Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin: SAG Awards' Red Carpet
Pictured above are Cinema Verite Best Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series nominee Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin on the Red Carpet at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which took place on Jan. 29, '12, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (More on the 2012 SAG Awards ceremony further below.)
The winner in that category was Kate Winslet for her performance as the titular character in Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce.
The other nominees in the Best Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series category were:
- Emily Watson for Appropriate Adult.
- Betty White for The Lost Valentine.
- Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey (actually a TV series, not a mini-series).
Betty White lost this particular SAG Award, but that same evening she was chosen Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her work in Hot in Cleveland.
Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin photo: Jordan Strauss / WireImage.
Links to other Red Carpet/awards ceremony images of Lane and Brolin can be found peppered throughout this post.
Absentee Kate Winslet
Unlike Diane Lane and husband Brolin (who wasn't nominated in any category), Kate Winslet was absent from the SAG Awards ceremony.
The Titanic actress and Best Actress Oscar winner (for The Reader, 2008) had already taken home a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her star turn in the old Joan Crawford role.
For the record, Crawford played the entrepreneurial Mildred Pierce in Michael Curtiz's Oscar-nominated 1945 movie. She took home that year's Best Actress Academy Award.
Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin SAG Award nominations
Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin have both been nominated for SAG Awards in the past.
The former as Best Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance as a married woman (to Richard Gere) having an affair with a hunky younger man (Olivier Martinez) in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful (2002).
The latter as a cast member of Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007), Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men (also 2007), and Gus Van Sant's Milk (2008), in addition to a solo nod as Best Supporting Actor for Milk. Brolin (along with Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and others) won for No Country for Old Men.
As an aside, Unfaithful also earned Diane Lane her only Academy Award nomination to date. The Best Actress winner that year was Nicole Kidman for her performance as author Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry's The Hours.
Unfaithful, by the way, is a remake of Claude Chabrol's The Unfaithful Wife / La femme infidèle (1969), which stars Stéphane Audran, Michel Bouquet, and Maurice Ronet.
- Image of George Clooney & 12-Time SAG Awards also-ran Kyra Sedgwick.
- Photo of Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin at the Golden Globes.
Diane Lane movies
Among Diane Lane's other feature films are:
- A Little Romance (1979).
Dir.: George Roy Hill.
Cast: Laurence Olivier. Diane Lane. Thelonious Bernard. Arthur Hill. Sally Kellerman. Broderick Crawford. David Dukes. Andrew Duncan. Anna Massey.
- The Cotton Club (1984).
Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola.
Cast: Richard Gere. Diane Lane.
- Chaplin (1992).
Dir.: Richard Attenborough.
Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (as Charles Chaplin). Diane Lane (as one of Chaplin's several wives, Paulette Goddard).
- The Perfect Storm (2000).
Dir.: Wolfgang Petersen.
Cast: George Clooney. Diane Lane. Mark Wahlberg. John C. Reilly. William Fichtner. John Hawkes. Karen Allen. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Cherry Jones. Allen Payne. Michael Ironside. Rusty Schwimmer. Josh Hopkins.
- Hollywoodland (2006).
Dir.: Allen Coulter.
Cast: Adrien Brody. Diane Lane. Ben Affleck.
- Secretariat (2010).
Dir.: Randall Wallace.
Cast: Diane Lane. Dylan Walsh. John Malkovich. Margo Martindale. James Cromwell. Scott Glenn. Nelsan Ellis. Otto Thorwarth. Michael Harding. Kevin Connolly. Dylan Baker.
Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin have never shared the screen in a feature film, though the couple took part in the Brolin-directed 2008 short X.
Josh Brolin movies
Josh Brolin was an Oscar nominee in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance in Gus Van Sant's Milk (2008), starring eventual Best Actor Oscar winner Sean Penn.
His other movies include Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda (2004); Oliver Stone's W. (2008), in which he played U.S. President George W. Bush; and Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit 2010 remake starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Hailee Steinfeld.
Besides being the husband of Diane Lane, Josh Brolin is the son of James Brolin (Westworld, Gable and Lombard).
Mary Steenburgen and husband Ted Danson & George Clooney and girlfriend Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler and boyfriend George Clooney & Mary Steenburgen and husband Ted Danson pose for the camera on the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards' Red Carpet.
Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner George Clooney (Stephen Gaghan's Syriana, 2005) was a Best Actor SAG Award nominee for Alexander Payne's The Descendants.
Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen (Jonathan Demme's Melvin and Howard, 1980), for her part, was one of Tate Taylor's socially conscious The Help Best Cast nominees.
Non-nominees Ted Danson, Stacy Keibler
Ted Danson wasn't up for anything this year. However, he did get a SAG Award nomination as Best Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series for Knights of the South Bronx (2005).
Accompanying George Clooney at the 2012 ceremony, Stacy Keibler has never been nominated for a SAG Award. Instead, she was shortlisted for a Teen Choice Award in the Reality Star (Female) category – for Dancing with the Stars – in 2006.
Since then, Keibler has been featured in several television series, including What About Brian, Samurai Girl, and Mayne Street.
- Michelle Williams & Regina King SAG Awards Red Carpet image.
- Diane Lane and husband Academy Awards' photo.
Photo of Mary Steenburgen and husband Ted Danson & Stacy Keibler and boyfriend George Clooney: Lester Cohen / WireImage.
Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone: SAG Awards
Melissa McCarthy, a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Paul Feig's sleeper hit comedy Bridesmaids, arrives with Ben Falcone at the 2012 SAG Awards. McCarthy's competitors were:
- Jessica Chastain for Tate Taylor's The Help.
- Octavia Spencer for The Help.
- Bérénice Bejo for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist.
- Janet McTeer for Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs.
Octavia Spencer was the expected winner. (See also: “Octavia Spencer SAG Awards speech.”)
'Bridesmaids': Best Cast nominee
Melissa McCarthy was also one of the Bridesmaids cast members nominated in the SAG Awards' Best Cast category. The others were:
Kristen Wiig. Rose Byrne. Wendi McLendon-Covey. Matt Lucas.
Chris O'Dowd. Maya Rudolph. Ellie Kemper.
Two-time Best Actress Oscar nominee Jill Clayburgh (An Unmarried Woman, 1978; Starting Over, 1979).
The mostly female Bridesmaids cast lost to the mostly female The Help cast. (The Help's nominated cast members can be found further below.)
The 2012 SAG Awards' other Best Cast nominees were:
- The Artist.
- Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
- Alexander Payne's The Descendants.
Melissa McCarthy movies
Melissa McCarthy's film credits include the Jennifer Lopez vehicle The Back-up Plan, Life As We Know It, Pretty Ugly People, and Just Add Water.
McCarthy's next movie will be Judd Apatow's This Is 40, featuring Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, Albert Brooks (Drive), Megan Fox (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), and Bridesmaids' Chris O'Dowd.
Seth Gordon's Identity Theft, in which McCarthy is to play opposite Jason Bateman, is currently in pre-production.
Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy photo: Kevin Mazur / WireImage.
SAG Awards: Partial Golden Globes replay
In large part, the 2012 SAG Awards were a replay of the 2012 Golden Globes:
- Best Supporting Actor Christopher Plummer for Mike Mills' Beginners.
- Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer for The Help.
- American Horror Story winner Jessica Lange (lead actress at the SAG Awards; supporting actress at the Golden Globes).
- The aforementioned Kate Winslet for Mildred Pierce.
But there were several differences as well. The most dramatic was the announcement of Viola Davis (The Help) – instead of Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) or Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) – as the year's Best Actress winner.
Ironically, while on the Red Carpet, Davis had declared, “I'm a character actress, I'm a woman of a certain color” – qualities that made it difficult for her to find good movie roles. She then added that even Best Actress Oscar winner Halle Berry (Monster's Ball, 2001) has a hard time getting cast every now and then.
Another SAG Awards surprise was The Artist lead Jean Dujardin winning the Actor for Best Actor. True, Dujardin was reprising a similar victory at the Golden Globes – Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical – but surely The Descendants' star George Clooney, the Golden Globe winner in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama category, had been the odds-on favorite at the SAG Awards.
And finally, The Help won for Best Cast. That turned out to be a surprise to those expecting Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist – the Golden Globes' Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and a contender backed by the awards season-savvy Weinstein Company – to top that SAG Awards category.
Yet, whereas The Artist relies heavily on Jean Dujardin's acting abilities, The Help is truly an ensemble effort. In addition to Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, its extensive cast includes:
Best Actress Oscar winner Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter, 1980).
Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard, 1980).
Best Actress Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson (Sounder, 1972).
Second oldest profession
Also of note, after expressing his pride in being a member of the world's “second oldest profession,” Christopher Plummer went on to say that actors may be “wacky” and the like, but winning an award from them is like to be “lit by the Holy Grail.”
Inspired by filmmaker Mike Mills' relationship with his own father, Beginners is the tale of a son (Ewan McGregor) who learns that his elderly father (Christopher Plummer) is gay.
Christopher Plummer's competition in the Best Supporting Actor category consisted of:
- Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn.
- Armie Hammer as Leonardo DiCaprio/J. Edgar Hoover's alleged lover in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar.
- Nick Nolte as an irascible former boxer in Gavin O'Connor's Warrior.
- Jonah Hill supporting Brad Pitt in Bennett Miller's Moneyball.
- Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers SAG Awards Red Carpet image.
- Diane Lane and husband at the SAG Awards two years ago.
Christopher Plummer photo: Michael Buckner / WireImage.
Shrine Auditorium evacuated
Last bit of SAG Awards ceremony news: the Shrine Auditorium was fully evacuated prior to the awards ceremony. The Red Carpet celebrity parade was temporarily halted as well.
The reasons for the evacuation weren't immediately made clear, but security forces with bomb-sniffing dogs were reportedly brought in.
About 15 minutes later, people – after going through metal detectors – were slowly allowed back into the building.
- Dianna Agron, Emma Stone SAG Awards Red Carpet photo.
- Picture of Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin at the Oscars.
SAG Awards presenters
SAG Award nominee Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin, and SAG Award winner Christopher Plummer didn't present any awards, but nominee – and very busy The Help actress (or “female actor”) – Jessica Chastain (The Debt, Texas Killing Fields, Coriolanus & The Tree of Life) introduced a curious homage of sorts to a handful of actors based outside the Los Angeles-New York axis. The series of clips featured several supporting players in movies such as Contagion.
Other presenters at the 2012 SAG Awards included:
- Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine).
- Bérénice Bejo (The Artist).
- Tina Fey (30 Rock, Date Night).
- Armie Hammer (J. Edgar, Mirror Mirror, The Social Network).
- Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, Great Hope Springs, The Devil Wears Prada).
- Kevin Bacon (Jayne Mansfield's Car, X-Men: First Class).
- Kathy Bates (Misery, Harry's Law).
- Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins).
- Kenneth Branagh (Henry V).
- Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights).
- Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Flight).
- George Clooney (The Ides of March, Gravity).
- Glenn Close (Damages, Dangerous Liaisons).
- Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad).
- Matt Czuchry and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife).
- Viola Davis (Doubt).
- Patrick Duffy (Dallas).
- Jean Dujardin (OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies, Little White Lies).
- Linda Gray (Hidden Moon).
- Judy Greer (Love & Other Drugs, Playing the Field).
- Larry Hagman (I Dream of Jeannie, Primary Colors).
- Ed Helms (The Hangover Part II).
- Regina King (Southland, Ray).
- Ben Kingsley (Hugo, Gandhi).
- John Krasinski (The Office).
- Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids).
- Brad Pitt (Moneyball).
- Natalie Portman (Black Swan, No Strings Attached, Thor).
- Maya Rudolph (Grown Ups).
- Zoe Saldana (Avatar, The Words).
- Kyra Sedgwick (Man on a Ledge, The Closer).
- Octavia Spencer (The Help).
- Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris, Wedding Crashers).
- Kristen Wiig (Imogene).
- Shailene Woodley (The Descendants).
Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard didn't present any SAG Awards, but he did make a speech about the possible marriage of the two largest actors/entertainers' unions in the United States: SAG and AFTRA.
- Jessica Lange American Horror Story success story.
- One last picture of Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin, this time on the Academy Awards Red Carpet.
Screen Actors Guild Awards website.