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SAG Awards Will Air Sunday Night on TNT and TBS

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On Sunday night, January 25, the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air simultaneously on TNT and TBS at 8:00 PM (ET). This live event will showcase peer-voted awards for both film and television work in a dinner-party setting. A seasonal precursor to the Academy and Emmy productions, the SAG Awards differ because the focus is only on acting work, as opposed to editing, producing, writing or directing. Some of the talents highlighted at past SAG shows have been stunt work, voice-over, child actors, and background singers.

A special feature of the night will be the presentation of the Life Achievement Award to the incomparable James Earl Jones, a man whose sonorous and well modulated voice and has added flavor to stage and film classics as Othello, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Great White Hope, King Lear, The Lion King, Star Wars, and one of my favorite Jones projects, Field of Dreams. Of course, even if Jones had a voice more like Jar-Jar Binks or Gilbert Gottfried, his acting chops could carry work like this:

“Ray, people will come, Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack.”

For someone who had such a severe stutter as a child that he never spoke in school, this is a wonderful acknowledgment of a lifetime of fine acting.

Below is a partial list of nominees and their respective categories.


Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
  • Frank  Langella – Frost/Nixon
  • Sean Penn – Milk
  • Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
  • Angelina Jolie – The Changeling
  • Melissa Leo – Frozen River
  • Meryl Streep – Doubt
  • Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Josh Brolin – Milk
  • Robert Downey, Jr. – Tropic Thunder
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
  • Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
  • Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire

Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Amy Adams – Doubt
  • Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Viola Davis – Doubt
  • Taraji P. Henson –The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Kate Winslet – The Reader


Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Ralph Fiennes – Bernard and Doris
  • Paul Giamatti – John Adams
  • Kevin Spacey – Recount
  • Kiefer Sutherland – 24: Redemption
  • Tom Wilkinson – John Adams

Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Laura Dern – Recount
  • Laura Linney – John Adams
  • Shirley MacLaine – Coco Chanel
  • Phylicia Rashad – A Raisin in the Sun
  • Susan Sarandon – Bernard and Doris

Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Michael C. Hall – Dexter
  • Jon Hamm – Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie – House
  • Williams Shatner – Boston Legal
  • James Spader – Boston Legal

Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Sally Field – Brothers and Sisters
  • Mariska Hargitay – Law and Order: SVU
  • Holly Hunter – Saving Grace
  • Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
  • Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer

Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell – The Office
  • David Duchovny – Californication
  • Jeremy Piven – Entourage
  • Tony Shalhoub – Monk

Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Christina Applegate – Samantha Who?
  • America Ferrera – Ugly Betty
  • Tina Fey – 30 Rock
  • Mary-Louise Parker – Weeds
  • Tracey Ullman – Tracey Ullman's State of the Union

Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Boston Legal
  • The Closer
  • Dexter
  • House 
  • Mad Men

Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • 30 Rock
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Entourage
  • The Office
  • Weeds


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  • Kate

    Crossing my fingers for HUGH LAURIE!!

  • He’s a good choice Kate – the whole list is great – I’d have a hard time making up my mind if I were voting.