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Best and Worst of the 2014 SAG Awards

Best and Worst of the 2014 SAG Awards

From voters high on Dames to Cuba Gooding Jr. high on MLK

The 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have come and gone and so it's time for another round of best and worst. What were the touching, heartfelt, funny and endearing moments of the evening? What were the cringe-worthy, false-note, unfortunate moments? Some of Team HitFix has a few ideas, so click through the gallery story below for our thoughts and feel free to tell us what you thought of the show in the comments section.

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'Shipping Wars' star dies of a heart attack

"Shipping Wars" star dies of a heart attack
Roy Garber, the popular long-haired star of the A&E reality show, was rushed to a Texas hospital Saturday where he passed away. He was 49.

"Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" win big at SAG Awards
Both shows won for best drama and comedy, respectively, with Bryan Cranston and Ty Burrell also picking up awards. PLUS: Bryan Cranston sang "I won a SAG Award," Anna Gunn unveiled her "Breaking Bad" handbag, "Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer shaved half her head, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepted her SAG Award as "Veep's" Selina Meyer.

Starz posts "Black Sails" premiere on YouTube
The Michael Bay pirate drama makes its TV debut next Saturday.

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Drake with the cast of "Saturday Night Live"

Drake with the cast of "Saturday Night Live"

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Drake

The Sasheer Zamata Era starts as "SNL" returns after a tumultuous break.
“Saturday Night Live” has been off the air for nearly a month, but it’s been nearly omnipresent in the news since Jimmy Fallon hosted the shows. But instead of discussing his hosting performance (and the near omnipresence of Justin Timberlake in the same episode), the topic of the show’s diversity dominated discussion of the show. That topic has surrounded the show throughout its existence, was re-ignited when “SNL” cast six Caucasian cast members before this season, grew more fervent when both Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah said less-than-satisfying things about it to the press, and went into overdrive when news of a “secret” audition arose days before John Goodman hosted the show in December. Since then, the show officially hired comedian Sasheer Zamata as a featured player, and added two new members to the writing staff: LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones. So, problem solved, right?
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Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Bullock

 Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o and Sandra Bullock walk the red carpet at the 2014 SAG Awards

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2014 SAG Awards red carpet grades: Washington, Bullock, Roberts

Maternity wear gets a twist

The SAG Awards aren't usually the highlight of the season from a fashion point of view. If you have dibs on a really great dress, you're saving it for the Oscars or you already wore it to the Golden Globes. Let's face it; the SAG Awards only airs on basic cable, anyway. Thus, we get a motley assortment of prom dresses, summer frocks and stuff stars' stylists may or may not have found on the sales racks at the mall. In the mix, there are always a few winners, though -- as well as some fashion fails. 

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<p>The cast of &quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;&nbsp;accept the SAG&nbsp;Award for Outstanding Performance by an&nbsp;Ensemble in a Motion&nbsp;Picture.</p>

The cast of "American Hustle" accept the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture.

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'American Hustle' and acting Oscar frontrunners win SAG Awards

Is it all a harbinger of things to come?

In two decades, the only years the SAG winners matched up 100% with the Academy's individual acting category winners were 2010, 2009 and 2004. Sometimes it's because the early deadline rears its head. For instance, the SAG nominating committee didn't fully catch up to "Django Unchained" last year, so they didn't even nominate eventual Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. Other times, it's category placement that causes a shift; Kate Winslet being nominated in and winning supporting for "The Reader" but going on to win lead at the Oscars. Still others, it's because the buzz wave has a certain shape to it, Oscar winners like Alan Arkin and Judi Dench supplanting SAG champs like Eddie Murphy and Kathy Bates.

So it's a fair bet that tonight's winners (with the ensemble prize subbing for "Best Picture," even though the guild doesn't quite view it that way all that time) won't all be holding matching Oscars in their hands in March. Nevertheless, I think this year might just go that way, at least in the individual acting categories, because the line-up is beginning to settle in as a sure quartet.

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<p>Aidan and his kids take an unorthodox field trip from home schooling in the wise and funny 'Wish I Was Here'</p>

Aidan and his kids take an unorthodox field trip from home schooling in the wise and funny 'Wish I Was Here'

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Review: Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' is an emotional powerhouse

Ten years after 'Garden State,' Braff is back at Sundance with another triumph

PARK CITY - Certain films show up at festivals or in theaters with targets painted on them.

The best example of that this year at Sundance is Zach Braff's long-awaited follow-up to "Garden State," and I can understand why. After all, this is the film that he took to Kickstarter, even as people complained about the idea of a millionaire asking people for hand-outs. Beyond that, though, hating "Garden State" has become a cottage industry. The only thing Braff could possibly do to counter all of the naysayers would be to make a genuinely great movie.

Which, thankfully, is exactly what he did.

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<p>Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in Craig Johnson's &quot;The Skeleton Twins.&quot;</p>

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in Craig Johnson's "The Skeleton Twins."

Review: Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader leave 'SNL' behind with 'The Skeleton Twins'

Is this what Lorne Michaels movies should have been?

PARK CITY - This is probably the last thing co-writer and director Craig Johnson wants to hear, but watching his new dramedy "The Skeleton Twins" Saturday afternoon, I was struck by a recurring thought: Why didn't Lorne Michaels produce more movies like this one?

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<p>Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor at the 20th annual&nbsp;Screen Actors Guild&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards winners - complete list

'American Hustle,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Modern Family' win top honors

The 20th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were be held Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Kudos were dished in an array of acting categories, for stars of both film and television. Check out the full list of winners below, and be sure to check out Dan Fienberg's live blog of the proceedings and don't forget to keep track of the whole season via The Circuit.

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<p>The Actor!</p>

The Actor!

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2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards Live-Blog

Will '12 Years a Slave' and 'Breaking Bad' repeat last weekend's Globes wins?

And we're back! It was only six days ago that we were all here for the Golden Globe Awards, where "American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" won best picture awards and cemented their positions as Oscar best picture favorites. How will things play out at the 2014 SAG Awards?

And will "Breaking Bad" continue its recent drama domination?

One thing's for sure: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" won't win any awards tonight.

Click through for my full live-blog of the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards and chat along in the comments!

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<p>Jenny Slate in &quot;Obvious Child.&quot;</p>

Jenny Slate in "Obvious Child."

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Review: Jenny Slate makes a delightful leading lady in 'Obvious Child'

Warm, sharply feminist slacker comedy is an early Sundance charmer

PARK CITY - Those of us who have never seen a single episode of "Saturday Night Live" have a somewhat stymied relationship with a vast network of variously talented performers -- with their backstories and creative personae largely unfamiliar to us, they often arrive as blank slates when they finally make the jump to the big screen. That can be a drawback in film vehicles that are essentially extensions of their "SNL" shtick, but it can also make for unexpected, preconception-free discoveries, and so it is with Jenny Slate. I may know little about her apparently uneven TV career, but I now know from "Obvious Child," a winning slacker comedy from first-time writer-director Gillian Robespierre, that Slate has the makings of a rather special movie star: lovably gawky, casually relatable and very, very funny.

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ABC and 'The Bachelor' producers slam Juan Pablo's anti-gay comments

ABC and "The Bachelor" producers slam Juan Pablo's anti-gay comments

"Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio," they said in a joint statement. UPDATEJuan Pablo apologizes, says  "the word pervert was not what I meant to say and I am very sorry about it."

Bill Murray thinks the Kristen Wiig "SNL" cast was the best since the original
"I really feel like the previous cast, that was the best group since the original group," Murray said on a Reddit Ask Me Anything. "They were my favorite group. Some really talented people that were all comedians of some kind or another. You think about Dana Carvey, Will, Hartman, all these wonderful funny guys. But the last group with Kristen Wiig and those characters, they were a bunch of actors and their stuff was just different."

Denis Leary: USA wouldn't allow "Sirens" to show a horse receiving oral sex

That, he says, is the difference between FX and USA.

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Juan Pablo Galavis

 Juan Pablo Galavis

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'Bachelor' Juan Pablo says gays 'more pervert, in a sense'

The retired soccer player is against the idea of a gay bachelor

During ABC's TCA party, "The Bachelor" star Juan Pablo Galavis told reporter Sean Daly he's not exactly keen on the idea of a gay bachelor. 

“I don’t think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” he said. 

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