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Monday roundup: Actors praise actors in SAG preview, award show previews

November 30, 2009 |  3:36 pm

Photo_05_hires  Variety continues its Screen Actors Guild Awards preview with a series of enlightening quotes from actors -- including a number of Oscar and Emmy winners or nominees -- on their favorite performances of the year, many of whom are strong contenders for this year's award season. 

Among those contributing to the preview are Julianne Moore, who praises Meryl Streep's turn as Julia Child in "Julie and Julia"; Ben Affleck on "Hurt Locker's" Jeremy Renner; Tom Cruise on Peter Sarsgaard in "An Education"; Holly Hunter on Abbie Cornish in "Bright Star"; and Charlize Theron, who waxes enthusiastically on Michelle Monaghan's underrated starring role in "Trucker." The most moving of the lot is Martin Sheen's tribute to Hal Holbrook in "That Evening Sun"; Sheen reminisces about starring with Holbrook in the Emmy-winning 1972 TV movie "That Certain Summer," one of the first productions to deal with homosexuality in a serious manner before praising the 87-year-old for producing yet another seamless screen character. What might have been another round of actor-on-actor gladhanding is actually an insightful collection of observations, especially in regard to what catches an actor's eye when regarding another performance. The Screen Actors Guild Awards themselves will air Jan. 23 on TNT and TBS.

Meanwhile, over at indiewire.com, there's a comprehensive listing of upcoming award shows and nomination announcements, starting with tonight's Gotham Awards and wrapping with the Dec. 15 Golden Globe noms. Author Peter Knegt does a fine job of assessing each of the events and breaking down how wins at each of these shows may translate into Oscar gold (based on last year's awards) and potential box office returns. It's a useful guide to the dizzying schedule of award shows that seem to come every few days before and after the December holidays.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Hal Holbrook in "That Evening Sun." Credit: Freestyle Releasing.

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