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Week in review: 'The Help's' SAG win; movies at Super Bowl [video]

February 3, 2012 |  5:30 pm

It's a season of contests and between last weekend and this one we've had some big ones. First the SAG Awards showed us that maybe there is something else to think about besides "The Artist" winning it all. And this weekend, of course, the biggest game on television becomes a contest for best advertisement. The studios aren't content to miss out on this possible record-breaking audience with many of them pulling out all the stops to show off their summertime wares.

L.A. Times reporters Steve Zeitchik and Nicole Sperling discuss the latest machinations in awards land and who will win the eyeballs at this weekend's Super Bowl.

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SAG Awards 2012: Six (odd) things we learned

January 30, 2012 |  6:30 am

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The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were not without their odd revelations. Here's a look at some of the comments and moments that stood out:

1. Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family" fame told E!'s Giuliana Rancic that despite the scuttlebutt, she always wears underwear, no matter where she goes.

2. George Clooney of "The Descendants" is past the "drop trou" point of his career. "I'm 50," Clooney responded when asked if he'd bare all for a movie role. "So it's just trying to get my trou up!"

3. Alec Baldwin is "still scared to speak up [on politics]."

Baldwin, who isn't exactly known for keeping his opinions under wrap, nonetheless said Sunday: "I want Season 7 [of '30 Rock'] really badly. When you do speak out, it does cost you. The people that are the greatest film stars today and have the most potent careers are ones you know nothing about. They're very sanitized. And maybe I should have been more like that."

4. An open bar is still a draw, no matter who is in the crowd.

"This all free," said Kristen Wiig, holding up what looked to be a pint of beer. Joined by her "Bridesmaids" peers Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy, the costars explained that they have devised a drinking game for all their awards-show appearances of late. "You take a drink every time you hear the word 'Scorsese,'" said Rudolph.

5. Octavia Spencer of "The Help" loves "taking men home." The Actor winner -- who, to be fair, was referencing her newly acquired hardware -- didn't shy away from talking about her hopes for a win next month at the Academy Awards.

"I would be lying if I didn't say to you I would love to win an Oscar," Spencer said. "But we have a group of brilliantly talented actresses, and it's not a foregone conclusion that because I've won these [awards] then I'll win [the Oscar]. I would never be that presumptuous. I mean, Melissa McCarthy, Jessica Chastain, Janet McTeer are in that category. Pretty brilliant."

6. Someone else's shop talk is yawn-inducing, even if their jobs are more glamorous. SAG President Ken Howard's mid-show speech announcing the impending merger of the two major acting unions, SAG and AFTRA, probably left most of America shrugging their shoulders.

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-- Patrick Day and Todd Martens

Photos: Clockwise from top left; Octavia Spencer, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy;  Sofia Vergara and Alec Baldwin. Credits: Matt Sayles / Associated Press; Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times; Joe Klamar / AFP/Getty Images and Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times


SAG Awards 2012: Jean Dujardin admits to feeling 'big pressure'

January 29, 2012 |  8:44 pm

Jean dujardin SAG awards the artist
With his breakout performance in “The Artist,” French actor Jean Dujardin has vaulted from obscurity stateside to Hollywood stardom and done it while scarcely saying a word.

At the SAG Awards at the Shrine Exposition Hall on Sunday, Dujardin’s turn as the silent-era movie star George Valentin beat out such A-list leading men as George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role.

Looking every bit the old-school movie star backstage in his tux, a glowing Dujardin was a bit more talkative than his onscreen persona, and it took only a few lines of his heavily accented English to charm the press room.

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Asked by a reporter if he was surprised by the film’s success, Dujardin downplayed his contributions. “It’s not my fault,” he said, flashing a smile and prompting peals of laughter. “I’m just an actor. I think the star of the movie is the movie and the project and the …”

He trailed off, clearly struggling for the right words.

“Boring!” he said, slapping himself on both cheeks. “Wakey, wakey, Jean!”

The crowd laughed and he continued.

He went on to thank director Michel Hazanavicius, whom he nicknamed “Hazava-genius.”

Dujardin tried to explain the film’s appeal, calling it a feel-good movie, a love story and “a new visual and emotional experience for the audience.” He added, “And there’s a dog, and it’s a cute dog.”

When asked how he felt about his chances of winning an Academy Award for his performance — he would be the first Frenchman to win best lead actor — he answered by singing a few bars of “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem. After the applause died down, he admitted to feeling “pressure, big pressure. It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing already. It’s too early to tell."

“Take a drink with me after,” he added in a conspiratorial whisper.

Dujardin was also asked what he thought of his future acting in America. After protesting that his English needs work and joking that he might try making another silent movie in the U.S., he said, “I have another shooting in April in France, and after I don’t know. But like George Valentin says, ‘With pleasure.’ ”

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SAG Awards 2012: 'The Help' takes film cast prize

January 29, 2012 |  6:58 pm

SAG Awards 2012: 'The Help' takes film cast prize. Click for full coverage.

"The Help," the 1960s-set civil rights drama adapted from Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel, won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, taking home the coveted film cast award at the guild's annual ceremony.

The win gives "The Help" a boost heading into the 84th Academy Awards ceremony next month, where it is up for best picture — the film cast prize at the SAG Awards is considered one of the most reliable bellwethers of Oscar glory.

It was a good night for the film, with both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer winning for their female actor and supporting performances, respectively.

FULL COVERAGE: 18th annual SAG Awards

In accepting the cast award, Davis said racism and sexism aren't just battles to be fought by women or people of color. "It’s all of our burden," she said, "all of us."

The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles and broadcast on TNT and TBS. The Oscars will be presented on Feb. 26.

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Photo: Octavia Spencer, left, and Viola Davis star in "The Help." Credit: Dale Robinette / DreamWorks


SAG Awards 2012: Viola Davis wins best female actor

January 29, 2012 |  6:53 pm

SAG Awards 2012: Viola Davis wins best female actor . Click for full coverage.

Viola Davis won the SAG Award on Sunday night for female actor in a leading film role for her starring turn in “The Help.”

The 46-year-old Davis also just earned her first lead actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Southern domestic Aibileen Clark in the hit adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel set in the 1960s.

SAG Awards: Photos | 360° tour | Photo booth | Winners | Stage set-up time lapse | Video

Davis, who has won two Tony Awards for her work on Broadway, won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for lead actress and garnered Globe and BAFTA nominations.

The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles and broadcast on TNT and TBS.

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Photo: Viola Davis in "The Help." Credit: DreamWorks


SAG Awards 2012: Jean Dujardin wins lead actor film prize

January 29, 2012 |  6:44 pm

SAG Awards 2012: Jean Dujardin wins lead actor film prize. Click for full coverage.

Jean Dujardin won the SAG Award for male actor in a leading role Sunday night for his starring role in the black-and-white love letter to silent cinema, "The Artist."

The 39-year-old Parisian is also a first-time Oscar nominee for lead actor as George Valentin, a silent-screen superstar whose career falls apart with the advent of talkies. Last year, he won lead actor at the Cannes Film Festival for the movie and he recently received the Golden Globe for lead actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical.

Dujardin is also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and a BAFTA.

The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles and broadcast on TNT and TBS.

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Photo: Jean Dujardin in "The Artist."  Credit: Associated Press


SAG Awards: Octavia Spencer wins for supporting female actor

January 29, 2012 |  5:12 pm

The Help

Octavia Spencer won the SAG Award for female actor in a supporting role for “The Help.”

The 39-year-old character actress also just earned her first Oscar nomination for her scene-stealing turn as the sassy Southern domestic Minny Jackson in the box office hit set in the South of the early ’60s.

Spencer already has won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for her performance, as well as the National Board of Review honor as a member of the ensemble of the film. She’s also in contention for the BAFTA award. Spencer's co-star Jessica Chastain was also nominated in the category for her work in the film.

The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles and broadcast on TNT and TBS. The Oscars will be presented on Feb. 26.

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Photo: Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer in "The Help." Credit: DreamWorks


SAG Awards: Christopher Plummer wins for supporting actor

January 29, 2012 |  5:06 pm

 Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in "Beginners."

Christopher Plummer won the SAG Award for male actor in a supporting role for his turn as a man coming out about his homosexuality near the end of his life in “Beginners.”

The 82-year-old Canadian-born Plummer, who starred as Capt. Von Trapp in the 1965 best picture winner “The Sound of Music,” just earned his second supporting actor Oscar nomination for his turn as Hal Fields, a widower dying of cancer.

He's already won the Golden Globe, the Critics' Choice Movie Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and several other critics’ honors. Plummer is also in contention for BAFTA and Independent Spirit awards.

The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles and broadcast on TNT and TBS. The Oscars will be presented on Feb. 26.

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Photo: Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor in "Beginners." Credit: Focus Features


Screen Actors Guild Awards: Watch the stage being set for Sunday

January 27, 2012 |  4:15 pm

 

The statuette is called the Actor for a reason; the Screen Actors Guild Awards are all about the performance. But that doesn’t mean the setting will be bare bones.

The 18th annual awards ceremony takes place Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall near downtown Los Angeles. In the week leading up to the ceremony, the hall has been the center of frenetic work to complete the transformation.

Massive lighting trusses already have been raised into place. A temporary stage, with a distinctively Art Deco feel, has been erected. And, of course, large-scale versions of the Actor himself — chiseled, if tastefully neutered — are on the floor.

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The Times has captured the construction so far, with more to come, in the time-lapse video above.

The race to watch is outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, the guild’s equivalent of the Academy Awards' top prize. In contention: "The Artist," "Bridesmaids," "The Descendants," "The Help" and "Midnight in Paris."

The SAG Awards, which are telecast live at 5 p.m. Pacific on cable’s TNT and TCM, also honor performers on television.

Nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series are “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Good Wife.” Comedy series nominees are “30 Rock,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “The Office.”

It remains to be seen whether taking an Actor home on Sunday portends success at the Academy Awards next month for the films and performers that got Oscar nominations this week.

The official Oscar ballots go out to academy members Feb. 1.

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SAG Awards: We predict Sunday's movie winners

January 27, 2012 |  1:21 pm

The cast of The Help
Will Uggie make his way down the red carpet? Will Meryl remember her glasses? And, more important (at least, for our purposes), will the SAG Awards voters be kind enough to throw an upset or two into the mix Sunday night? Or will the quartet of George Clooney, Viola Davis, Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer haul in another set of awards on their way to Oscar immortality?

Here are our predictions for the movie side of the awards. We predict the television side here.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE

The nominees: “The Artist,” “Bridesmaids,” “The Descendants,” “The Help,” “Midnight in Paris”

And the winner is … “The Help.” First, do that math. SAG nominated three members of the “Help” ensemble individually. “The Artist” had two, “Descendants” and “Bridesmaids” one apiece. Then consider the deep bench of “The Help,” which sports a dozen cited cast members. It’s the definition of an ensemble movie.

Unless … Voters key on just how great the “Descendants” gang did in their limited screen time. Judy Greer, Robert Forster and Matthew Lillard each brought a great deal of depth to their characters in just a handful of scenes.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

The nominees: Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”; George Clooney, “The Descendants”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”; Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”; Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

And the winner is … Clooney. Never won, despite three prior noms. Also never been better.

Unless … “The Artist” adds SAG to its lists of admirers and Dujardin rolls to victory.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

The nominees: Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”; Viola Davis, “The Help”; Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”; Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”; Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”

And the winner is … Davis. Yes, SAG loves Streep. Members have nominated her 12 times, and often for movies that weren’t exactly notable. (“The River Wild”? There wasn’t anyone else that year?) But, like the Oscars, victory has proved elusive, and, let’s be honest, she didn’t even deliver the best biopic performance in this category.

Unless … Voters go with the year’s biopic champ and honor Williams.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

The nominees: Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”; Armie Hammer, “J. Edgar”; Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”; Nick Nolte, “Warrior”; Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

And the winner is … Plummer.

Unless … An unexpected number of SAG members have long preferred the sound of jackhammers to “The Sound of Music.”

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

The nominees: Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”; Jessica Chastain, “The Help”; Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”; Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”; Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

And the winner is … You could make the case for any of the nominees, save McTeer. Do the two “Help” nominees split the vote? Could the unknown Bejo ride a possible “Artist” wave? Do SAG members appreciate that comedy is tough work and reward McCarthy? We’ll play it safe and stick with Oscar front-runner Spencer.

Unless … Voters loved watching both “Bridesmaids” and McCarthy’s memorable Emmy win and keep her big year going.

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-- Glenn Whipp

Whipp writes the Gold Standard awards column for The Envelope.

Photo: The cast of "The Help," from left, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times


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