Finally an award show that had some shockers

Big Farewell to 30 Rock

The show didn’t win but Alec Baldwin won his 7th SAG award and best of all Tina Fey won the  Female Actor, Comedy Series award . I don’t have enough words to express how much I love Tina Fey and I am glad the Actors’ community agrees with me. It is 30 Rock’s last year and I am glad to see her get some deserved recognition. Also, her speech was one of the funniest of the night. She made a great Lena Dunham/Amy Poehler joke and a hilarious plea to “just tape The Big Bang Theory for once!” Please, let’s all do that next Thursday. For Tina.

“It is so good to be bad”

That is how Bryan Cranston started his acceptance speech after nabbing the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award. I’ve been saying this all throughout award season: Bryan Cranston is the best. Nothing against Damian Lewis, but I am glad to see this one go to Bryan. He is truly one of the greatest actors of TV history and he was gracious enough to profusely thank Vince Gilligan for giving him the ‘role of his career’. Also this is his first SAG for playing Walter White, can you believe it? It was about time.

SAG, not as trendy as the Golden Globes

And I don’t mean that in a bad way. New and edgy is good, but sometimes I feel Golden Globes just pick winners that are getting a lot of buzz and try too hard to be hip and trendy; which is why Girls has been winning everything lately. You don’t get more new and edgy than Girls. SAG voters didn’t seem too concern about what is on trend (except for Jennifer Lawrence, I guess). They picked veterans like Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, resisted the urge to give Homeland more than one award,  gave Modern Family Best Comedy Ensemble (OK, that was a little boring) and they seem to be the only award show that still remembers Edie Falco and Nurse Jackie exist.

An American Syndicate grants Big Award to a cast of Brits

Probably the biggest shocker of the night was Downton Abbey winning Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series over Homeland, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Boardwalk Empire. I absolutely did not see that happening. I thought it was going to go to Homeland but I was hoping for Breaking Bad or even Mad Men. I didn’t think Downton was even in the running but I got to say it was a great surprise! The cast members were as shocked as I was. There were only a handful of the cast members, all from ‘downstairs’ except for Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and whatever Branson (Allen Leech) is considered these days [middle of the stairs?]. The designated speaker was Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), and she is such a lovely lady! I just wish they had let Allen do the talking in that pretty accent of his. Also, I would have loved to see Jessica Brown Findlay and all the other cast members, but still it was a shocker of the good kind!

Again Kevin Costner?

At this point I would have taken anyone over Kevin Costner… and I mean, anyone. I was hoping for Ed Harris, but I would have taken ANYONE. I am bored with Kevin Costner winning everything; he doesn’t even show up anymore. I don’t, in any way, think he is a bad actor, but after watching Hatfields and McCoys, I really don’t get why he keeps winning. He gave a good performance as usual but it is nothing extraordinary while Ed Harris channeling John McCain was incredible. Maybe voters don’t really have time to watch miniseries or TV movies…

I have to say that I was much more pleased with the results of the SAGs than the Golden Globes. Award shows have been annoyingly predictable lately and I am glad I was finally surprised by some of the results. Way to go Actors.

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