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You know… I am actually thrilled for Slumdog Millionaire, Fox Searchlight, Danny Boyle, et al, and I will soon explain why in greater depth.

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13 Responses to “UNSPOILABLE – The SAG Winners”

  1. IOIOIOI says:

    America yawns, and the DVD goes directly to the bargain bin. Worst call ever.

  2. Blackcloud says:

    Do the SAG awards have a nickname like “the Thespies” or are they just “the SAG Awards”?

  3. Cadavra says:

    Nonetheless, you still could’ve waited two hours until it aired here on the Left Coast.
    The award is called “The Actor.”

  4. David Poland says:

    Cad – If you don’t get it live on TNT, you have the only cable/satellite system I know of that does not.

  5. mutinyco says:

    Um… anybody looking to unload a supermodel… feel free to give me a ring…

  6. IOIOIOI says:

    Mutiny: that’s Lex’ department. I will have him make the call.

  7. Roman says:

    Let’s look at these two quotes here:
    “I am actually thrilled for Slumdog Millionaire, and I will soon explain why in greater depth.”
    “Every one of these winners is absolutely the right call.”
    Done and done! Sir, you do not need to explain any further.
    But if you honestly think that this year Slumdog and Meryl were THE right calls, than I don’t think I wanted to know in the first place.
    P.S. In case what you meant was that it was the right call since they were techically deserving nominees without going into too deeply into where they stand compared to others than I will say than I agree and disagree.

  8. David Poland says:

    “The right call” is probably too aggressive a comment.
    I have no problem with any of these calls.
    In a few cases, I would have had no problem with some other choices.

  9. Cadavra says:

    Time Warner. If there was an east coast feed, I sure couldn’t find it. 🙁

  10. yancyskancy says:

    You’d think that actors would go out on a limb a little in the Ensemble category and at least nominate a couple of brilliantly acted films that don’t also just happen to be frontrunners for Oscar nods. Would the Slumdog Millionaire cast have been nominated if their film had been a long shot for a Best Picture nomination? Should Cadillac Records be ignored because its Best Pic chances were nil? (These questions are rhetorical; I haven’t seen Slumdog.

  11. leahnz says:

    good questions, tho, yancy. it would’ve been lovely to see something a bit more obscure nominated for ‘best cast’ like the outstanding lineup in ‘burn after reading’ for instance (one of my faves of 2008, even with pitt, whose comedic turns are far less cringeworthy for me than his attempts at serious drama) rather than the same predictable pics and the same predictable flicks.
    you’d think SAG would be a bit more adventurous and think outside the square in the performances they choose to honour for the year – given that actors (in my experience anyway) tend to march to the beat of their own drummers – but noooooo, SAG would appear to be about as conservative as the academy (is there much of an overlap there?), and it’s just another case of ‘same shit, different day’

  12. IOIOIOI says:

    What’s funny about SAG is: they did not nominate one Mumbai actor. Not one. Yet it’s somehow the best ENSEMBLE of the year? Really? Come on. Just come on.

  13. IOIOIOI says:

    (Okay… they nominated Dev Patel. I forgot, but he’s one guy in the SUPPORTING ACTOR category. So I find it a bit odd that Doubt got that many acting nominations, but did not win that award. It just seems hokey.)

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