Posted by: ckckred | January 30, 2012

SAG Winners: Good for Movies, Bad for TV

The Screen Actor’s Guild is kind of like the Golden Globes where they pick terrible nominees and winners.  This year was good for movies and bad for film.  Let me explain.

In film, The Help was the big winner, also winning Best Actress and Supporting Actress.  In a surprising upset, Jean Dujardin beat out George Clooney for Best Actor (I’m cool with that, even though I was rooting for Clooney).  And Christopher Plummer won for Beginners (but seriously, if you can’t nominate Albert Brooks, but you can nominate Armie Hammer, then you have a problem).

It was far worse in the television category.  Boardwalk Empire took off Best Ensemble for a Drama and Best Actor in a Drama, and though it is a good show, I would have liked to see it go to Breaking Bad.  And if you pick Jessica Lange for American Horror Story as the Best Actres on a Drama Series, I’m going to question if you own a television.

Modern Family won for Best Comedy Ensemble, which is probably didn’t deserve (but then you’ll realize Parks and Rec, Community, and many other great comedies weren’t nominated either).  The SAG once again gave Alec Baldwin the Best Actor in a Comedy over Steve Carell’s heartwarming finale (proving once again award shows seem to hate him).  And I don’t exactly see how Betty White won for the mediocre show Hot in Cleveland.

That’s just the SAG.  Winners below.

 Best Cast, Motion Picture The Help

Best Actress, Motion Picture Viola Davis, The Help

Best Actor, Motion Picture Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Cast, TV Drama Boardwalk Empire

Best Actor, TV Drama Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Best Actress, TV Drama Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Best Actor, Miniseries or TV Movie Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail

Best Actress, Miniseries or TV Movie Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Best Cast, TV Comedy Modern Family

Best Actress, TV Comedy Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Best Actor, TV Comedy Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Stunt Ensemble, Film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Stunt Ensemble, TV Game of Thrones


  1. Those TV winners are atrocious. Not that I don’t love Boardwalk Empire (I absolutely do), but there were much more deserving shows this year. Shows set in Albuquerque. Shows involving methamphetamine. Shows with an astounding ratio of bald-guys-to-not-bald-guys.

    Also, when I checked the full list of nominees, Dexter got an ensemble cast nomination.


    The show where every character (who’s not the lead) is so achingly awful that I get a headache.


    • I forgot to write up a list of the nominees for the SAG, but if I did, Dexter would be at the top of my complaints. The show is so achingly two-dismensional right now.

      And seriously, no Breaking Bad? Why do people ignore the number 1 drama on television.

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