The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards is often called a red carpet preview of what filmgoers should expect on the Super Bowl of the film awards season, The Academy Awards. Tommy Lee Jones won the best supporting actor award as an abolitionist lawmaker in “Lincoln,” allowing the oft-terse actor to somehow be even less loquacious, because he stayed home due to the flu, according to The Los Angeles Times. "In a show with few notable stage moments, perhaps the most conspicuous speech was the one Jones didn’t give," added the report.
"Reading the voice-over for a Dick Van Dyke lifetime achievement prize, Alec Baldwin described the octogenarian’s volunteerism in soup kitchens, in a speech that stopped just short of saying the "Mary Poppins" actor saved cats from tall treetops and cured terminal diseases with his hair.," adds The LA Times.
Daniel Day-Lewis a font-runner for Best Actor
"Meanwhile, male actor in a leading role winner Daniel Day-Lewis seemed to have the joke of the night when he noted that “it was an actor who murdered Abraham Lincoln"--but then fell back down the earnestness hole when he talked about actors bringing the 16th president back to life," added The LA Times about Lewis's speech.
"Day-Lewis also offered some unusual shout-outs — one to praise the not-nominated star of "The Master," Joaquin Phoenix, and a tandem nod to Liam Neeson, who almost played the Lincoln role, and former costar Leonardo DiCaprio," added Day-Lewis, according to The LA Times.
Anne Hathaway looks like a shoo in as Best Supporting Actress
"Anne Hathaway took a dive into the sincerity pool herself when she won for female actor in a supporting role," adds The LA Times. "But she did land one of the evening's memorable moments when she and “Les Miserables” costar Hugh Jackman — like Hathaway, a performer known for a superhero franchise — intro'ed their film with a riff involving Catwoman, Wolverine, “Mamma Mia!” and love children."
Jennifer Lawrence leaves them breathless
"Another young star, Jennifer Lawrence, continued her quite literally breathless run through awards season after winning female lead actor," added The LA Times. "Recently felled by pneumonia, Lawrence nonetheless did her usual effusive schtick at the Shrine when she strode up to the stage in a long Dior dress that appeared to rip en route. "
"After a typically ingenuous acceptance speech, she ran past reporters backstage saying she was suffering some, er, urinary urgency. It seemed fitting for a show made for bathroom breaks," adds The LA Times.
Argo wins big
Argo is a frontrunner for Best Picture on Oscar night based on its solid performance at The Golden Globes and The SAG Awards. "The big moment of the night came when Ben Affleck and the rest of the cast of “Argo” solidified their Oscar front-runner status by winning the top prize of cast in a motion picture," added The LA Times.
"Affleck's acceptance speech played the gracious card, but in the press room he couldn’t resist a knock on the Motion Picture Academy’s directors branch when he called on a reporter he had hadn’t seen before by saying, "I'm sorry I overlooked you ... I know how it feels," added the report.
So Staten island film lovers, if you caught TBS's telecast of The SAG Awards, you might have an idea of who might come home with the golden prizes on Oscar night. I for one will be watching. Read www.examiner.com for more on the developing story.