The Screen Actors Guild Awards were light on surprises and snubs, with this year’s ceremony feeling very similar to last year’s on the TV side. But there were a few shake-ups on the film front, as well as the tragic sixth and final loss for “The Office’s” Steve Carell. Let’s run down the surprises and snubs.
“The Help” wins big: “The Help’s” win for ensemble performance over perceived front-runners and Golden Globe winners, “The Artist” and “The Descendants,” certainly makes the Oscar race a little bit more interesting. While The Wrap thinks the silent French film starring Jean Dujardin and Uggie, the wonder dog, will still take home the Oscar for best picture, it’s hard to call the movie’s win a lock.
Viola Davis wins, George Clooney loses: Like “The Help’s” ensemble prize, Viola Davis and Jean Dujardin’s wins also make the outcome of the Academy Awards seem a little less certain. Will Meryl Streep be able to win her third Oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher? Will George Clooney, or maybe even Brad Pitt, be able to conquer the charming Frenchman? We’ll know soon enough.
“Modern Family” lets the kids speak: “Modern Family” won the SAG Award for ensemble in a comedy series for the second year in a row. While it wasn’t surprising that the cast would try to switch things up and let the kids make the speech — “How cute will this be,” they must have thought — it was shocking how badly it went. The clearly scripted speech began with Nolan Gould declaring “I think it was the late, great W.C. Fields who said ‘Never work with kids or animals.’ Well, he can kiss my ...,” before being pulled away from the mic. As TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook tweeted, “another sign that the Modern Family writers are awesome ... and necessary #SAGAwards”
Steve Carell loses: This was Carell’s final nomination for playing Michael Scott on “The Office.” But alas, Alec Baldwin won for his role on “30 Rock” for the sixth year in a row. (And then gave his speech like an excited tween would.)
During his seven seasons on the NBC mockumentary, did Carell win a SAG Award? Nope. An Emmy? Nah-ah. A Golden Globe? Just one, in 2006. Come on, SAG voters! Sure, Carell’s last season wasn’t his best. But couldn’t you have rewarded him for his undeniably fantastic body of work?
So did Kyle Chandler: Okay, Chandler’s loss to Steve Buscemi isn’t really that egregious of a snub, especially considering Coach Taylor won the Emmy. But like Carell, it would have been nice for Chandler’s work on the now-defunct football show that’s wasn’t really about football to have been recognized. Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose (except at the SAGs, I guess.)
What do you think were the biggest snubs and surprises, Celebritology readers? Tell us in the comments.