Blunt At The 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Presentation
an exciting day for Blunt Review.
arrived at the Shrine auditorium, downtown Los Angeles, to stand
on the red carpet at 1:00 p.m.. I was told to be there before
1:30pm or I would not get to my credentials, which of course would
be devastating. The stars and other guests would be arriving around
3:00pm. Good thing I wore sunblock!
with the SPF 30 spray, I had on this stunning Grinch green gown
that fit me like a glove. On top of that I had a bold, yet classy,
hot pink sheer wrap of silk stuffs. I wore a necklace, from my
mother, made of tiny draped scarabs that she had purchased in
Egypt in the early 50's (supposedly it is from the '20's). I started
to get nervous since the necklace may or may not have been real
ivory. Being an ex - member of P E T A. Myself, I was fearful
if Pamela Anderson showed up she'd throw some hideous red paint
on me for animal cruelty - however residual. Thankfully, she wasn't
there, and my politically incorrect, gloriuosly illegal (in several
parts of the world) yet beautiful necklace and I sat in the sun
looking tres' chic.
was it bright out there.
people behind the scenes of the SAG Awards show were like a well
oiled machine. Very nice and amazingly polite considering the
stress they just had to be under. I went to their preshow
"walk through" were the promotion's lady (Rosalind)
pointed to streets and barren car lots dressing our minds with
how the place would look when we arrived in a few days for the
show. She did a great job. Things were magically in place practically
to a tee! The Shrine inside and out at the carpet looked great!
handsome (and tall fellow) from Everybody Loves Raymond,
Brad Garret, started the
ceremonies with a christening of the red carpet with Tattinger
champagne. He's very funny. I know he is on the show-but that's
the writers. I mean genuinely a laugh inducer in "real life!"
He and his wife were charming. I do love that show. Though, I
never really get to see it since I have such a chickbabe lifestyle.
stars began to arrive, each more glamorous than last. I was immediately
smitten with A Beautiful Mind's Anthony Rapp. He has the most
mesmerizing eyes; they're topped only by the adorable little hobbit
chap, Elijah Wood's.
Buscemi was announced and I got all excited like a schoolgirl.
However, some how he snuck by me. Not a photo to be had- nadda.
See, many of the stars go right into the Shrine auditorium. They
don't bother to shmooze with the press. Or at least my end of
the press. The "we don't know who they are
to make waves
invite them and throw them down towards the
entrance, they get who they get." area. Whaaa.
Boyle, from Everybody Loves Raymond is a charming fellow. I interviewed
him briefly. I said to his publicist "he'll always be young
Frankenstein to me." He overheard me and did an impromptu
groan from the Mel Brook's classic! That truly made my day.
Helen Mirren stopped and chatted. She was up for her role in Gosford
Park (which she ended up winning). She commented on my dress.
I was thrilled! Meanwhile she was absolutely stunning herself.
Obviously the woman has impeccable taste.
the boys, Billy Boyd, Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan, from Lord
of the Rings | Fellowship of the Ring came over. They were charming
and adorable all at once. Um, wrap the three up, I'll take them!
And folks, here's a scoop, they are not three foot tall at all.
I mean they are not Vince Vaughn tall or anything but certainly
not three foot as the film would have you believe! They are a
hearty five foot five each!
of the actors that came over were from television shows. Naturally,
the big ones just when inside. None of the Friends cast came over
to the general press area. I just wanted to see that the Matthew
Perry fellow. I keep defending him since everyone says he's so
fat. Give the guy a break man. Besides it appears he only gains
weight in his chin area. Odd.
they announced Benicio Del Toro had just arrived on the carpet.
My temperature went up about to 25 degrees. Now, this man is six
feet four inches and yet, somehow, he managed to get past me!
You know the chances of him getting by were slim
he did it! I'm shamed- I didn't even get a photo.
I wonder if this had anything to do with my ATTACHING myself to
his pant leg last year at the Oscars. Oh, I'm kidding...kind of...
Six Feet Under cast was everywhere! I don't have cable so I had
to be introduced via the publicists. I know...I'm film, or theater.
This T.V. stuff? Um, clueless, sorry.
we the press folk, went inside to the general media room. I had
a lovely seat a mere four rows back on the aisle. As I began to
sing a few bars of Zippety DoDa, a larger framed gal sat in front
of me. Man! Naturally. She wasn't even in her assigned
seat! I sat behind the one I call " Cow " and prayed
silently she would not block my view too much. I ended up dodging
her girth for three hours.
McKellan, whom I adore, won for best supporting actor as Gandolf
in Lord of the Rings FOTR. He came into the pressroom and dazzled
us. Charming, witty and generally one helluva nice guy. Oh I'm
sorry it's Sir Ian McKellan. And rightfully so! This man has had
a remarkable career. I love thespians and he is one of the world's
you know, he's openly gay and it's times - like meeting him -
I truly wish I were a man. Damn. He's an actor's actor for sure.
But more than that, he's one of the warmest gentleman (and I don't
throw that term around) that I have met along time.
Berry won for all outstanding performance by a female actor in
a leading role
for her role in Monsters Ball. I have to admit I have not seen
the film. Hard to fathom, I know! Last year I had a terrible time
getting to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Something always comes
up! I have attempted to see this film at least, and this is no
exaggeration, thirteen times! I went to a studio screening and
it ended up being a black-tie affair. I was in sweatpants a T-shirt
and no makeup topped with a sweaty baseball cap from a film called
The Hire with Clive Owens. Since I am no movie star that can claim
to be artsy trendy trashy chic, I just kept driving.
other attempts I have made to see this film have similar, though
less dramatic, stories. I adore Billy Bob Thornton and
make it a point to see anything with him and understanding that
Halle Berry gave a career pivoting performance I am beside myself
that I haven't seen this, yet. Perhaps I can finally find a theater
that is not filled, has parking, gives the right time for the
show, or has more then 35 seats.
Kingsley who won for outstanding for performance by male actor
in a television movie or miniseries was exceptionally personable.
He won for his role as Otto Frank in Anne Frank.
Frank has always been one of my heroes. Yes, I had to read her
diaries in school. I have always been thankful to the point of
writing a letter (dweeb-I know) to my teacher thanking him for
giving us the opportunity to learn about this brave and amazing
Kingsley as Otto Frank was remarkable simply an incredible performance;
warm, touching and heart wrenching. Ben was also in Sexy Beast
this past year
a ying and yang of characters to be sure.
Now, that's talent. Bravo Mr. Kingsley. Would you like
year's recipient of the 38th Lifetime Achievement Award was Ed
Asner. Most of us know him from the Mary Tyler Show. Yeah, we
all grew up with Ed. He's an exceptional human! And really short.
You know, I am always surprised when I meet these people after
years of adoring and admiring and seeing them larger than life
on a screen or on a television screen and they're so small. Small
in stature, but certainly not in talent. And this man truly deserved
this award. Apparently he is quite a humanitarian as well as a
swell actor. Saving trees and woods all over the place! Generally
giving a poo. He said of the award: " I love acting, being
an actor, and youth I wandered from place to play as if in a dream.
And wonder of wonders, I woke up and found myself to be an actor.
Well actually, it was quite easy. Because firstly, I stunk as
a cabdriver "
that sums it up. Most actors, thankfully, follow their dreams
because they really stink at anything else...that and the idea
of working a 9-5 job is worse than starvation waiting for their
Gilbert, the president of the Screen Actors Guild, came into the
pressroom fresh from the battle she had just fought for her position
as president. I don't know much about what went on, I admit, but,
Melissa seemed like she was ready to stop the war and get to work.
Which, in the long run, is what they all want. Hopefully the petty
conflicts can be put aside and the Screen Actors Guild panel of
beings that make decisions on behalf of the working actors everywhere
can work together; opinions dislikes, and temperaments aside.
sure didn't look like the little girl on The Little House on the
Prairie. She was one tough cookie. Good for her.
West Wing won for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a
drama series. That adorable John Spencer was there, as well as
Rob Lowe and several of the gals from the show. . I have never
seen the show so I can't tell you their names-sorry.
Davis won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television
Movie or Miniseries for her role as Judy Garland in Life With
Judy Garland, Me and My Shadows. Finally! Some of us know and
love her already. This just gives her the little light she deserves!
Crowe entered our press room in a state akin to a caged animal.
He was jovial but alert with a distinct air of distrust. You felt
he and his new statue would have preferred to be in back with
a few close friends sharing the moment rather than here with strangers
poised to ask the same old questions that he'd just answered in
each room before this.
off the bat some media ass up front asked something personal,
and I feared Russell was gonna explode. He smiled and said, "
We'll stop that right there mate." And then asked for another
question. I fear I did not hear the question
spoke without the microphone so simply imagine any of Russ' scandals,
upsets or media attacks here to get his tone.
I will say Russell was very nice over all, and snapped
only once. Of course that's what all the stations are playing.
The rest of his Q&A was normal nice chatting. So since
I know you're dying for the dirt here's what you've all heard
"the new buzz" about:
Reporter: "You know we've heard so much about that celebrated
brawl, would you mind giving us a little verse of the poem..."
Russell: "No, I wont"
Reporter: "Would you at least tell us what it [the poem]
means to you then?
Russell: "No- no, I wouldn't
poetry is up to the individual
in terms of defining it's meaning. It's not one absolute, and
so that's the beauty of poetry. "
reporter: [generic schmooze and congrads then in a weird tone
- very "this is your life " or "Inside the Actor's
Studio" she starts] Russell, you're a celebrity, award winner,
does all of that get in
Russell: Hairy Guy! [Laughter]
Reporter: Do you fear sometimes that all of that interferes with
what you've told us many times you love; the acting?
Russell: Um, I think you know, you possibly get your head turned
if you're a certain type of person. But um, it's not gonna happen
to me. I'll be okay. I know the difference.
On acting and a good script: "Thats the thing you look
for, the thing you get addicted to the performance adrenaline.
That drives me to get up at 5 oclock in the morning!"
brought up the BAFTA thing with a wink and a smile about his not
being remorseful but: "'From a mutual friend, I found out
that Malcolm Gerrie's son was being hassled at school. So I called
Malcolm, and we had a conversation that was very simple, and I
apologized to him, and he very graciously apologized to me. And
I asked to speak to his son Oliver. We talked for a half an hour,
and he asked me 101 questions about 'Gladiator.' And the next
day, he was able to go to school with undeniable evidence he'd
spoke with Maximus!"
Crowe finished we all left. I stood and watched him be interviewed
by yet another "verbal head" for a moment - couldn't
hear a word. I stood there holding a dish of icky half sandwiches
and sweet macaroni salad and wished there was ONE damn
trash barrel somewhere to be found! If this slipped on my gown
I was drawin' blood from someone !! They think Russell Crowe can
get upset? Tah, he's a softspoken wimp in comparison!
I hobbled to my car on the fifth floor of a parking garage
with no elevator. When finally I saw my car, I threw my large
utility bag down and fished for my keys. This immediately prompted
the strap of my gown to snap off on one side. I had fogotten I
was head- to- toe girly-girl and bent as I would in a pair of
Levis. So, the strap snapped and out came the breast as the dress
plummeted to the side. I just smiled. Oddly I really did expect
to hear a bell clock chime twelve and see my car morph into a
large pumpkin at that point!
two hours in the boiling sun, a three-hour stint in a media room
that was so cold they could have stored meats in it for the winter,
and no food (that I'd actually eat) for all these hours
just didn't care about the exposed boobie. I proudly got into
my car like I meant to wear the gown like this...and drove away.
I went home attempted to download the pics from the fandangled
device - no way. Naturally it just won't work. I shall call for
technical help. So, the mini-interviews will be posted shortly.
It's l new equipment bear with me. As my head began to pound with
annoyance...I gave up, and popped into the tub, boiling hot with
chamomile, rosemary and oodles of bubbles.
Bobby Darin's showtunes played low in the background, I gorged
like a rabid human tick on some Ice Age
ice-cream (a gift from the studio) and thought to myself "what
a truly scrumptious day!"
the whole list of folks honored at the 8th Annual SAG Awards Presentation
Read More Quotes HERE
Actors Guild's official site HERE