Social Network Shut Out at SAG Awards

Hollywood. January 30, 2011

The 17th SAG Awards were held in Hollywood tonight. There were no real surprises. “King’s Speech” took home the coveted outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, while “The Social Network” went home empty handed.

Chrisian Bale won outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role while Melissa Leo took home the female equivalent. Natalie Portman was Best Actress and Colin Firth scored with his performance in the “King’s Speech.” Jeffrey Rush gave an intelligent, heartfelt speech in accepting the award on behalf of his fellow cast members.

Natalie Portman provided the evening’s one impromptu moment by uttering the word “asshole” when talking about what her parents told her never to be on a movie set.

Christian Bale’s speech was interrupted by real-life Dicky Eklund, the character he portrayed in “The Fighter.” Eklund joined him onstage in an unexpected moment. Bale politely thanked Eklund and gently pointed him back to his place in the audience. (“Fighter” star/producer Mark Wahlberg revealed moments later that he encouraged Eklund to go up if Bale won.

Ernest Borgnine received the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award and seemed truly touched and perhaps a little sad that his 94 years have slipped by. Mr. Borgnine is still fit and spry with an attractive, younger wife and maybe that is his secret for longevity. One thing is for certain. He has had an illustrious career in film. He has just finished his164th film. Borgnine is best known for film roles in “From Here to Eternity, “The Wild Bunch,” and “Marty,” for which he won a best-actor Oscar, as well as for his television work on the popular 1960s show “McHale’s Navy.”

The race is now on for the Academy Awards, and by all indications it looks like “Social Network” has lost some of it’s heat with “The King’s Speech” becoming increasingly more recognized by the various guilds this award season.

Here is the full list of winner at tonight’s ceremony.

MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture: “The King’s Speech”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

TELEVISION

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series: “Boardwalk Empire”

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series: “Modern Family”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series: Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries: Al Pacino, “You Don’t Know Jack”

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries: Claire Danes, “Temple Grandin”

In Defense of Christian Bale

A number of people have come to Christian Bale’s defense for his emotional, F-word laden outburst last year on the set of McG’s Terminator:Salvation. Harry Knowles from Ain’t it Cool News has a particularly valid point of view.

Read his column here: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39984

Christian Bales Loses it on the Terminator Set

F this and F that. F you. I will kick your F-ing ass are just some of the niceties that Christian Bale hurled at cinematographer  Shane Hurlbut last year during production of Terminator:Salvation. The mad rant was captured on tape and can be heard all over the web.

To listen, check out TMZ’s site till we can download it for you here.

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b81964_Christian_Bale_ Bombs_Terminator_Set_quotIt_Was_Just_a_Momentquot_Assistant_Director_Says.html

“No, don’t just be sorry! Think for one f–king second! What the f–k are you doing? Are you professional or not?”

The rant continued in that vein for several minutes, with the F-word taking center stage.

Would this kind of behavior be tolerated in any other business? I don’t think so.

I am sure Bale was putting out emotion in what we are told was an intense scene, but he is a professional actor, and has been for many years. Surely he knows that on a set of over fifty people, sometimes shit happens. People have to move for some reason. Bale could simple have yelled cut and asked to go again. He certainly didn’t have to humiliate the DP in such a demeaning and insulting manner.

Bale was charged with assaulting his mother and sister last year in London. Although those charges were dropped, the actor obviously has major anger management issues.