SAG Awards: The best and worst moments

Janekrakowski_lI’m a just bit underwhelmed after watching last night’s SAG Awards. From the collective "Who let those guys back in?" groan (re: The Sopranos winning everything), to the part in the middle where something meaningful was taking place but I fell asleep, to a Tom Cruise sighting during which he barely raised his voice, let alone sounded wacko… it all evoked a big "meh" from me. Better make that a big "blërg," in honor of SAG winner and lover of lunch Liz Lemon (and, of course, our own Dawnie Walton). The ceremony wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t awesome, aside from Daniel Day-Lewis’ speech and Angelina’s boob almost falling out on the red carpet. We’re sorry to those (two) of you who wanted a live blog; instead, here are PopWatch’s highly subjective Best and Worst moments of the evening…


Jane Krakowski’s dress (pictured). It looked like Dippin’ Dots.

• Quote of the night, from Tina Fey: "You’ve just given an award to a hat rack."

•  Lifetime-achievement-award recipient Charles Durning redeeming himself (and Burt Reynolds’ pushiness) by greeting his microphone: "Hello, mic!" Then, during his standing O, Durning’s wheelchair-bound wife apologetically mouthing, "I can’t get up!" It was pretty sweet.

• Daniel Day-Lewis’ speech was just perfect. He talked about daring to "go back into the arena one more time, with longing and self-doubt jostling in the balance," and then somehow easily segued his way into a tribute to Heath Ledger, citing him as one actor whose work inspired a sense of regeneration in him. "In Monster’s Ball, that character that he created seemed to be almost like an unformed being, retreating from himself, his father, this life — even us, and yet we wanted to follow him." Powerful stuff, and so classy.

• Tina Fey, Jenna Fischer, and Julie Christie all alluded to the WGA strike in support of writers and out-of-work production crews during their acceptance speeches.

• Javier Bardem looked — and sounded — so hot.

Honorable Mention: Ruby Dee’s glasses

Check out the evening’s worst moments after the jump.


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"My name is ____, and I am an actor." What is this, AA?

• A digital image of Alec Baldwin won Best Actor in a Comedy Series. Ditto Queen Latifah, Kevin Kline.

• Justin Chambers’ future is so bright he needs shades indoors.

• Josh Brolin, your team just won! There’s no need to bully us.

• Having to do a double-take each time the announcer said "Welcome back to the SAG Awards. Here’s Blair Underwood!" got tiring.

• Debbie Matenopoulos called Jenna Fischer "Julie" on the redcarpet. (FYI: Jenna was a complete doll about it, but should havesaid something like "Thanks, Daria" while walking away.)

• The Debster also made a vaguely unintelligible and definitelyoffensive comment to Judith Light and Michael Urie. Something like "Soyou’d rather be a nanny than a nurse?" What? (The dumbfounded looks ontheir faces almost made this a Best Moment.)

Honorable Mention: Nikki Blonsky screaming "OUR MOVIE! EVERYBODY LIKE IT?" Yikes.

List your own favorite-and-not moments, below.

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  • K

    Dude, Josh Brolin got so ignored by everyone, he friggin deserved his moment. God bless him.

  • GD

    Haha — love the list, Annie. You’re working late. I also noticed Justin’s sunglasses and was generally bewildered by the Blair Underwood history lessons. Congrats to 30 Rockers! Weird to see Tony and the gang back in action.

  • TG

    Why couldn’t Charles Durning’s wife get up? Was she also having chest pains?

  • RightNextToMarsDotCom

    What about Emile Hirsch while presenting Into the Wild? He looked like he was about to break down into hysterics.
    And what was Casey Affleck mouthing to Amy Ryan when Ruby Dee won?

  • Cara

    Best trying-not-to-watch-my-own-clip faces: Casey Affleck, Steve Carrell.
    Best facial hair: Tommy Lee Jones, Viggo Mortensen.
    Best and most hilarious rambling: Josh Brolin.
    Hottest accent: Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard.
    Most uncomfortable teleprompter reading: Tommy Lee Jones, Emile Hirsch.

  • Tanya

    RightNextToMarsDotCom I think Casey Affleck was telling Amy Ryan to stand up and clap.

  • WRC

    Angelina is so totally preggers . . . she was doing the whole billowy, JLo disguise and her “girls” were quite a bit larger than normal (we almost got a real peek at them). Congrats to her and Brad–they both look gorgeous AND happy!

  • Tara Kell

    Daniel Day-Lewis’ speech made me cry(again). Every time I think I’m getting a grip on Heath’s passing something like this just hits me all over again. Thank you Daniel Day-Lewis. Thank you for careing.

  • Seth

    Julie Christie looks smokin hot. Wow!

  • Nix

    This will sound bad, and it’s not so muc about Ms. Ruby but after Soprano after Soprano et al.; but when Ruby Dee won, I muttered, “This is why actors should not be unified voting blocks about anything.” Always the sentimental/statement choices.

  • Tim

    “Miss Latifah couldn’t be here tonight.”

  • Matt

    They do that “I am an actor” speech every year. Where have you been?

  • Julia

    I thought Josh Brolin’s speech was quite funny, actually. He has had one heck of a year, and it was nice to see him actually accept an award for a change!
    Also, would Javier Bardem just hurry up and marry me? Thanks.

  • Stephanie

    Tom Cruise looked totally pissed off! You could tell he wanted to say something to the crowd about this recent Scientology fiasco but instead, he kept it in check. He so didn’t want to be there.

  • To Nix RE Ruby Dee

    There’s a reason she won and it wasn’t because of a lifetime of work — she was good. If you saw AG (and I don’t think you did), that last scene where she confronts her son was so powerful baby, and then when she slapped Denzel, I was like “whoa!” That’s acting baby….forget those other babes they will have their time, but she is the epitome of what a good and decent actress should be.

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