Tonight awards season continued with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. I was able to catch just a few minutes of the red carpet before the show began on TNT.
My favorite gown of the night was a silver sparkler from Marchesa worn by the blond bombshell Naomi Watts.
My favorite part of the SAG Awards is the opening sequence. Each year they ask a few actors in the room to share how they got their start in the business. They each look directly into the camera, admit their humble beginnings and then close by saying, "My name is _______ and I'm an actor."
This year, my favorite opener was hands down Alfre Woodard who confessed she could never remember her lines in the church plays. Her mother would whisper from the front row, "Jesus! His name is Jesus!" Too good.
Nicole Kidman began the handing out of the statues by announcing the nominees for Best Supporting Actor. The award went to Tommy Lee Jones for "Lincoln," but he didn't attend! Tommy lost the Golden Globe to Christoph Waltz. Now that they each have one award, it will be interesting to see who snags the Oscar.
Justin Timberlake sauntered out next to present the award for Best Supporting Actress. No surprise, the honor went to Anne Hathaway for "Les Miserables." She shared that she got her SAG card when she was just 14. She also thanked her mother (a fellow actor) for voting for her. Ha! I am not quite sure what I think of her dress. I love it from the waist up, especially the sheer neckline, but I really hate that peek-a-boo skirt. Another miss from Team Zoe this season.
The award goes to Tina Fey! That's back-to-back wins for "30 Rock." As Tina walks to the stage, the camera cuts to Amy Poehler giving her a standing ovation. In her speech Tina slays the room with this line, "Amy, I've known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham and I love you."
"ER" castmates Julianna Margulies and Noah Wylie are reunited to present Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series. I hate her hair style tonight. After the clips role, Julianna announces "Modern Family" for the win! I am so happy they beat "30 Rock." I laugh out loud at "Modern Family" every single week.
Amy Poehler and Neil Patrick Harris present together in the first truly funny bit of the night. Can these two start a show and travel the country performing together? I'd buy a ticket.
Our blond comedy friends presents Male Actor in a Drama Series. This is a big category this year: Jon Hamm, Jeff Daniels, Damian Lewis, Steve Buscemi and Brian Cranston. The award goes to Brian Cranston for his role in "Breaking Bad" which will air its final episodes this season. When he takes the stage he says, "It's so good to be bad." He closed his remarks by joking, "To my brothers and sisters in SAG who have endowed me with this wonderful award, tonight at least, I am well endowed."
Taye Diggs and Busy Phillips take the stage together. Taye is shorter than Busy? A very pregnant Busy! They present Female Actor in a Drama Series to Claire Danes. Is there any award she can't win for this role? On stage she says, "As a brand spanking new mom I keep finding myself referring to the line 'It takes a village to raise a child' and I feel that way about this television series." A truly humble speech about the importance of her fellow castmates. You don't often hear that!
Robert DeNiro lists the nominees for Female Actor in a Leading Role and gets to hand the prize to his "Silver Linings Playbook" castmate Jennifer Lawrence! Cute. On stage she admits she got her SAG card doing a promo for "My Super Sweet Sixteen" on MTV. Who knew!
Jude Law and his surprisingly receding hairline arrive to announce the winner of Cast in a Motion Picture. The award goes to "Argo" and Beantown boy Ben Affleck! Way to go, Ben! During his acceptance speech, Ben interrupts himself to say, "First I want to thank my wife - who I love. And our kids - who I also love. And Warner Brothers - who I love. Not quite as much, but I do love them." He was clearly over excited and rambling. And maybe over served.
And that's a wrap!
Remember to set your DVR, the Academy Awards are Sunday February 24th!
*Images courtesy of Access Hollywood, Huffington Post and Just Jared.