Unlike the People’s Choice and Golden Globe Awards, which couldn’t be held due to the Hollywood writer’s strike, the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) Awards took place right on cue. Stars from both the big and small screens walked the red carpet and stood at the podium, delivering their written lines perfectly.
The women looked beautiful and a few of the men even made their own fashion marks. Look for a separate article from me on SAG’s red carpet fashion. But the night belonged to the winners who, with only a few exceptions followed closely the decisions of the Golden Globes.
Let’s begin with the awards for television. Nominees for best actor in a drama series included:
James Gandolfini for The Sopranos;
Michael C. Hall for Dexter;
Jon Hamm for Mad Men;
Hugh Laurie for House; and
James Spader for Boston Legal.
Jon Hamm won the Golden Globe in this category, but James Gandolfini took home the actor for his role in the final year of the The Sopranos.
Nominees for best actress in a drama series included:
Glenn Close for Damages;
Edie Falco for The Sopranos;
Sally Field for Brothers & Sisters;
Holly Hunter for Saving Grace; and
Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer.
While Close took the Golden Globe, Edie Falco swept in to grab her final actor for the swan year of the crime drama, The Sopranos.
Nominees for best actor in a comedy series included:
Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock;
Steve Carell for The Office;
Ricky Gervais for Extras;
Jeremy Piven for Entourage; and
Tony Shalhoub for Monk.
This was a wide-open category with no one being certain who might pull off the win. The actor was awarded to Alec Baldwin for his cutting edge work on 30 Rock. In contrast, Ricky Gervais won the Golden Globe in this category.
Nominees for best actress in a comedy series included:
Christina Applegate for Samantha Who;
America Ferrera for Ugly Betty;
Tina Fey for 30 Rock;
Mary-Louise Parker for Weeds; and
Vanessa Williams for Ugly Betty.
In this category, the Globes and SAG agreed, giving both awards to the talented Tina Fey for 30 Rock.
Nominees for the best ensemble cast in a drama series included:
Mad Men; and
As was anticipated by virtually everyone, The Sopranos took home the actor.
Nominees for the best ensemble cast in a comedy series included:
The Office; and
While 30 Rock succeeded in the best actor and actress category, it lost the ensemble cast award to the highly popular The Office.
Nominees for outstanding performance by an actor in a television movie or miniseries included:
Michael Keaton for The Company;
Kevin Kline for As You Like It;
Oliver Platt for The Bronx is Burning;
Sam Shepard for Ruffian; and
John Turturro for The Bronx is Burning.
This was a wide open category with the award going to Kevin Kline for As You Like It.
Nominees for outstanding performance by an actress in a television movie or miniseries included:
Ellen Burstyn for One More Day;
Debra Messing for The Starter Wife;
Anna Paquin for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee;
Queen Latifah for Life Support;
Gena Rowlands for What if God Were the Sun; and
Vanessa Redgrave for The Fever.
Again, the Globes and SAG agreed, awarding the actor to Queen Latifah for Life Support.
Now for the movie awards. The nominees for outstanding supporting actor in a movie included:
Casey Affleck for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford;
Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men;
Hal Holbrook for Into the Wild;
Tommy Lee Jones for No Country For Old Men; and
Tom Wilkinson for Michael Clayton.
As with the Golden Globe, the actor went to Javier Bardem forNo Country for Old Men.
The nominees for outstanding supporting actress in a movie included:
Cate Blanchett for I’m Not There;
Ruby Dee for American Gangster;
Catherine Keener for Into the Wild;
Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone; and
Tilda Swinton for Michael Clayton.
The actor was awarded to Ruby Dee for American Gangster. Interestingly enough, Dee wasn’t nominated for a Golden Globe. Cate Blanchett took home the award in that category.
Nominees for outstanding performance by an actor in a motion picture included:
George Clooney for Michael Clayton;
Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood;
Ryan Gosling for Lars and the Real Girl;
Emile Hirsch for Into the Wild’; and
Viggo Mortensen for Eastern Promises.
The Globes and SAG continued to agree, awarding the best actor award to Daniel-Day Lewis for There Will Be Blood.
Nominees for outstanding performance by an actress in a motion picture included:
Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth: The Golden Age;
Julie Christie for Away From Her;
Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose;
Angelina Jolie for A Mighty Heart; and
Ellen Page for Juno.
On a role still, the actor joined her Golden Globe as Julie Christie once again pulled off the win for Away From Her.
Nominees for best ensemble cast in a motion picture included:
3:10 to Yuma;
Into the Wild; and
No Country for Old Men.
As anticipated the award went to No Country For Old Men.
The highlight of the evening, however, might have been the awarding of the Lifetime Achievement award to beloved character actor, Charles Durning. A former ballroom dancer, boxer, and highly decorated World War II war hero, Durning has appeared in more than 100 movies and over 200 television shows, movies, or miniseries.
After a jerky start to award season, the SAG awards manage to deliver a classy, well scripted and prepared show. Here’s hoping that means good things for the future.