Sunday January 27, 2008 6:27 pm
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards
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Thanks to the cancelation of the Golden Globes ceremony, the hottest ticket in town was tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Without a picket line to cross, celebrities from TV and Film were allowed to celebrate - and commiserate - together for the first time in a long while.
For star-deprived fans, the SAG red carpet was also a treat for sore eyes. What were our favorite actresses wearing? What were the latest trends? Which dresses were going to be copied by Allen Schwartz tomorrow?
Unfortunately, the evening was not all about partying. The recent deaths of Suzanne Pleshette and Heath Ledger cast a somber tone on what would normally be a festive occasion. Thankfully, tonight was not about dissecting their lives, but merely about honoring them.
Meanwhile, the neglected winners of this month’s Globes were also hoping to get a share of the honors. If they were able to pull off another victory tonight, maybe they would have a chance to give the speech they already had written.
Well, without further ado, here’s the play-by-play of tonight’s events coming to you from the fashionably late West Coast!
6:24 pm: I’m seriously wondering how Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) will move - let alone go to the bathroom - with that tight black dress on.
6:31 pm: Ricky Gervais (Extras) admits that he doesn’t like getting ‘pushed around’ on crowded red carpets. Later, Debbie Matenopoulos awkwardly asks whether it bothers him that Steve Carell is more famous.
6:41 pm: Tina Fey (30 Rock) - who looks adorable in her short black dress - says she’s happy to be out of the house for the first time in 11 weeks.
6:54 pm: Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives)
has a slightly uncomfortable moment when she admits that her ex-husband (Jon Tenney, The Closer) is also at the same event for a different award.
6:57 pm: Seriously hating Jane Krakowski’s (30 Rock) dress. Apparently she was busy with Arts & Crafts during her time off.
7:01 pm: Just caught a glimpse of Viggo Mortensen’s (Eastern Promises) red vest on black shirt look. I want to like it, but I can’t.
7:10 pm: Javier Bardem (No Country) proves that a good hairstyle - and an open collar - is all you need to go from scary to sexy.
7:15 pm: Kate Beckinsale looks refreshing in her bright yellow gown. Sadly, I’m not quite sure why she’s there to begin with.
7:35 pm: Pregnant Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) looks surprisingly drab in her strapless dress. The material looks like it was ripped from a duvet cover.
7:41 pm: Ryan Gosling (Lars and the Real Girl) and his sister both wear black ribbons in honor of Heath Ledger.
7:44 pm: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) is a definite standout in her electric blue dress. That’s someone who just gets cuter with age.
8:03 pm: Ellen Burstyn (For One More Day) looks fabulous. Fabulous. She rivals most of the young things we’ve seen already today.
8:04 pm: Rebecca Romijn (Ugly Betty) could take a few fashion tips from the above Burstyn.
8:05 pm: Tina Fey and Steve Carell present the award for Outstanding Male Actor (Drama Series) to James Gandolfini. I’m sad that Jon Hamm doesn’t get a chance to experience his win, but The Sopranos will be gone next year.
8:20 pm: The award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Drama Series) goes to the cast of The Sopranos. This show is only 20 minutes, yet I’m already bored. Hopefully the film categories will be a bit less predictable.
8:27 pm: For a second there, I thought Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) was Emily Blunt. She hands the Outstanding Supporting Male Actor (Film Drama) statue to Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men). I now wonder if all Spanish actors look best tie-less.
8:44 pm: The cast of The Office wins for Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Comedy Series). God, I miss them.
8:56 pm Charles Durning (Rescue Me) is given this year’s Life Achievement Award. What a fascinating history he had! Ballroom dancer? Who knew? (BTW - the special plaque he received looks like something from The Man in the Iron Mask.)
9:17 pm: The award for Outstanding Male Actor (TV Movie or Miniseries) goes to an absent Kevin Kline (As You Like It).
9:20 pm: I hate to say it, but I had no idea that Mickey Rooney was still alive. The 87-year-old presents the award for Outstanding Female Actor (TV Movie or Miniseries) to Queen Latifah (Life Support). She is also unavailable to accept the prize.
9:26 pm: Josh Brolin (No Country) has the (unfortunate) honor of leading into the Farewells segment. Wow. We lost so many this year.
9:36 pm: Viggo Mortensen looks like he’s shooting a Western. At least I hope he is. He hands the Outstanding Supporting Female Actor (Film Drama) award to Ruby Dee (American Gangster). What?? Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) was robbed.
9:49 pm: The award for Outstanding Male Actor (Film) goes to Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood). It’s so weird to see him speaking when not in character. I guess that’s why he deserved to win. He again was classy enough to mention Heath’s name and dedicates his award to him. Wow.
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