January 02, 2015

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“Birdman” leads the 21st Screen Actors Guild nominations

Well folks, we have our first truly major precursor announcement…the Screen Actors Guild awards nominations The guilds are where we truly see how Academy members might go with their votes, so earlier today’s announcement has some real impact on the Oscar race. For certain candidates, they’ve now closed in on locked nomination spots, while others saw their hopes all but fade away. It’s getting to be a critical time in the awards season, this precursor has arrived at basically the perfect time to help in assessing the race. Now, let’s dive in and see who and what the Screen Actors Guild (or SAG) nominated!
SAG went hard for Birdman, which led the way with four citations. Next in line were the likes of Boyhood, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything, with three each. Pn the flip side, Selma was shut out entirely, including David Oyelowo in Best Actor. Despite some interesting citations like Jennifer Aniston in Best Actress and Jake Gyllenhaal in Actor, it seems like SAG more or less went with the usual suspects here, as opposed to really trying to shake up the race in an especially interesting way. This won’t be the final word on the acting races (or Best Picture), but it’s definitely going to impact the perception of certain candidates quite a bit. The actors and actresses who vote on SAG have certainly had their say.
Overall, the 21st annual SAG nominations gave much needed boosts to the likes of Aniston, Steve Carell, Robert Duvall, Gyllenhaal, and Naomi Watts, not to mention The Grand Budapest Hotel, while dealing blows to the aforementioned Selma/Oyelowo, along with Gone Girl and Interstellar as well, not to mention Amy Adams Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Oscar Isaac, and Shailene Woodley. The race has now taken a turn, that’s for sure. In the next few weeks we’ll see a bigger push for The Grand Budapest Hotel in Best Picture, Aniston really try to lay claim to the fifth Best Actress slot, and Selma attempt to make up for a few early snubs, all while Boyhood continues to further stake out its position as the major frontrunner of the season. If nothing else, the precursors are keeping things from being boring!
Here now are the full Screen Actors Guild nominations from a few hours ago, including the television categories:
21st ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS NOMINATIONS
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in […]

A look at Screen Actors Guild predictions

I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a substantial portion of the year now, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do. SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year.
Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in mind that it’s early and they’re completely subject to change. For example, I’ve hung back on some films like Selma while going out on a few limbs that make more sense now than they likely will during crunch time. In any event…here you go:
Best Actor is so packed this year, whomever is snubbed in this category could find their chances crippled. Last year, SAG went three out of five (nominating Bruce Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, and Forest Whitaker…Hanks and Whitaker were swapped out for Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio in Oscar’s lineup), so they clearly help. McConaughey won here on his road to the Academy Award win, so that’s worth noting as well. At this point, it’s wide open…
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Prediction: Michael Keaton
With Best Actress, we’re going to have to look to see which direction voters go, though last year won’t provide any help. Last time around SAG went four out of five with Oscar (only having to sub out Emma Thompson for Amy Adams, as Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, and Meryl Streep all made the cut), so I’d expect a close relationship between the two awards. Still, it’s going to be hard for them to resist the veteran here.
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
Shailene Woodley – The Fault in Our Stars
Prediction: Julianne Moore
Best Supporting Actor is a slam dunk this year, so unless SAG pulls a shocker, we know who’s winning. Much like last year, there’s basically […]

Chavez Film: The Producer Strikes Back

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
The producers of a new biopic about the late labor leader Cesar Chavez are rushing to tamp down a flickering controversy appearing on Latino social media over whether unionized workers were fired and non-union personnel employed on the film.
The allegation is being vigorously disputed by lead producerPablo Cruz, who said the production complied with all union regulations andthat all the actors, either those from the U.S. or from Mexico, were unionmembers. He did concede, however, that extras hired in Mexico were non-unionsince there is no equivalent of an extras union in Mexico.
‘If there was a union for extras (in Mexico), we would havehad them, but there wasn’t one,’ Cruz said.
Cesar Chavez, which is directed by Diego Luna and stars Michael Pena, America Ferrara, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich,is scheduled to be released March 28 in more than 600 theaters by Pantelion Films.
The movie was shot predominately in Sonora, Mexico, for reasons that had to do with the grape-picking season and how differently grapesare harvested today in the Central Valley of California, as opposed to decades ago when Cesar Chavez was organizing farm workers.
Cruz also rejected claims that they were a ‘runaway’ production. ‘We are a Mexican production company. We are the company who managed to finance this film. We are not a U.S. company.’
If the union/non-union issues are not satisfactorily dealt with, they could impact the film’s perception, especially in the Latino community, where Chavez’s struggle to organize California farm workers lifted him in many eyes into the Latino equivalent of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The controversy, which has been around for a few years, erupted anew earlier this week when the website Latino Rebels published a story under the headline: ‘Critics of New Chavez Movie Allege Producers Used Non-Union Workers and Outsourced Workto Mexico.’
The source of this allegation was an L.A. activist namedChamba Sanchez, who wrote on his Facebook page that he had received an emailasking if he would help promote the film. He derisively questioned why he would want Luna to get rich?
‘Furthermore,’ Sanchez posted, ‘I am currently researching into allegations that people behind this movie fired unionized workers and outsourced part or the entire production to Mexico. This is quite disturbing. If this is the case, Cesar Chavez must be spinning in his grave. And a bigger question: Why his family would agree to this?’
‘We never fired anybody to hire a non-union […]

Oscars®: Get to know a Best Picture nominee: “12 Years a Slave”

12 Years a Slave
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Written by: John Ridley
Main cast members: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, and Alfre Woodard
Number of Oscar nominations in total: Nine
Other nominations besides Best Picture: Best Director (McQueen), Best Actor (Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Nyong’o), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ridley), Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Film Editing
Notable precursor wins: Tied for Best Picture at the Producers Guild of America Awards, won Best Drama at the Golden Globe Awards, won Best Supporting Actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, won Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards and and USC Scripter Award.
Chances at winning Best Picture: One of the top three contenders and main frontrunners for the award
Chances at other Academy Award wins: Frontrunner in the Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay races

12 Years a Slave is the first film in my “get to know a Best Picture nominee” series, and it’s one of the main contenders in the category. The film is about the true life tale of Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was tricked into slavery and kept for the dozen years that gives the movie its name. Ever since it was announced that the film was being made, pundits like myself speculated that it was going to be an awards juggernaut. Well, it didn’t disappoint and after being the most cited flick among the precursor season, it’s now one of the most nominated films by the Academy and deep in the fight for Best Picture.
Working in 12 Years a Slave’s favor is that it is basically a universally beloved film. There might be more passionate support for other contenders, but it’s almost impossible to find someone who doesn’t think that the movie is at least very good, if not great. That creates a situation where voters are basically assured of placing it high up on their ballot. Consensus is the key to victory in this category, and this is a flick that will not want for number one votes. The question is simply if the other two main competitors (American Hustle and Gravity) can amass a wider range of Academy members to vote for them as opposed to this one.
If you’re looking for something that’s not in this film’s favor, it’s […]

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 Winners Are…

SAG-AFTRA presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2013 at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® in ceremonies attended by film and television?s leading actors, held Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). A live stream of the SAG Awards® was also available for viewing online at sagawards.tntdrama.com and tbs.com, as well as through the Watch TBS and Watch TNT apps for iOS or Android. An encore presentation was telecast on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT).
More than 100,000 active members of SAG-AFTRA nationwide were eligible to vote for the recipients. Honored with individual awards were Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Lupita Nyong?o for performances in motion pictures and Ty Burrell, Bryan Cranston, Michael Douglas, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith for performances in television. The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor® for a motion picture cast performance went this year to ‘American Hustle,’ while the Actors® for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Modern Family.’
The honors for outstanding action performances by a stunt ensemble in film and television were awarded to ‘Lone Survivor’ and ‘Game of Thrones.’ The stunt ensemble honors were announced during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-show which was webcast live on sagawards.tntdrama.com, tbs.com and PEOPLE.com
Morgan Freeman presented Rita Moreno with the union’s highest honor, the 50th Annual Life Achievement Award, following a filmed salute. Tom Hanks introduced a filmed ‘In Memoriam’ tribute to the members lost in the past year.
PEOPLE magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) hosted the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala for the 18th year. This exclusive event, immediately following the SAG Awards on the back lot of the Shrine Exposition Center, honors the philanthropic causes and good works of the members of SAG-AFTRA. The gala benefits the SAG Foundation.
The complete list of recipients of the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® follows:
20th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® RECIPIENTS
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Ron Woodroof ? ?DALLAS BUYERS CLUB? (Focus Features)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading […]

Screen Actors Guild Awards Are Back!

Screen Actors Guild Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams announced today that the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the outstanding performances of calendar year 2013, has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. The 2014 SAG Awards® ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT, marking the 17th consecutive year the SAG Awards have been telecast on television’s destination for drama and the 9th year on cable’s top-rated comedy network. Timing for the 20th Annual SAG Awards nominations announcement and the full calendar of key dates for the 20th Annual SAG Awards will be announced in the coming months.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards® commend the year’s finest achievements in acting in film and television, including the distinctive ensemble awards, which honor the collaborative performance by a cast in a motion picture and by the ensemble casts of both comedy and dramatic television series. Honors lauding the work of television and film stunt ensembles are announced just prior to the Actor® ceremony.
Recipients are selected solely by SAG-AFTRA members. ‘Actors take great pride in being honored by their peers and look forward each year to the opportunity to celebrate together,’ says Williams.
Nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the honors for outstanding action performances by stunt ensembles are chosen by separate film and television nominating committees, each composed of 2,100 SAG-AFTRA members from across the United States, randomly selected anew in the spring each year. The entire active SAG-AFTRA membership is given the opportunity to vote for the recipients.
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® is presented by SAG-AFTRA. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about, ‘like’ us at facebook.com/sagawardsofficialpage, follow us at twitter.com/sagawards, follow us SAG Awards on Google+ at google.com/+SAGawards, on Instagram by following @sagawards, and on Tumblr at sagawards.tumblr.com.
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Get ‘Les Misérables’ Soundtrack signed by Cast and ‘Life of Pi’ Poster signed by Director Ang Lee- Do some good today!

‘Les Misérables’ Soundtrack signed by Cast, ‘Life of Pi’ Poster signed by Director Ang Lee Still Available in SAG Awards® Auction.
Select items from the SAG Awards® Ceremony Auction benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation?s Children?s Literacy and Emergency Assistance programs are still available online on the SAG Awards Auction website. The items will be available until tomorrow, Friday, February 8, at 6 p.m. PT.
Up for bids:
‘Les Miserables’ soundtrack signed by Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne and Director Tom Hooper
‘Life of Pi’ package: “The Making of Life of Pi” book and movie poster signed by Director Ang Lee
Champagne Taittinger 6L bottle signed by 19th Annual SAG Awards recipients
‘Chocolate Me!’ children’s book and T-Shirt (Size M) Signed by author Taye Diggs
Two bottles of Mercury Geyserville Alexander Valley Wines: 2008 Messenger and 2005 Rocket
6L bottle of JUSTIN Vineyard’s ISOSCELES
Proceeds from the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction will benefit the SAG Foundation to help sustain their award-winning children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, reaching an average of 750,000 global views each month. The auction also supports the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance, including the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund; video preservation of the creative legacy of performers; scholarships for performers and their children; valuable casting seminars; and related professional workshops. The Foundation also operates The Actors Center and Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab. For additional information, please visit sagfoundation.org.
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Jennifer Lawrence Great New Photos

Oscar nominee, Jennifer Lawrence, great new photos taken at multiple award events. From People’s Choice awards, Critics Choice Movie awards, Golden Globe awards, to Screen Actors Guild awards.
Jennifer, as always, did a great job in her new film “Silver Linings Playbook,” directed by David O. Russell and starring Braley Cooper. As you know, this year she was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Actress. We are keeping our fingers crossed. Below a photo gallery of Jennifer Lawrence. Enjoy it.

Photos by PRPhotos.com
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TNT renews Screen Actors Guild Awards

Last night’s live simulcast of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® on TNT and TBS drew a total of 5.2 million viewers, including more than 2.1 million adults 18-49, a +5% boost in that key demographic compared to last year. The show’s strong performance comes as TNT and TBS announce a new three-year deal with SAG-AFTRA for the SAG Awards®.
“The SAG Awards are a perfect fit for TBS and TNT, giving us the opportunity each year to target comedy and drama fans with a star-studded night celebrating the best in television and movie acting,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We are thrilled that TNT and TBS will continue to be home of one of the awards season’s premier events.”
SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director David White agreed that the partnership has been positive and has delivered significant benefits. “We are pleased to once again partner with TNT and TBS on the simulcast of the Screen Actors Guild Awards®. Their support over the last 16 years has contributed to the tremendous popularity of our celebration of acting excellence,” White said. “TNT and TBS’ recognition of the SAG Awards’ unique place in the industry and its wide appeal to the global home audience has helped make it one of the most important events of the awards season.”
TNT drew a total of 2,952,000 viewers and 1,109,000 adults 18-49 for its part of the SAG Awards simulcast, while TBS garnered 2,295,000 viewers and 999,000 adults 18-49. In addition to the simulcast’s growth among adults 18-49, total viewership was up 2% compared to last year. The networks also scored growth in their respective target demos, with TNT’s delivery of adults 25-54 up 11% (1,242,000) and TBS’s delivery of adults 18-34 up 12% (537,000).
The SAG Awards was a big winner in social media, as well. On Twitter, #SAGAwards ranked as the top trending topic throughout the live simulcast, as well as during TNT’s 10 p.m. (ET) encore. The SAG Awards continued to be among the Top 10 topics on Twitter well into the day on Monday and experienced significant growth in its Facebook, Google+ and Instagram followers in the weeks leading up to the ceremony.
About the Screen Actors Guild Awards®
Of the top industry honors presented to performers, only the SAG Awards are conferred solely by actors’ peers in the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Recording […]

Actors for Actors and the SAG Awards winners are…

The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards is taking place at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California.
And the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards winners are…:
MOTION PICTURE
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Silver Linings Playbook
Lincoln
Les Miserables
* WINNER – Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
* WINNER – Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Denzel Washington, Flight
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
* WINNER – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
*WINNER – Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sally Field, Lincoln
* WINNER – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
* WINNER – Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Ed Harris, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
* WINNER – Julianne Moore, Game Change

Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
* WINNER – Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
* WINNER – Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
* WINNER – Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Louis C.K., Louie
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
* WINNER – Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
* WINNER – Downton Abbey
Homeland
Mad Men
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock
Glee
The Big Bang Theory
* WINNER – Modern Family
The Office
Nurse Jackie
STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Bourne Legacy
The Dark Knight Rises
Les Miserables
* WINNER -Skyfall
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
* […]

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