Jewish Journal


January 30, 2012

SAG Awards: The Talent get it Right



For an actor, there’s nothing like being recognized by your colleagues and peers. They are the ones who know what it takes to achieve excellence in the chosen craft. They know what it means to suffer years of rejection. They know how much hard work and “luck” is required for it to all come together. And last night, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, they were the ones who picked the right film and the right cast to celebrate. “The Help” got the recognition it deserves as one of the best movies ever made about the American journey. Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture winners Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson and Sissy Spacek et al, came together to portray a story that hits you deep in the gut, pulls and tugs at your heart, and makes you want to weep. Every one of them committed so completely to their roles, that the audience is transported back to 1960s Jackson, Mississippi. You’re there and you’re living out the drama. For Davis, who also won for Female Actor in a Leading Role and Spencer, who picked up the award for Female Actor in a Supporting Role, it must seem like they’re in the middle of a dream. But they’ve worked all their lives for this recognition. And it’s heartwarming to see them being so embraced by their fellow actors. When Davis received her award there was not a dry eye in the house.
Now let’s see if the Academy follows suit.
For a full list of last night’s winners: http://www.sagawards.org/awards/nominees-and-recipients/18th-annual-screen-actors-guild-awards
Look for my Oscar series on the films nominated for Best Picture, very soon.

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