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Mary Tyler Moore to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
Mary Tyler Moore has turned the world on with her smile and talent for the last half-century, first as Laura Petrie in the 1961-66 CBS classic sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and then as Mary Richards, a single woman working as a producer in a Minneapolis TV station, in the award-winning 1970-77 CBS comedy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Along the way, she earned seven Emmy Awards, an Academy Award nomination for her dramatic turn in the 1980 best picture Oscar winner "Ordinary People" and a Tony for her role on Broadway in "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?"

Moore, 74, added another accolade Thursday when the Screen Actors Guild announced that she would be the recipient of its 2011 Life Achievement Award. The honor will be handed out the during 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29 airing on TBS and TNT.

Besides being an actress in countless feature films such as "Flirting With Disaster" and "Six Weeks," TV movies such "Heartsounds and "Stolen Babies," she is also a noted producer. In 1970, she and her then-husband Grant Tinker formed the production company MTM, which not only produced her own series but also such classics as "The Bob Newhart Show," "Rhoda," "Hill Street Blues" and "St. Elsewhere."

A diabetic, she has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since 1984. In May, Moore went through a successful surgery to have a benign brain tumor removed.

Previous recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Charles Durning, Ernest Borgnine and Betty White.


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Mary Tyler Moore has surgery to remove benign tumor

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-- Susan King

Photo: Mary Tyler Moore in 2001. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

Poll: Get real -- Can Lindsay Lohan ever win an Oscar?

Lindsay LohanWhen she appeared on the "Tonight Show" this week, Lindsay Lohan, age 24, was asked by Jay Leno where she sees herself at age 30.

"Hopefully, sitting here after I've won an Oscar," she replied. "That would be ideal."

Before Lohan became enmeshed in ridiculous tabloid scandals, she actually displayed real promise as an actress. She won Teen Choice and MTV Movie Awards for "Mean Girls" and a Kids' Choice Award for "Herbie Fully Loaded." She was among those nominated at the SAG Awards for best ensemble for "Bobby," which was nominated for best drama picture at the Golden Globes. There was even serious scuttlebutt that she might nab an Oscar nom for "Bobby."

However, LiLo eventually ended up getting such lousy film offers that she won three Razzies for "I Know Who Killed Me," a horror film so horrible that it set a new record for most Razzies in a year (eight).

Next up: She's been cast as the wife of John Gotti Jr. in "Gotti: Three Generations," but it's unclear if she'll be prohibited from appearing in the film due to jail time and her sentence to community service.

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Lindsay Lohan and Elijah Wood in "Bobby." Credit: Weinstein Co.

How did 'The King's Speech' suddenly become heir to the Oscar throne?

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Only two weeks ago it looked like "The King's Speech" had no hope of reigning at the Oscars. It hadn't won a single major award for best picture, and "The Social Network" hadn't lost one.

Now virtually all Oscarologists believe "The King's Speech" can't lose the Oscar crown. The reason: We've seen hints of what actual academy voters think.

"The King's Speech's" recent romp through the guild awards is extremely revealing. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences also belong to the producers', directors' and actors' guilds, where the film just won the top awards. There are only 1,200 actors in the academy compared to 120,000 who belong to the Screen Actors Guild, but that's a fairly large representational sample, statistically speaking. It's fair to say that SAG results reflect what the academy's actors think. Same can be said about parallels between the producers' and directors' guilds and those branches within the academy. Since all of them are embracing "The King's Speech" enthusiastically, it's logical to believe that other branches will probably agree.

After all, they're all film industry insiders, who are — we are learning now — very different in character makeup than film journalists.

Nearly all of the awards won by "The Social Network" this season were bestowed by journalists. Most were film critics; others were members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. (Golden Globes).  That they all without exception picked the same film is probably because it looks like a superb journalistic snapshot of our time and place in history.

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Quiz: Which Oscar winner wasn't even nominated at the SAG Awards?

Only once during the 16 years of the existence of the Screen Actors Guild Awards did that group fail to nominate a star who went on to win the Oscar. Who was it? To see the answer, click the "Continue Reading" link under the photos below.

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Will the SAG Award winners repeat at the Oscars?

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The odds are excellent that the four stars who just won Screen Actors Guild Awards in the lead and supporting categories will repeat at the Oscars next. The four champs lined up exactly last year and have agreed 67% of the time in the past.

Comparing the prizes is tricky because contenders can be out of sync. For example, Kate Winslet won lead actress at the Oscars for "The Reader" two years ago after winning in the supporting slot at SAG. The opposite happened to Benicio del Toro in 2000, prevailing in supporting at the Oscars and lead at SAG for "Traffic."

Comparing the awards exactly, category per category, here's how they stack up: 43 SAG champs repeated at the Oscars in the same 64 races.

The award for best ensemble performanace has been bestowed 15 times. It's agreed with best picture at the Oscars on seven occasions.

— Tom O'Neil

Photo: Kate Winslet at the 2008 SAG Awards. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.


SAG Awards: John Hawkes isn't 'comfortable' talking about himself [Video]

John Hawkes just got back from the Sundance Film Festival -- an event where a year ago, a small independent film called "Winter's Bone" was just starting to get some buzz. On Sunday, Hawkes was walking the red carpet to talk about his best supporting actor nod for his part in that film, and he said he felt much more at home in snowy Park City, Utah.

"It's an unusual part of the work," said the actor. "I think I'm a lot more comfortable playing parts than talking about myself or parts. But you know something, it's such a gratifying thing to be thought of and certainly, if it draws more people to this movie, 'Winter's Bone,' then I couldn't be happier."

That's the main reason he's looking forward to the Oscars, too.

"Yeah, it's pretty wild," he said of "Winter's Bone" being included in the best picture category at the Academy Awards. "Again, I just hope that more people see the film. I'm very proud to be part of it."

--Amy Kaufman

SAG Awards: 'SNL' host Jesse Eisenberg is feeling slightly overwhelmed [Video]

It was only this morning that Jesse Eisenberg was in New York City, still on a high from hosting “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend — where he finally came face to face with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whom he plays in “The Social Network.”

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angleles on Sunday afternoon, Eisenberg said he’d met Zuckerberg for the first time a day prior, during “SNL” rehearsals.

“I always imagined that it would be a very overwhelming experience,” he said of the interaction with the terse tech-whiz. “I didn’t ever suspect that it would be in the context of something even more overwhelming — live television. And so in a way it was probably the perfect place to do that.”

Also overwhelming? The pace of Eisenberg’s schedule over the past few weeks, while he’s hopped from one award show to the next on the way to the Oscars, where he’s received a best actor nod.

“It’s like, if I just had to go to the Screen Actors Guild Awards this year, that would be so overwhelming, and I’d spend, like, the rest of the year thinking about it and writing in my diary,” he said, speaking at warp speed. “But, like, I also hosted ‘SNL’ last [night] and went to Japan a few weeks ago to do publicity for the movie. So, anyway, this is to say everything is happening at once and I wish God — or my publicist, rather — would have spread out all of these events.”


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— Amy Kaufman

SAG Awards: Natalie Portman endures some awkward moments backstage

Portman Backstage after accepting her SAG Award for actress in a leading role for "Black Swan," Natalie Portman faced a throng of especially vocal photographers in the photo pool room.  She remained  composed, steely even. One by one they yelled out to her.

"Natalie! Mazel tov!" said one photographer.

 "Golden Globes! SAG! Way to go!" said another, referring to her Golden Globes win two weeks ago.

 "Natalie, go out with me!" yelled another, sticking out his tongue -- a bit odd, considering she recently announced her engagement to her "Black Swan" choreographer Benjamin Millepied and is pregnant.

"Hopefully the baby can't hear any of this!" she said to an assistant, apparently forgetting she had just used an expletive during her acceptance speech.

As she attempted to make her getaway, she was cornered by a TV crew from Extra, who seemingly were trying to engage in some product placement for T-Mobile phones. [For the record: An earlier version of this post said they were Apple iPhones.]

First they asked Portman if her fiancee was nearby. When she answered in the negative, the talking head waved a phone at her, and asked, "Do you want to call him? We have phones here!"

 Portman giggled uncomfortably, and then a woman from Extra whipped out a cellphone and proceeded to pull up old pictures of Portman as a kid.

"What's this one? I've never seen you look like this," the woman said.

"Yeah, I think that's from high school," said Portman politely, but obviously eager to get away.

 -- Deborah Vankin and Jessica Gelt

Photo: Natalie Portman accepts the female actress in a leading role award from presenter Jeff Bridges at the Screen Actors Guild awards. Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni


SAG Awards: Claire Danes eyes Sofia Vergara's prime real estate

Claire Danes2 After winning a SAG award for her portrayal of Temple Grandin in the HBO movie of the same name, an extremely composed but tired-looking Claire Danes emerged from a photo tent and was asked to autograph the four Screen Actors Guild posters that all winners are requested to sign. The posters -- which feature a large image of the green award statue -- are then auctioned off for charity. Proceeds go to the SAG Foundation for actors in need.

While signing the poster with a Sharpie, Danes remarked, "Somebody got prime real estate."

"That was Sofia Vergara," replied a member of the awards staff, referring to the "Modern Family" actress.

Where did Vergara sign? On the oft-remarked upon bulging crotch of the statue.

"She did it on all four posters!" said another staff member.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo: Claire Danes at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

SAG Awards: 'The King's Speech' wins top prize

"The King's Speech" won the Screen Actors Guild award on Sunday for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

It's the guild's equivalent of best film of the year and positions the film about King George VI's attempts to stop stuttering as the film to beat at the Academy Awards next month. The win came moments after its star, Colin Firth, won for outstanding male actor in a leading role. Though "The Social Network" had the most momentum at the beginning of the awards season by winning the majority of critics honors as well as the Golden Globe for best dramatic film, "The King's Speech" has been gaining speed in recent weeks: It won the Producers Guild Award last week and director Tom Hooper won the Directors Guild Award Saturday night. The film leads in Oscar nominations, with 12 nods.

The film was competing against "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right" and "The Social Network."

The awards — which dole out honors in both TV and film — were being held at the Shrine Exhibition Hall and telecast live simultaneously on TNT and TBS.


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— Susan King

Photo: Colin Firth, left, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush introduce a clip from their film "The King's Speech" at the 17th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The film would win the SAG Awards' top prize. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.


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