Natalie Portman: SAG Awards’ Best Actress winner ‘bleeped’
TNT and TBS bleeped Natalie Portman, this year’s Best Actress SAG Award winner for her performance as a mentally unbalanced ballerina in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Black Swan.
In her acceptance speech on Jan. 30, ’11, at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, Portman thanked her parents, who “always taught me to work my hardest and never be an asshole.” She added that it’s “never acceptable [to be an asshole].” Apparently, the mere word itself is “never acceptable” – at least on American television.
Year’s favorite Best Actress
Natalie Portman has been on an awards-season roll, having won nearly every Best Actress trophy and/or mention in the United States. She’s currently the favorite to win the Best Actress Academy Award.
ABC censors will likely be on high alert in case the actress dares to utter another “never acceptable” word at the stately Oscar ceremony – where the Best Picture winner will likely be the one in which, in a climactic moment, the hero lets out “fuck, fuck, fuck!”
Claire Danes’ won the SAG Award for playing an autistic woman in the television movie Temple Grandin. Danes remarked that she was competing with fellow Little Women players Winona Ryder (When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story) and Susan Sarandon (You Don’t Know Jack). Absentee Al Pacino was the Best Actor winner for You Don’t Know Jack.
“So grateful to have this union protecting me every day,” said Best Actress winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan). She then proceeded to thank fellow player Mila Kunis and director Darren Aronofsky.
The In Memoriam tribute included Jean Simmons, Tony Curtis, Dennis Hopper, Lena Horne, Lynn Redgrave, June Havoc, Kathryn Grayson, James MacArthur, Patricia Neal, Peter Graves, David Nelson, and many others. Hilary Swank presented it.
Modern Family won the Best Cast in a Comedy Series SAG Award.
Photo: Black Swan (Niko Tavernise / Fox Searchlight)
‘Black Swan’ actresses Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder: SAG Awards
Barbara Hershey and fellow Black Swan player Winona Ryder are seen above at the 2011 SAG Awards ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 30. Ryder was a nominee for Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her performance in When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.* She lost to Claire Danes in Temple Grandin.
Along with Barbara Hershey, Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder was also one of the Black Swan cast members up for the Best Cast SAG Award. Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush, turned out to be the winner in that category.
Barbara Hershey movies
In the last 40 years, Barbara Hershey has been featured in more than 40 films. Here are a few titles:
- Boxcar Bertha (1972).
Director: Martin Scorsese.
Cast: David Carradine. Barry Primus. John Carradine.
- The Stunt Man (1979).
Director: Richard Rush.
Cast: Peter O’Toole. Steve Railsback.
- Hannah and Her Sisters (1986).
Director: Woody Allen.
Cast: Woody Allen. Mia Farrow. Michael Caine. Dianne Wiest. Max von Sydow. Maureen O’Sullivan. Carrie Fisher. Julie Kavner. Lloyd Nolan.
- The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).
Cast: Willem Dafoe. Harvey Keitel. Verna Bloom.
- The Portrait of a Lady (1996).
Director: Jane Campion.
Cast: Nicole Kidman. Martin Donovan. Mary-Louise Parker. John Malkovich. Shelley Winters. Richard E. Grant. Shelley Duvall. Christian Bale. Viggo Mortensen. John Gielgud. Valentina Cervi.
* Note to silent film aficionados: No connection to The Covered Wagon actress Lois Wilson. When Love Is Not Enough is about the co-founder of Al-Anon, an organization whose mission is to help spouses, relatives, etc. of alcoholics.
Susan Sarandon and son Jack Henry Robbins: SAG Awards photos
Pictured above are Susan Sarandon and son Jack Henry Robbins at the SAG Awards, held on Jan. 30, ’11, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
In addition to hosting the ceremony with Tina Fey, Sarandon was a Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries nominee for HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack. She lost to Claire Danes for Temple Grandin; her co-star Al Pacino, however, won The Actor for Best Actor. (Pacino didn’t attend the ceremony; and in case you’re wondering, the SAG Awards’ statuette is known as The Actor.)
‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ homage
Some were dismayed that the Glee ensemble failed to win a SAG Award for Best Cast. Sarandon, for her part, told E! Online that had she been asked, she would have appeared in a cameo in the Glee episode that paid tribute to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
“What I saw I thought was so fabulous,” she remarked. “I thought it was so moving. They [people in general] kept asking if I was going to be on the episode. But nobody spoke to me about doing anything on the show.”
Best Actress SAG Award and Oscar winner
Susan Sarandon has been nominated for four SAG Awards. See below.
- The Client (1994).
- Dead Man Walking (1995).
- Bernard and Doris (2008, TV).
- You Don’t Know Jack (2010, TV).
She won for Dead Man Walking, a capital punishment drama that also earned her a Best Actress Oscar. Tim Robbins – Jack Henry Robbins’ father – directed it.
Christian Bale and Dicky Eklund
Christian Bale, best known for playing Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, was the 2011 SAG Awards’ Best Supporting Actor winner in a feature film for playing downtrodden former boxer Dicky Eklund in The Fighter.
Some were moved by Bale’s acceptance speech, which included the following (to Eklund), “Thank you for living the life, and thank you for letting me play you.” The two can be seen in the photo above; curiously, Eklund looks nothing like the actor who played him.
Directed by David O. Russell, The Fighter is up for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams are all up for Oscar honors in the supporting categories as well.
Christian Bale, Susan Sarandon photos: © SAG Awards.
Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush: SAG Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture
Colin Firth, pictured above with Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush, won the SAG Award for Best Actor for his performance as the stuttering King George VI in Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech. The acclaimed and surprisingly successful British period drama received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast as well.
Claire Bloom: One degree of separation from the silent era
While accepting the Best Cast trophy, Best Supporting Actor nominee Geoffrey Rush singled out Claire Bloom, who plays the Queen Mother in the film, referring to her as “the delicious Claire Bloom … [who] puts us in one degree of separation from Charles Chaplin.”
Bloom, whose film career began in the late 1940s, was Chaplin’s leading lady in the 1952 drama Limelight.
Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Winona Ryder, and Barbara Hershey photos: © SAG Awards.
Melissa Leo in David O. Russell’s The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) apologized for getting political after telling the crowd at the SAG Awards, “I don’t know what’s ahead in the future,” and then suggesting that if the Screen Actors Guild join forces with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), working actors would have a stronger voice. Leo then added that “unions made this country strong,” before a last thank-you to The Fighter‘s Mark Wahlberg.
Alec Baldwin, five-time winner of the SAG Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock, remarked: “I don’t know what to say. This is ridiculous.” Baldwin, however, knew he should thank the Teamsters.
“This is the biggest surprise I’ve ever had in this business,” 89-year-old Betty White remarked after winning a SAG Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for Hot in Cleveland. She then proceeded to say that the Hot in Cleveland cast is more than a family and that they all love going to work every day. White also said those remarks were a cliche (but were all true).
Other SAG Award winners announced so far: Steve Buscemi as Best Actor in a Drama Series for Boardwalk Empire, Julianna Margulies as Best Actress in a Drama Series for The Good Wife, and the Best Cast Award in a Drama Series for Boardwalk Empire.
The stunt teams of Inception and True Blood won SAG Awards in, respectively, the motion picture and television categories.
Photo: Paramount Pictures.
The intro to Ernest Borgnine’s Life Achievement Award segment included a speech by Morgan Freeman and Tim Conway (of McHale’s Navy), in addition to an interesting announcement by Burt Lancaster, made after Marty, costarring Betsy Blair, earned Borgnine the Best Actor Oscar.
“I always enjoyed working as an actor,” Borgnine told the media backstage. “… It’s been a thing of joy for me whenever I’m working.”
Advise for young actors nominated tonight: “Keep studying.” Borgnine says his success was due to his “learning about what life is all about … [Regarding a screenplay that says “two people fall in love” one has to know] what brings two people together.”
Borgnine added that as you learn, “The first thing you know you become more involved in the script and more involved in life itself. … You gotta make people understand. … There’s a lot of people in the world who are thumbsuckers. It’s wonderful. And you have their attention. The minute they take their thumb out, you’ve lost them. … You have to break it down to the lowest common denominator so the thumbsuckers are happy. Makes sense? I guess it does. It’s always worked for me, anyways. I’ve always been a thumbsucker myself.”
Next time you complain about how unsubtle and inane most movies are, remember Ernest Borgnine’s words. They’re all made with thumbsuckers in mind.
Ernest Borgnine: SAG’s Life Achievement Award recipient
Ernest Borgnine, who turned 94 this past Jan. 24, was this year’s recipient of the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award. He was introduced by fellow McHale’s Navy alumnus Tim Conway and by 2004 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), one of the stars of Robert Schwentke’s 2010 sleeper box office hit Red – in which Borgnine has a supporting role.
As part of the Ernest Borgnine movie montage, viewers got to watch actor-producer Burt Lancaster plug Borgnine’s Oscar-winning performance in Delbert Mann’s Marty (1955) – a slice-of-life comedy-drama produced by a company partly owned by Lancaster himself.
“I always enjoyed working as an actor,” Borgnine told journalists backstage. “… It’s been a thing of joy for me whenever I’m working.”
He advised young actors to “keep studying,” and said that he has always strived for the lowest common denominator in his performances so as to keep “thumbsuckers” interested.
Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
David Fincher’s The Social Network, up for Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Best Cast, failed to win anything at the 2011 SAG Awards. Colin Firth was named Best Actor for his performance as the speech-impaired King George VI in Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech, while the British period drama received the Best Cast trophy.
Geoffrey Rush, a Best Supporting Actor nominee for his performance as the king’s speech therapist, accepted the ensemble Actor trophy, praising much of the cast which includes Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Jennifer Ehle, Orlando Wells, and veterans Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon.
Rush bestowed special praise on veteran Claire Bloom, who plays the Queen Mother, referring to her as “the delicious Claire Bloom … [who] puts us in one degree of separation from Charles Chaplin [Bloom’s co-star in the 1952 drama Limelight].” Rush added that if a young The King’s Speech cast member – I missed his name – remains a working actor, Bloom, by way of the (now) young actor, “could well be standing here in 2070. And that’s what our industry is all about.”
The King’s Speech has now topped the three most important American Guild awards: the Producers Guild, the Directors Guild, and the Screen Actors Guild. (The David Seidler-written drama was deemed ineligible for the Writers Guild Awards, whose winners will be announced in Feb.) A Best Picture Oscar victory seems quite likely now. And to think that two weeks ago The Social Network was the absolute favorite following a whole array of critics awards.
Photo: The Weinstein Co.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech as King George VI.
Jeff Bridges – True Grit as Rooster Cogburn.
Robert Duvall – Get Low as Felix Bush.
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network as Mark Zuckerberg.
James Franco – 127 Hours as Aron Ralston.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman – Black Swan as Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen.
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right as Dr. Nicole “Nic” Allgood.
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole as Becca Corbett.
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone as Ree Dolly.
Hilary Swank – Conviction as Betty Anne Walters.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale – The Fighter as Dicky Eklund.
John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone as Teardrop Dolly.
Jeremy Renner – The Town as Jem Coughlin.
Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right as Paul Hatfield.
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech as Lionel Logue.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo – The Fighter as Alice Ward.
Amy Adams – The Fighter as Charlene Fleming.
Helena Bonham Carter – The King’s Speech as Queen Elizabeth.
Mila Kunis – Black Swan as Lily / The Black Swan.
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit as Mattie Ross.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The King’s Speech – Anthony Andrews. Claire Bloom. Helena Bonham Carter. Jennifer Ehle. Colin Firth. Michael Gambon. Derek Jacobi. Guy Pearce. Geoffrey Rush and Timothy Spall.
Black Swan – Vincent Cassel. Barbara Hershey. Mila Kunis. Natalie Portman and Winona Ryder.
The Fighter – Amy Adams. Christian Bale. Melissa Leo. Jack McGee and Mark Wahlberg.
The Kids Are All Right – Annette Bening. Josh Hutcherson. Julianne Moore. Mark Ruffalo and Mia Wasikowska.
The Social Network – Jesse Eisenberg. Andrew Garfield. Armie Hammer. Max Minghella and Justin Timberlake.
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
SAG Award Life Achievement Award: Ernest Borgnine .
Edgar Ramírez in Olivier Assayas’ Carlos
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
JOHN GOODMAN / Neal Nicol – “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK” (HBO)
* AL PACINO / Jack Kevorkian – “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK” (HBO)
DENNIS QUAID / Bill Clinton – “THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP” (HBO)
ÉDGAR RAMÍREZ / Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, a.k.a. ‘Carlos’ – “CARLOS” (Sundance Channel)
PATRICK STEWART / Macbeth – “MACBETH (GREAT PERFORMANCES)” (Thirteen/PBS)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
* CLAIRE DANES / Temple Grandin – “TEMPLE GRANDIN” (HBO)
CATHERINE O’HARA / Aunt Ann – “TEMPLE GRANDIN” (HBO)
JULIA ORMOND / Eustacia Grandin – “TEMPLE GRANDIN” (HBO)
WINONA RYDER / Lois Wilson – “WHEN LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH: THE LOIS WILSON STORY” (CBS)
SUSAN SARANDON / Janet Good – “YOU DON’T KNOW JACK” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
* STEVE BUSCEMI / Nucky Thompson – “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO)
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan – “DEXTER” (SHOWTIME)
JON HAMM / Don Draper – “MAD MEN” (AMC)
HUGH LAURIE / Dr. Gregory House – “HOUSE” (FOX)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes – “DAMAGES” (FX)
MARISKA HARGITAY / Det. Olivia Benson – “LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT” (NBC)
* JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS)
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson – “MAD MEN” (AMC)
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dep. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson – “THE CLOSER” (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
* ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott – “THE OFFICE” (NBC)
CHRIS COLFER / Kurt Hummel – “GLEE” (FOX)
ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime)
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 ROCK” (NBC)
JANE LYNCH / Sue Sylvester – “GLEE” (FOX)
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
* BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky – “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
* BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
STEVE BUSCEMI / Nucky Thompson
DABNEY COLEMAN / Commodore Louis Kaestner
PAZ DE LA HUERTA / Lucy Danzinger
STEPHEN GRAHAM / Al Capone
ANTHONY LACIURA / Eddie Kessler
KELLY MACDONALD / Margaret Schroeder
GRETCHEN MOL / Gillian Darmody
ALESKA PALLADINO / Angela Darmody
VINCENT PIAZZA / Lucky Luciano
MICHAEL PITT / Jimmy Darmody
MICHAEL SHANNON / Agent Nelson Van Alden
PAUL SPARKS / Mickey Doyle
MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Arnold Rothstein
SHEA WHIGHAM / Sheriff Elias Thompson
THE CLOSER (TNT)
G.W. BAILEY / Det. Lt. Provenza
MICHAEL PAUL CHAN / Lt. Mike Tao
RAYMOND CRUZ / Det. Julio Sanchez
JONATHAN DEL ARCO / Dr. Morales
TONY DENISON / Lt. Andy Flynn
ROBERT GOSSETT / Commander Taylor
PHILLIP P. KEENE / Buzz
COREY REYNOLDS / Sgt. David Gabriel
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dep. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson
J.K. SIMMONS / Asst. Police Chief Will Pope
JON TENNEY / FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard
JENNIFER CARPENTER / Debra Morgan
APRIL HERNANDEZ CASTILLO / Cira
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan
DESMOND HARRINGTON / Joey Quinn
MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY / Sonya
C.S. LEE / Vince Masuka
JONNY LEE MILLER / Jordan Chase
JAMES REMAR / Harry Morgan
JULIA STILES / Lumen Pierce
LAUREN VELEZ / Lt. Maria Laguerta
PETER WELLER / Liddy
DAVID ZAYAS / Sgt. Angel Batista
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)
CHRISTINE BARANSKI / Diane Lockhart
JOSH CHARLES / Will Gardner
ALAN CUMMING / Eli Gold
MATT CZUCHRY / Cary Agos
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick
ARCHIE PANJABI / Kalinda Sharma
GRAHAM PHILLIPS / Zach Florrick
MAKENZIE VEGA / Grace Florrick
MAD MEN (AMC)
CARA BUONO / Faye Miller
JON HAMM / Don Draper
JARED HARRIS / Lane Pryce
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS / Joan Harris
JANUARY JONES / Betty Francis (Draper)
VINCENT KARTHEISER / Pete Campbell
MATT LONG / Joey Baird
ROBERT MORSE / Bert Cooper
ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson
JESSICA PARÉ / Megan Calvet
KIERNAN SHIPKA / Sally Draper
JOHN SLATTERY / Roger Sterling
RICH SOMMER / Harry Crane
CHRISTOPHER STANLEY / Henry Francis
AARON STATON / Ken Cosgrove
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 / Dotcom
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
MAULIK PANCHOLY / Jonathan
KEITH POWELL / Toofer
MAX ADLER / Dave Karofsky
DIANNA AGRON / Quinn Fabray
CHRIS COLFER / Kurt Hummel
JANE LYNCH / Sue Sylvester
JAYMA MAYS / Emma Pillsbury
KEVIN MCHALE / Arty Abrams
LEA MICHELE / Rachel Berry
CORY MONTEITH / Finn Hudson
HEATHER MORRIS / Brittany Pierce
MATTHEW MORRISON / Will Schuester
MIKE O’MALLEY / Burt Hummel
AMBER RILEY / Mercedes
NAYA RIVERA / Santana Lopez
MARK SALLING / Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman
HARRY SHUM JR. / Mike Chang
IQBAL THEBA / Principal Figgins
JENNA USHKOWITZ / Tina
HOT IN CLEVELAND (TV Land)
VALERIE BERTINELLI / Melanie Moretti
JANE LEEVES / Joy Scroggs
WENDIE MALICK / Victoria Chase
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky
* 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 Tucker
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 Halpert
KATE FLANNERY / Meredith Palmer
ED HELMS / Andy Bernard
MINDY KALING / Kelly Kapoor
ELLIE KEMPER / 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 / Daryll Philbin
PHYLLIS SMITH / Phyllis Lapin-Vance
RAINN WILSON / Dwight Schrute
ZACH WOODS / Gabe Lewis
SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
GREEN ZONE (Universal Pictures)
* INCEPTION (Warner Bros. Pictures)
ROBIN HOOD (Universal Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
BURN NOTICE (USA)
CSI: NY (CBS)
* TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
Morgan Freeman, Ernest Borgnine, and Natalie Portman photos: © SAG Awards.
Screen Actors Guild Awards website.