I like the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards because it's all about the acting and powerful performances. Obviously, the awards are important to actors too. It isn't, however, a good indicator for the Academy Awards. Still, it's a bit more fun for the awards season.
The Help was the big winner of the night. Here is a quick run down of the winners:
Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
Midnight in Paris
WINNER: The Help
I'm still impressed that Bridesmaids was even nominated. No disrespect to The Help, but I think Midnight In Paris should have won. They had an outstanding cast.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
WINNER Viola Davis, The Help
I'm still hoping Williams wins the Oscar.
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
George Clooney, The Descendants
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
WINNER: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Tough competition, but Dujardin is sublime. I'm glad he won and I hope he wins the Academy Award too.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
WINNER: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Spencer is now a favourite for the Oscar. I would have liked to see Bejo win the SAG though.
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
WINNER: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Surely Plummer is now also the favourite to win the Oscar. Nolte is still the dark horse and Hill has an outside chance.
Outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture
The Adjustment Bureau
Cowboys & Aliens
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class
WINNER: Harry Potter and the Deahtly Hallows: Part II
My choice would have been X-Men: First Class.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, The Lost Valentine
WINNER: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Winslet has won about a million awards for this performance.
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
James Woods, Too Big to Fail
WINNER: Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
A surprising choice. It's a shame Pearce didn’t win it.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
WINNER: Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
Who doesn't love Betty White? I wonder though if it's really her performance or just people's love for her that got her this award?
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
WINNER Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Not really a surprise.
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
The Big Bang Theory
WINNER: Modern Family
Modern Family is great. I also love the cast of The Big Bang Theory though.
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Julianna Margules, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
WINNER: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
I haven't seen American Horror Story so I can't fairly judge this one. I plan to watch it though. Have you seen it?
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series
Patrick J. Adams, Suits
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
WINNER: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Tough competition. I have a soft spot for Hall and Cranston is fantastic too, but Buscemi is a terrific actor.
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
WINNER: Boardwalk Empire
Another tough one. Obviously the SAG voters are big fans of Boardwalk Empire.
Outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble in a television series
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
WINNER: Game of Thrones
All stunt teams work so hard. This award could have gone to anyone.
My vote for the best dressed person: Kaley Cuoco – an almost over the top dress, but she makes it work.
My vote for the worst dressed person: Meryl Streep – she hardly ever gets it right, unfortunately.
Most daring fashion choice: Rose Byrne's, erm, jumpsuit? I'm not sure it's a success, but it is unique. It's had a mixed reaction from fashion gurus.
What did you think of the SAG Awards?