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I tell you true, one of the saddest things to me every night there’s a major awards event is when we have avid readers on the site trying to find a way to watch but coming up empty-handed. All the interest and enthusiasm of our AD friends around the world hits a brick wall when they come around to share a big night with the rest of us. Last night our friend, Vincenzo left this note in the comments: “Good night guys and have fun. No links working from Italy. I go to bed :(
It always crushes my heart to see things like this. Finding replay clips of Oscar Night the day after is virtually impossible because the Academy is way more concerned with keeping their cash cow in a windowless cage than they are in nurturing a new generation of Oscar watches. Thankfully, TNT and the SAGAwards understand the priceless value of making highlights of their ceremony available online so movielovers can watch them anytime anywhere they want. My fingers were crossed that this year we’d see the same spirit of generosity, and this morning I was not disappointed. We’re happy to post a collection of all the best speeches from last night’s awards gala, for Vincenzo and all the other hundreds or thousands of people who had to miss the love show because of international licensing entanglements. Enjoy.

Debbie Reynolds

Julianne Moore

Patricia Arquette

Viola Davis

Frances McDormand

Uzo Aduba

Eddie Redmayne

JK Simmons

William H Macy

Orange is the New Black cast

Birdman cast

Downton Abbey cast
(TNT doesn’t have the Downton acceptance online so here’s the press room Q&A)

You can find more TNT clips from the Red Carpet and Press Room, here.

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The SAG awards are also happening this Sunday. With Jennifer Aniston out of the Oscar race and Marion Cotillard in, that makes predicting Best Actress kind of tough, although it’s mostly still Julianne Moore’s to lose. The SAG will be the big test. I had a feeling Aniston might take that prize, which would have boosted her chances at an Oscar – one speech was all she needed to push it over the top. I don’t think that awards make much of a difference to a lot of people. I’ve come around to Jim Rocchi’s view of them, which is, why do we care about what this group of people thinks is best? It is really an absurd way of finding best – anonymous voting, cronyism, consensus. But every so often something or someone comes along where awards seem important as a way of validation. That Jennifer Aniston went for it this year was criticized, I thought, unfairly. Roles like Aniston’s aren’t being offered to women anymore in mainstream Hollywood. They have to seek them out. If they win awards for them that helps changes things for all older actresses. But alas.

Either way, Julianne Moore is overdue – and deserving. It’s not the most exciting win, to be sure, but her entire career in film has thus far gone unrewarded, which is a shame considering the contributions to film she’s made for decades. At this rate, I don’t think anyone can upset her with Aniston out of the race.

But if we were just to look at the performances, the best of the five is, without a doubt, Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl, the performance of the year in the film of the year (shared with Boyhood and Selma, in my opinion). Pike’s Amazing Amy is one of those performances that will be talked about years from now, not unlike Jack Nicholson in The Shining or Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. I have not had a more gloriously pleasurable moment watching any film this year as I did the scene in Gone Girl that happens at the hour mark.

The majority men I read talked about Gone Girl as though it was an inside joke they didn’t get. Maybe it was. Maybe they have been so cut off from the internal world of women that they can’t really picture it in this satirical form. Every line of dialogue in Flynn’s script is quotable and memorable. Like “The girl with the giant come-on-me-tits…now she looks like a mennonite.” Women in film in 2015 do not talk like that. They’ve been erased and replaced with Stepford wives.

I can’t argue with Moore finally winning but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I thought Pike’s was the best of the nominated five. I actually preferred Moore in Maps to the Stars. But as I say, I don’t think the Oscars mean much of anything except when they mean something and rewarding Moore means something. Shutting out Gone Girl was foolish and shortsighted of the Academy – but, like not nominating David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay from Selma – it really only makes the Academy itself look even worse than it did before. They need to catch up to the modern world. They’re holding themselves, and their dying industry, back.

The supporting categories are locked. I don’t expect to see any surprises there – neither Patricia Arquette nor JK Simmons has a challenger. I don’t think Emma Stone can compete, nor do I think Edward Norton, though both are excellent can touch either of these beloved industry vets who delivered their best work in Boyhood and Whiplash.

Best Actor is wide open and as unpredictable as SAG ensemble. It’s down to the big three – Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game and Michael Keaton in Birdman. I myself have gone back and forth on them. It’s nearly impossible to decide. History tells that who wins here goes on to win the Oscar. This is the one category that draws a blank for me. All three have more than one SAG nod including ensemble. Two out of three are likable. Two out of three are British. I guess that means, to me, that Keaton has the slight edge, being that he’s the one not unlike the other two.

It’s hard to say who is most deserving as all three performances are as good as it gets. I suppose I’ll have to go with Keaton, though my brethren are mostly predicting Redmayne.

Let’s get her done, shall we?

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Supporting
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood, JK Simmons, Whiplash

Ensemble
Birdman

If Birdman wins Ensemble and Boyhood wins PGA — that should make for an interesting final act. If Imitation Game wins either? Look out. If Boyhood wins both? Stick a fork in it.

Grand Budapest Hotel also has a huge ensemble and is perfect for this award. It will likely have no impact on the Best Picture race but it’s still worth noting.

Predict away!

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(press release) – Carrie Fisher will present the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award to her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today. The presentation of the union’s highest accolade will be the centerpiece of the annual Actors® ceremony which will be simulcast live on Sunday, January 25, 2015 on TNT and TBS at 8:00 p.m. (ET) / 5:00 p.m. (PT).

SAG-AFTRA is honoring Debbie Reynolds for her career achievement and humanitarian accomplishments. Past recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford and George Burns.

Actor/novelist/screenwriter/performance artist Carrie Fisher is beloved for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy and will reprise the character in upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” She’s worked extensively since the mid 1970’s on an impressive roster of films including “Shampoo,” “The Blues Brothers,” “Under the Rainbow,” “Garbo Talks,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “The ‘burbs,” “Loverboy,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Drop Dead Fred,” “Soapdish,” “Hook,” “Heartbreakers,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Wonderland,” and “The Women,” among others. Among her numerous telefilm credits are “Leave Yesterday Behind,” “Wright vs. Wrong,” “Frankenstein,” “Liberty” and “Sunday Drive.” She’s guest-starred in the series “Amazing Stories,” “Sex and the City,” “30 Rock,” “The Big Bang Theory” and others. She voices Peter Griffin’s boss Angela on the animated sitcom “Family Guy” and was a full-time judge on Fox’s filmmaking competition reality series “On the Lot.”

In 1987, she published her first novel, the bestseller Postcards from the Edge, which was adapted for the screen by Fisher. She also published the novels Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma. Fisher wrote and performed in her one-woman play “Wishful Drinking” at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, which subsequently toured in select cities throughout the country (2006-2008). She published her autobiographical book, also titled Wishful Drinking, based on her successful play.

2014 Life Achievement Award recipient Debbie Reynolds is celebrating her 66th year in show business. Star of more than 50 motion pictures, two Broadway shows, two television series, as well as dozens of television, cabaret and concert appearances here and abroad, Reynolds made her official screen debut as June Haver’s younger sister in the 1950 musical “The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady.” Her noted feature roles include her star-making turn as Kathy Selden in one of greatest screen musicals of all time, “Singin’ in the Rain,” opposite star and co-director Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor; “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” for which she was nominated an Oscar® for her title role performance; “How the West was Won,” which garnered three Oscars and five nominations; “Tammy and the Bachelor,” which included the Oscar-nominated title song “Tammy,” a No. 1 smash hit that earned Reynolds a gold record; “The Tender Trap,” opposite Frank Sinatra; “The Pleasure of His Company,” in which she danced with Fred Astaire; as the title role in the film version of the Broadway hit “Mary, Mary”; “Goodbye Charlie,” with Tony Curtis and Walter Matthau; “Divorce American Style,” with Dick Van Dyke and Jason Robards; and “How Sweet It Is,” with James Garner. Reynolds worked extensively in drama films as well, beginning with 1956’s “The Catered Affair,” for which she earned a Best Supporting Actress Award from the National Board of Review. Among her many television roles, Reynolds received a 2000 Primetime Emmy® nomination for her recurring role as Debra Messing’s mother in the hit comedy “Will & Grace” and starred with Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins in the 2001 ABC telefilm “These Old Broads,” co-written by Carrie Fisher.

Since her first nightclub act at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas in 1960, Reynolds has remained busy on the stage. She’s headlined on the casino circuit in every major city and in her own showroom, the Star Theatre in the Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which she owned and operated from 1993 to 1998. She’s starred on Broadway in “Irene,” for which she was nominated for a Tony® Award as well as toured in productions of “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Woman of the Year” and a revival of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

In 1987, Reynolds published her first memoir, Debbie: My Life, and in 2013 brought her personal and professional story up to date and shared anecdotes about the making of her extensive filmography in Unsinkable: A Memoir. Reynolds is proud of her two children, daughter Carrie and producer Todd Fisher. Reynolds is devoted to Carrie’s daughter and her granddaughter, Billie Catherine Lourd.

For additional background on Ms. Reynolds, visit sagawards.org/awards/life-achievement-award-recipient/51st.

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EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role- SAG

“To be nominated by my peers, and to be included in a list that is comprised of so many actors I admire, is an incredible honor. And to be recognized alongside Felicity and my castmates means the world. Huge, huge thanks to SAG-AFTRA; I am beyond grateful.”

The Imitation Game

“I’m over the moon. And so delighted to receive recognition in such esteemed company for both Sherlock and The Imitation Game by my acting peers. What an amazing early Christmas present! Thank you to all who voted and watched both pieces of work.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

“Thank you so much to the Screen Actors’ Guild. It’s such an honor to be nominated by your peers and in the company of this group of talented women. I’m thrilled to celebrate this with Benedict and the cast.” – Keira Knightly

“I’m overjoyed that the Screen Actors Guild has chosen to acknowledge Benedict, Keira, and our phenomenal ensemble for THE IMITATION GAME. Together, we set out to make a film that honored the legacy of Alan Turing and his team in the style that they deserved. I’m so proud of this talented group of performers, who brought this story to life with the utmost grace, intelligence and heart.” – director Morten Tyldum

Jenji Kohan, Orange is the New Black – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“I’m thrilled for our cast! This bench of talent runs so crazy deep. These nominations are a tribute to the humor and depth and humanity they’ve brought to these characters. How awesome that they’re everyone’s favorite felons!”

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THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

  • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
  • STEVE CARELL / John du Pont – “FOXCATCHER” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing – “THE IMITATION GAME” (The Weinstein Company)
  • JAKE GYLLENHAAL / Louis Bloom – “NIGHTCRAWLER” (Open Road Films)
  • MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan – “BIRDMAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – “CAKE” (Cinelou Films)
  • FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)
  • JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – “STILL ALICE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – “GONE GIRL” (20th Century Fox)
  • REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – “WILD” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • ROBERT DUVALL / Joseph Palmer – “THE JUDGE” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr. – “BOYHOOD” (IFC Films)
  • EDWARD NORTON / Mike – “BIRDMAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • MARK RUFFALO / Dave Schultz – “FOXCATCHER” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • J.K. SIMMONS / Fletcher – “WHIPLASH” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia – “BOYHOOD” (IFC Films)
  • KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke – “THE IMITATION GAME” (The Weinstein Company)
  • EMMA STONE / Sam – “BIRDMAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • MERYL STREEP / The Witch – “INTO THE WOODS” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • NAOMI WATTS / Daka – “ST. VINCENT” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • BIRDMAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • BOYHOOD (IFC Films)
  • THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • THE IMITATION GAME (The Weinstein Company)
  • THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (Focus Features)

Cast Rosters:

BIRDMAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
ZACH GALIFIANAKIS / Jake
MICHAEL KEATON / Riggan
EDWARD NORTON / Mike
ANDREA RISEBOROUGH / Laura
AMY RYAN / Sylvia
EMMA STONE / Sam
NAOMI WATTS / Lesley

BOYHOOD (IFC Films)
PATRICIA ARQUETTE / Olivia
ELLAR COLTRANE / Mason
ETHAN HAWKE / Mason, Sr.
LORELEI LINKLATER / Samantha

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM / Mr. Moustafa
MATHIEU AMALRIC / Serge X.
ADRIEN BRODY / Dmitri
WILLEM DAFOE / Jopling
RALPH FIENNES / M. Gustave
JEFF GOLDBLUM / Dep. Kovacs
HARVEY KEITEL / Ludwig
JUDE LAW / Young Writer
BILL MURRAY / M. Ivan
EDWARD NORTON / Henckels
TONY REVOLORI / Zero
SAOIRSE RONAN / Agatha
JASON SCHWARTZMAN / M. Jean
LÉA SEYDOUX / Clotilde
TILDA SWINTON / Madame D
TOM WILKINSON / Author
OWEN WILSON / M. Chuck

THE IMITATION GAME (The Weinstein Company)
MATTHEW BEARD / Peter Hilton
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Alan Turing
CHARLES DANCE / Commander Denniston
MATTHEW GOODE / Hugh Alexander
RORY KINNEAR / Nock
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY / Joan Clarke
ALLEN LEECH / John Cairncross
MARK STRONG / Stewart Menzies

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (Focus Features)
CHARLIE COX / Jonathan Hellyer Jones
FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking
SIMON McBURNEY / Frank Hawking
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Stephen Hawking
DAVID THEWLIS / Dennis Sciama
EMILY WATSON / Beryl Wilde

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • ADRIEN BRODY / Harry Houdini – “HOUDINI” (History)
  • BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Sherlock Holmes – “SHERLOCK: HIS LAST VOW” (PBS)
  • RICHARD JENKINS / Henry Kitteridge – “OLIVE KITTERIDGE” (HBO)
  • MARK RUFFALO / Ned Weeks – “THE NORMAL HEART” (HBO)
  • BILLY BOB THORNTON / Lorne Malvo – “FARGO” (FX)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • ELLEN BURSTYN / Olivia Foxworth – “FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC” (Lifetime)
  • MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL / Nessa Stein – “THE HONORABLE WOMAN” (Sundance TV)
  • FRANCES McDORMAND / Olive Kitteridge – “OLIVE KITTERIDGE” (HBO)
  • JULIA ROBERTS / Dr. Emma Brookner – “THE NORMAL HEART” (HBO)
  • CICELY TYSON / Carrie Watts – “THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL” (Lifetime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
  • PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
  • WOODY HARRELSON / Martin Hart – “TRUE DETECTIVE” (HBO)
  • MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Rust Cohle – “TRUE DETECTIVE” (HBO)
  • KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (6 nominees)

  • CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison – “HOMELAND” (Showtime)
  • VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)
  • JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
  • TATIANA MASLANY / Sarah/Coxima/Alison/Rachel/ – “ORPHAN BLACK” (BBC America)
  • Helena/Tony/Jennifer and Various Others
  • MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)
  • ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY ” (ABC)
  • LOUIS C.K. / Louie – “LOUIE” (FX)
  • WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
  • JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper – “THE BIG BANG THEORY” (CBS)
  • ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
  • JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
  • EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
  • JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
  • AMY POEHLER / Leslie Knope – “PARKS AND RECREATION” (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
  • DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
  • GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
  • HOMELAND (Showtime)
  • HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
  • BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (FOX)
  • MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
  • ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
  • VEEP (HBO)

Drama Series Cast Rosters:

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson
PAUL CALDERON / Arquimedes
NICHOLAS CALHOUN / Sean
LOUIS CANCELMI / Mike D’Angelo
JOHN ELLISON CONLEE / Commodore
MICHAEL COUNTRYMAN / Frank Wilson
STEPHEN GRAHAM / Al Capone
DOMENICK LOMBARDOZZI / Ralph Capone
NOLAN LYONS / Enoch Thompson (young)
KELLY MACDONALD / Margaret Thompson
BORIS McGIVER / Sheriff Smith Johnson
VINCENT PIAZZA / Charlie “Lucky” Luciano
PAUL SPARKS / Mickey Doyle
TRAVIS TOPE / Joe Hardy
SHEA WHIGHAM / Eli Thompson
ANATOL YUSEF / Meyer Lansky
MICHAEL ZEGEN / Benny Siegel

DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)
HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham
LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley
JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson
BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates
MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley
KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley
JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates
LILY JAMES / Lady Rose
ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow
ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson
PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes
ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham
SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy
MATT MILNE / Alfred
LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore
DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham
ED SPELEERS / Jimmy Kent
CARA THEOBOLD / Ivy
PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
JOSEF ALTIN / Pyp
JACOB ANDERSON / Grey Worm
JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly
DOMINIC CARTER / Janos Slynt
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne of Tarth
EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister
BEN CROMPTON / Dolorous Edd
CHARLES DANCE / Tywin Lannister
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister
NATALIE DORMER / Margaery Tyrell
NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei
IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont
JULIAN GLOVER / Pycelle
KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow
LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister
CONLETH HILL / Varys
RORY McCANN / Sandor “The Hound” Clegane
IAN McELHINNEY / Ser Barristan Selmy
PEDRO PASCAL / Oberyn Martell
DANIEL PORTMAN / Podrick Payne
MARK STANLEY / Grenn
SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark
MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark

HOMELAND (Showtime)
NUMAN ACAR / Hassan Haqqani
NAZANIN BONIADI / Fara Sherazi
CLAIRE DANES / Carrie Mathison
RUPERT FRIEND / Peter Quinn
RAZA JAFFREY / Aasar Khan
NIMRAT KAUR / Tasneem Qureishi
TRACY LETTS / Sen. Andrew Lockhart
MARK MOSES / Dennis Boyd
MICHAEL O’KEEFE / John Redmond
MANDY PATINKIN / Saul Berenson
LAILA ROBINS / Martha Boyd
MAURY STERLING / Max

HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
MAHERSHALA ALI / Remy Danton
JAYNE ATKINSON / Catherine Durant
RACHEL BROSNAHAN / Rachel Posner
DEREK CECIL / Seth Grayson
NATHAN DARROW / Edward Meechum
MICHEL GILL / President Walker
JOANNA GOING / Tricia Walker
SAKINA JAFFREY / Linda Vasquez
MICHAEL KELLY / Doug Stamper
MOZHAN MARNÒ / Ayla Sayyad
GERALD McRANEY / Raymond Tusk
MOLLY PARKER / Jackie Sharp
JIMMI SIMPSON / Gavin Orsay
KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood

Comedy Series Cast Rosters:

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)
MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler
KALEY CUOCO-SWEETING / Penny
JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter
SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz
KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali
JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper
MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (FOX)
STEPHANIE BEATRIZ / Det. Rosa Diaz
DIRK BLOCKER / Hitchcock
ANDRE BRAUGHER / Capt. Ray Holt
TERRY CREWS / Sgt. Terry Jeffords
MELISSA FUMERO / Det. Amy Santiago
JOE LO TRUGLIO / Det. Charles Boyle
JOEL McKINNON MILLER / Scully
CHELSEA PERETTI / Gina Linetti
ANDY SAMBERG / Det. Jake Peralta

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
JASON BIGGS / Larry Bloom
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
LAVERNE COX / Sophia Burset
JACKIE CRUZ / Flaca
CATHERINE CURTIN / Wanda Bell
LEA DELARIA / Carrie “Big Boo” Black
BETH FOWLER / Sister Ingalls
YVETTE FREEMAN / Irma
GERMAR TERRELL GARDNER / Charles Ford
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Ofc. Sam Healy
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
JULIE LAKE / Angie Rice
LAUREN LAPKUS / Susan Fischer
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
NATASHA LYONNE / Nicky Nichols
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
JOEL MARSH GARLAND / Scott O’Neill
MATT McGORRY / Ofc. John Bennett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Black Cindy
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
ALYSIA REINER / Natalie “Fig” Figueroa
JUDITH ROBERTS / Taslitz
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
BARBARA ROSENBLAT / Miss Rosa
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
LORRAINE TOUSSAINT / Yvonne “Vee” Parker
LIN TUCCI / Anita DeMarco
SAMIRA WILEY / Poussey Washington

VEEP (HBO)
SUFE BRADSHAW / Sue Wilson
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davidson
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock

SAG AWARDS® HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“FURY” (Columbia Pictures)
“GET ON UP” (Universal Pictures)
“THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“UNBROKEN” (Universal Pictures)
“X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST” (20th Century Fox)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series (6 nominees)
“24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY” (FOX)
“BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
“GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
“HOMELAND” (Showtime)
“SONS OF ANARCHY” (FX)
“THE WALKING DEAD” (AMC)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild 51st Annual Life Achievement Award
DEBBIE REYNOLDS

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MOTION PICTURE
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Ensemble Cast: American Hustle

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Rita Morena

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Screen Actors Guild TV winners after the cut.

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Best Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Brian Cranston, Breaking Bad
Best Ensemble in a Drama Series: Breaking Bad
Best Actress in a Movie/MiniSeries: Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Best Actor in a Movie/MiniSeries: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Modern Family


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With each new twist in the Oscar race there is the assumption that all of the same people are voting for the same awards. They aren’t. This is true of the critics awards, the Golden Globes, the Critics Choice and the Screen Actors, Producers and Directors Guilds. The Academy voters often reflect a slightly different perspective because the various branches, those who have been invited to join, or are Oscar winners themselves, do the voting. Best Picture is the only category where everyone votes. The actors branch is roughly 1200 members, not so different from the SAG nominating committee. But it is worth noting that the SAG voters are randomly selected, as opposed to being a group of members who have reached high points in their careers. I think that makes them slightly different.

The match-up between Academy and SAG is secure enough to make them one of the most important of the precursors but it isn’t 100%. These SAG nominations are coming very early, it feels like, compared to how the rest of the race might play out, but it feels that way every year, particularly when there is a last minute rally for a handful of films.

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The SAG nominations are coming early Wednesday morning. The Screen Actors Guild have become a fairly decent harbinger of the Oscars simply because once a consensus builds it is very difficult to shake it up. But the SAG nominations, like the New York Film Critics, the National Board of Review and the Golden Globe come early in the season, which means they can sometimes be better influencers than they are predictors.  Last year, the SAGs matched up with Oscar fairly decently in Best Actor, only missing one.  They missed two in Best Actress, none in Supporting Actor, one in Supporting Actress and Ensemble.  They are one of the few major guild awards to announce before Oscar ballots are turned in. The DGA is announced just a day before the ballot deadline. The PGA has a little more lag time.
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Tommy Lee Jones and Daniel Day-Lewis made SAG history over the weekend by become the first pair to win Lead Actor and Supporting from the same film.

Ben Affleck and the cast of Argo become the first film since Little Miss Sunshine to win the ensemble prize (and the PGA prize).

SAG ensembles to win without a director nomination – so if it wins, Argo will become the first film in PGA history and SAG history to win Best Picture without a director nod:

Argo
The Help
Little Miss Sunshine
Apollo 13
The Birdcage

Sally Field has never won a SAG award for film.
Robert De Niro has never won a SAG award for film.
Alan Arkin won ensemble with Little Miss Sunshine.

What: The SAG Awards
When: 5pm Pacific Time
Live Streaming: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/watch-live-2013-screen-actors-guild-awards/
R
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Welp, we had a big mouthful of Argo last night. Something tells me Argo might surprise tonight at the SAG too.  Therefore, my No Guts, No Glory pick is:

Ensemble: Argo

Check out the predictions over at Gold Derby, too.  

Ensemble
Silver Linings Playbook–Sasha Stone, Marshall Flores, Craig Kennedy
Lincoln–Ryan Adams
Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln –Adams, Kennedy, Stone, Flores
Best Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook–Stone, Kennedy
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty–Adams, Flores
Supporting Actor
Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook–Stone, Kennedy, Flores
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master–Adams
Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables–Stone, Kennedy, Flores
Sally Field, Lincoln–Adams

 

SAG Award

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If there is to be a Crash/Driving Miss Daisy/Chariots of Fire-like upset in Best Picture, there is a great chance it will show up here, in the SAG ensemble award.  The one-two punch of one movie winning both the PGA and SAG could mean the Oscar race is over.  What if two different films win? It’s happened before. It happened last year.  What less likely to happen, though, is that the Academy will reflect SAG over the PGA for the simple fact that the PGA is the only other major awards group that uses the preferential ballot with ten nominees.

Since 2009, when the Oscar voters switched to more than five nominees, they’ve only matched SAG ensemble once, and that was with The King’s Speech that made a sweep of the guilds.  Last year, The Help won. In 2009, Inglourious Basterds won.  That’s only three years to make comparisons but it’s enough to say that there’s a good chance it won’t match with Best Picture this year.  Then again it might. For the first time in a long while Best Picture is up for grabs.

Best Actress
The real showdown here is Jessica Chastain vs. Jennifer Lawrence for lead actress.  There is a model for a lead actress winning without any other SAG nominations but those have generally gone to vets – Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball, Julie Christie for Away from Her, Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side.  That might bode well for Chastain in that most actors know she came from stage.  That puts her slightly in the “respectability” category.

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Bradley Cooper, “Being recognized by your peers is something I could only dream of happening and to be included in this group of actors is not only humbling but quite frankly, surreal. But the greatest gift, was to be a part of an ensemble that was nominated and the cast, which spans more people than are noted–Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Shea Whigham, Julia Stiles, Paulie Herman, Dash Mihok, Anupam Kher, Brea Bee, John Ortiz and all of the local actors from Philly who showed up and knocked it out of the park.”

Alan Arkin, “WOW!  I will never complain about my dues again!! I am also thrilled that the ensemble cast of ARGO was nominated and I am sure my fellow cast members feel that same way about the dues that I do!”

Marion Cotillard, “Thank you so much to the Screen Actors Guild, it’s an enormous honor as an actor to be recognized by your peers. I’m thrilled to share this nomination with the incredible Jacques Audiard and Matthias Schoenaerts and the entire “Rust and Bone” team, and especially Tom Bernard and Michael Barker at Sony Pictures Classics for bringing the film to US audiences.”

Robert De Niro, “”It is very gratifying that SAG has chosen to honor the work of all of the actors in SLP”

Naomi Watts, “I could not be more excited. The recognition from your peers is beyond valuable. I’m truly thrilled. It’s an honor to be a part of Maria Belon’s story and of course the countless others whose lives were so profoundly affected by the tsunami.”

Daniel Day-Lewis, What a lovely thing for myself, Sally, Tommy, and the entire cast to be nominated by our guild.

Nicole Kidman, ““This acknowledgement from my peers means everything to me. I love acting.  I love actors.  This has absolutely floored me.  Thank you so much!”

19th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONs

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRADLEY COOPER / Pat – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Mark – “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight)
HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean – “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Whip Whitaker – “FLIGHT” (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Maya – “ZERO DARK THIRTY” (Columbia Pictures)
MARION COTILLARD / Stephanie – “RUST AND BONE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
HELEN MIRREN / Alma Reville – “HITCHCOCK” (Fox Searchlight)
NAOMI WATTS / Maria – “THE IMPOSSIBLE” (Summit Entertainment)

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I have hard that the Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained screeners might not have gotten to the SAG nominating committee in time, as they finished just in the knick of time.

I have always wondered, though, if voters don’t just put down names anyway, in anticipation of how great they will be based on buzz and reviews.

But I’m going to predict that:

1. Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere shows up in the Supporting Actress race
2. Emayatzy Corinealdi shows up in the Best Actress race. Tomorrow I will be writing about the NAACP blew it big time by not nominating Middle of Nowhere for Best Film.
3. Richard Gere, Best Actor for Arbitrage

Tomorrow morning the Screen Actors Guild will announce their awards, starting early in the morning, around 5:30 am. The SAG awards are reliable predictors when it comes to Oscar’s acting categories. Getting an ensemble nod is always key to the run up for Best Picture. A film can win without it but it’s more difficult.  Beasts of the Southern Wild is not eligible for SAG so any Oscar predictions for that film in the acting categories will have to be made blind.

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Traditionally, like the Globes and the BFCAs, the NBR and now, the New York Film critics, the SAG awards can sometimes represent an earlier stage of the race. For instance, J. Edgar was nominated for SAG last year but then mostly shut out at the Oscars.  It takes time for word to spread, for the consensus to build and if you are doing the voting before the films have a chance to get out to the public you are taking a risk that even a SAG nominated actor or cast will not make the cut come Oscar time.

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Will actors eventually be selected out of their central role in movies, increasing replaced by animation,  performance capture, and other evolving forms of digital characters?  That irrational fear has been drifting in and out of Oscar conversations for years. Just as the pleasure of reading books has endured while movies became the world’s foremost storyteller, films driven by great performances remain as popular now as they’ve ever been.  In the end, no technology can ever replace what gifted actors are able to do. This year, a handful of film ensembles remind us of the irreplaceable power of performances.

Two essential forces often compete to dictate the Best Picture race — the director and the ensemble cast. The Screen Actors Guild’s ensemble award has come to mean much more than just a precursor for Best Picture. They have gone out of their way to define their ensemble prize in terms of their unique collaborative contribution — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  Those of us who look to the SAG Awards to see what might win Best Picture must balance our regard for the acting branch as the largest block of voters who choose the top prize at the Oscars with our awareness that sometimes it really is all about the acting.  When a film wins Best Picture without an Oscar for its director — as was the case with Crash, Chicago, and Shakespeare in Love — the SAG ensemble prize is often an early indication that its strength is perceived to be the collective contribution of its cast more than a result of the director’s control.

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Right after the SAG noms, EW’s Dave Karger, who has been predicting The Artist to win since very early in the season, tweeted out “bad news for Hugo – no film in 15 years has won Best Picture without a SAG nomination.”   That’s some good research, there.  And indeed, you have to go back to Braveheart to find a film that won Best Picture without a SAG nom. Almost all of them, even if they didn’t have individual acting nods, had an ensemble nod at least.

By my count, then, and according to Karger’s rule, the only films that can win are: The Artist, Moneyball, The Descendants and The Help (always comes down to those) – I guess Midnight in Paris if you want to stretch it.  However, the thing to remember is that rules are meant to be broken. I would never simply resign to this truth.  After all, The Social Network’s loss last year broke an even longer tradition of critics awards aligning and a Best Picture not winning.  Kathryn Bigelow’s win broke 82 years of Oscar history. Imagine if someone had said “no woman has won Best Director in 82 years.” Was that going to stop me or you from believing that Bigelow could win? No.

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There is no need to panic about a few of the details today at the SAG award nominations. For instance, many thought Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy might have done better — but it will do very very well at the BAFTAs, which will push it from thence towards Oscar.  I also think Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo were late entries and wouldn’t show up at SAG — they probably weren’t seen by enough members, I’m guessing.  I don’t think Tinker, Tailor was seen much either.  But I should probably research a bit before making sweeping statements like that.

When people say things like Shailene Woodley was left off – well, she wasn’t left off because she got an ensemble nod. So technically it wasn’t an out and out snub.  Albert Brooks, though, did get a snub — however, he has many more friends in the Academy than in SAG, so I’m expecting he’ll still make it in the Oscar race.  Gary Oldman, Woody Harrelson, and of course, Michael Fassbender were all left off the Best Actor list. But Demian Bichir’s nomination is a cause for celebration.  It was a “little” movie but what a great performance.  His has stuck with me through the months – partly because of the character he plays but also his restrained performance is so moving.

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18th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo – “A BETTER LIFE” (Summit Entertainment)
GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King – “THE DESCENDANTS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. Edgar Hoover – “J. EDGAR” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JEAN DUJARDIN / George – “THE ARTIST” (The Weinstein Company)
BRAD PITT / Billy Beane – “MONEYBALL” (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
GLENN CLOSE / Albert Nobbs – “ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions)
VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark – “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)
MERYL STREEP / Margaret Thatcher – “THE IRON LADY” (The Weinstein Company)
TILDA SWINTON / Eva – “WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Marilyn Monroe – “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
KENNETH BRANAGH / Sir Laurence Olivier – “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company)
ARMIE HAMMER / Clyde Tolson – “J. EDGAR” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JONAH HILL / Peter Brand – “MONEYBALL” (Columbia Pictures)
NICK NOLTE / Paddy Conlon – “WARRIOR” (Lionsgate)
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal – “BEGINNERS” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy – “THE ARTIST” (The Weinstein Company)
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote – “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)
MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan – “BRIDESMAIDS” (Universal Pictures)
JANET McTEER / Hubert Page – “ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions)
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson – “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)

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