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Gold Derby nuggets: SAG Awards sets calendar | Evening Standard long list includes budding stage star Keira Knightley

October 25, 2010 |  1:48 pm

• The Dec. 16 nominations announcement for the Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live on TNT from the Pacific Design Center. Nominees are determined by the 4,200 SAG members who sit on separate film and television screening panels. In the wake of the success of other awardscasts going live nationwide, the 17th annual edition of these kudos will follow suit. TNT and TBS will beam the Jan. 30 festivities from the Shrine Auditorium live from coast to coast beginning at 5 p.m. PT. SAG AWARDS

Scott Kraft chats with "Fair Game" star Naomi Watts and Valerie Palme, the real-life subject of the film. L.A. TIMES

Erik Childress surveys the lead actor field and speculates on a last-minute entry by Christian Bale ("The Fighter"). MOVIEFONE

Sasha Stone points out a clever marketing trick pulled off online by "The Social Network" and "Black Swan." AWARDS DAILY

Keira-Knightley • The long lists for one of the top three West End kudos have been released and, as Natalie Woolman notes, "Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Sheridan Smith and Keira Knightley are among the nominees for the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress." Knightley made her West End debut in a production of Moliere's "The Misanthrope" last spring and received generally good notices. Also in the mix is "Another Year" star Lesley Manville for her performance in "Six Degrees of Separation." The final list of nominees will be released on Nov. 21 with the winners announced at a ceremony one week later. THE STAGE

• Knightley is set to return to the West End in the new year headlining a revival of Lillian Hellman's provocative 1934 play "The Children's Hour" opposite Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"). The subject was quite shocking at the time -- two schoolteachers whose close friendship subjects them to the scurrilous rumor that they are lesbians. And, as per Patrick Healy, with all going well in the West End, American audiences will see Knightley make her Broadway debut next fall. ARTS BEAT

Anne Thompson dismisses the notion that Tyler Perry could get into the game for his screen adapatation of the 1977 Tony-nominated play "For Colored Girls." THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

Greg Ellwood catches up with Jennifer Lawrence, lead actress hopeful for "Winter's Bone," during her whirlwind visit to L.A. during a break in filming "X-Men: First Class" in London. HIT FIX

Jeff Wells wonders why more pundits aren't predicting that Anne Hathaway in "Love and Other Drugs" will be in the awards mix. HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Photo: Keira Knightley in "The Misanthrope." Credit: Comedy Theatre.


SAG Awards predix: Best ensemble in a TV comedy series

October 15, 2010 |  6:16 pm

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Sizing up the next race for best ensemble in a TV comedy series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards is tricky. Three of the four nominees are locks: "Modern Family," "30 Rock" and recent winner "Glee."

But what about "The Office"? It's been nommed for the past four consecutive years, winning twice (2006, 2007). Our guru Chris "Boomer" Beachum believes it will return, but not Rob Licuria (Awards Heaven). He boots it out for "Nurse Jackie." They both agree that TV superhit "The Big Bang Theory" will finally score its first bid here.

Below, Boomer handicaps the top contenders. Also view Boomer's and Rob's views on the SAG Awards for best ensemble in a drama series and best actor.

* = nominee last year

BEST COMEDY ENSEMBLE
(Front-runners)
"The Big Bang Theory"
"The Big C"
"Community"
"Entourage"
"Glee" *
"Modern Family"*
"Nurse Jackie"
"The Office" *
"Parks and Recreation"
"30 Rock" *

(Possible)
"Cougar Town"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"Two and a Half Men"
"United States of Tara"
"Weeds"

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Early forecast of SAG Awards: Best TV drama series ensemble

October 14, 2010 |  3:48 pm

Buscmei Boardwalk Empire It looks like only one new show -- "Boardwalk Empire" -- is likely to make it into the drama series ensemble race at the SAG Awards. That is the word from our TV gurus Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven). They agree that the new HBO series will contend against "Dexter," "The Good Wife" and reigning two-time champ "Mad Men." For the fifth slot, Rob gives the edge to "The Closer" while Boomer opts for "True Blood."

Below, Boomer breaks down the race for us, according to front-runners, possible contenders and long shots. TV shows nominated last year are marked on the list below with an asterisk (*)

TV DRAMA SERIES ENSEMBLE
(Front-runners)
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Breaking Bad"
"The Closer" *
"Dexter" *
"The Good Wife" *
"House"
"In Treatment"
"Lost"
"Mad Men" *
"True Blood" *

(Possible)
"Damages"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Parenthood"
"Sons of Anarchy"

(Long Shots)
"Detroit 187"
"The Event"
"Grey's Anatomy"
"Rescue Me"
"Treme"

Photo: Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO.

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Complete list of SAG Award winners and nominees

January 23, 2010 |  8:29 pm

Here's a full list of winners of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which were bestowed Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

X = winner

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BEST FILM ACTOR
X - Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

BEST FILM ACTRESS
X - Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Carey Mulligan, "An Education"
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matt Damon, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
X - Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz, "Nine"
Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
Diane Kruger, "Inglourious Basterds"
X - Mo'Nique, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

BEST FILM ENSEMBLE
"An Education"
"The Hurt Locker"
X - "Inglourious Basterds"
"Nine"
"Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

BEST ACTOR IN TV DRAMA SERIES
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
X - Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"
Hugh Laurie, "House"

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Julianna Margulies and Alec Baldwin are queen and king of the SAG Awards

January 23, 2010 |  7:34 pm

There were lots of breakthroughs at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") emerged as the biggest winner of SAG Awards when she triumphed for best TV drama actress, bringing her career total to seven. Three of those were solo honors for individual performances in "E.R." and "The Good Wife"; four for appearing as part of the drama TV ensemble in "E.R."

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If counting only solo honors for individual performances in either TV or film, Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") emerged as SAG's biggest champ, earning his fourth trophy as best TV comedy actor. Last year he also won a SAG award for TV comedy ensemble. Tonight Baldwin's "30 Rock" co-star joined the few other thespians who also claimed three solo honors (either TV or film) — James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally and, of course, Julianna Margulies.

Showtime claimed its first SAG award when Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") won as best actor in a TV drama series. Up until now the TV network seemed strongly disadvantaged at these awards because only a limited portion of the 120,000 guild members receive the pay channel at home. The win could not be the result of a sympathy vote for Hall, who has cancer and wore a knit hat to cover his baldness due to chemotherapy treatments. The disclosure that he has Hodgkin’s lymphoma was made only a week and a half ago, long after the vast majority of SAG ballots were in. "Dexter" recently experienced an outstanding TV season creativity, which ended with (SPOILER ALERT) the shocking murder of his character's wife that was witnessed by his infant son — a plot twist that mirrored the personal back story of Dexter as a boy seeing the gruesome death of his mother years earlier.

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Photos: "The Good Wife" (CBS), "30 Rock" (NBC)

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DVDs play secret starring role in who wins SAG Awards

January 23, 2010 |  1:01 pm

Many Oscarologists believe that one of the key reasons "Crash" pulled off an Oscar upset for best picture was because Lionsgate tried a sneaky new ploy: The studio sent DVD screeners to nearly 100,000 SAG  members who vote on the guild awards. "Crash" ended up winning the SAG ensemble award, then beat "Brokeback Mountain" for the top Oscar.

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It's expensive to blitz the full SAG membership, but some studios will spring for the investment if their film has been in theaters for a while and they can ship cheap, nonwatermarked DVDs. (If movies are new releases that must be sent via watermarked screeners, the cost is far, far too high.) As Pete Hammond reports, sending nonwatermarked DVDs costs about $200,000 and this year the following screeners were shipped trans-SAG: "An Education," "Inglourious Basterds," "Julie & Julia," "Precious" and "Up in the Air."

If Meryl Streep, Gabourey Sidibe or Carey Mulligan prevail in the best-actress race, it may because all voters saw their films, but they didn't get a DVD of "The Blind Side" starring rival Sandra Bullock. Jeff Bridges is widely considered to be the front-runner for best actor, but "Crazy Heart" wasn't sent to all SAG voters. It also wasn't widely seen in movie theaters, reaping only $2.5 million at the box office compared to $65 million for George Clooney's "Up in the Air," which was sent to guild members.

But maybe it doesn't matter if Streep and Clooney end up winning SAG awards tonight. Two years ago, DVDs of "Away from Her" were sent to SAG members, boosting Julie Christie to a SAG victory over Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose," which wasn't sent via DVD to SAG voters). But Cotillard won the Oscar later.

However, lots of SAG champs do go on to win at the Oscars, many more in the lead races (66%) than in supporting (about 50%). Ten of the past 15 SAG winners of best lead actor and actress repeated at the Oscars. Direct comparison between the two awards is a bit tricky because sometimes stars compete in different categories. For example, last year Oscar's best lead actress Kate Winslet ("The Reader") won in supporting at SAG, giving Meryl Streep ("Doubt") victory in the top guild race. Benicio del Toro ("Traffic") won in supporting at the Oscars and lead at SAG (crushing "Gladiator" hulk Russell Crowe).

The reason for such impressive overlap is more than just the fact the two awards are voted upon by like-minded showbiz insiders. Indeed, they share many of the same voters. Winning at SAG can give a derby player momentum to leap ahead of rivals even after losing most previous precursor prizes. That's what happened to Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball") in 2001 when she triumphed on Oscar night after winning only at the National Board of Review before triumphing at SAG. That year Sissy Spacek ("In the Bedroom") romped early in the derby, sweeping up awards from the critics' groups and Golden Globes, and she looked unbeatable.

Last year only "The Dark Knight" was shipped on DVD to the full SAG membership. Heath Ledger won best supporting actor.

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Quiz: Which Oscar champ wasn't nominated for a SAG Award?

January 20, 2010 | 10:21 am

During the 15 years that the Screen Actors Guild has bestowed competitive prizes, only once did voters totally snub an actor who went on to win the Oscar. Who was it? To see the answer, click the "Continue Reading" link underneath the photos below.

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'The Envelope' team tops at predicting SAG Awards winners

January 29, 2009 |  1:04 pm

Our panel of 18 pro pundits did far better at predicting the winners of the SAG Awards than we did with the Golden Globe Awards. While we scored only 53% when foreseeing the Globe movie results, a collective 64% (69/108) of our predictions coincided with the SAG winners. And we bettered our Globe TV score by 1%, with 75% (88/117) of our SAG picks winning.

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The overall champs were Scott Feinberg (Feinberg Files, The Envelope) and me with 13 out of 15 correct. Scott edged me out on the movie side by correctly picking "Slumdog Millionaire" for the ensemble prize (as did five others), and being the only pundit to score a perfect 6/6. On the TV front, I foresaw Sally Field winning lead actress in a drama series for "Brothers & Sisters" to score 8/9. However, only Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network) pulled off a perfect 9/9 on the TV front, as he was the only pundit to predict Hugh Laurie winning lead actor in a drama series for "House."

A quartet of us got five of our six movie picks right: Greg Ellwood (HitFix.com), Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly) and me. Another five of us got four correct: Brad Brevet (RopeOfSilicon.com), Marshall Fine (Star magazine, HollywoodAndFine.com), Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Michael Musto (Village Voice) and T.L. Stanley (Gold Rush, Hollywood Reporter).

Everyone else — Edward Douglas (Comingsoon.net), Elena Howe (The Envelope), Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network, Kris Tapley (InContention.com), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Bob Tourtellotte (Reuters) and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) — scored three out of six, with the exception of Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com) who got two right.

Brad Brevet, Elena Howe, Michael Musto, Kris Tapley and Jeffrey Wells did not offer TV picks. I followed right behind Kevin Lewin with eight correct while Edward Douglas, Scott Feinberg, Pete Hammond, Dave Karger, Peter Travers and Susan Wloszczyna all scored seven apiece. Those with six right were Greg Ellwood, Marshall Fine, Peter Howell and T.L. Stanley while Bob Tourtellotte got five correct.

The overall scores of the 13 pundits who dared to predict all 15 categories at the SAG Awards were can be seen in the chart at right.

All of us, with the exception of Kris Tapley, also offered a prediction of the top winner at last Saturday's PGA Awards. A dozen of us -- Brevet, Douglas, Fine, Howell, Karger, Lewin, Musto, O'Neil, Tourtellotte, Travers, Wells, Wloszczyna -- went with the winner "Slumdog Millionaire" while the rest backed "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

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Does the SAG cast award really help 'Slumdog Millionaire'?

January 25, 2009 |  9:40 pm

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"Slumdog Millionaire" has solidified its lead at the upcoming Academy Awards with a win for best ensemble at tonight's SAG Awards. That this cast of virtual and absolute unknowns from India (as well as a Brit, Dev Patel) could so impress the 100,000 members of the American-based Screen Actors Guild is evidence of the film's universal appeal.  In a way, it is not surprising that the notion of defying the odds -- as the young hero does in "Slumdog Millionaire" -- would prove irresistible to actors, many of whom struggle to make a living at their gypsy profession.

The SAG Awards have included an ensemble prize since their second year (1995). Over the ensuing 13 years, the Screen Actors Guild choice has matched up withSag_awards_slumdog_millionaire_pull the eventual Oscar-winning best picture only six times. Indeed, the SAG Award champ did not repeat at the Oscars until the fourth year of the award in 1998 when "Shakespeare in Love" took home both awards, surprising many an Oscarologist who expected "Saving Private Ryan" to win. Since then, "American Beauty" (1999), "Chicago" (2002), "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003), "Crash" (2005), and last year's "No Country for Old Men" have won both honors.

In the years when the SAG Awards ensemble prize went to a film other than the eventual Oscar champ, there was a more populist theme to it that, no doubt, influenced the votes of the union membership. The first three SAG champs were the modern-day heroes of "Apollo 13" over "Braveheart" (1995); the high-flying men of "The Birdcage" over "The English Patient" (1996); and the show-stopping strippers who delivered "The Full Monty" over "Titanic" (1997). That last winner, a feel-good film about down-on-their-luck English steelworkers, was scripted by Simon Beaufoy, who just happened to handle the adaptation of "Slumdog Millionaire."

Of the other four films that won at SAG but lost at the Oscars, two were top-heavy with acting talent -- "Traffic" (2000) and "Gosford Park" (2001), which prevailed over Russell Crowe vehicles "Gladiator" and "A Beautiful Mind," respectively -- and two were small ensemble pieces -- "Sideways" (2004) and "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006) -- that triumphed over star-studded ones "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Departed," respectively.

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Outrage of the SAG Awards: 'Slumdog Millionaire' snubs its writers

January 25, 2009 |  8:38 pm

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When "Slumdog Millionaire" won best ensemble cast at the SAG Awards, Anil Kapoor (who portrays the game show host) got so carried away at the podium thanking the guy who hired him — "the great genius," director Danny Boyle — the producers who signed his paychecks and the film's adorable child actors ("How can I forget the children?!"), he forgot the true great talent that make this movie magical: the guy who wrote it.

Why, oh, why do people always forget to give writers their due? "Slumdog Millionaire" is so brilliant because of the script by Simon Beaufoy, who adapted an inspiring bestselling book ("Q&A") by Indian novelist Vikas Swarup. That's the key source material. That's the story that makes viewers of this film so joyous. And it's told masterfully in a script by Beaufoy, who proved with his last Oscar-nominated screenplay, "The Full Monty," that he knows how to whip audiences into a frenzy when telling tales about the triumph of underdogs. Check out my video chat with both Beaufoy and Doyle in which Beaufoy explains his magic formula.

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SAG awards: 'The Dark Knight,' 'Heroes' and '30 Rock' are early winners

January 25, 2009 |  5:54 pm

In case you didn't hear, two SAG Awards were bestowed before the start of the show tonight — the new ones for stunt work. They went to "The Dark Knight" (film) and "Heroes" (TV). No big surprises there, eh?

Hey, when Tina Fey won best TV comedy series female actor, didn't you feel cheated that she didn't trash our forum posters in her acceptance speech like she did at the Golden Globes? Ah, well, we got that cute baby story about Alice instead. Well, not quite a baby. Alice is 3 years old, in case you're wondering.

"30 Rock," of course, swept the comedy series board, claiming male actor (Alec Baldwin) and ensemble in addition to best actress. No big surprises there either, eh?


'The Dark Knight' was the only DVD sent to all 100,000 SAG members

January 25, 2009 |  5:30 pm

Lots of Oscarologists believe that a key factor in the upset of "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain" as the Oscars' best picture of 2005 was the daredevil decision by Lionsgate to be the first studio ever to ship DVDs to all 100,000-plus members of the Screen Actors Guild voting for their awards.

The theory goes that to win best picture at the Oscars, you must win over the industry's actors because they are the largest branch within the academy. Maybe so, but that's an awful lot of waste — 98,700 DVDs shipped to non-academy members just to get the attention of the 1,300 SAG members who do belong the academy, but also get the regular DVD shipped to the full 5,800 AMPAS members separately. Sure, OK, that may not make a lot of sense, but there's another added benefit. Everybody knows that actors are blabbermouths. Win them over, some Oscar consultants think, and they'll help to build great industry buzz.

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At the 2005 SAG Awards, "Crash" won the ensemble category, which some gurus (not me) think is a prophet foretelling of a big Oscar victory to come. In that case it was true, but I don't buy the theory in general.

Nonetheless, the shrewd DVD maneuver was copied the next year by "The Departed," "Venus," "The Queen" and "Little Miss Sunshine. Only "The Queen" and "Little Miss Sunshine" won SAG Awards - best actress to "The Queen" Helen Mirren and best cast ensemble to "Little Miss Sunshine". The ensemble prize, by the way, did not boost the latter to the top Oscar victory, of course. Best picture went to "The Departed," but that may have benefitted from its wide DVD blitz to members of the actors' guild.

Last year four movies blitzed SAG with DVDs: "Hairspray," "No Country for Old Men," "Into the Wild" and "3:10 to Yuma." Only "No Country" won SAG Awards (cast ensemble, supporting actor Javier Bardem). And "No Country" won best picture at the Oscars later, of course.

This year the only DVD sent to the full membership was "The Dark Knight," which isn't nominated for best picture at the Oscars. Miramax sent a promotional brochure for "Doubt" to all SAG members, but it didn't contain a disc.

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