Sunday, January 25, 2009

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Slumdog Millionaire

Sean Penn, Milk

Meryl Streep, Doubt

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Kate Winslet, The Reader

So here's the deal, I'm actually pretty alright with the acting winners... yay Sean Penn and Meryl Streep and Heath Ledger and I love me some Kate Winslet, but the big award, the award for best ensemble to Slumdog Millionaire is appalling, actually disgusting. That members of the screen actors guild would acknowledge this film as the best acting done in any movie throughout 2008 is just plain wrong. I did like the movie, but the clear star is Danny Boyle, not the pretty stars slumming so attractively. Sorry Dev Patel and Frieda Pinto! And this is the problems-- it seems the members of SAG so eagerly wanted to become Academy Award prognisticators that they flat out lost their minds when voting. All of the other nominees were infinitely better acted-- and that's what this award is supposed to signify, not the best film (still not Slumdog), but the best acted film, where the attractively distressed members of the Slumdog cast were not really that great (not that they screwed up), but they were simply adequate. The casts of Milk, Rachel Getting Married, Synecdoche, New York, The Dark Knight, Doubt, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Wrestler were incredibly better (and only two of those were actually nominated.) Sorry actors, but you made the wrong decision.

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