Wednesday, February 3, 2010

‘Inglorious Basterds’ Movie Wins Top SAG Award

Beyond everyone’s expectations that Avatar would be judged the best movie, Inglorious Basterds moved with the last smile at the SAG awards. The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards too looked an awful lot like the recent Golden Globe awards but there was no Ricky Gervais. In 2010 the Golden Globes Ceremony were hosted by Gervais and it was really a disaster based on feedback after the show! The various reports are going on about the colossal disaster that was brought on by Gervais and his “bland” humor.

Almost all the movie actors and awardees received honors in their respective fields like they did in the Golden Globes, sans James Cameron’s Avatar which is a blockbuster and has been able to surpass all records in his collection and just broke the collection record of Titanic which didn’t please the selection jury of the Screen Actors Guild. It was unconventional director Quentin Tarantino’s World War II epic movie, ‘Inglorious Basterds’ that won the top prize and was awarded the best movie of the year. The ceremony this year at the Shrine Exhibition Hall was a magnanimous affair amidst outstanding ensemble.

Though there are drastic difference between thoughts over movies between the Oscars and SAG, but over the years the Guild Honors are a strong bellwether for the prestigious Academy Awards. And if this years selection of Inglorious Basterds, the movie about a group of Jewish soldiers fighting the Nazis, is actually as good as its cracked up to be, it should be a front-runner for quite a few Academy Award nominations for 2010, including best film.

If this recent nomination is the legacy and believed opinion then perhaps actors like Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz might wish themselves to make some room on their mantles for some potential Oscars. All four actors took home their first SAG awards and such honors actually have given them a hope to become strong Academy Award contenders.

The 2010 SAG event was televised on TNT and TBS from the Shrine Exhibition Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The Lifetime Achievement Award; the most prestigious and highest honor of the event was bestowed on 88-year-old Betty White with standing ovations.

After receiving the award the acceptance speech was tinged with a few zingers and her really natural comic timing. On a more serious note, she really fought back her tears in exhilaration and said, "I should be presenting an award to you for the privilege of working in this business…you still can't get rid of me. I just turned 88 last Sunday and I still have lots to do….This is the highest point of my entire professional life….thank you from the bottom of my heart."

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