The awards seem to show that American Hustle is still gaining momentum as we move nearer to this year’s Oscars. The movie took home the SAG top prize of Outstanding Performance by a Cast which is SAG-speak for Best Movie.
There was further awards glory for both Cate Blanchett, who won Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, and Lupita Ngong’o, who won Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years A Slave. Both of them now seem to be clear favourites to take home the Oscar this year. In fact Cate Blanchett seems to have had her name on the Academy Award since about 3 months ago although as we all know there have been some shock winners of the big awards in the past.
As well as looking at the year’s best movies the SAG awards also honour what they view as the year’s best television performances. In one of the most hotly contested categories Modern Family took home the award for Best Ensemble Cast in a Comedy with Big Bang Theory surprisingly going home empty-handed.
In the Best Comedy Actor award Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) lost out to Ty Burrell, who plays the part of Phil Dunphy in Modern Family. In the Best Comedy Actress category Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) lost out to Veep’s Julia-Louis Dreyfuss.
From news out earlier this week it seems as thought Big Bang Theory would clean up if the awards were held in China as it was revealed that the show had clocked up 1.3 billion views on Chinese site Sohu TV. Apparently the young Chinese geeks or diaosi have identified with the BBT characters and it is a hugely popular show all over the country. In fact Chinese tv has even tried to replicate the show with its own programme called iPartment which has many of the same scenes used in BBT but with the action transferred from Pasadena to Shanghai.
As far as tv drama goes it was another triumphant night for Breaking Bad which took home the Best Drama Cast award as well as seeing Bryan Cranston win the Best Drama Actor award for his role as teacher turned dealer Walter White.
There was some British success this time with awards for 2 British Dames, with Dame Maggie Smith getting the Best Drama Actress award for her role as Downton Abbey’s Dowager Countess of Grantham and Dame Helen Mirren picking up the Best Actress in a Mini-Series award for her role as attorney Linda Kenney Baden in the bio-movie Phil Spector. Mirren’s award was perhaps no great surprise as she had reviews for the role which said she had acted her co-star Al Pacino off the screen in the movie.
Here is a list of the major awards at this year’s SAGs with some red carpet photos as well.:
- Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
- Best Actress – Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
- Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
- Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Ngong’o for 12 Years A Slave
- Outstanding Performance by a Cast – American Hustle
- Best Actor in a TV Drama – Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad
- Best Actress in a TV Drama – Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey
- Best TV Comedy Actor – Ty Burrell for Modern Family
- Best TV Comedy Actress – Julia-Louis Dreyfuss for Veep
- Best TV Drama Ensemble – Breaking Bad
- Best TV Comedy Ensemble – Modern Family
- Best Actor in a Mini-Series – Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra
- Best Actress in a Mini-Series – Helen Mirren for Phil Spector
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Rita Moreno