Nerdies for Best & Worst of SAG Awards

I usually love movie award shows but last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards bored me. Many of the winners were the same as Globe winners from less than a week ago so I couldn’t muster up enough excitement to cheer even if they deserved it.

For a complete list of winners, see here. Read on for my random thoughts and nerdies for the event.

Most Shocking Winner Even Though I Really Like Her: Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side. Yes, I know she won a Globe but that performance wasn’t up against Meryl Streep’s in Julie & Julia (Streep won in the comedy category). I’m a big fan of Bullock’s, thought she was quite good in the movie and with her acceptance speeches, but Streep’s Julia Child wasn’t just a performance, it was a complete transformation.

Least Likely to be Wearing Any Underwear: Kate Hudson. How do you squeeze anything under that dress? How did she keep her bits in? I’m not picking on her; I really want to know.

Most Potentially Riotous Glee Guest Star: Justin Timberlake. After cast members said they wanted him on the show, Timberlake said he’d love to do it but no one has asked. Ryan Murphy, call JT’s people first thing Monday morning! Is it wrong for me to want the cast to do “Dick in the Box”?

Best Inclusion of Overlooked Co-Stars: Mo’Nique. In winning for Precious, she thanked the co-stars who haven’t been in the spotlight with her but are no less deserving of attention and accolades. She mentioned the actors who played the students in the Each One Teach One program and, most movingly, the child with special needs who played Precious’s daughter, Mongo. Mo’Nique has proven to be the most elegant acceptance-speech giver of the season. I can’t wait to hear what she says when she wins her Oscar.

Most Likely to be Working Until She’s 150: Betty White. Usually, during tributes to life achievement recipients, I take a bathroom break. Heck, I take a whole shower, those tributes are so long. But the one for White showed what an engaging entertainer she’s been throughout her long career, and her acceptance speech (“I look out at this audience and I see so many famous faces…I’ve worked with quite a few. Maybe had a couple”) proves that, at 88, she’s still got the wit and spunk to go a few more decades.

Best…Oh, Never Mind: I just wanted to run this picture of Colin Firth. Do I need an excuse or a fake award category?

Favorite Homegirls: Tina Fey and Bullock. Fey went to my alma mater, University of Virginia (I have a yearbook with her picture in it—no glasses, listed as Elizabeth Fey), and gave it a shout-out when she thanked her acting teachers there. Meanwhile, Bullock went to high school at Washington-Lee in Arlington, Virginia, not far from where I grew up (my brother’s best friend was in her class).

Best News for 40-Year-Old Men: The stunning Sofia Vergara says she’s single and looking for a 40-year-old guy. Her publicist’s inbox is going to explode.

Did you watch the awards? What were highlights and lowlights for you?

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    January 24, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I missed these last night (catching up on THE CLOSER episodes with SWMBO, then driving her crazy by watching the sniper documentary on the History Channel), but very glad you posted on this, PCN. I’m glad to see Bullock get the awards (I enjoyed her a lot in The Blind Side), although Streep is going to be tough to beat at the Oscars, IMO. And I really love that Betty White got this tribute. She’s had me in her corner since her turn as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (that, and her unforgettably wonderful foul mouth performance in the Lake Placid movie). Thanks for this.

    p.s., I note that you’ve enabled the Notify me of followup comment via email on the new blog. Way to go!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 24, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      I did the comments notification just for you! I was thrilled when I found the right plug-in and managed to install it properly.

      Betty White was so funny, she cracked me up. This industry tends to throw out women after a certain age so it was amazing to see all the things she’s done in her life and still doing, not just in the biz but for animal rights.

      I think Streep still has a chance at winning the Oscar. Few years ago, there was a similar situation between Julie Christie (Away from Her) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose). I thought Christie was good, but that there was no competition. Cotillard became Edith Piaf and the transformation was incredible. Christie won the SAG and the Globe but Cotillard was the victor at the Oscars.

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    Catherine Ryan Howard
    January 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Yes, I managed to stay up!! Although it was only on until 3am my time, which wasn’t that bad I suppose.

    I completely agree with you:

    – a tad boring, all the same winners as last week’s Globes. There was even an uncomfortably emotional speech from Drew Barrymore! Except, of course, for

    – a Sandra Bullock-shaped surprise win. Have to say I was happy for her, and she looked genuinely shocked. Maybe ‘they’ are giving her this because Streep won last week and is going to get the Oscar and she has zero chance of winning that.

    – Betty White’s amazing speech. Can’t believe she’s 88! And George Clooney’s quip about her afterwards was the period at the end of that hilarious sentence.

    – No gratuitous photo of Colin Firth EVER needs an explanation!


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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Catherine,

      You only stayed up until 3 a.m.? I stayed up ’til 6 writing this dang thing! (Well, I was also procrastinating, had some tea, ate some chocolate, etc.)

      Yes, Clooney’s quip was perfect! I like Jeff Bridges but Clooney was robbed. And did you see how humble he was when Ken Howard gave him credit for the Haiti telethon? He looked like he wanted no attention for it, which is cool.

      Hooray, you’re a Firth fan! It’s decided, then. I’ll continue to run gratuitous photos of him without explanation.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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    Shell Sherree
    January 25, 2010 at 1:12 am

    I didn’t see them, so I appreciated your Nerdies all the more for giving me some clues. Betty White is a hoot ~ I’m so thrilled that she was honoured. And I’m with Catherine ~ you could have put up the Colin Firth photo with no pretense at a Nerdie whatsoever and I wouldn’t have questioned you, PCN!

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    Jen Forbus
    January 27, 2010 at 5:44 am

    No one ever needs a reason to post a picture of the most lovely Colin Firth! *sigh*

    That dress IS something on Kate Hudson. I’m so jealous of her! Can we push her down the stairs? I do have to admit one thing, though. I wish she’d cut her son’s hair! Unless she already has. Last time I saw it, it was crazy all over the place.

    And hey! I’m looking for a 40-year-old guy…actually, I wouldn’t mind a 40-something guy! 😉

    Always fun stuff, PCN! Thanks for the smiles!

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    Pop Culture Nerd
    January 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Shell and Jen, maybe I’ll run an entire Colin Firth gallery without any added text! You can just scroll through and stare at him.

    And you’re just in time for my pushing Kate Hudson down the stairs, Jen. Hope you did some leg warmups, too, because we might use them to just kick her down. Oh, and I think she did cut her son’s hair, though it’s more like a trim and not as short as you might like.

    Do you have a specific 40-something guy in mind?

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    Jen Forbus
    January 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    No particular one in mind. Must enjoy animals and books, though! 🙂

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    Jen Forbus
    January 27, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Oh, and no smokers! That’s just a yuck factor!

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      Pop Culture Nerd
      January 27, 2010 at 1:49 pm

      Smoking is a definite deal breaker! I remember when I was a teen, a cute guy approached me at a party (a VERY RARE occurrence, I assure you). I was getting all swoony until he came close and reeked of cigarette smoke. Ugh! I walked away from cute boy because I just couldn’t deal.

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