2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards [Getty]
Deck the halls with awkward speeches, silly dresses and inappropriate shows of emotion - award season is truly upon us! The SAGA awards take place on January 18th – no it’s not the award ceremony to tie in with the magazine for the over 50s (‘Best Incontinence Bed Sheet’ is not a nominated category)- it’s the Screen Actors Guild Awards and here are our favourites to win...
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett / Jasmine – 'Blue Jasmine'
Sandra Bullock / Ryan Stone – 'Gravity'
Judi Dench / Philomena Lee – 'Philomena'
Meryl Streep / Violet Weston – 'August: Osage County'
Emma Thompson / P.L. Travers – 'Saving Mr. Banks'
Despite some stunning visuals Sandra Bullock’s performance in Gravity left us strangely cold and Emma Thompson’s performance in Saving Mr Banks was the best thing about a so-so film. On the other end of the scale, Judi Dench’s performance as Philomena Lee beautifully articulated the world of a woman heavy with decades of regret and longing, but it was Cate Blanchett’s performance as the on-the-edge Jasmine that was our performance of the year. Cate expertly flitted from arrogant to old money disgusted while radiating with the sense of a mind frazzling with heavy internal monologue.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence / Rosalyn Rosenfeld – 'American Hustle'
Lupita Nyong'o / Patsey – '12 Years a Slave'
Julia Roberts / Barbara Weston – 'August: Osage County'
June Squibb / Kate Grant – 'Nebraska'
Oprah Winfrey / Gloria Gaines – 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'
Just behind Adele Exarchopoulos’ in Blue Is The Warmest Colour, the breakout performance of the year was Lupita Nyong’o’s in 12 Years A Slave. Her role as Patsey was visceral and deeply felt in a film filled which emotionally raw performances.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie
Angela Bassett / Coretta Scott King – 'Betty & Coretta'
Helena Bonham Carter / Elizabeth Taylor – 'Burton and Taylor'
Holly Hunter / G.J. – 'Top of the Lake'
Helen Mirren / Linda Kenney Baden – 'Phil Spector'
Elisabeth Moss / Robin Griffin – 'Top of the Lake'
We loved Elisabeth’s role as Robin in Top Of The Lake, but thought Helen Mirren’s wig was dodgy as her accent as Linda Kenney Baden in the Phil Spector film. Our favourite TV or miniseries performance of 2013 was Helena Bonham Carter’s powerhouse role as an aging Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor. She articulated the feeling of heartbreak and past-it-fame with nuance and ease.
So who do YOU want to see picking up the coveted SAGs?