No surprises at SAG Awards
More proof that the Oscar race is over before it begins
It looks like there won't be many surprises at this year's Oscars.
Even though the Academy Award nominations won't be announced until Feb. 2 (and the award show is not until March 7), the major winners appear to be all locked up.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday night closely followed the recent Golden Globes in the acting categories. Sandra Bullock was named best actress for The Blind Side, Jeff Bridges best actor in Crazy Heart, Mo'Nique best supporting actress in Precious, and Christoph Waltz best supporting actor in Inglourious Basterds.
I can't imagine any of them losing out on Oscar's big night. Bridges comes from a beloved Hollywood acting family and is considered long overdue for an Oscar, Bullock is a box office titan who is not often nominated (prior example: Julia Roberts won the Oscar in 2001 for Erin Brockovich), while Mo'Nique and Waltz gave powerful performances that have won wide acclaim.
Inglourious Basterds won the Best Ensemble award, the SAG equivalent of Best Picture. But Avatar wasn't nominated for a SAG because the special effects of that huge hit outshone the actors. Yet Avatar remains the heavy favorite for Best Picture at the Oscars.
The highlight of the SAGs came when 88-year-old Betty White, who was honored with a lifetime achievement award, told her fellow actors, "I know many of you and I've worked with quite a few. Maybe had a couple... And you know who you are." Her comic timing was impeccable and she brought down the house.
But when presenting the evening's final award for Best Ensemble, George Clooney got the last laugh.
"in 1987, I did an episode of The Golden Girls and I would like to thank Betty White for discretion," he said.