January 25th, 2009
09:56 PM ET

Winslet: "Understand the character"

Kate Winslet won a SAG Award for playing a character she didn't particularly like. Winslet, looking gorgeous in a Nelsio Rodriguez dress (if I misspelled that designer's name, forgive me fashionistas, I'm writing this on the fly!) was the first winner to come back stage.

She won a Supporting Actor award for "The Reader" and she said bringing her character, "Hanna Schmitz," to life was "tough" because she couldn't find anything in her life that compared to her. Thank God, huh? She was playing a former Nazi concentration camp guard! Did she sympathize with Hanna?, someone asked. "Sympathize? No. But you have to understand the character." When you come right down to it, Kate said she really didn't like Hanna all the time. Can you blame her?

On the TV comedy side of things, Tina Fey and the "30 Rock" gang were in a buoyant and boisterous mood. They're riding high on Emmy and Golden Globe success, and now SAG wins for Fey, Alec Baldwin and the entire ensemble cast. Fey joked, "Feels like everyone's really turned on us!"

"Mad Men's" leading man Jon Hamm came out next with the cast of his show. After thanking AMC for sticking by the show and noting its "notoriously huge ratings,” he took a very serious question about a potential actors' strike from the Los Angeles Times. "Do you want to take that one, Aaron?" he said, gesturing to the little boy who plays his son on the show. Then, turning serious, he said he hoped the new political atmosphere would lead to a softened approach to labor and that the guild was negotiating in good faith.

Then he took a REAL serious question: What do you think about your "Dom Draper" hair? "It's low maintenance. It literally does not move." He said a piece of the set once fell on him, he took seven stitches in the head and the hair was still perfect!!

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. duh

    Karen: you sound like an annoying snob.
    Mike: It's Bruce not Don,... "Campbell" 🙂

    February 4, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    It's Don not Dom,... "Campbell"

    January 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. maryam

    This year must be the year for underdogs – If a movie like Slumdog Millionaire (albeit a good movie!) gets all the best picture awards and Kate Winslet is winning also....it must be a rough year! So glad she didn't win the best actress also!!!!

    January 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Karen

    It's Narciso, dear.

    January 25, 2009 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |

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