January 25th, 2009
07:09 PM ET
Backstage at the SAG Awards
Good evening, everybody! I'll be blogging backstage here at the SAG Awards, sending along any snacky bit of Screen Actors Guild goodness that comes my way. The awards are being held in L.A.'s famed Shrine Auditorium, and folks, they ain't kidding - it is super "Shriney" in here.
I've got Moorish style balconies, chandaliers, and stain-glassed windows surrounding me. And I'm sitting not far from the "Silver Scimitar Wall of Honor." Somebody get me a fez so I'll feel right at home.
Right now all of us media types are settling in. I'm sitting shoulder to shoulder with a couple of journalists from a rival news service and we're pondering who will win the big trophy of the night: the Cast in a Motion Picture award. It's the equivalent of Best Picture at the other kudo-fests and we're thinking "Milk" might grab it, even though "Slumdog Millionaire" is gathering momentum with Golden Globe and Producers Guild Awards wins. The logic being that the Hollywood buzz surrounding "Slumdog" is mainly centered on director Danny Boyle, not the largely unknown - but hugely talented - cast. We'll see what the night brings. Maybe there's just no betting against Slumdog - and destiny - this year.
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They did not pay tribute to Heath Ledger because they did that last year. His death was before the SAG awards last year (January 22, 2008). I ever remember Daniel Day Lewis mentioning how Ledger inspired him in his acceptance speech for Best Actor.
It would be nice to hear from Dev, Freida and others. Maybe the director makes the call on who will step up to accept the awards and they want an experienced hand. Or the fact that Anil Kapoor is the "big name" in India. They should all enjoy these moments the best they can!
The SAG awards didn't pay homage to Heath Ledger because they did it last year. It has already been a year since he died.
Okay, why is it that Anil Kapoor is the one accepting the awards for Slumdog. He is a big name in India, but I wanted to hear from Dev, Freida,and Ifran... not just the game show host.
I just finished watching the SAG awards tonight, and cannot stop wondering why they did not acknowledge the death of Heath Ledger in their tribute to those that have passed. This could not have been a simple mistake. How could this be left out?
I thought they might not have paid homage to him due to them knowing he would win the award for 'The Dark Knight', but it left me wondering...
P. S. Hoffman and Maryl Streep – all the way!
Doubt was terrific.
I hope they win!!!