The SAG Awards ceremony this weekend seemed flat and uninspired on the TV side, yet contained a couple of welcome surprises and possible Oscar foreshadowing in the film categories. Since the show airs on Turner networks TBS and TNT, why not ask/beg their biggest star, Conan O’Brien, to host next year to give the whole thing a much-needed boost of energy?
Excellent film winners all across the board, especially in a year that had so many great performances.
Dick Van Dyke presenting the life achievement award to Mary Tyler Moore.
SAG producers always assemble one of the best “In Memoriam” segments of any show (acknowledging character actors and big stars throughout).
The Jean Dujardin win was nice, but Clooney and Pitt have still never earned SAG Awards for their individual film work.
The “Modern Family” ensemble win was well deserved, but the pre-planned speech utilizing the kids was not funny and indicated very much that they were all expecting the trophies.
The show’s announcer is one of the worst in the industry, and I have noticed it for many years. She gives no enthusiam to any of her introductions or gets the crowd excited about even the best of presenters.
Speaking of undeserving, the worst win possibly in the history of the SAG Awards is quite possibly the one by Paul Giamatti (“Too Big to Fail“). His role was very small and wasn’t even the fifth or sixth best performance in his own TV movie, much less the best on television from this past season. He didn’t show up because he was probably embarassed to be nominated over his own co-star William Hurt, and he certainly didn’t expect to actually win.