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17th Screen Actors Guild announce winners

SAGAward.jpgThe winners for the Screen Actors Guild have been announced and these are already starting to look good for the Oscars, although bear in mind that the Oscars aren't all about the performances as the Screen Actors Guild awards would suggest they are.

Is that some cynicism creeping in? Well it is awards season as it's called on that side of the water, and there are more awards announced than you can shake a stick at, more often than not having nothing to do with what was actually good on screen. However, it's fair to say that SAG may just have nailed it this year.

The award winners are at times surprising, but I don't think you can argue with many, and the first two gave me the biggest surprise. Here they are from the Screen Actors Guild site.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The King's Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth as King George VI in The King's Speech

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers in Black Swan (Filmstalker review)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo as Alice Ward in The Fighter

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Betty White as Elka Ostrovsky in Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Claire Danes as Temple Grandin in Temple Grandin

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale as Dicky Eklund in The Fighter

Wow, I am surprised that Colin Firth took the award for Best Actor. Not because he didn't deserve it, but because he's British in a sea of American nominees including Jeff Bridges playing Rooster Cogburn, Robert Duvall in Get Low, James Franco in 127 Hours and Jesse Eisenberg in the nominee heavy The Social Network (Filmstalker review).

Not so surprised that Natalie Portman took the Best Actress for Black Swan (Filmstalker review) though, are you?

Well done to Al Pacino for his Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, after all he was up against some stiff competition, I mean Patrick Stewart in full stage mode, yes he was a stage actor before he was in Star Trek or X-Men, for Macbeth should have been unbeatable.




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