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Archive for January 29, 2012

Oscars 2011 Update: SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards were just handed out, and — gotta tell you, only one real surprise in the bunch. I’m not really gonna spend too much time on it. Just a quick rundown of the awards in the order they gave them out.

First was Best Supporting Actor (since when has every award show adopted the “Best Supporting Actor first” rule?), and Christopher Plummer winning again for Beginners. The train doesn’t end, folks. He’s on it all the way to Oscar station. (Or, The Last Station, if you will. Congratulations to the 30 people who got that joke.) The Academy skews older, which is how Alan Alda beats Eddie Murphy, and Morgan Freeman beats Clive Owen. But when SAG goes veteran — it’s over. Plummer is your Oscar winner, folks. As we suspected from New Year’s.

Second award was Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series, which went to Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, which is not surprising at all. Alec wins this every year.

Next was Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, which went to Modern Family. Totally expected development. Pretty ho-hum night to start. (more…)

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Ranking the Best Actors

So far, we’ve covered Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Actress. Now we’re up to Best Actor.

As always, here are clarifications to ward off the douchebags:

  • The rankings are irrelevant. They’re just personal preference. The goal here is to help you discover more movies.
  • Don’t get hung up on the numbers, focus on the fact that it’s about getting people to see more movies. (And if you want to criticize, I require that you’ve seen at least 50 of the performances, otherwise you’ll be completely ignored.)

Best Actor seems to be pretty forward, like Best Actress. There are a few performances where the iconic (or the actor) outweigh the actual performance, but overall, it wasn’t so bad. (more…)


Ranking the Best Actresses

I did Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress yesterday — it’s time for Best Actor and Best Actress today. (Best Actor will go up in a little while.)

As always, when I post these lists, I like to remind people of what’s really important:

  • The rankings are irrelevant. They’re just personal preference. The goal here is to help you discover more movies.
  • Don’t get hung up on the numbers, focus on the fact that it’s about getting people to see more movies. (And if you want to criticize, I require that you’ve seen at least 50 of the performances, otherwise you’ll be completely ignored. And, also, if you want to criticize, remember that you will die one day, and that you are taking precious time from the amount that was given to you in order to complain about a random list in a small corner of the internet that nobody cares about. Priorities.)

Now, the big problem with Best Actress is that it’s the category with the highest rate of ‘Actor over performance.’ More times than in any other category are Best Actress awards given to actresses whose “time” it is. Look at the last decade. More than half of those are Oscars given to the actor and not the performance.

That aside, it’s actually not too difficult a category to rank. There are clear great decisions and clear terrible decisions. There are performances that are objectively great, and there are some that are sentimental favorites. Still, it seems pretty straightforward. (more…)


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