Oscars sure are going to be boring
Betty White saves the SAG Awards from a ho-hum night
The Screen Actors Guild Awards turned out pretty much as expected — Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won best supporting awards for The Fighter, Colin Firth took home the Best Actor award for The King's Speech and NataliePortman won Best Actress for Black Swan.
All of them seem a lock for Oscar wins, too, although I sure would like to see Annette Bening squeak past Portman because she was super in The Kids Are All Right and should have won several Oscars years ago. But I fear that it's Portman's year.
The King's Speech took the Best Ensemble award — the equivalent of the Best Picture — and seems a heavy favorite for the Oscar, too, particularly since Speech director Tom Hooper won the Director's Guild Award Saturday night, and that's nearly always a precursor for Oscar glory.
Just about all the rest of the awards were predictable — in the TV awards Alec Baldwin won (again) for 30 Rock, Claire Danes took home her umpteeth award for the HBO movie Temple Grandin, and new darling Boardwalk Empire snared Outstanding TV Drama and Best Actor in a Drama for Steve Buscemi (he and the show won at the Golden Globes two weeks ago). Every time he wins, Buscemi pulls out a piece of paper and reads a list of thank you's. Can't the guy learn to speak without notes?
It was shaping up to be the dullest awards show of the season — or maybe ever — until Betty White was named Outstanding Female in a TV Comedy for Hot in Cleveland. I was shocked — 30 Rock's Tina Fey wins every year and if she didn't this time Glee's Jane Lynch seemed a lock. White, a first-time SAG nominee, seemed genuinely stunned, too.
"I cannot believe this. They had to get this broad up the stairs and that's not easy," she said referring to her walk to the stage. "I must say this is the biggest surprise I've ever had in this business. There wasn't a prayer."
The audience of her peers cheered her on when she said she felt very lucky to still be working at the age of 89. "You didn't applaud when I turned 40!" she cracked, with impeccable comic timing.
Then she playfully fondled the award — a nude male statue — and left the stage before her alloted speech time was up.
As usual, White left everyone wanting more.