At this year’s SAG awards, there was much talk about the guild joining with its sister union AFTRA (American Federation of Radio and Television Artists) which covers a range of TV genres including daytime drama, reality, news and sports. It was referenced in the stirring speech by SAG president Ken Howard and by Best Film Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) who declared that “unions made this country great, because it gives voices to the working people.”
Other winners made special mention of another union, the Teamsters, including Julianna Margulies (Best TV Drama Actress, “The Good Wife”) who thanked them for keeping the show going through New York’s wintry weather and Alec Baldwin (Best TV Comedy Actor, “30 Rock”) who gave a shout-out to his driver.
The overall tone of the evening was light-hearted and sentimental with the expected winners emerging on both the film and television side. One of the few surprises of the night was when Betty White won her first competitive SAG award for her role in the comedy series “Hot in Cleveland.”
Another veteran, Ernest Borgnine, received the lifetime achievement award that went to White last year. He was delighted to be in the company of his peers in the acting community and gave a heartfelt speech about the importance of doing the best work you can so that you live on in history. The presentation of the award was somewhat sloppy and ill-conceived as a good many of Tim Conway’s jokes fell flat though the combined grace of Morgan Freeman and eloquence of Borgnine saved the day.
Fashion wise, it was a mix of triumph and disaster. Mila Kunis was a success in a red, black and white Alexander McQueen gown that showed off her youth, her stunning sculpted body and fit like a glove. Lea Michele corrected her season-long mistake of picking dresses that seem like she’s trying too hard; her youthful make-up and shorter hair cut matched with her understated cream dress from Oscar De La Renta.
Kyra Sedgwick was a winner with a simple black dress and her curly hair flowing. Sofia Vegara wore a stunning purple gown that showcased her ample curves. Angie Harmon dazzled up in a pink, floor length feathered number tailored to fit her body perfectly and paired with simple make-up and jewelry. And Barbara Hershey was stunning in black gown with golden circles.
Ladies in red included Tina Fey in a Oscar De La Renta number, as well as Edie Falco, Julianna Margulies and Christine Baranski.
A couple of poor choices among the ladies: Christina Hendricks channeling Elvira: Mistress of the dark in a black lace number and Jenna Fischer in an uninspired and bland green dress that made her look far too matronly.
Among the men, Colin Firth, James Franco, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer and Alec Baldwin were winners while Jesse Eisenberg, Ernest Borgnine and Christian Bale were among the fashion challenged.