Meryl Streep at SAG Awards: “Viola Davis — my God, somebody give her a movie!”Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 26, 2009 at 8:18 am.
The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards aired last night. There were very few African-Americans nominated and none won. Viola Davis, who was nominated for Doubt, and Taraji P. Henson, who was nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, lost to Kate Winslet in the best supporting actress category for The Reader. This is Winslet’s first SAG Award and it’s obviously her year, she has already won two Golden Globes.
The legendary television and theater actress, Phylicia Rashad, was nominated for her role as Lena Younger in Raisin in the Sun and lost to Laura Linney for John Adams. I find it startling Rashad, who has been in the industry since the early seventies, has never won an Emmy and this was only her first SAG nomination.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards gave a lifetime achievement award to James Earl Jones. Oscar and SAG winner, Forest Whitaker, presented the iconic Jones with the award saying the “mesmerizing, deep valley voice.”
The most entertaining moment of the night was when an animated Meryl Streep won best actress for Doubt. She thanked her cast and when thanking Viola Davis she shouted,
“The gigantically gifted Viola Davis — my God, somebody give her a movie!”
If the SAG Awards are any indication of the Oscars then Davis and Henson might not have the greatest chances. However, the ladies still gave outstanding performances and as Meryl Streep said last night there is no such thing as the “best” or “greatest” actresses.
Slumdog Millionaire snagged the biggest award of the evening for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.