Screen Actors Guild Awards

2008, TV Show


Cheers: SAG Sings The Sopranos' Praises

Cast of "The Sopranos" courtesy Michael Caulfield/

Cheers to the Screen Actors Guild Awards for paying proper respect to The Sopranos. True, it would've been exciting if SAG had chosen up-and-comers like Mad Men or Damages, but those shows will have many more years to win prizes. (Fresh blood was rewarded with Tina Fey's and Alec Baldwin's well-deserved comedy wins for 30 Rock.) By honoring James Gandolfini, Edie Falco and the entire mob ensemble, it acknowledged the importance of HBO's landmark drama for one last time. Even after The Sopranos' swan song, SAG didn't fuhgeddaboudit.Check out's Screen Actors Guild Awards coverage:• Winners & Nominees• Live Blog: Show Recap, Backstage with the Winners and More• Photos of the red carpet's hottest fashions• Exclusive red-carpet videos read more

Onstage: Pretty People, Sopranos Sweep and Javier Bardem

8:20: Vanessa Williams looks like that lady in TLC's "Life Lessons" commercials in that yellow and black getup. You know, "Hey, where'd you park your DeLorian?"8:21: Who wants to bet The Sopranos wins for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series?8:23: La, la, la, gotta get yourself a gun, la, la, la. I'm psychic: It's true. 8:26: Emile Hirsch is looking a little bit Johnny Depp tonight. 8:27: Marion Cotillard — best-dressed of the night. Gold star. I want that dress and I want to wear it to a ball. And not stain it.8:29: Call it, friend-o: Javier Bardem wins for best supporting actor! OK, I'll sit down now. And what a heartfelt speech. I'm just happy that I'm no longer afraid of him after seeing him throw down in No Country for Old Men. Actually, I want to kiss his face. Too far? — Sandra's Screen Actors Guild Awards coverage:• Winners and nominees• Photo galleries• Videos• Cheers & Jeers on The Sopranos’ wins read more

Onstage: The Night Begins

8:00: All right, show time! I'm glad the main event's about to start, because I was just watching the TV Guide Network's red-carpet pre-show and really needed something to distract me from Lisa Rinna's massive cleave.8:02: Sally Field, Doug Savant, Ellen Burstyn, Sandra Oh and a bunch of other actors recall memories of their acting roots, all ending with "I'm an actor." It's a lot better than "I'm not just the president, I'm also a client." Touching.8:04: Kyle MacLachlan makes an American Express-card crack. Wow, that only took four minutes.8:05: Tina Fey and Steve Carell look snappy. 8:07: James Gandolfini wins for Male Actor in a Drama Series. A man of few words, bra-vo. 8:08: John Travolta and Nikki Blonsky introduce the Hairspray montage. I don't think it was much of a stretch to make Travolta look like Tracy Turnblad's mom.8:10: Debra Messing and Zac Efron present Leading Actress in a Drama Series. Deb's having some trouble reading the teleprompter. Ayy.8:12: Edie Falco wins. H... read more

News: Last-minute Planning Includes Ledger, Reunions and More

Erin Fox, who edits sister sites and, is in Los Angeles this weekend for the SAG Awards. Here's her report on the show's last-minute preparations.The Screen Actors Guild turns 75 this year; a year that's seen halted productions, striking writers, terminated studio deals and most recently, the tragic deaths of Brad Renfro and Heath Ledger. However, everyone buzzing around the famous Shrine Auditorium is intent on making this year's only red-carpet, star-powered awards show one for the books. This includes several special tribute packages that celebrate actors from the last 75 years, and an especially moving tribute to SAG members who passed away. When I asked the show's producer, Kathy Connell, if there has been a last-minute scramble to create a special tribute for Heath Ledger, she was quick to point out, "We lost so many people this past week [including] Brad Renfro, Suzanne Pleshette, Lois Nettleton... and we've lost so many legendary actor... read more

Tom Cruise: It's a Privilege to Be a SAG Presenter

Tom Cruise by Lester Cohen/

Tom Cruise has signed on to be a presenter at this Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, joining the ranks of fellow superstars who've already penciled it in, the AP reports.Cruise got his presenter's chops warmed up at last year's Academy Awards, but has not yet been part of the SAG roster. The actor also got his publicity wheels warmed up earlier this month when a so-called unauthorized biography about him was released, and a video in which he pontificates about Scientology's value appeared on the Internet. (Check out Jerry O'Connell's spoof at will be joining fellow presenters Steve Carell, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey and Forest Whitaker, among others. — Anna DimondRelated:• Tom Cruise Appears in Scientology Video read more

Aniston's New On-set Romance? And More Movie News

Jennifer Aniston by Gregg DeGuire/

Martin Sheen has been cast as Aaron Eckhart's pop in Traveling, the romcom that's already sparking rumors of an off-camera crush between Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston. The ubiquitous Judy Greer (27 Dresses, What Women Want, 13 Going on 30... I could go on) has also been tapped to fill — what else? — the best-friend role.... Focus Features at Sundance nabbed rights to Hamlet 2, a high-school satire starring Steve Coogan as a drama teacher staging a scandalous sequel to the Shakespeare play.... Russell Crowe, Kate Beckinsale, John Travolta, Debra Messing, Tommy Lee Jones, Terrence Howard, Nikki Blonsky and Holly Hunter have been added to the list of presenters at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards. — Ben Katner read more

Will you be at the SAG Awards ...

Question: Will you be at the SAG Awards Sunday?

Answer: With bells on. Which reminds me, make sure you visit Sunday night for all of my exclusive video from the red carpet. Considering the Globes and Press Tour were canceled, I have a lot to make up for. 

Well, that wraps up another groundbreaking installment of Ask Ausiello. Run, don't walk, over to the AA Discussion Thread to dissect this week's column with fellow Ausholes like Jenn Bisgrove and Karen Stevenson. And, just in case you're suffering from retrograde amnesia, there's also my vodcast, my blog, and the tie read more

SAG Awards 2008: Inside Hollywood's Starriest Night

Hugh Laurie at the 2007 SAG Awards

While the fate of the Oscars remains uncertain, the SAG Awards will go on. Zac Efron, Vanessa Williams, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are just a few of the actors expected to walk the red carpet on Jan. 27 as the Screen Actors Guild celebrates its 75th anniversary. The ceremony will reflect on the history of the union and honor the stars of today. "You have to acknowledge that Hollywood has been a major force in helping shape and reflect the country," says the show's producer, Kathy Connell. "We're going to give everyone a feel for where we started, what's gone on and where we're going." Connell also expects the unexpected. "This is live television. The actors are going to do what the actors want to do and that's what makes it exciting." Here's more from Connell on what could very well be Hollywood's biggest night this award read more

Are You Ready for a Truly Winning Awards Show?

The Golden Globes were tarnished a bit, so the Screen Actors Guild Awards, airing Sunday, Jan. 27, on TBS and TNT, are this red-carpet season's first red-hot will in turn be there for the glamorous ride, via our SAG Awards special. There, you will find photos of last year's most dazzling fashions and this year's big nominees, plus video and (of course) a complete list of who is clamoring for kudos this time around.Then, on that star-studded Sunday night, come back here for our live recap blog (you're looking at it right now, so pull down that "Add to favorites" pronto!), fresh red-carpet video interviews from Ausiello, and fabulous photos of the best's Screen Actors Guild Awards coverage:• Nominees• Photo galleries• Videos• Live show blog read more

Team McConaughey-Hudson Added to SAG Presenters

Matthew McConaughey and two-time big-screen costar Kate Hudson have joined Zac Efron, Emile Hirsch and Vanessa Williams on the list of presenters. Also on board to hand out gold are Ruby Dee, Denzel Washington and Chandra Wilson.Meanwhile, Burt Reynolds and Denis Leary will team up to bestow the Life Achievement Award on Brian Denneh-, er, Charles Durning. read more

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Premiered: January 27, 2008
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Premise: Outstanding film and TV performances are honored at the 14th annual gala from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. Burt Reynolds and Denis Leary present the Life Achievement Award to Charles Durning. Slated presenters include Ruby Dee; Zac Efron; Emile Hirsch; Kate Hudson; Matthew McConaughey; Denzel Washington; Vanessa Williams; and Chandra Wilson.


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