Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Social Network's dominance is over :(

After Tom Hooper's shocking win over David Fincher last night at the Director Guild awards ceremony, the British monarchy tale "The King Speech" has officially taken the frontrunner crown from early favorite "The Social Network" after tonight's coronation of "King's Speech" by the SAG with two trophies, Best Actor for Colin Firth and the prestigious Best Ensemble Cast...

For someone like me who has been a passionate supporter of this masterful contemporary morality tale on the creation of Facebook, this change of tides is rather disappointing. The numerous awards that "The Social Network" has received from critics may have turned off a lot of Hollywood insiders who probably cannot accept being told by critics what the best movie of the year was.

I like "The King's Speech" (it is among my ten favorite movies of the year, see http://raymond-reviews.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-ten-favorite-movies-of-2010.html ) and it rightfully deserves all the awards it has received and i do not question at all the choices made by the PGA, DGA and SAG groups - that's what makes Oscar-watching such a fun activity every winter...

But my pick to win best picture and best director at the Oscars at this stage is still "The Social Network". I cannot accept being unfriended by David Fincher and the cast :)

Complete list of winners at annual SAG Awards

MOTION PICTURE:
Best Actor: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech."
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan."
Best Supporting actor: Christian Bale, "The Fighter."
Best Supporting actress: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter."
Best Ensemble Cast: "The King's Speech."
Best Stunt Ensemble: "Inception."
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TELEVISION:
Best Actor in a movie or miniseries: Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack."
Best Actress in a movie or miniseries: Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin."
Best Actor in a drama series: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire."
Best Actress in a drama series: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife."
Best Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock."
Best Actress in a comedy series: Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland."
Best Drama series cast: "Boardwalk Empire."
Best Comedy series cast: "Modern Family."
Best Stunt ensemble: "True Blood."
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Life Achievement: Ernest Borgnine

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