Tonight it was an exciting horse race. Normally we discount much of the Golden Globe winners, as they are chosen by the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. However, by the time the end of January rolls around, we are all anticipating where the winners will be lined up, and in what direction for the SAG Awards. Tonight’s Screen Actors Guild® Awards was star-studded, with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and others from the highly acclaimed “The Help” taking home the top awards. But don’t count “The Artist” and “The Descendants” out yet for the Oscars. Everything could change in the days to come. But what will never change, is the love Americans, the Screen Actors Guild and the public around the world has for icon Mary Tyler Moore, who proved, “You are going to make it, after all!”Dick Van Dyke presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to his former “Dick Van Dyke Show” co-star Mary Tyler Moore, who delivered an incredibly heartfelt speech citing her screen work and humanitarian work. Mary Tyler Moore received a standing ovation from the crowd, and she was well received at the press room, where she proceeded to be gracious to everyone there. On stage her speech began by recalling how she had to alter her name from (Mary Moore) due to multiple listings of the same name in the SAG roster. “I, too, am happy after all,” Moore said at the end of her genuine and incredible speech. Seem Mary should teach other famous actresses how to deliver a grand speech without epithets and profanity-laced language.
Other winners included the ever ageless Betty White for “Hot in Cleveland,” as she took home the award, but gave her co-stars credit. “You can’t name me without naming those other women on ‘Hot in Cleveland,’” White said. Alec Baldwin won for the sixth time, this time for the NBC hit show “30 Rock,” and Steve Buscemi won for his role as Nucky on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Veteran actor Christopher Plummer won for his role in “Beginners.”
All in all, it was a huge night for “The Help,” but Oscar watchers say, don’t count out “The Artist” or Clooney’s “The Descendants” to possibly take home the Academy Award for Best Picture this year. Definitely Viola Davis deserved this award, but it’s definitely Meryl Streep’s to lose for her steely performance as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” Though “The Help” is a quintessential American story of great relevance and historical subject matter; so anything is possible. Onward and upward, and Oscars are next. Though the Grammy Awards will air in just two weeks, then on to the end of February for the night of the Stars!
For the complete list of winners, go to the SAG Awards official site at www.sagawards.org/.
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Written By: Tommy Garrett
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