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Golden Globe Winner Sam Rockwell Rocks SNL!

Talk about timing! As the NBC promos all night were announcing before the show came on at 11:30 pm, that “red-hot Sam Rockwell” was hosting tonight’s show. Fresh off his surprise win at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, his garnering their Best Supporting Actor Award for “Three Billboards Outside Redding Missouri” was mentioned to maximum effect.

His best segment was his Opening Monologue which turned into a song and dance number ( yes, he can do both, and he’s a terrific dancer, too ) about how his award this week,( and by implication, his double win at the Critics Choice Award on Thursday night )  he sang how he’s  now gone from “A character actor to a leading man.” And this number hit just the right note of self-satire, and also  SNL’s clear championing of him in this happy moment of transition. He’ll no doubt be back there to host many, many more shows. And hooray for that!

I knew audiences knew he could play anything, act anything, and in “Three Billboards” he practically does.

But I’m sure he surprised many by singing and dancing and busting a move, as they say. Grabbing a top hat and cane and tapping off the tiny SNL stage into the audience, down the aisle and into the off-stage areas of NBC hallways, who have the room for all this action.

It concluded with him jumping on a camera crane and being hoisted aloft above the cheering, delighted crowd, as literally we all saw his star rising before us. It’s like SNL was determined to hand him an Oscar onstage. Which, by setting him up this way on the show as the host who was about to become a star, he BECAME a star literally right before our eyes. Bravo! Well done by all!

And good luck on next Sunday, Jan.21 at the SAG Awards where he again is up for his extraordinary performance in this extraordinary film.

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“Three Billboards” is also up for Best Ensemble and so he could actually win TWO SAG awards a week from Sunday night. It’s feeling like a coronation and I think it is.

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Critics Choice Give “Lady Bird” NOTHING!?!? “Shape of Water” wins Best Picture

I guess the members of the Broadcast Film Critics did NOT like Anything about supposed Oscar front-runner “Lady Bird .” It got NOTHING from their award show which went out tonight on the CW. It only took two hours. They didn’t announce many of their silly, superfluous categories on air. But they still were there. As you can see by the list below. Thanks to http://www.awardsdaily.com

Next up, the SAG Awards on Sunday night. I’ll be Live-Blogging those awards, too, which are considered more seriously as they actually voted on by members of a for-real industry guild, the Screen Actors Guild.

WINNERS OF THE 23RD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

FILM:
BEST PICTURE – “The Shape of Water”

BEST ACTOR – Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

BEST ACTRESS – Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS – Brooklynn Prince, “The Florida Project”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST DIRECTOR – Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin, “The Shape of Water”

BEST EDITING (TIE) – Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos, “Baby Driver”

BEST EDITING (TIE) – Lee Smith, “Dunkirk”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Mark Bridges, “Phantom Thread”

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP – “Darkest Hour”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – “War for the Planet of the Apes”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – “Coco”

BEST ACTION MOVIE – “Wonder Woman”

BEST COMEDY – “The Big Sick”

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY – James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY – Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE – “Get Out”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – “In The Fade”

BEST SONG – “Remember Me” from “Coco”

BEST SCORE – Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”WINNERS OF THE 23RD ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS

FILM:
BEST PICTURE – “The Shape of Water”

BEST ACTOR – Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

BEST ACTRESS – Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS – Brooklynn Prince, “The Florida Project”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

BEST DIRECTOR – Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Jordan Peele, “Get Out”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Roger Deakins, “Blade Runner 2049”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin, “The Shape of Water”

BEST EDITING (TIE) – Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos, “Baby Driver”

BEST EDITING (TIE) – Lee Smith, “Dunkirk”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Mark Bridges, “Phantom Thread”

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP – “Darkest Hour”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – “War for the Planet of the Apes”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – “Coco”

BEST ACTION MOVIE – “Wonder Woman”

BEST COMEDY – “The Big Sick”

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY – James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY – Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

BEST SCI-FI OR HORROR MOVIE – “Get Out”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – “In The Fade”

BEST SONG – “Remember Me” from “Coco”

BEST SCORE – Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”

B’cast Film Critics ALMOST the Same as Golden Globes! Except for Best Picture! Which here is “Shape of Water!”

Once again duplicating Sunday nights Golden Globes, Guillermo del Toro wins Best Director, “Big Little Lies” wins its TV categories, and so does “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Kumail Nanjiani introduces this section reminding us that there was ONE difference from the GGs. His sweet, smart film “The Big Sick” won Best Comedy over “Lady Bird.” He didn’t phrase it like that, however, and graciously thanked the Critics. Nobody knows how hard we work.

Gary Oldman once again wins Best Actor for “Darkest Hour” for playing Winston Churchill. He slavishly thanks his director Joe Wright , who he forgot on Sunday night.

Frances McDormand ONCE AGAIN wins Best Actress in a Drama and she, like co-star Sam Rockwell, is NOT there to accept her award. But for sure, she’ll be there on Sunday night for the SAGs. You better believe it. They both will.Sam RockwellThey  are quickly becoming their own Awards juggernaut.

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So no, not everybody shows up for this show. How embarrassing.“Shape of Water” wins Best Film! Now THAT’S different. They all look shocked. They were  all there and they all piled onstage. Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spenser, too.

Guillermo  del Toro speaks and says “If You don’t work with these incredible women, Sally! Octavia! You don’t know what you’re missing!”

So this gives del Toro  a huge lift for Best Director. Maybe no one from “Three Billboards” was there, because they knew they weren’t winning at the end?

Biggest shock “Lady Bird” got NOTHING!?!?!?!? NOTHING!?!?

Ditto, also  nada for “The Post.”

Sooo    this a big wake-up call for “Lady Bird.” HMMMM….

SAG Nominations Out! “3 BillBoards” Does Very Well

Well, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” keeps climbing that awards mountain. The SAG Awards are notable in their brevity. For film, they only nominate the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Ensemble(Also known as Best Cast in a Film). This last award is taken by most to a substitute for Best Picture.

“Three Billboards” scored that award, Best Ensemble, Best Actress, Frances McDormand, and TWO Best Supporting Actors, above  pictured Sam Rockwell, going toe-to-toe with co-star Woody Harrelson. Harrelson’s nod can be seen as knocking Golden Globes nominee Armie Hammer for “Call Me By Your Name” out of the competition here. Plus MacDormand that makes four.

“Call Me By Your Name” was NOT nominated for Best Ensemble(!) Only Leading Actor Timothee Chalamet got in. Yikes!

Also It’s Important To Note —

Only Saorise Ronan and Laurie Metcalf as the battling mother and daughter team in “Lady Bird” got in, but it also got Best Ensemble. That makes three, whereas “The Shape of Water”, which did not make Best Ensemble either. but stars Sally Hawkins, and co-star Richard Jenkins. Which gives it only two.And here, below, are all the nominees, in the Film division.

The 24th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS

The Theatrical Motion Picture Nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

JUDI DENCH / Queen Victoria – “VICTORIA & ABDUL” (Focus Features)
SALLY HAWKINS / Elisa Esposito – “THE SHAPE OF WATER” (Fox Searchlight)
FRANCES McDORMAND / Mildred – “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” (Fox Searchlight)
MARGOT ROBBIE / Tonya Harding – “I, TONYA” (Neon)
SAOIRSE RONAN / Lady Bird McPherson – “LADY BIRD” (A24)

 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Elio – “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JAMES FRANCO / Tommy Wiseau – “THE DISASTER ARTIST” (A24)
DANIEL KALUUYA / Chris Washington – “GET OUT” (Universal Pictures)
GARY OLDMAN / Winston Churchill – “DARKEST HOUR” (Focus Features)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Roman J. Israel, Esq. – “ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.” (Columbia Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

MARY J. BLIGE / Florence Jackson – “MUDBOUND” (Netflix)
HONG CHAU / Ngoc Lan Tran – “DOWNSIZING” (Paramount Pictures)
HOLLY HUNTER / Beth – “THE BIG SICK” (Amazon Studios)
ALLISON JANNEY / LaVona Golden – “I, TONYA” (Neon)
LAURIE METCALF / Marion McPherson – “LADY BIRD” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

STEVE CARELL / Bobby Riggs – “BATTLE OF THE SEXES” (Fox Searchlight)
WILLEM DAFOE / Bobby – “THE FLORIDA PROJECT” (A24)
WOODY HARRELSON / Willoughby – “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” (Fox Searchlight)
RICHARD JENKINS / Giles – “THE SHAPE OF WATER” (Fox Searchlight)|
SAM ROCKWELL / Dixon – “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” (Fox Searchlight)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

THE BIG SICK (Amazon Studios)
ADEEL AKHTAR / Naveed
HOLLY HUNTER / Beth
ZOE KAZAN / Emily
ANUPAM KHER / Azmat
KUMAIL NANJIANI / Kumail
RAY ROMANO / Terry
ZENOBIA SHROFF / Sharmeen
GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
CALEB LANDRY JONES / Jeremy Armitage
DANIEL KALUUYA / Chris Washington
CATHERINE KEENER / Missy Armitage
STEPHEN ROOT / Jim Hudson
LAKEITH STANFIELD / Andrew/Logan King
BRADLEY WHITFORD / Dean Armitage
ALLISON WILLIAMS / Rose Armitage
LADY BIRD (A24)
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Kyle Scheible
BEANIE FELDSTEIN / Julie Steffans
LUCAS HEDGES / Danny O’Neill
TRACY LETTS / Larry McPherson
STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON / Father Leviatch
LAURIE METCALF / Marion McPherson
JORDAN RODRIGUES / Miguel McPherson
SAOIRSE RONAN / Lady Bird McPherson
ODEYA RUSH / Jenna Walton
MARIELLE SCOTT / Shelly Yuhan
LOIS SMITH / Sister Sarah Joan
MUDBOUND (Netflix)
JONATHAN BANKS / Pappy McAllan
MARY J. BLIGE / Florence Jackson
JASON CLARKE / Henry McAllan
GARRETT HEDLUND / Jamie McAllan
JASON MITCHELL / Ronsel Jackson
ROB MORGAN / Hap Jackson
CAREY MULLIGAN / Laura McAllan
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Fox Searchlight)
ABBIE CORNISH / Anne
PETER DINKLAGE / James
WOODY HARRELSON / Willoughby
JOHN HAWKES / Charlie
LUCAS HEDGES / Robbie
ŽELJKO IVANEK / Desk Sgt.
CALEB LANDRY JONES / Red Welby
FRANCES McDORMAND / Mildred
CLARKE PETERS / Abercrombie
SAM ROCKWELL / Dixon
SAMARA WEAVING / Penelope

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“BABY DRIVER” (TriStar Pictures and MRC)
“DUNKIRK” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“LOGAN” (20th Century Fox)
“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” (20th Century Fox)
“WONDER WOMAN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

 

The Television Nominees are:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

LAURA DERN / Renata Klein – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Celeste Wright – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
JESSICA LANGE / Joan Crawford – “FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN” (FX Networks)
SUSAN SARANDON / Bette Davis – “FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN” (FX Networks)
REESE WITHERSPOON / Madeline MacKenzie – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / Sherlock Holmes – “SHERLOCK: THE LYING DETECTIVE” (WGBH/Masterpiece)
JEFF DANIELS / Frank Griffin – “GODLESS” (Netflix)
ROBERT DE NIRO / Bernie Madoff – “THE WIZARD OF LIES” (HBO)
GEOFFREY RUSH / Albert Einstein – “GENIUS” (National Geographic)
ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD / Perry Wright – “BIG LITTLE LIES” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN / Eleven – “STRANGER THINGS” (Netflix)
CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II – “THE CROWN” (Netflix)
LAURA LINNEY / Wendy Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)
ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June – “THE HANDMAID’S TALE” (Hulu)
ROBIN WRIGHT / Claire Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

JASON BATEMAN / Martin “Marty” Byrde – “OZARK” (Netflix)
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson – “THIS IS US” (NBC)
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister – “GAME OF THRONES” (HBO)
DAVID HARBOUR / Jim Hopper – “STRANGER THINGS” (Netflix)
BOB ODENKIRK / Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman – “BETTER CALL SAUL” (AMC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren – “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK” (Netflix)
ALISON BRIE / Ruth Wilder – “GLOW” (Netflix)
JANE FONDA / Grace Hanson – “GRACE AND FRANKIE” (Netflix)
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)
LILY TOMLIN / Frankie Bergstein – “GRACE AND FRANKIE” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

ANTHONY ANDERSON / Andre “Dre” Johnson – “BLACK-ISH” (ABC)
AZIZ ANSARI / Dev – “MASTER OF NONE” (Netflix)
LARRY DAVID / Himself – “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM” (HBO)
SEAN HAYES / Jack McFarland – “WILL & GRACE” (NBC)
WILLIAM H. MACY / Frank Gallagher – “SHAMELESS” (Showtime)
MARC MARON / Sam Sylvia – “GLOW” (Netflix)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

THE CROWN (Netflix)
CLAIRE FOY / Queen Elizabeth II
VICTORIA HAMILTON / Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
VANESSA KIRBY / Princess Margaret
ANTON LESSER / Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
MATT SMITH / Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy
JACOB ANDERSON / Grey Worm
PILOU ASBÆK / Euron Greyjoy
HAFÞÓR JÚLÍUS BJÖRNSSON / The Mountain
JOHN BRADLEY / Samwell Tarly
JIM BROADBENT / Archmaester Ebrose
GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE / Brienne
EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen
NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister
LIAM CUNNINGHAM / Davos Seaworth
PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister
RICHARD DORMER / Beric Dondarrion
NATHALIE EMMANUEL / Missandei
JAMES FAULKNER / Randyll Tarly
JEROME FLYNN / Bronn
AIDAN GILLEN / Petyr Baelish
IAIN GLEN / Jorah Mormont
KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow
LENA HEADEY / Cersei Lannister
ISAAC HEMPSTEAD WRIGHT / Bran Stark
CONLETH HILL / Varys
KRISTOFER HIVJU / Tormund Giantsbane
TOM HOPPER / Dickon Tarly
ANTON LESSER / Qyburn
RORY McCANN / The Hound
STAZ NAIR / Qhono
RICHARD RYCROFT / Maester Wolkan
SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark
RUPERT VANSITTART / Yohn Royce
MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark
THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Hulu)
MADELINE BREWER / Janine/Ofwarren/Ofdaniel
AMANDA BRUGEL / Rita
ANN DOWD / Aunt Lydia
O-T FAGBENLE / Luke
JOSEPH FIENNES / Commander Waterford
TATTIAWNA JONES / Ofglen #2
MAX MINGHELLA / Nick Blaine
ELISABETH MOSS / Offred/June
YVONNE STRAHOVSKI / Serena Joy
SAMIRA WILEY / Moira
STRANGER THINGS (Netflix)
SEAN ASTIN / Bob Newby
MILLIE BOBBY BROWN / Eleven
CARA BUONO / Karen Wheeler
JOE CHREST / Ted Wheeler
CATHERINE CURTIN / Claudia Henderson (Dustin’s Mom)
NATALIA DYER / Nancy Wheeler
DAVID HARBOUR / Jim Hopper
CHARLIE HEATON / Jonathan Byers
JOE KEERY / Steve Harrington
GATEN MATARAZZO / Dustin Henderson
CALEB McLAUGHLIN / Lucas Sinclair
DACRE MONTGOMERY / Billy
PAUL REISER / Dr. Owens
WINONA RYDER / Joyce Byers
NOAH SCHNAPP / Will Byers
SADIE SINK / Max
FINN WOLFHARD / Mike Wheeler
THIS IS US (NBC)
ERIS BAKER / Tess Pearson
ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE / Sophie
STERLING K. BROWN / Randall Pearson
LONNIE CHAVIS / Young Randall
JUSTIN HARTLEY / Kevin Pearson
FAITHE HERMAN / Annie Pearson
RON CEPHAS JONES / William Hill
CHRISSY METZ / Kate Pearson
MANDY MOORE / Rebecca Pearson
CHRIS SULLIVAN / Toby Damon
MILO VENTIMIGLIA / Jack Pearson
SUSAN KELECHI WATSON / Beth Pearson
HANNAH ZEILE / Teenage Kate
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

BLACK-ISH (ABC)
ANTHONY ANDERSON / Andre “Dre” Johnson
MILES BROWN / Jack Johnson
DEON COLE / Charlie Telphy
LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Pops
JENIFER LEWIS / Ruby
PETER MACKENZIE / Mr. Stevens
MARSAI MARTIN / Diane Johnson
JEFF MEACHAM / Josh
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS / Dr. Rainbow Johnson
MARCUS SCRIBNER / Andre Johnson, Jr.
YARA SHAHIDI / Zoey Johnson
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
TED DANSON / Himself
LARRY DAVID / Himself
SUSIE ESSMAN / Susie Greene
JEFF GARLIN / Jeff Greene
CHERYL HINES / Cheryl David
JB SMOOVE / Leon Black
GLOW (Netflix)
BRITT BARON / Justine Biagi
ALISON BRIE / Ruth Wilder
KIMMY GATEWOOD / Stacey Beswick
BETTY GILPIN / Debbie Eagan
REBEKKA JOHNSON / Dawn Rivecca
CHRIS LOWELL / Bash
SUNITA MANI / Arthie Premkumar
MARC MARON / Sam Sylvia
KATE NASH / Rhonda Richardson
SYDELLE NOEL / Cherry Bang
MARIANNA PALKA / Reggie Walsh
GAYLE RANKIN / Sheila the She-Wolf
BASHIR SALAHUDDIN / Keith
RICH SOMMER / Mark
KIA STEVENS / Tammé Dawson
JACKIE TOHN / Melanie Rosen
ELLEN WONG / Jenny Chey
BRITNEY YOUNG / Carmen Wade

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)
UZO ADUBA / Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren
EMILY ALTHAUS / Maureen Kukudio
DANIELLE BROOKS / Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson
ROSAL COLÓN / Ouija
JACKIE CRUZ / Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales
FRANCESCA CURRAN / Helen Van Maele
DANIELLA DE JESÚS / Zirconia
LEA DeLARIA / Big Boo
NICK DILLENBURG / CO Blake
ASIA KATE DILLON / Brandy Epps
BETH DOVER / Linda Ferguson
KIMIKO GLENN / Brook Soso
ANNIE GOLDEN / Norma Romano
LAURA GÓMEZ / Blanca Flores
DIANE GUERRERO / Maritza Ramos
EVAN ARTHUR HALL / CO Stratman
MICHAEL J. HARNEY / Sam Healy
BRAD WILLIAM HENKE / Desi Piscatella
MIKE HOUSTON / CO Lee Dixon
VICKY JEUDY / Janae Watson
KELLY KARBACZ / Kasey Sankey
JULIE LAKE / Angie Rice
SELENIS LEYVA / Gloria Mendoza
NATASHA LYONNE / Nicky Nichols
TARYN MANNING / Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett
ADRIENNE C. MOORE / Cindy Hayes
MIRIAM MORALES / Pidge
KATE MULGREW / Galina “Red” Reznikov
EMMA MYLES / Leanne Taylor
JOHN PALLADINO / Josh
MATT PETERS / Joel Luschek
JESSICA PIMENTEL / Maria Ruiz
DASCHA POLANCO / Dayanara Diaz
LAURA PREPON / Alex Vause
JOLENE PURDY / Stephanie Hapakuka
ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ / Aleida Diaz
NICK SANDOW / Joe Caputo
ABIGAIL SAVAGE / Gina Murphy
TAYLOR SCHILLING / Piper Chapman
CONSTANCE SHULMAN / Yoga Jones
DALE SOULES / Frieda Berlin
YAEL STONE / Lorna Morello
EMILY TARVER / CO Artesian McCullough
MICHAEL TORPEY / CO Thomas Humphrey
LIN TUCCI / Anita DeMarco

VEEP (HBO)
DAN BAKKEDAHL / Roger Furlong
ANNA CHLUMSKY / Amy Brookheimer
GARY COLE / Kent Davison
MARGARET COLIN / Jane McCabe
KEVIN DUNN / Ben Cafferty
CLEA DUVALL / Marjorie Palmiotti
NELSON FRANKLIN / Will
TONY HALE / Gary Walsh
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Selina Meyer
SAM RICHARDSON / Richard Splett
PAUL SCHEER / Stevie
REID SCOTT / Dan Egan
TIMOTHY SIMONS / Jonah Ryan
SARAH SUTHERLAND / Catherine Meyer
MATT WALSH / Mike McLintock
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
GLOW (Netflix)
HOMELAND (Showtime)
STRANGER THINGS (Netflix)
THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
54th SAG Life Achievement Award

MORGAN FREEMAN

 

 


24th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS®

NOMINATIONS FACT SHEET

 

ACTORS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS – THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES & TELEVISION PROGRAMS

 

PETER DINKLAGE – 3

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

MALE DRAMA – “Game of Thrones”

DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “Game of Thrones”

 

ACTORS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS – THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

 

MARY J. BLIGE – 2

FEMALE SUPPORT – “Mudbound”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Mudbound”

 

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET – 2

MALE LEAD – “Call Me By Your Name”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Lady Bird”

 

WOODY HARRELSON – 2

MALE SUPPORT – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

 

LUCAS HEDGES – 2

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Lady Bird”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

 

HOLLY HUNTER – 2

FEMALE SUPPORT – “The Big Sick”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Big Sick”

 

CALEB LANDRY JONES – 2

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Get Out”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

 

DANIEL KALUUYA – 2

MALE LEAD – “Get Out”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Get Out”

 

FRANCES McDORMAND – 2

FEMALE LEAD – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

 

LAURIE METCALF – 2

FEMALE SUPPORT – “Lady Bird”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Lady Bird”

 

SAM ROCKWELL – 2

MALE SUPPORT – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

 

SAOIRSE RONAN – 2

FEMALE LEAD – “Lady Bird”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Lady Bird”

 

ACTORS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS – TELEVISION PROGRAMS
 

ANTHONY ANDERSON – 2
MALE COMEDY – “Black-ish”

COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “Black-ish”

 

UZO ADUBA – 2

FEMALE COMEDY – “Orange is the New Black”

COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “Orange is the New Black”

 

ALISON BRIE – 2

FEMALE COMEDY – “GLOW”

COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “GLOW”

 

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN – 2
FEMALE DRAMA – “Stranger Things”

DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “Stranger Things”
STERLING K. BROWN – 2

MALE DRAMA – “This Is Us”

DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “This Is Us”

 

LARRY DAVID – 2

MALE COMEDY – “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

 

CLAIRE FOY – 2
FEMALE DRAMA – “The Crown”

DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “The Crown”

 

DAVID HARBOUR – 2

MALE DRAMA – “Stranger Things”

DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “Stranger Things”

 

ANTON LESSER – 2

DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “The Crown”

DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “Game of Thrones”

 

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS – 2

FEMALE COMEDY – “Veep”

COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “Veep”

MARC MARON – 2

MALE COMEDY – “GLOW”

COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “GLOW”

 

ELIZABETH MOSS – 2

FEMALE DRAMA – “The Handmaid’s Tale”

DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “The Handmaid’s Tale”

 

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS

 

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 4

Lady Bird” – 3

The Big Sick” – 2

“Get Out” – 2

“I, Tonya” – 2

“Mudbound” – 2

 

TELEVISION PROGRAMS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS

 

“Big Little Lies” – 4

“Stranger Things” – 4 (including stunt ensemble nomination)

“GLOW” – 4 (including stunt ensemble nomination)

“Game of Thrones” – 3 (including stunt ensemble nomination)

“Black-ish” – 2

“The Crown” – 2

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” – 2

“FEUD: Bette and Joan” – 2

“Grace and Frankie” – 2

“Orange is the New Black” – 2

“Ozark” – 2

“The Handmaid’s Tale” – 2

“This Is Us” – 2

“Veep” – 2

 

NOMINATIONS BY STUDIO FOR THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

 

FOX SEARCHLIGHT – 7

A24 – 5

20TH CENTURY FOX – 2

AMAZON STUDIOS – 2

FOCUS FEATURES – 2

NEON – 2

NETFLIX – 2
UNIVERSAL PICTURES – 2

WARNER BROS. PICTURES – 2

COLUMBIA PICTURES – 1

PARAMOUNT PICTURES – 1

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS – 1

TRISTAR AND MRC – 1

 

NOMINATIONS BY NETWORK FOR TELEVISION PROGRAMS

NETFLIX – 19

HBO – 12

NBC – 3

ABC – 2

AMC – 2

FX NETWORKS – 2

HULU – 2

SHOWTIME – 2

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – 1

WGBH/MASTERPIECE – 1

 

FIRST-TIME INDIVIDUAL ACTOR® NOMINEES
Aziz Ansari

Mary J. Blige

Hong Chau

SALLY HAWKINS

DANIEL KALUUYA

Marc Maron

MARGOT ROBBIE

 

FIRST-TIME TELEVISION SERIES ENSEMBLE NOMINEES
“GLOW”

“THE HANDMAID’S TALE”

“THIS IS US”

 


SAG AWARDS® RECORD HOLDERS

 

INDIVIDUAL RECORD HOLDERS

 

MOST ACTORS® RECEIVED

JULIANNA MARGULIES – 8 Actors® (4 for individual performances and 4 for ensemble performances)

2011, 2010 – FEMALE DRAMA – “The Good Wife”

1999, 1998 – FEMALE DRAMA – “ER”

1999, 1998, 1997, 1996 – DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “ER”

 

ALEC BALDWIN – 8 Actors® (7 for individual performances and 1 for ensemble performance)

2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 – MALE COMEDY – “30 Rock”

2009 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “30 Rock”

 

MOST ACTOR® NOMINATIONS

EDIE FALCO – 22 Actor® Nominations (14 for individual performances, 8 for ensemble performances)

Previous Actors®:

2008, 2000 – DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “The Sopranos”

2008, 2003, 2000 – FEMALE DRAMA – “The Sopranos”

Previous Actor® nominations:

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 – FEMALE COMEDY – “Nurse Jackie”

2013 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “Nurse Jackie”

2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001 – DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “The Sopranos”

2007, 2005, 2002, 2001 – FEMALE DRAMA – “The Sopranos”

 

TELEVISION ENSEMBLE RECORD HOLDERS

 

MOST ACTORS® RECEIVED BY AN ENSEMBLE

A tie:

ER – 4 Actors®

MODERN FAMILY – 4 Actors®

 

MOST ACTOR® NOMINATIONS RECEIVED BY AN ENSEMBLE

A tie:

FRASIER – 9 Actor® Nominations

LAW & ORDER – 9 Actor® Nominations

 

MOST ACTOR® NOMINATIONS IN A SINGLE YEAR

A tie:

JAMIE FOXX – 4 Actor® Nominations in 2005 (3 for individual performances, 1 for ensemble performance)

MALE LEAD – “Ray”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Ray”

MALE SUPPORT – “Collateral”

MALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story”

 

MAGGIE SMITH – 4 Actor® Nominations in 2013 (2 for individual performances, 2 for ensemble performances)

FEMALE SUPPORT – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

FEMALE DRAMA – “Downton Abbey”

DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “Downton Abbey”

 

ACTORS HONORED WITH ACTOR® STATUETTES FOR SEPARATE PERFORMANCES IN A SINGLE YEAR

 

MAHERSHALA ALI

2017 – MALE SUPPORT – “Moonlight”

2017 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Hidden Figures”

 

STEVE CARELL

2007 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Little Miss Sunshine”

2007 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “The Office”

 

BRYAN CRANSTON

2013 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Argo”

2013 – MALE DRAMA – “Breaking Bad”

 

IDRIS ELBA

2016 – MALE TV MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Luther”

2016 – MALE SUPPORT – “Beasts of No Nation”

 

ALBERT FINNEY

2001 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Traffic”

2001 – MALE SUPPORT – “Erin Brockovich”

 

HELEN MIRREN

2007 – FEMALE LEAD – “The Queen”

2007 – FEMALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Elizabeth I”

 

GARY SINISE

1996 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Apollo 13”

1996 – MALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Truman”

 

 


NOMINEE SAG AWARDS® HISTORIES

(Note: “Total” tallies include this year’s nominations)

 

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

JUDI DENCH / “Victoria & Abdul”

Total nominations in this category: 6

Total Actor® nominations: 14

Previous Actors®: 2

2001 – FEMALE SUPPORT – “Chocolat”

1999 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Shakespeare in Love”

Previous Actor® nominations: 13

2014 – FEMALE LEAD – “Philomena”

2013 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

2010 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Nine”

2007 – FEMALE LEAD – “Notes on a Scandal”

2006 – FEMALE LEAD – “Mrs. Henderson Presents”

2002 – FEMALE LEAD – “Iris”

2002 – FEMALE SUPPORT – “The Shipping News”

2001 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Chocolat”

2001 – FEMALE SUPPORT – “Chocolat”

2001 – FEMALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells”

1999 – FEMALE SUPPORT – “Shakespeare in Love”

1999 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Shakespeare in Love”

1998 – FEMALE LEAD – “Mrs. Brown”

 

SALLY HAWKINS / “The Shape of Water”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 1

This is Sally Hawkins’ first Actor® nomination

 

FRANCES McDORMAND / “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Total nominations in this category: 2

Total Actor® nominations: 7

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Previous Actors®: 2

2015 – FEMALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Olive Kitteridge”

1997 – FEMALE LEAD – “Fargo”

Previous Actor® nominations: 5

2015 – FEMALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Olive Kitteridge”

2006 – FEMALE SUPPORT – “North Country”

2001 – FEMALE SUPPORT – “Almost Famous”

2001 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Almost Famous”

1997 – FEMALE LEAD – “Fargo”

 

MARGOT ROBBIE / “I, Tonya”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 1

This is Margot Robbie’s first Actor® nomination

 

SAOIRSE RONAN / “Lady Bird”

Total nominations in this category: 2

Total Actor® nominations: 4

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Lady Bird”

Previous Actor® nominations: 2

2016 – FEMALE LEAD – “Brooklyn”

2015 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / “Call Me By Your Name”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 3

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Lady Bird”

Previous Actor® nominations: 1

2013 – DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “Homeland”

 

JAMES FRANCO / “The Disaster Artist”

Total nominations in this category: 2

Total Actor® nominations: 4

Previous Actor® nominations: 3

2011 – MALE LEAD – “127 Hours”

2009 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Milk”

2002 – MALE TV MOVIE/MINISERIES – “James Dean”

 

DANIEL KALUUYA / “Get Out”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 2

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Get Out”

These are Daniel Kaluuya’s first Actor® nominations

 

GARY OLDMAN / “Darkest Hour”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 2

Previous Actor® nominations: 1

2001 – MALE SUPPORT – “The Contender”

 

DENZEL WASHINGTON / “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Total nominations in this category: 5

Total Actor® nominations: 7

Previous Actors®: 1

2017 – MALE LEAD – “Fences”

Previous Actor® nominations: 6

2017 – MALE LEAD – “Fences”

2017 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Fences”

2013 – MALE LEAD – “Flight”

2008 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “American Gangster”

2002 – MALE LEAD – “Training Day”

2000 – MALE LEAD – “The Hurricane”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

MARY J. BLIGE / “Mudbound”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 2

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Mudbound”

These are Mary J. Blige’s first Actor® nominations

 

HONG CHAU / “Downsizing”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 1

This is Hong Chau’s first Actor® nomination

 

HOLLY HUNTER / “The Big Sick”

Total nominations in this category: 2

Total Actor® nominations: 7

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Big Sick”

Previous Actor® nominations: 5

2014 – FEMALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Top of the Lake”

2010, 2009, 2008 – FEMALE DRAMA SERIES – “Saving Grace”

2004 – FEMALE SUPPORT – “Thirteen”

 

ALLISON JANNEY / “I, Tonya”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 16

Previous Actors®: 6

2012 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Help”

2002, 2001 – DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “The West Wing”

2002, 2001 – FEMALE DRAMA – “The West Wing”

2000 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “American Beauty”

Previous Actor® nominations: 15

 

LAURIE METCALF / “Lady Bird”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 3

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Lady Bird”

Previous Actor® nominations: 1

2007 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “Desperate Housewives”

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

STEVE CARELL / “Battle of the Sexes”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 16

Previous Actors®: 3

2008, 2007 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “The Office”

2007 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Little Miss Sunshine”

Previous Actor® nominations: 15

2016 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Big Short”

2015 – MALE LEAD – “Foxcatcher”

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “The Office”

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 – MALE COMEDY – “The Office”

2007 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Little Miss Sunshine”

 

WILLEM DAFOE / “The Florida Project”

Total nominations in this category: 2

Total Actor® nominations: 4

Previous Actor® nominations: 3

2015 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

2001 – MALE SUPPORT – “Shadow of the Vampire”

1997 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The English Patient”

 

WOODY HARRELSON / Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Total nominations in this category: 2

Total Actor® nominations: 7

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Previous Actors®: 1

2008 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “No Country for Old Men”

Previous Actor® nominations: 5

2015 – MALE DRAMA – “True Detective”

2013 – MALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Game Change”

2010 – MALE SUPPORT – “The Messenger”

2008 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “No Country for Old Men”

1997 – MALE LEAD – “The People vs. Larry Flynt”

 

RICHARD JENKINS / “The Shape of Water”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 4

Previous Actor® nominations: 3

2015 – MALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Olive Kitteridge”

2009 – MALE LEAD – “The Visitor”

2002 – DRAMA ENSEMBLE – “Six Feet Under”

 

SAM ROCKWELL / “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 4

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Previous Actor® nominations: 2

2009 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Frost/Nixon”

2000 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “The Green Mile”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 1

This is Aziz Ansari’s first Actor® nomination

 

LARRY DAVID / “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Total nominations in this category: 3

Total Actor® nominations: 6

 

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2003 – MALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Door to Door”

Previous Actor® nominations: 11

2017, 2016, 2015 – MALE COMEDY – “Shameless”

2007 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Bobby”

2007 – MALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Nightmares & Dreamscapes”

2005 – MALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “The Wool Cap”

2004 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Seabiscuit”

2003 – MALE MOVIE/MINISERIES – “Door to Door”

2000 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Magnolia”

1998 – MOTION PICTURE CAST – “Boogie Nights”

1997 – MALE SUPPORT – “Fargo”

 

MARC MARON / “GLOW”

Total nominations in this category: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 2

Concurrent nominations this year:

2018 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE – “GLOW”

These are Marc Maron’s first Actor® nominations

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

THE CROWN (Netflix)

Total Actor® nominations: 2

Previous Actor® nominations:

2017– DRAMA ENSEMBLE

 

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

Total Actor® nominations: 6

Previous Actor® nominations:

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012 – DRAMA ENSEMBLE

 

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Total Actor® nominations: 1

This is the “The Handmaid’s Tale” ensemble’s first Actor® nomination

 

STRANGER THINGS (Netflix)

Previous Actors®: 1

Total Actor® nominations: 2

Previous Actors®:

2017– DRAMA ENSEMBLE

Previous Actor® nominations:

2017– DRAMA ENSEMBLE

 

THIS IS US (NBC)

Total Actor® nominations: 1

This is the “This Is Us” ensemble’s first Actor® nomination

 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

BLACK-ISH (ABC)

Total Actor® nominations: 2

Previous Actor® nominations:

2017– COMEDY ENSEMBLE

 

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)

Total Actor® nominations: 3

Previous Actor® Nominations:

2010, 2006 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE

 

GLOW (Netflix)

Total Actor® nominations: 1

This is the “GLOW” ensemble’s first Actor® nomination

 

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Netflix)

Previous Actors®: 3

Total Actor® nominations: 4

Previous Actors®:

2017, 2016, 2015 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE

Previous Actor® nominations:

2017, 2016, 2015 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE

 

VEEP (HBO)

Total Actor® nominations: 5

Previous Actor® nominations:

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 – COMEDY ENSEMBLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvelous,Classy Remake of Agatha Christie’s Classic “Murder on the Orient Express”


Kenneth Branagh’s classy, glossy re-make of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery “Murder on the Orient Express” is great, grand fun. It’s considered perhaps second only to  her “And Then There Were None,” it keeps being brought back to us each time with more style than ever. No matter how glossy, it’s “Orient Express”s superior and unique plot and plotting that holds us all enthralled and trapped by its’ ingenuity, as Christie’s characters are trapped by a snowy landslide somewhere in Eastern Europe in the 1930s.

Kenneth Branagh has decided to have fun with it, and so we do, too. I would say David Suchet’s TV version of it was the darkest one, also great. And Sydney Lumet’s glamourous film version with Lauren Bacall, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts and Ingrid Bergman  all on board with Albert Finney at the helm as the beefiest Poirot in 1974.

Bergman seemed terribly mis-cast and under-used in the small part of the Missionary, but she was so incongruous as the plain, ex-governess who loved her “little brown babies, she won her third Oscar. This time in Supporting. And shocked everyone Oscar night that year.

I don’t know if Penelope Cruz, now cast here as a Spanish missionary, is going to repeat that hat-trick. But Michelle Pfeiffer might. Pfeiffer’s part has considerably been built up, and indeed, she has enough scene stealing and scenery chewing moments to qualify as this year’s Best Supporting Actress.

She is Mrs. Hubbard, an aging film star on the decline, who shrieks and cries and over-acts her way through “Express,” to the point where I almost thought that Branagh had re-written this adaption to make her the guilty party. She certainly ACTS, or over-acts her way to jail, if indeed she is the one who did it.

IT, being the murder of Johnny Depp’s horrible henchman, but no, Branagh didn’t touch the bed-rock of Christie’s great murderous conceit. Depp is perfectly vile as the soon to be dispensed with Ratchet. Josh Gad has a very large part, too, as Depp’s vile, scheming secretary. Branagh even get to chase Gad as he tries to escape at one point in the movie.

I’ve never seen Hercule Poirot move as much as he does in this movie, and Josh Gad, too, for that matter. Poirot has fight scenes, incongruous as they may be, and a broken heart from an ex-girl friend. Strict students of Christie and Poirot may object to these *gasp* liberties that Branagh has taken.His ridiculously gigantic moustaches that seems so heavy and overdone, he might at any moment fall face forward from its weight.

But while I noted these disparities, they did not stop my enjoyment of this very enjoyable romp.

Exquisite “Indecent” Reprieved & Extended Through Summer!


Good, good news! What I think is the best play of the year “Indecent” is now being given a reprieve and an extension through Aug.2. A huge jump at the box-office made the producers decide to give it a run though the summer, hoping its’ two Tony Awards and great word of mouth will keeping reaping the rewards, it so justly deserved. And it was going to close on Sunday! Imagine its’ talented ensemble cast’s surprise! The two Tony awards,to Best Director of a Play, Rebecca Taichman and Best Lighting Design for the young lighting wizard Christopher Akerlind.

The Cort Theater on W.47th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue will continue to be where Rebecca Vogel’s masterpiece holds court.

Sadly “Indecent” Is First Tony Casualty

I’m so sad to report a play which I felt was one of the best of the year, if not THEE best, Paula Vogel’s beautiful lesbian musical play “Indecent” is closing on Sunday June 24.

It did win two Tonys, but it didn’t win the crucial Best Play of the Year Award.

Winner of two 2017 Tony Awards, INDECENT will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, June 25th at 3:00 PM at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.) At the time of closing, INDECENT will have played 79 performances and 15 previews. One of the most talked-about plays in the 2016-17 season following its debut last year at the Vineyard Theatre in NYC, INDECENT opened on Broadway April 18 and began previews on April 4. INDECENT marked the Broadway debuts of many of the artists involved in its creation, including playwright Paula Vogel, director Rebecca Taichman, choreographer David Dorfman and members of the cast and performing ensemble.

“We are so proud and honored to have had the opportunity to introduce Broadway to INDECENT and the remarkable talents of Paula Vogel, Rebecca Taichman and this exceptional company of actors and theater artists,” the play’s producers Daryl Roth, Elizabeth McCann and Cody Lassen state. “INDECENT has touched the hearts of theater-goers who have experienced the play’s magic at the Cort Theatre for the past three months, and we hope it will continue to do so as it is presented in theaters across in the U.S., Canada and overseas in the months ahead. INDECENT is story-telling in the theater at its very best, and we are grateful that this powerful story will live on.”

The production received Tony Awards for Rebecca Taichman, Best Director of a Play; and Christopher Akerlind, Best Lighting Design of a Play; along with the Outer Critics Circle Award and Obie Award for Outstanding Director of a Play (Rebecca Taichman) and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography (David Dorfman). Paula Vogel was honored with a Special Citation as playwright and mentor from the New York Drama Critics Circle, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Obie Awards. INDECENT has also been selected as Best Play by the Off-Broadway Alliance.

INDECENT will continue its life beyond Broadway as a number of theaters in the U.S. and internationally are scheduled to present licensed productions in their upcoming seasons, beginning with The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, this season, and The Huntington in Boston, and into next season with 20 productions anticipated at theaters in the following cities for 2018-2019:

Philadelphia, PA
Palm Beach, FL
Toronto, Canada
Kansas City, MO
Indianapolis, IN
St. Louis, MO
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Denver, CO
Montreal, Canada
Washington, DC
Seattle, WA
Sarasota, FL
Dallas, TX
Chicago, IL
Houston, TX
Portland, OR
Tucson, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Tel Aviv, Israel

A new play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive), created by Ms. Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Ms. Taichman, INDECENT is about the love and passion to create theatre, even in the most difficult of circumstances. The play follows a troupe of actors, the cast of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, who risked their lives and careers against enormous challenges to perform a work in which they deeply believed, at a time when art, freedom and truth were on trial. It is a story told with compassion, honesty, but also with great theatricality, and joyous songs and dances.

The ensemble of INDECENT features Matt Darriau, Lisa Gutkin, Aaron Halva, Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber, Max Gordon Moore, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Topol and Adina Verson. The cast has – not unlike the theater troupe depicted in the play itself – been performing the play together for more than two years: during its development with the Sundance Theater Institute and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, followed by productions at Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse and the Vineyard Theatre, where INDECENT had its New York debut last summer.

The production also features Zoë Aqua, Ben Cherry, Andrea Goss, Eleanor Reissa, Uri Sharlin and Doug Wieselman.

INDECENT features music composed by Lisa Gutkin and Aaron Halva, who play onstage along with cast members throughout the show.

The production is choreographed by David Dorfman. Scenic design is by Riccardo Hernandez; costume design is by Emily Rebholz; lighting design is by Christopher Akerlind; sound design is by Matt Hubbs and projection design is by Tal Yarden.

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