Sunday January 25, 2009 10:21 pm
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards
Last January, the Screen Actors Guild Awards was considered a pleasant distraction from all the writers’ strike business. Since the actors now face their own work stoppage, this year’s event once again served as a nice diversion.
With the Academy Awards less than a month away, tonight’s ceremony gave us a better idea of how that broadcast might pan out. Was Kate Winslet another double-winner this evening? Did Mickey Rourke wrestle an additional victory? Is Heath Ledger on his way to that posthumous Oscar? Get all the details after the jump!
8:05 pm: Rosario Dawson and Kiefer Sutherland present the award for Outstanding Female Actor (Comedy Series) to Tina Fey (30 Rock). Although she undoubtedly deserves it, I find myself a little bored.
8:08 pm: The stunning Freida Pinto and Dev Patel introduce Slumdog Millionaire. I’m guessing by the warm welcome that the film is a shoo-in for Outstanding Ensemble.
8:10 pm: Jon Hamm and Kyra Sedgwick step up for the Male Actor in a Comedy Series category. Alec Baldwin’s (30 Rock) win makes me wonder if I’ve somehow started watching last year’s broadcast by mistake.
8:19 pm: Evan Rachel Wood segues into a pointless montage. I’m just thankful she no longer looks like the girlfriend of Marilyn Manson.
8:22 pm: Claire Danes in a couldn’t-get-any-tinier red dress gives the award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Comedy Series) to 30 Rock. Although I was led to believe Tracy Morgan would be accepting from this point on, Jane Krakowski said she won the right after the Arizona Cardinals made it to the Super Bowl. Hopefully they’ll retire that joke in time for the Emmys.
8:29 pm: Kate Winslet wins the Outstanding Supporting Female Actor (Film) award for The Reader. Despite the form-fitting blue dress, she seems to be breathing slightly easier this time around.
8:38 pm: A gorgeous-in-green Christina Applegate and Taye Diggs team up for the Outstanding Male Actor (Drama Series) award. The charming Hugh Laurie (House) takes the win.
8:42 pm: Amy Poehler and John Krasinski give the statue for Outstanding Female Actor (Drama Series) to Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters). I’m unfortunately distracted because I just saw the newly-engaged Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen together.
8:48 pm: Emily Blunt and Eric McCormack hand over the Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Drama Series) prize to the cast of Mad Men. While Jon Hamm thanks their “dozens of viewers,” I’m busily trying to spot Moss’ new ring.
8:59 pm: SAG president Alan Rosenberg hits the stage and I’m immediately shocked by how well he has not aged. I guess the possible strike/impending divorce has taken its toll.
9:01 pm: Forest Whitaker begins the Life Achievement Award presentation for James Earl Jones. As weird as it sounds - I can’t help but stare at James’ great skin!
9:18 pm: Laura Linney (John Adams) snags the win for Outstanding Female Actor (TV Movie or Miniseries). A very frail looking Anthony Hopkins steals her spotlight.
9:23 pm: Amy Adams and Viola Davis share the mic for Doubt. For a second there, I thought the glowing Davis was actually Taraji P. Henson.
9:24 pm: Marisa Tomei - who looks as young as she did in My Cousin Vinny - presents the award for Outstanding Male Actor (TV Movie or Miniseries). An absent Paul Giamatti takes the expected win.
9:36 pm: Kristin Scott Thomas announces Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) as the Outstanding Supporting Male Actor (Film) winner. This time, an emotional Gary Oldman takes his turn accepting on the late actor’s behalf.
9:47 pm: Meryl Streep (Doubt) seems genuinely surprised by her Outstanding Female Actor (Film) win. The breathless legend - Is she trying to make us forget Winslet? - points out that she didn’t even buy a dress for the event. (She is simply wearing black pants.) She then applauds all the female actors out there for their work this year.
9:53 pm: Katie Holmes, for some reason, gets the opportunity to present the Outstanding Male Actor (Film) award. (Has her voice always been that annoying?) Sean Penn (Milk) makes up for his Golden Globes loss and takes the prize. Ladies and Gents - it’s going to be an interesting battle at the Academy Awards.
9:59 pm: Anthony Hopkins takes the stage for the Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Film) category. From this point on, Slumdog Millionaire can no longer be considered the “underdog.”
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