“No Country” Wins Highest SAG Honor
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The 14th Annual SAG Awards aired on Sunday night to great fanfare and an unusual amount of star wattage, likely due to the previous cancellation of the Golden Globes and continuing doubts about the likelihood of the Oscars ceremony going forward as planned. This very well could be the last Hollywood awards show of the season, unfortunate for a year with great nominees and a swarm of potential upsets.
The SAG ceremony, despite being mostly pleasant and well-paced, contained very few surprises and an overabundance of self-congratulation. The Charles Durning tribute was particularly excessive, clocking in at nearly twenty minutes with two speeches, an insanely long montage, and Durning’s acceptance speech. Durning mostly made up for it with his own speech which was gracious, touching, and not too long. This was in contrast to Mickey Rooney’s bizarre monologue before presenting Best Female Performance in a Television Movie or Mini-Series, which was prompted by the crowd’s standing ovation at his appearance.
The big awards surprise of the night was Ruby Dee’s victory over frontrunners Amy Ryan and Cate Blanchett for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. This is a typical underdog category, here and at the Oscars. On the film side, the winners were:
Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture
No Country For Old Men
Best Actor in a Motion Picture
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Best Actress in a Motion Picture
Julie Christie, Away From Her
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Ruby Dee, American Gangster