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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Mad Men' gets 'Mr. Men' treatment | Jennifer Lawrence is rising star for Palm Springs filmfest

October 26, 2010 |  4:46 pm

• Submissions for consideration by the nominating panels of the SAG Awards have to be in by 5 p.m. PDT Thursday. SAG AWARDS

Sasha Stone examines the truthfulness of certain best picture contenders, including front-running "The Social Network," and considers this in terms of the state of the race. AWARDS DAILY

John Lopez looks at the long list of lead actress contenders. LITTLE GOLD MEN

Draper-1d • Three-time Emmy champ "Mad Men" has inspired a British satirical website to create a cheeky revamp of the "Mr. Men" series of cartoon characters by the late Roger Hargreaves. Included in their tongue-in-cheek report, is this statement from spokesperson Camile Von Bach: "Pre-orders for 'Mr. Sterling Gets Angry' have exceeded all expectations, so we can’t wait to see what happens with 'Mr. Draper Loses His Trousers' or 'Little Miss Peggy Gets Another Bump In Her Tummy.'" THE POKE

• The motion picture academy has set up a Twitter feed. The first tweet — "I'm ready for my close-up" — is an abridgment of that memorable final line of dialogue from 1950 best picture nominee "Sunset Boulevard" when faded star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) descends into madness. TWITTER

Pete Hammond reports on the first of many weekends filled with screenings and parties touting various awards contenders and caps this off with a peek behind the scenes at Monday's Hollywood Film Awards. DEADLINE

Steve Pond has the scoop on the online voting for the kudos handed out by the International Documentary Assn. Among the details: "To be approved to vote using the new system, members cannot have any professional connection to a nominee, must agree to watch all five films in their entirety, and must have a high-speed Internet connection and satisfy minimum browser requirements." THE ODDS

Katie Hasty chatted with writer-director Tyler Perry and two of the women — Anika Noni Rose and Phylicia Rashad — featured in his new film "For Colored Girls." HITFIX

• The Palm Springs film festival will fete lead actress contender Jennifer Lawrence ("Winter's Bone") as a rising star at the annual gala Jan. 8. In making the announcement, fest chair Harold Matzner said, "Call it a gift for us all when a young performer comes along, demonstrating such natural theatrical instinct." Past recipients include Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bryce Dallas Howard, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick and Scarlett Johansson. PSIFF

Ryan Adams praises the relatively short running time of "127 Hours" and considers this in light of the academy's ususal preference for pictures that run longer. However, as he writes, "the brevity of 'Marty,' 'Driving Miss Daisy' and 'Annie Hall' work so well because they’re 100% free of excess padding. '127 Hours' is exactly as lean and mean as it needs to be." AWARDS DAILY

Anne Thompson thinks, "The only way for (Tilda) Swinton — who is admired by critics and art house audiences alike — to make the best actress Oscar grade this year for 'I Am Love' (which played the fest circuit before opening in June), is for critics to make a fuss over her in their year-end wraps and ten-best lists, and for critics groups and the Golden Globes to reward her with prizes and nominations and thus turn the screener into a must-see for SAG and Academy actors." THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

Image: Mr. Draper from "Mad Men." Credit: ThePoke.co.uk.


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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Early forecast of SAG Awards: Best TV drama actor

October 11, 2010 |  2:57 pm

It doesn't matter anymore that Hugh Laurie ("House") won TV drama actor of 2006 and 2008 at the SAG Awards. He won't even be nominated at the next batch of kudos to be bestowed by the Screen Actors Guild on Jan. 30, according to our pundit Rob Licuria (AwardsHeaven).

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Rob boots Laurie from his lineup of five projected nominees in favor of Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"). Rob also predicts Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment"), Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"). Hall won last year.

Memo to Hugh Laurie: Don't give up all hope. Our other pundit, Chris "Boomer" Beachum, includes you in his high five along with Byrne, Cranston, Hall and Hamm.

Below, Boomer breaks down the race for us, according to front-runners, possible contenders and long shots.

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Front-runners
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist" *
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" *
Matthew Fox, "Lost"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" *
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" *
Hugh Laurie, "House" *
Terry O’Quinn, "Lost"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"

Possible
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights"
Michael Emerson, "Lost"
Denis Leary, "Rescue Me"
Bill Paxton, "Big Love"
Kiefer Sutherland, "24"

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Should SAG be honoring Ernest Borgnine?

August 19, 2010 |  3:11 pm

Ernest Borgnine Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine ("Marty") is to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Jan. 30, six days after he turns 94. In making the announcement, SAG president Ken Howard said, "Whether portraying brutish villains, sympathetic everymen, complex leaders or hapless heroes, Ernest Borgnine has brought a boundless energy which, at 93, is still a hallmark of his remarkably busy life and career. It is with that same joyous spirit that we salute his impressive body of work and his steadfast generosity."

While Borgnine's work ethic is admirable — he has three films due out this year — his personal politics are less than laudable. Four years ago, he waded into the discussion about the merits of the movie "Brokeback Mountain," the first film to feature A-list talent in a gay love story. As Borgnine told Entertainment Weekly, "I didn’t see it and I don’t care to see it. I know they say it’s a good picture, but I don’t care to see it." Then he added, "If John Wayne were alive, he’d be rolling over in his grave!"

Such sentiments were widespread enough in Hollywood to cause "Brokeback Mountain" to stumble in the home stretch of the awards derby. The film was the front-runner after having been named the best picture of the year by 23 award groups, including the Producers Guild, BAFTA, Indie Spirits, Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., New York Film Critics Circle, the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. and the Golden Globes (where "Crash" wasn't even nominated).

Then "Brokeback Mountain" lost all four of its SAG Awards bids and would go down to defeat in these same races at the Oscars. The SAG ensemble prize was claimed by best picture winner "Crash," the SAG lead actor award went to eventual Oscar champ Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") over Heath Ledger and supporting actress was taken likewise by Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") over Michelle Williams. Supporting actor nominee Jake Gyllenhaal was beaten by Paul Giamatti ("Cinderella Man") at SAG while both of them lost to George Clooney ("Syriana") at the Oscars.

While academy voters rewarded "Brokeback Mountain" director Ang Lee and screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana as well as composer Gustavo Santaolalla, they could not award this breakthrough film the best picture prize. How many of them were like Borgnine and didn't even watch it? 

Photo: Ernest Borgnine holds his best actor Oscar for "Marty" at the Academy Awards in 1956. Credit: AMPAS

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2010 derby: Key award dates

August 4, 2010 | 12:01 pm

Here are some of the important kudos dates we know so far:

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Aug. 9 – Teen Choice Awards
Aug. 29 – Primetime Emmys
Sept. 12 -- MTV Video Music Awards
Nov. 22 -- International Emmys
Nov. 29 – Gotham Awards
Dec. 8 – WGA TV nominees announced
Dec. 16 – SAG nominations
Jan. 4, 2011 – WGA film nominees announced
Jan. 16, 2011 – Golden Globes
Jan. 22, 2011 – Producers Guild of America Awards
Jan. 25, 2011 – Oscar nominations
Jan. 30, 2011 – Screen Actors Guild Awards
Feb. 5, 2011 – Writers Guild of America Awards
Feb. 13, 2011 – BAFTA
Feb. 13, 2011 – Grammys
Feb. 27, 2011 – Oscars

Illustration by Ty Wilson

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Is Sandra Bullock an inevitable Oscar champ?

January 25, 2010 |  6:34 pm

Attention, Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") and Sandra Bullock ("The Blind Side"): You don't automatically have the Oscar in the bag just because you won both the Golden Globe and SAG Award. Several lead stars pulled off the same coup and lost at the Academy Awards: Julie Christie ("Away From Her"), Renee Zellweger ("Chicago") and Russell Crowe ("A Beautiful Mind").

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Jamian Edward Bailey posted some comments at Facebook in response to some of my reportage on SAG Award winners that are appropriate to this topic, so I'd like to share them here. Words and stats below are Jamian's:

There are several actors who won the Golden Globe and not the SAG, but they went on to win the Oscar. They were Jessica Lange (1994), Mira Sorvino (1995), Hilary Swank (1999), Jim Broadbent (2001), Chris Cooper (2002), Nicole Kidman (2002), Sean Penn (2003), George Clooney (2005).

Instances where actors won the SAG, but not the Globe and went on to the Oscar were Susan Sarandon (1995), Frances McDormand (1996), Cuba Gooding Jr. (1996), Robin Williams (1997), Roberto Benigni (1998), Kevin Spacey (1999), Michael Caine (1999), Halle Berry (2001), Catherine Zeta-Jones (2002), Morgan Freeman (2004), Cate Blanchett (2004), Sean Penn (2008).

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Best performance by a SAG Awards prophet: Peter Travers

January 24, 2010 |  8:11 am

Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) not only had the best score out of 15 pundits predicting 13 contests at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, he got 12 categories correct. The only race he got wrong: he opted for Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") for best TV comedy actress instead of winner Tina Fey ("30 Rock").

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Joining Travers in getting all five film races right were Nathaniel Rogers (Film Experience), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily), Chuck Walton (Fandango) and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today). Below is the full list of scores. See the original breakdown of predictions here.

PREDICTING 13 FILM AND TV RACES
12
– Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)
11 – Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Nathaniel Rogers (Film Experience), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today)
10– Scott Feinberg (AndTheWinnerIs), Chuck Walton (Fandango)
9 – Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, TheEnvelope), Tariq Khan (Fox News)
8 – Guy Lodge (InContention), Steve Pond (The Odds, TheWrap)
7 – Marshall Fine (Star Magazine, Hollywood and Fine), Paul Gaita (The Circuit, The Envelope) Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby, The Envelope)

PREDICTING 5 FILM RACES
5– Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily)
3 – Brad Brevet (RopeOfSilicon), Erik Davis (Cinematical), Lou Lumenick (New York Post)
2 – Thelma Adams (Us Weekly)

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Photo by Tom O'Neil / For The Times

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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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