Best and Worst of the 19th Annual SAG Awards
Bryan Cranston, 'Argo,' 'Downton Abbey' and more.
Worst: It's time for a host
TNT and the Screen Actors Guild obviously want to keep the annual awards show at 2 hours. Outside of the awards announcements, the only segments in the show are the best film ensemble clips, an In Memoriam segment, a speech from the heads of SAG-Aftra and a fairly quick lifetime achievement award presentation. Unless there are tight races in both the TV and film categories, however, the entire show becomes a predictable bore. The SAGs have been lucky the last few years though. There has been close races in best actor in a drama series (Buscemi vs. Hamm vs. Cranston) and best actress (Streep vs. Davis) (Oh, and they also had a big part in the Betty White comeback story). This year was a prime example of what happens when there is little investment from the audience in the major categories. In fact, if "Argo" and "Downton" hadn't pulled off two upsets there wouldn't be much to talk about at all. The Globes faced the same problem five years ago, but NBC and Dick Clark Productions convinced the HFPA to bring in a host. Now, the Globes telecast has become must-see TV after Gervais and Fey/Poehler rocked the Beverly Hilton Ballroom. Why can't SAG effectively do the same thing? How about Patton Oswalt? Or Joel McHale? Shoot, we'd even take Whoopi Goldberg! Just give us someone to keep this show going.