Award Season : : SAG® Awards :: Who Won – Who Lost – Why I’m Happy

by Shannonn Kelly
08:18AM, EST, January 19, 2014

Last night, the Screen Actors Guild Awards® gave out many of the right trophies, especially in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor categories, where respectively, won for his remarkable change in appearance and character for his role as “Rayon” in “Dallas Buyers Club“.

Some of the 'Right' Winners - Screen Actors Guild Awards® 2014
Some of the ‘Right’ Winners – Screen Actors Guild Awards® 2014

Leto shared his award with the “the Rayons of the world”, and said after his win, “The epidemic isn’t over. There still is not a cure (for AIDS).”

 (finally) won a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ award for the bittersweet historical drama “12 Years a Slave.” Nyong’o beat out award season favorite and (over saturated) media darling Jennifer Lawrence who was up for her supporting role in “American Hustle“. So today, I’m a little happier than I was after the Golden Globes®.

Mexican born, Yale educated Nyong’o has won 19 awards for her role as “Patsey”, but they’ve mostly been Film Critic Awards. This is her first top tier award, which bodes well for her at the Academy Award® ceremony in March.

Here’s the kicker – – this is only Nyong’o’s 4th on-screen role. Her acceptance speech hit a very poignant, emotional chord when she said in part:

Being recognized by your fellow actors is an honor of the highest order,”. She then attributed her director Steve McQueen, “for taking a flashlight and shining it underneath the floorboards of this nation and reminding us what it is we stand on.

 took home the SAG ‘Best Actress’ award for her role in “Blue Jasmine” (2013) about a deeply troubled woman. The film is directed by Woody Allen.

Deservedly,  took home ‘Best Actor’ for his near-to-best career performance in “Dallas Buyers Club”.  To prepare for his role as reluctant AIDS activist “Ron Woodroof“, McConaughey lost between 38-51 pounds. After winning his award, McConaughey said, “There’s a real benefit to being hungry. All the power I lost, I gained from the neck up.”

If you remember, McConaughey received his very first Oscar nomination this past Thursday. Over the last 9 years, all ‘Best Actor SAG Winners’ have won the Academy Award®.

My pick for ‘Best Actor in a Lead Performance’ has been, since the Sundance Film Festival, the outstanding  for his role as “Soloman Northup” in “12 Years A Slave“.

I will be somewhat broken-hearted if Ejiofor loses, as I’ve been following his career since “Dirty Pretty Things (2002) for which he won a BAFTA® Award (the UK equivalent to the Oscar) and have been waiting for his star vehicle performance to get him to the Oscar’s in a lead role. Ejiofor should have won for his supporting role as Huey Lucas in “American Gangster” (2008) but he was snubbed across the board for other top tier awards.

On the other hand I’m so proud of McConaughey for digging himself out of the vapid, schmaltzy slump he was in with all those awful Rom-Coms such as the horrendous : “Sahara” (2003), “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (2003), “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (2009) and Fool’s Gold (2008).

McConaughey’s career has been on the upswing in the most dramatic way since he got back to his acting roots in 2011. First with the understated “The Lincoln Lawyer” and then with his outstanding, dark and sexy-beast performance in “Killer Joe”. I wanted McConaughey to win for his role as “Killer Joe Cooper” because up to that point it was his career-best performance. But then he followed that up with “Mud” (2012) and you just knew there was a lot more where that came from. Even McConaughey’s role in “Magic Mike” (2012) was exceptional, funny, slightly dark and a little wonderful.

By the way, I just want to remind everybody that “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013) is directed by Quebec director . And, even though he is responsible for two Oscar-nominated performances from lead Matthew McConaughey and supporting actor Jared Leto has been almost entirely snubbed all award season for a Best Director nod, until last Thursday when he was finally nominated for Best Director for an Academy Award®.

“American Hustle”, the award season darling took home the award for ‘Best Ensemble Cast’.

According to Dave McNary at Variety:

The 20th SAG Awards provided mixed signals since the “American Hustle” cast won over “12 Years a Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club” — which won three of the four individual acting awards — along with topping with “August: Osage County” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” The winner of the SAG ensemble trophy has matched the Oscar Best Picture winner nine times in 18 years, including last year with “Argo.”

TV SAG Awards:

My two favorites, “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” each took home two awards. “Modern Family” won ‘Best Comedy Ensemble trophy. Always hilarious cast member Ty Burrell won the ‘Best Actor” trophy, finally beating out Alec Baldwin who was looking for his 8th win for “30 Rock.”

The unstoppable, immensely talented Dame Helen Mirren won for ‘Best Actress’ in a TV Mini-Series or Movie for “Phil Spector” which she should’ve also won at the Golden Globes and not Elisabeth Moss. another reason why I’m happy today. 🙂

Michael Douglas won the ‘Best Actor’ in a TV Mini-Series or Movie Award for “Behind the Candelabra” (2013) in his eerily inspired role as flamboyant pianist “Liberace“. As with his Golden Globe® Award win, Douglas continued to credit to his co-star. “The truth is, I am not here without Matt Damon. This is yours too.” The film is directed by Steven Soderbergh,

“Breaking Bad” completely crushed the important drama series categories, winning the ‘Best Ensemble In a Dramatic Series’ award. At least  gets to walk away with a well-deserved award after being snubbed by almost every other TV award granting body except for The Emmy’s for which she won only in 2013 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series as her character “Skylar White”. For without her, there would’ve been no reason for Walter White to even exist.

Below is The Complete List of SAG Winners:

FILM AWARDS

BEST FILM ENSEMBLE
“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle” *WINNER*
“August: Osage County”
“The Butler”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST FILM ACTOR
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” *WINNER*
Forest Whitaker, “The Butler”

BEST FILM ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” *WINNER*
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”

BEST FILM SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, “Rush”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
James Gandolfini, “Enough Said”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” *WINNER*

BEST FILM SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” *WINNER*
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Oprah Winfrey, “The Butler”

BEST FILM STUNT ENSEMBLE
“All is Lost”
“Fast & Furious 6”
“Lone Survivor” *WINNER* (I was VERY impressed when I saw the stunt work in the film. Well deserved)
“Rush”
“The Wolverine”

TV AWARDS

BEST TV DRAMA ENSEMBLE
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad” *WINNER*
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”

BEST TV DRAMA ACTOR
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” *WINNER*
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”

BEST TV DRAMA ACTRESS
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey” *WINNER*
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”

BEST TV COMEDY ENSEMBLE
“Arrested Development”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family” *WINNER*
“30 Rock”
“Veep”

BEST TV COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family” *WINNER*
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

BEST TV COMEDY ACTRESS
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” *WINNER*

BEST TV MOVIE/MINI ACTOR
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra” *WINNER*
Jeremy Irons, “The Hollow Crown”
Rob Lowe, “Killing Kennedy”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

BEST TV MOVIE/MINI ACTRESS
Angela Bassett, “Betty and Coretta”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Holly Hunter, “Top of the Lake”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector” *WINNER*
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

BEST TV STUNT ENSEMBLE
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Game of Thrones” *WINNER*
“Homeland”
“The Walking Dead”

2 Replies to “Award Season : : SAG® Awards :: Who Won – Who Lost – Why I’m Happy”

  1. I cannot believe I forgot to set my PVR last night when I knew I was not going to be home. Thanks for the super update.. I need to see Dallas Buyer Club asap!

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