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:


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

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

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

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

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

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


“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad” *WINNER*
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”

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

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

“Arrested Development”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family” *WINNER*
“30 Rock”

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

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

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

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”

“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Game of Thrones” *WINNER*
“The Walking Dead”

Award Season :: Complete Nominee List :: 2014 SAG Awards

 by Shannonn Kelly
09:05AM, EST, December 13, 2013

The day before the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced their selections for the 2014 Golden Globe® Awards which will broadcast on Sunday January 12, 2014, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) revealed their picks.

Like the Golden Globes, SAG nominations are for work by Actors and Actresses in both TV and Film.

Garnering four nominations each were TV’s “Breaking Bad” and the much talked about dramatic film “12 Years A Slave“. “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones” were also heavily nominated TV series. In the film category “Dallas Buyers Club” and “August: Osage County” were also heavily nominated.

Cast members “The Wolf of Wall Street” and  “Saving Mr. Banks” were among the high profile nomination snubs in films. In TV, again much like in the Golden Globes, “Orange Is The New Black” was also snubbed in the Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series category.

The SAG Award Ceremony will be Simulcast Live on Saturday, January 18, 2014 on TNT and TBS at 8PM (EST)/5PM(PT). An encore presentation will follow that you can access on TNT or a live stream of the SAG Awards can also be viewed on line through the TBS and TNT websites and through Watch TBS and Watch TNT apps for iOS or Android.

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Oscar News :: SAG Awards Bring “ARGO” One Step Closer to Oscar

"ARGO" Wins SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance for a Cast in a Motion Picture"
“ARGO” Wins SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance for a Cast in a Motion Picture”

by Shannonn Kelly
05:06AM, EST, January 28, 2013

The sh*t just got real for Ben Affleck because he and his Cast which includes Bryan Cranston, won the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for “ARGO” at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

This overall big winner at last night’s 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was actor Bryan Cranston who also won for Best Actor TV Drama Series for the cult-tastic “Breaking Bad” where he plays a power hungry chemistry teacher gone bad.

Actor Bryan Cranston takes home 2 SAG Awards for "Argo" and "Breaking Bad"
Actor Bryan Cranston takes home 2 SAG Awards for “Argo” and “Breaking Bad”


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Oscar News :: SAG Award Noms Bring One Surprising Snub

By Shannonn Kelly
11:01AM, EST, December 12, 2012

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations for 2023 were announced this morning and there was one major snub. Actor Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master”. As well, his co-stars Amy Adams and Philips Seymour Hoffman.

Actors Taye Diggs and Busy Philipps Announce 2013 SAG Nominees
Actors Taye Diggs and Busy Philipps Announce 2013 SAG Nominees

Other than that and a pass on the great Anthony Hopkins for his fantastic portrayal of enigmatic genius director Alfred Hitchcock, the nominations pretty much line up with many expectations.

SAG nominations are Hollywood’s first major announcements on the road to the Academy Awards ceremony February 24, 2013. Oscar nominations will be announced on January 10th, 2013, the first time an Oscar host will also make the announcements. 2013 host is “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Golden Globe nominations match up when they make their announcements tomorrow. Continue reading “Oscar News :: SAG Award Noms Bring One Surprising Snub”

Review :: Blonde Finger – Javier Bardem Strikes a Pose as Bond Villain in Skyfall

By Shannonn Kelly
10:32AM, EST, November 17, 2012

Javier Bardem as “Raoul Silva” and Daniel Craig as “James Bond” get something straight between them…

There’s a reason “Skyfall” is smashing box office records. Actually there may be 5 reasons. But let’s start with an overview of what may be the best contemporary Bond film to date.

Director Sam Mendes establishes the 50th Anniversary James Bond film with a pre-credit roll thrill chase through mystifying Istanbul with iron-spined Daniel Craig as “Bond” and colleague “Eve” played by the stunning Naomie Harris.

Both radioed into MI6 and “M” who instructs them to continue the chase to retrieve the ‘List’. Bond chases his prey literally through hill and dale on most modern modes of transportation including a spine-tingling final chase from atop a speeding train to a seaside hilltop.

I can’t give away what happens, but the next time Bond talks to “M”, the conversation goes a little something like this:

M: “Where the hell have you been?”
Bond: “Enjoying death.”

Cut to the stirring “Skyfall” theme song co-penned and sung by Adele. Her rich and sultry tones have managed to catapult the soundtrack to the highest-charting Bond album in 27 years, according to, even though the song is not actually on the CD. Written by Adele and Paul Epworth, I could listen to this song over dinner and admire its crossover appeal. Want to listen? Click Here. Continue reading “Review :: Blonde Finger – Javier Bardem Strikes a Pose as Bond Villain in Skyfall”