Last night’s Screen Actor Guild Awards were very similar to the Golden Globe awards two weeks ago in that the awards for feature films were very predictable while the awards for TV had some surprises.
As expected Patricia Arquette won Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role for “Boyhood”.
At this point her win is predictable, what I cared more about was the clip they picked for her. Unfortunately, they picked a so-so one. I really hope the Oscars pick a clip from her amazing scene at the end of the movie.
J.K. Simmons won, as expected, for “Whiplash”. What is nice about his success with this role is that it shows that a character actor can have their moment in the sun if they stick around long enough.
Julianne Moore continues her march towards a long overdue Oscar win for her performance in “Still Alice”.
With Eddie Redmayne’s win for “The Theory of Everything” the Best Actor competition just got a whole lost less competitive. I really feel like Michael Keaton needed to win this one for “Birdman” if he was going to have any chance come Oscar night.
“Birdman’s” win for best cast was a surprise but I still think “Boyhood” is the overwhelming favorite for Best Picture at the Oscars.
On the TV side it was big night for “Orange is the New Black”. It won best cast for a Comedy (as I predicted) but it did surprise for Outstanding Actress. William H. Macy was surprise for Outstanding Male Actor in a comedy.
Kevin Spacey’s win thrilled me because it meant that the overrated “True Detective” went 0 for 3 at the big awards shows. No Emmys, No Golden Globes and no SAG awards!
Viola Davis’ win for “How to Get Away with Murder” was an unexpected, and very welcome, surprise. I’m so happy for her that this show has been successful. Moving from film to a TV show could have easily been seen as a step down for a two time Oscar nominee but it looks like it was the right move for her.
Downton Abbey’s win for Best Dramatic cast made me happy. I am only on season 2 but I do love the show.
Frances McDormand’s win was predictable but her awesome speech made the predictability worth it.
The highlight of the night for me was Mark Ruffalo FINALLY winning an award for his great work in “The Normal Heart”.
I was so disappointed in August when he and Matt Bomer went home empty handed at the Emmy’s but they both ended up winning other important awards. Bomer got the Golden Globe two weeks ago and Ruffalo got the SAG Award last night. I wish Julia Roberts had won something as well but that’s okay.
Then, of course, there was the bizarre spectacle that was Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Bless their hearts, they certainly weren’t boring.
Less than four weeks to Oscar night!
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