Betty White + Drew Barrymore: SAG Awards Highlights of Sorts

Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange in Grey Gardens
Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore in Grey Gardens (HBO)

In addition to Betty White's and Sandra Bullock's speeches, another highlight at the SAG Awards ceremony was much less polished though quite memorable nevertheless. That was when a breathless Drew Barrymore stuttered her way while trying to come up with something coherent to say during her acceptance speech. Barrymore had just been named best actress in a television movie or miniseries for Grey Gardens.

“Improv is usually a good thing,” the by now veteran 35-year-old actress said, “… but it's backfiring on me now.” She then remarked that the Screen Actors Guild was formed in the mid-1930s, a time when the Barrymores were already working in Hollywood (Ethel's film career began in earnest in the mid-40s), adding that she's glad to be “keeping their name alive.”

“And right now I'm feeling really sick,” Barrymore finalized, “… And that's a good thing … in a professional path.” She was dead serious, but many audience members laughed. Barrymore was just as overwhelmed when she accepted her Golden Globe last week.

Jeremy Renner, Brian Geraghty, and Anthony Mackie introduced their Iraq War drama The Hurt Locker, with Renner ending the intro by saying that “war is a cold, lonely, and lethal addiction.” Perhaps too cold, lonely, and lethal for SAG voters, as the critics' favorite film of 2009 went home empty-handed.

Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, and Penélope Cruz introduced a clip from Nine, which also failed to win anything. The Rob Marshall musical was up for best supporting actress – Cruz – and best ensemble.

Up in the Air also failed to win anything, despite nominations for supporting actresses Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, and for actor George Clooney.

All in all, Inglourious Basterds was the only film to win more than one award: best supporting actor for Christoph Waltz and best ensemble. Best supporting actress winner Mo'Nique thanked the unsung ones from the Precious cast and crew. Mo'Nique has won so many awards already, she can afford to do her thank-yous in installments, so as not to sound repetitive.

The in memoriam segment featured the likes of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, David Carradine, James Whitmore, Gale Storm, Bea Arthur, and Patrick Swayze. And to think that Soupy Sales received much more applause than Oscar winner Jennifer Jones or Oscar nominee Richard Todd. That's lasting fame and prestige for you.

In fact, I wonder how many people under 80 in the SAG Awards audience had actually heard of the Barrymores mentioned in Drew B.'s speech.

Jeff Bridges was the SAG Awards' best actor winner for his troubled country singer in Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart. He'd also won the Golden Globe last week for best actor (drama). Bridges talked about his “acting family” (as in, his fellow actors everywhere), declared “I love being an actor!” and looked dismayed when he was prompted to “Please wrap this up.” I believe it was presenter Meryl Streep who told him to simply ignore it. He did.

Bridges then proceed to thank his family and the Crazy Heart cast and crew. He even mentioned a singing coach who will teach you to sing over the phone. Unfortunately, he forgot to give out the man's number.

Best actress winner Sandra Bullock (for The Blind Side) probably provided the best, most authentic-sounding speech of the evening. Bullock talked about the downturn in her career following several box office flops not that long ago, thanked the people who helped her look blonde and beautiful on screen (“two very different things” – her morning self from her movie self), and even remarked on a “temper tantrum” she apparently had while being cast for the role. (I didn't quite get who was involved in that.)

She also told her husband, Jesse James, “I leave you alone at the table and you come back with Morgan Freeman's e-mail. I don't know how you do it,” wrapping up with a public declaration of love and lust.

Best ensemble presenter George Clooney then told the audience he once had a guest role in The Golden Girls and “I'd like to thank Betty White for her discretion.” There was no reaction shot of Betty White, who had previously stated she “maybe had a couple” of audience members, because she was walking to her seat at that time and clearly missed out on Clooney's remarks. Bad timing.

Clooney then announced that Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds was the winner of SAG's best ensemble award. Here at Alt Film Guide, The Hurt Locker was the expected winner. Wrong. Elsewhere, most pundits believed that Tarantino's World War II revenge fantasy was going to come out victorious. They were right.

Photo: Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.)

Betty White

Upon accepting her SAG Life Achievement Award, The Golden Girls star Betty White expressed her amazement at “how far a girl as plain as she is can go.”

The She in question was Sandra Bullock, who introduced the award, saying that most people love Betty White, but She finds White, her The Proposal fellow player, “annoying” because the 88-year-old veteran makes her feel like “a slacker.”

White's acceptance speech, though at times she seemed to be reading cue cards a little too carefully, was peppered with funny moments. In addition to the Bullock joke, White explained she was still starstruck after all these years, going on to talk about the number of famous faces in the crowd. She then casually added, “and I worked with quite a few [of you] … maybe had a couple.” Laughter. Long pause. “And you know who you are.”

White wrapped up his speech saying “I was only 88 last Sunday, so I've got lots of stuff to do,” and “This is the highest point of my entire professional life.”

Photo: Mark Hill / Courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild

Betty White
Betty White

The cast of Mad Men has won the SAG Award for best ensemble in a television series drama, Christina Applegate and Chris O'Donnell announced a little while ago. Among those in the Mad Men cast are Joe Hamm, Robert Morse, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, John Slattery, and Christina Hendricks. The series also won the Golden Globe for best television series (drama) last week.

Michael C. Hall was voted the best actor in a dramatic series for Dexter, in which he helps to track down serial killers and the like. Hall has recently undergone cancer treatment, and showed up at the Golden Globes last week wearing a skullcap. He won there as well. And so did Julianna Margulies, SAG Award winner for best actress in a drama television series, The Good Wife.

SAG Award president Ken Howard just finished a very, very lengthy speech during which he thanked film unions, praised the US armed forces, saluted the 120,000 SAG members, and remembered the people of Haiti.

Sandra Bullock is now giving her intro to Betty White's Life Achievement Award.

Photo: Mark Hill / Courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild

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The SAG Awards ceremony is currently underway at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

The best actor in a television comedy series was once again Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock. Considering that this is Baldwin's fourth consecutive win, his remark “This is completely unexpected” was likely genuine. A week ago, Baldwin won the Golden Globe in that same category.

Fellow 30 Rock player Tina Fey also took best actress honors, while also claiming to be “very surprised.” In her speech, Fey made a point of telling NBC that “We are very happy with everything and happy to be there.” Following a reported $45 million settlement, NBC's Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien is leaving the network so Jay Leno can have his time slot.

Also, during the SAG Awards red carpet arrivals, it was announced that Star Trek and 24 won, respectively, the motion picture and television stunt ensemble awards.

The SAG Awards ceremony can be watched live in most of the US on TNT and TBS (except for the West Coast, where it'll be broadcast at 8pm).

Image: Courtesy of the Screen Actors Guild

2010 SAG Award winners: Jan. 23, 2010

(“*” denotes the winner in each category)

FEATURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
* JEFF BRIDGES / Bad Blake - CRAZY HEART (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
GEORGE CLOONEY / Ryan Bingham - UP IN THE AIR (Paramount Pictures)
COLIN FIRTH / George Falconer - A SINGLE MAN (The Weinstein Company)
MORGAN FREEMAN / Nelson Mandela - INVICTUS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JEREMY RENNER / Staff Sgt. William James - THE HURT LOCKER (Summit Entertainment)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
* SANDRA BULLOCK / Leigh Anne Tuohy - THE BLIND SIDE (Warner Bros. Pictures)
HELEN MIRREN / Sofya - THE LAST STATION (Sony Pictures Classics)
CAREY MULLIGAN / Jenny - AN EDUCATION (Sony Pictures Classics)
GABOUREY SIDIBE / Precious - PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE (Lionsgate)
MERYL STREEP / Julia Child - JULIE & JULIA (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
MATT DAMON / Francois Pienaar - INVICTUS (Warner Bros. Pictures)
WOODY HARRELSON / Captain Tony Stone - THE MESSENGER (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Tolstoy - THE LAST STATION (Sony Pictures Classics)
STANLEY TUCCI / George Harvey - THE LOVELY BONES (Paramount Pictures)
* CHRISTOPH WALTZ / Col. Hans Landa - INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
PENÉLOPE CRUZ / Carla - NINE (The Weinstein Company)
VERA FARMIGA / Alex Goran - UP IN THE AIR (Paramount Pictures)
ANNA KENDRICK / Natalie Keener - UP IN THE AIR (Paramount Pictures)
DIANE KRUGER / Bridget Von Hammersmark - INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)
* MO'NIQUE / Mary - PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE (Lionsgate)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

AN EDUCATION (Sony Pictures Classics)

DOMINIC COOPER / Danny
ALFRED MOLINA / Jack
CAREY MULLIGAN / Jenny
ROSAMUND PIKE / Helen
PETER SARSGAARD / David
EMMA THOMPSON / Headmistress
OLIVIA WILLIAMS / Miss Stubbs

THE HURT LOCKER (Summit Entertainment)

CHRISTIAN CAMARGO / Col. John Cambridge
BRIAN GERAGHTY / Specialist Owen Eldridge
EVANGELINE LILLY / Connie James
ANTHONY MACKIE / Sgt. J.T. Sanborn
JEREMY RENNER / Staff Sgt. William James

* INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures)

DANIEL BRÜHL / Fredrick Zoller
AUGUST DIEHL / Major Hellstrom
JULIE DREYFUS / Francesca Mondino
MICHAEL FASSBENDER / Lt. Archie Hicox
SYLVESTER GROTH / Joseph Goebbels
JACKY IDO / Marcel
DIANE KRUGER / Bridget Von Hammersmark
MÉLANIE LAURENT / Shosanna
DENIS MENOCHET / Perrier LaPedite
MIKE MYERS / General Ed French
BRAD PITT / Lt. Aldo Raine
ELI ROTH / Sgt. Donny Donowitz
TIL SCHWEIGER / Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz
ROD TAYLOR / Winston Churchill
CHRISTOPH WALTZ / Col. Hans Landa
MARTIN WUTTKE / Hitler

NINE (The Weinstein Company)

MARION COTILLARD / Luisa Contini
PENÉLOPE CRUZ / Carla
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Guido Contini
JUDI DENCH / Lillian
FERGIE / Saraghina
KATE HUDSON / Stephanie
NICOLE KIDMAN / Claudia
SOPHIA LOREN / Mamma

PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL 'PUSH' BY SAPPHIRE (Lionsgate)

MARIAH CAREY / Ms. Weiss
LENNY KRAVITZ / Nurse John
MO'NIQUE / Mary
PAULA PATTON / Ms. Rain
SHERRI SHEPHERD / Cornrows
GABOUREY SIDIBE / Precious

 

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
* KEVIN BACON / Lt. Col. Michael R. Strobl - TAKING CHANCE (HBO)
CUBA GOODING, JR. / Ben Carson - 'GIFTED HANDS: THE BEN CARSON STORY' (TNT)
JEREMY IRONS / Alfred Stieglitz - 'GEORGIA O'KEEFFE' (Lifetime)
KEVIN KLINE / Cyrano de Bergerac - 'GREAT PERFORMANCES: CYRANO de BERGERAC' (PBS)
TOM WILKINSON / Salter - 'A NUMBER' (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
JOAN ALLEN / Georgia O'Keeffe - 'GEORGIA O'KEEFFE' (Lifetime)
* DREW BARRYMORE / Little Edie - 'GREY GARDENS' (HBO)
RUBY DEE / Mrs. Harper - 'AMERICA' (Lifetime)
JESSICA LANGE / Big Edie - 'GREY GARDENS' (HBO)
SIGOURNEY WEAVER / Mary Griffith - 'PRAYERS FOR BOBBY' (Lifetime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
SIMON BAKER / Patrick Jane - 'THE MENTALIST' (CBS)
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - 'BREAKING BAD' (AMC)
* MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan - 'DEXTER' (Showtime)
JON HAMM / Don Draper - 'MAD MEN' (AMC)
HUGH LAURIE / House - 'HOUSE' (FOX)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

PATRICIA ARQUETTE/ Allison Dubois - 'MEDIUM' (NBC/CBS)
GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes - 'DAMAGES' (FX)
MARISKA HARGITAY / Det. Olivia Benson - 'LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT' (NBC)
HOLLY HUNTER / Grace Hanadarko - 'SAVING GRACE' (TNT)
* JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - 'THE GOOD WIFE' (CBS)
KYRA SEDGWICK / Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson - 'THE CLOSER' (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
* ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - '30 ROCK' (NBC)
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott - 'THE OFFICE' (NBC)
LARRY DAVID / Himself - 'CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM' (HBO)
TONY SHALHOUB / Adrian Monk - 'MONK' (USA NETWORK)
CHARLIE SHEEN / Charlie Harper - 'TWO AND A HALF MEN' (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE / Samantha Newly - 'SAMANTHA WHO?' (ABC)
TONI COLLETTE / Tara Gregor - 'UNITED STATES OF TARA' (Showtime)
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - 'NURSE JACKIE' (Showtime)
* TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - '30 ROCK' (NBC)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Christine Campbell - 'THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE' (CBS)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

THE CLOSER (TNT)

G.W. BAILEY / Lt. Provenza
MICHAEL PAUL CHAN / Lt. Mike Tao
RAYMOND CRUZ / Det. Julio Sanchez
TONY DENISON / Lt. Andy Flynn
ROBERT GOSSETT / Commander Taylor
PHILLIP P. KEENE / Buzz Watson
COREY REYNOLDS / Sgt. David Gabriel
KYRA SEDGWICK / Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson
J.K. SIMMONS / Asst. Police Chief Will Pope
JON TENNEY / FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard

DEXTER (Showtime)

PRESTON BAILEY / Cody
JULIE BENZ / Rita Bennett
JENNIFER CARPENTER / Debra Morgan
COURTNEY FORD / Christine
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan
DESMOND HARRINGTON / Joey Quinn
C.S. LEE / Vince Masuka
JOHN LITHGOW / Arthur Mitchell
RICK PETERS / Elliot
JAMES REMAR / Harry Morgan
CHRISTINA ROBINSON / Astor
LAUREN VÉLEZ / Lt. Maria Laguerta
DAVID ZAYAS / Angel Batista

THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)

CHRISTINE BARANSKI / Diane Lockhart
JOSH CHARLES / Will Gardner
MATT CZUCHRY / Cary Agos
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick
ARCHIE PANJABI / Kalinda Sharma
GRAHAM PHILLIPS / Zach Florrick
MacKENZIE VEGA / Grace Florrick

* MAD MEN (AMC)

ALEXA ALEMANNI / Allison
BRYAN BATT / Salvatore Romano
JARED S. GILMORE / Bobby Draper
MICHAEL GLADIS / Paul Linsey
JON HAMM / Don Draper
JARED HARRIS / Lane Pryce
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS / Joan Holloway (Harris)
JANUARY JONES / Betty Draper
VINCENT KARTHEISER / Peter Campbell
ROBERT MORSE / Bertram Cooper
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson
KIERNAN SHIPKA / Sally Draper
JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling
RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane
CHRISTOPHER STANLEY / Henry Francis
AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove

TRUE BLOOD (HBO)

CHRIS BAUER / Andy Bellefleur
MEHCAD BROOKS / Eggs
ANNA CAMP / Sarah Newlin
NELSAN ELLIS / Lafayette Reynolds
MICHELLE FORBES / Maryann Forrester
MARIANA KLAVENO / Lorena
RYAN KWANTEN / Jason Stackhouse
TODD LOWE / Terry Bellefleur
MICHAEL McMILLIAN / Steve Newlin
STEPHEN MOYER / Bill Compton
ANNA PAQUIN / Sookie Stackhouse
JIM PARRACK / Hoyt Fortenberry
CARRIE PRESTON / Arlene Fowler
WILLIAM SANDERSON / Bud Dearborne
ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD / Eric Northman
SAM TRAMMELL / Sam Merlotte
RUTINA WESLEY / Tara Thornton
DEBORAH ANN WOLL / Jessica Hamby

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

30 ROCK (NBC)

SCOTT ADSIT / Pete Hornberger
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy
KATRINA BOWDEN / Cerie
KEVIN BROWN / Dot Com
GRIZZ CHAPMAN / Grizz
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon
JUDAH FRIEDLANDER / Frank Rossitano
JANE KRAKOWSKI / Jenna Maroney
JOHN LUTZ / Lutz
JACK McBRAYER / Kenneth Parcell
TRACY MORGAN / Tracy Jordan
KEITH POWELL / Toofer

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)

LARRY DAVID / Himself
SUSIE ESSMAN / Susie Greene
JEFF GARLIN / Jeff Greene
CHERYL HINES / Cheryl David

* GLEE (FOX)

DIANA AGRON / Quinn Fabray
CHRIS COLFER / Kurt Hummel
PATRICK GALLAGHER / Ken Tanaka
JESSALYN GILSIG / Terri Schuester
JANE LYNCH / Sue Sylvester
JAYMA MAYS / Emma Pillsbury
KEVIN McHALE / Arty Abrams
LEA MICHELE / Rachel Berry
CORY MONTEITH / Finn Hudson
HEATHER MORRIS / Brittany
MATTHEW MORRISON / Will Schuester
AMBER RILEY / Mercedes
NAYA RIVERA / Santana Lopez
MARK SALLING / Puck
HARRY SHUM JR. / Mike Chang
JOSH SUSSMAN / Jacob Ben Israel
DIJON TALTON / Matt Rutherford
IQBAL THEBA / Principal Figgins
JENNA USHKOWITZ / Tina

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy
JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett
NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy
SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy
ED O'NEILL / Jay Pritchett
RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett
ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

THE OFFICE (NBC)

LESLIE DAVID BAKER / Stanley Hudson
BRIAN BAUMGARTNER / Kevin Malone
CREED BRATTON / Creed Bratton
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott
JENNA FISCHER / Pam Beesly
KATE FLANNERY / Meredith Palmer
ED HELMS/ Andy Bernard
MINDY KALING / Kelly Kapoor
ELLIE KEMPER / Kellie Erin Hannon
ANGELA KINSEY / Angela Martin
JOHN KRASINSKI / Jim Halpert
PAUL LIEBERSTEIN / Toby Flenderson
B.J. NOVAK / Ryan Howard
OSCAR NUÑEZ / Oscar Martinez
CRAIG ROBINSON / Darryl Philbin
PHYLLIS SMITH / Phillis Lapin-Vance
RAINN WILSON / Dwight Schrute

SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
PUBLIC ENEMIES (Universal Pictures)
* STAR TREK (Paramount Pictures)
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
* 24 (FOX)
THE CLOSER (TNT)
DEXTER (Showtime)
HEROES (NBC)
THE UNIT (CBS)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Betty White

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7 Comments to Betty White + Drew Barrymore: SAG Awards Highlights of Sorts

  1. io

    Alec Baldwin with four SAGs? They don't have any other good comedy actors out there?

  2. jay M

    Inglourious Basterds won't win the Best Picture at the Oscars. At least, I hope not.

  3. OnceinSt.Olaf

    That pic is stunning!

  4. J

    Jef Bridges will win the Oscar!

  5. Anna

    Drew Barrymore wasn't incorrect. She didn't specify which Barrymores she was referring to.

    I was merely pointing out that of the three, Ethel Barrymore had her Hollywood career launched in the mid-40s.

  6. Jeff Adkisson

    Lionel Barrymore won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931). John Barrymore is mostly known for his roles in movies like Grand Hotel (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Twentieth Century (1934), and Don Juan (1926), the first ever movie to use a Vitaphone soundtrack. Funny you only call out Ethel's career in the mid-40's as if Drew was incorrect?

  7. Jemima

    Over the moon! The best actor of this generation finally gets his due. Congratulations Michael C. Hall!