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Fellow SAG members, you disappoint me.

So as you all know, I’ve been trying to write mini-reviews of the films submitted to me “for my consideration” for the 2013 SAG awards.  The link to that page is HERE, in case you missed some.  And now we’ve come to the shitty, anti-climatic end….

Here are this year’s SAG Award Nominees…(and my bitch slap heard round the world):

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role BRADLEY COOPER / Pat – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company) DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures) JOHN HAWKES / Mark – “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight) HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean – “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures) DENZEL WASHINGTON / Whip Whitaker – “FLIGHT” (Paramount Pictures)

Right off the bat, I see this.  And I’m FURIOUS.  Okay, are you F***ING kidding me with this list not having Joaquin Phoenix on it?? Seriously?!?!? Bradley f***ing Cooper in a dark romantic comedy over JOAQUIN PHOENIX in the Master??!?!? SERIOUSLY?!?!?! Now, I enjoyed SLP immensely, and I thought Bradley Cooper did a fine job, especially as he was finally tearing himself away from frat-boy roles.  But COME ON, people!! You’re ACTORS, aren’t you?!?! Is it because he had to dance?? Is it because Phoenix creeped you out too much? WHAT?!?!

I don’t understand!!!!

Breathe.

At least Phoenix scored the Golden Globe nom, and hopefully an Oscar nom.  But I’m shaking my finger mightily at you, fellow actors.  For SHAME!!

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role JESSICA CHASTAIN / Maya – “ZERO DARK THIRTY” (Columbia Pictures) MARION COTILLARD / Stephanie – “RUST AND BONE” (Sony Pictures Classics) JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company) HELEN MIRREN / Alma Reville – “HITCHCOCK” (Fox Searchlight) NAOMI WATTS / Maria – “THE IMPOSSIBLE” (Summit Entertainment)

I’m okay with this one.  Here’s hoping Naomi gets it.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel – “ARGO” (Warner Bros. Pictures) JAVIER BARDEM / Silva – “SKYFALL” (Columbia Pictures) ROBERT DE NIRO / Pat, Sr. – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company) PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / Lancaster Dodd – “THE MASTER” (The Weinstein Company) TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)

Didn’t I spot this coming a mile away? Tommy Lee Jones gets good one-liners and gets to have a role where he, the stodgy old white man from the 1800’s, climbs into bed with…(gasp!) a BLACK WOMAN!!?? Ho, Ho, how awesome and quirky! Well, heck that MUST mean he deserves the award!!

Yes, it’s a charming role.  Yes, he did a fine job playing Tommy Lee Jones.  AGAIN.  But James Spader’s performance was by far more challenging, more out of the box, and more three-dimensional.  He physically and mentally WAS that character and didn’t have the good fortune of the sassy dialogue to buttress his performance.  And frankly, he didn’t need it. 

James, you totally deserved that one.  Sorry people are easily blinded by hat tricks.  This is very reminiscent of Gwyneth Paltrow winning Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love over Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth.  Good script equals good acting in the minds of the general public, and apparently amongst actors themselves.  I am sorely disappointed in my fellow compadres here.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role SALLY FIELD / Mary Todd Lincoln – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures) ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine – “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures) HELEN HUNT / Cheryl – “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight) NICOLE KIDMAN / Charlotte Bless – “THE PAPERBOY” (Millennium Entertainment) MAGGIE SMITH / Muriel Donnelly – “THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL” (Fox Searchlight)

This is exactly what I expected; however, I just vomited in mouth at seeing Best Exotic Marigold Hotel nominated for anything.  That movie was cow shit.  A big ol’, steaming pile of cow shit.  Maggie Smith was much better and much more nuanced in Quartet, another totally ignored movie.  Again, for SHAME!!!

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

ARGO (Warner Bros. Pictures)  Yep, uh huh.

LES MISÉRABLES (Universal Pictures) Uh huh, sure.  Expected, not necessarily deserved.

LINCOLN (Touchstone Pictures)  Yep.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (The Weinstein Company)  Yep.

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (Fox Searchlight)  NOOOOOOO!!! WHY, GODDAMMIT, WHY?!?!?!?!? Did someone drug everyone during the screenings of this film? Were they slipped some X when they weren’t looking?!?! This movie was AWFUL!!!! AW-FUL!!!

All in all, I am beside myself at the injustice.  The Master was totally ignored, which is a travesty.  The Life of Pi was ignored.  Quartet was ignored, and THAT is an actor’s film if I’ve EVER seen one.   And these are ACTORS.  We are supposedly above the notion (which we all know the Oscars can have) that the “best” film is the one that makes the most money.

Well shit.

Start bleating, ya sheep.

Well uhhhh..I just didn't GET the Master, you know? Ba-a-a-a--aa-!!

Well uhhhh..I just didn’t GET The Master, you know?   Ba-a-a-a–aa-!! And The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was so CHARMING! Ba-a-aaaa-aaaaa!!!

Side note:  Django Unchained was ignored as well, but that is the Weinstein company’s fault–there was a HUGE mixup with the screenings, and they got cancelled at the last minute, plus there were no DVD screeners sent, so how could anyone see the film? I myself traveled to Beverly Hills in rush hour traffic for a screening, only to find out it got cancelled at the last minute, but heard about another one in West Hollywood that same night, so I traipsed over there…in rush hour traffic still…and found that it too was cancelled. My emailed inquiries asking what the heck was going on went unreturned.  Not a good way to endear someone to your film, Weinsteins.

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