Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer + Jon Hamm & Diane Kruger: SAG Awards

by Zhea De
Anna Paquin Stephen Moyer
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at the SAG Awards.
Anna Kendrick Eli Roth

Anna Paquin was nominated as one of the cast members of HBO's drama True Blood. The winners in that category were the cast members of Mad Men, which also won the Golden Globe for best television series (drama) last weekend. Paquin won a best supporting actress Academy Award for her performance in Jane Campion's The Piano (1993).

Anna Kendrick was nominated for the best supporting actress SAG Award for her performance in Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, in which she plays opposite George Clooney. As expected, Kendrick lost to Precious' Mo'Nique, who'll surely end up with an Oscar in early March. Eli Roth didn't receive an individual Actor nomination, but he was one of the ensemble winners of Quentin Tarantino's World War II fantasy Inglourious Basterds.

Photos: Courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges was the best motion-picture actor winner at the SAG Awards 2010 ceremony. Officially, Bridges won his Actor for his performance as a troubled, aging country singer in Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart. But in truth, it's impossible not to see his SAG Award – much like his Golden Globe a week ago – as recognition for forty years of consistently good work.

Bridges had been nominated twice before for an Actor: as a member of the Seabiscuit (2003) cast and as best supporting actor for the political drama The Contender (2000). Additionally, Bridges has been nominated for four Academy Awards. He'll surely get his fifth nomination this year, and probably his first win, too.

Kevin Bacon was voted the best actor in a television movie or miniseries for his performance in Taking Chance. Bacon, like Bridges, also won a Golden Globe last week. In fact, the SAG Awards ceremony seemed to be a replay of the Golden Globes, but with a different background, costumes, and hairdos. Just about every person who won a SAG Award yesterday, whether for film or TV work, had won a Golden Globe last week.

Perhaps the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is composed of actors passing for journalists. Or perhaps lots of out-of-work SAG members earn a living as HFPA members.

Photos: Courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon

Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz won the SAG Award for best supporting actor for his multilingual Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. In his acceptance speech, Waltz talked about the difference between stage acting and screen acting, and between a movie projectionist and Harvey Weinstein. I think. See below:

“Thank you so much.  A stage actor acts on a stage, but a screen actor doesn't act on the screen.  The stage actor just walks on by himself, but the screen actor is put on by projectionist. Yet, we dedicate our lives to our contribution of the whole. And yes, in occasional fits of megalomania we consider ourselves worthy of a script like Inglourious Basterds, or a director like Quentin Tarantino, or men like Harvey Weinstein, or David Linde, or a studio like Weinstein or Universal …We work towards what can only be hoped for in utmost secrecy.”

Waltz will next play Sigmund Freud in The Talking Cure, to be directed by David Cronenberg. Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender are set to co-star.

George Clooney didn't win any awards (though he was in the running for Up in the Air), but the telethon he helped to organize for the Haiti earthquake relief efforts has reportedly earned nearly $60 million.

Photos: Courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild

George Clooney

George Clooney

Kevin Bacon, Jon Hamm

Kevin Bacon accepts his SAG Award for best actor in a television movie or miniseries from Jon Hamm. Bacon won for Taking Chance, a drama about the return of a dead soldier's body to his hometown. Hamm won an Actor as well, for being part of the Mad Men ensemble.

Below are best supporting actor winner Christoph Waltz, best supporting actress nominee Diane Kruger, and Inglourious Basterds director Quentin Tarantino. Kruger lost the supporting actress award to Mo'Nique (for Precious), but she did take an Actor statuette home for being part of the Basterds ensemble.

“On behalf of the entire cast of Inglourious Basterds,” Eli Roth said at the podium, “we want to say thank you to Mr. Quentin Tarantino for what you did for this film. A year ago we all sat down in Berlin and we read through the script. We all sat around and we saw that Quentin had pulled together actors from Ireland and from Austria and from France and from Newton, Massachusetts and from Germany and from New York and from the Fangoria Convention, and pulled together such a wonderful, wonderful cast. We all felt it was really something special. So it was an honor to be a part of it, Quentin.”

There are approximately 120,000 Screen Actors Guild members. How many actually cast ballots for the SAG Awards is a mystery.

Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Quentin Tarantino

Roth quote:

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Eli Roth, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger

Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz, Jacky Ido, B.J. Novak, Diane Kruger, Omar Doom, and Eli Roth are the Inglourious Basterds cast members pictured above. The group (plus Brad Pitt, Rod Taylor, Mike Myers, August Diehl, Til Schweiger, Melanie Laurent, Daniel Brühl, and others) won the SAG Award for best cast in a motion picture, beating competitors Nine, Precious, An Education, and The Hurt Locker. Roth, the group's spokesperson, dedicated their award to director Quentin Tarantino (below).

Christoph Waltz also won an individual SAG Award for best supporting actor. Diane Kruger was nominated in the best supporting actress category, but lost to Mo'Nique in Precious.

Both Michael Fassbender and Waltz have been cast in David Cronenberg's upcoming The Talking Cure, in which Waltz will play Sigmund Freud. Keira Knightley is scheduled to co-star.

Photos: Courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

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luci -

omg,I love Kevin Bacon so much,and i'm so happy for him,i think he is one of the best young actors. His playing is so real…..but I wonder,why he is always playing bad boys?

doower -

kevin bacon is the best actor… i love him

Rockbottom -

Christoph Waltz is a great actor, congratulations!


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