t – you did the best one. Yeah, I love that when you just... you know. Scott Cooper, the great director, writer. Thomas Cobb, the wonderful writer of the book. All of the wonderful actors in the movie, Maggie Gyllenhaal, her tenderness, her strength, it was so wonderful to be a part of. Colin Farrell, Bob Duvall, my god, what a dream working with those guys. [applause] T-Bone Burnett creating all that great music. [applause] My dear friend Steven Bruton. And, oh yeah, Bone turned me on to a great singing coach, if you guys need to do any singing, [laughter] Roger Love [sp], he’s very good. He does it over the phone, if you can believe it. [laughter]

And I gotta give a shout out to Lloyd Catlett, my stand-in over 50 years. You know, he’s from Texas. Anytime I gotta do a Texan, I just – and just Lloyd gives me a little Texas. You know, that’s – thank you, Lloyd. And my teachers, you know, in life and in acting: my mother, my father and my brother, thank you guys. [applause]

And my main teacher, where are you, I can’t see you? My wife, Sue, wave your hands. There you are! [applause] Thank you, sweetheart. And thank all of you guys. Love playin’ with you! [applause] [cheers]

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Sandra Bullock is really turning out to be the darling of the awards season. Just check out the speech she delivered after winning her best actress award for her work in The Blind Side:

SANDRA BULLOCK: Oh, if this were only not televised, so I could use the appropriate words I’m feeling right now. [laughter] I am Sandra Bullock, and I’m an actor. And I am...[applause]…so proud to say that in a room full of faces that have inspired me, and allowed me six years ago to say I’m going to stop working ‘cause I wasn’t doing good work, and audition again. And you say goodbye to the money, and you say goodbye to all the things that you became comfortable with.

In 2006, I sat in this room with a little film called “Crash,” and I got to look at the people who got me here. So, to the Screen Actors Guild, thank you so much. [applause]

To the opportunities from John Lee Hancock, our director, who allowed me to step up to the plate. To Francie Brown, my dialects coach, who stayed in the room when I had a temper tantrum.

To Alar Kivilo, our cinematographer. If you saw what I looked like in the morning, and what ended up on film, two very different things. [laughter] To my fellow actors on screen: Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates, the list goes on and on. I adore you and I’m inspired by you. And to my husband, Jesse, who works so hard all day, and you get dressed up in monkey suits, and you sit at a table with people you don’t know. [laughter] And I leave you there and then you come back with, like, Morgan Freeman’s email. I don’t know how you do it. [laughter] I love you so much, and you’re really hot. And... [laughter] I want you so much. [laughter]

And just to everyone in this room, thank you for making me proud to be an actor, and allowing me to be here. And just accepting me. Thank you so much. [applause]

And when another reporter told her she was now the frontrunner, she shushed him.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
(The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)

CHRISTOPH WALTZ: Thank you so much. A stage actor acts on a stage. But a screen actor doesn’t act on the screen. The stage actor just walks on by himself, but the screen actor is put on by projectionist. Yet we dedicate our lives to our contribution of the whole, and yes in occasional fits of megalomania we consider ourselves worthy of a script like “Inglourious Basterds,” or a director like Quentin Tarantino, or men like Harvey Weinstein, or David Linde, or a studio like Weinstein or Universal. Or partners like Brad or Diane, and back-up personally like Adam Schweitzer and Lisa Kasteler. But after the rude awakening, we just carry on with our lives.

We work towards what can only be hoped for in utmost secrecy. This is what I was granted by working with Quentin Tarantino on “Inglourious Basterds.” For this I’m indebted and grateful to all of you, for this as well. To all of you, including the projectionist.

Thank you. [applause]

Backstage, when asked by reporters what he thought about his “name recognition going up 90 percent,” Waltz corrected him, “99.999 percent, if I may quote my line.”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Mo’Nique kissed nearly every actor in the audience before accepting her award for best supporting actress.
MO’NIQUE: Wow. [cheers] Thank you to every member of the Screen Actors Guild. I am so very honored. There are some people that I must thank, that could easily go overlooked. But without these people, this film could have not been what it is. I have to say thank you to Aunt Dot, who plays Mary Jones’ mother. [applause] I have to say thank you to the Each One Teach One Students, [cheers] y’all were absolutely amazing.

I have to say thank you to Lisa Cortes, who was an amazing producer, and who put the work in every single day. And I have to thank the little girl that we called “Mongo.” Her name is Quishay, and I want to thank that baby and her mother for allowing us to use that special gift in this project. Lee Daniels, you never cease to amaze me. God got somethin’ on you brother that you can’t begin to imagine the gift.

God bless us all. [cheers] Thank you very much. [applause]

Though she picked up yet another statue, the actress told reporters she would be celebrating with a quiet night: “My husband is going to play some Madden, and I’m going to watch some television.”

While it didn't attract quite as many big names as the Golden Globes, there was still some fine fashion to behold. White was a huge trend at the SAG Awards. Notable appearances included Diane Kruger in a stunning floor-length mustard gown by Jason Wu, Anna Paquin in a Alexander McQueen reptile print mini-dress, and Kate Hudson in a backless white dress by Emilio Pucci. Marion Cotillard wore a stunning white Elie Saab mini-dress accessorized by runway heels and Chopard jewels.

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