Last night was the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and here are my 10 thoughts on it.
* On the Red Carpet, Angelina Jolie was looking like she got dragged out the house. And her hair was all poofy like she forgot to flat-iron it. Or maybe when she left the house it was fine and her and Brad Pitt decided to get it in on the way there. Either way, I wish she’d stop looking like someone forced her to go places.
* I love how the SAG Awards began with various actors and actresses talmbout how they got started. Amber Riley was one of them, and I love her so because of GLEE.
* Christopher Plummer won his first SAG Award ever, and that’s really surprising. I thought Captain Von Trapp woulda had a jillion by now. That man is at least 326 yrs old and he is STILL working and walking upright. I respect him.
* Shoutout to The Help for winning big. Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and the cast won awards and I was hella pleased. Plus Viola’s grecian dress was GORGEOUS! She was up there looking like a tall glass of milk with fudge on top. Just beautiful! And I know folks are side-eyeing the movie for winning so many accolades but I really liked it. Yes, it has the “white savior” angle and all that but I enjoyed it. It rocked. And I might be in the minority of minorities who’ve watched this movie.
Found this quote by Viola Davis from the August 2011 issue of Essence she was on the cover on.
“Of course I had trepidations. Why do I have to play the mammy? But what do you do as an actor if one of the most multifaceted and rich roles you’ve ever been given is a maid in 1962 Mississippi? Do you not take the role because you feel like in some ways it’s not a good message to send to Black people? No. The message is the quality of the work. That is the greater message… As Black women, we’re always given these seemingly devastating experiences – experiences that could absolutely break us. But what the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly. What we do as Black women is take the worst situations and create from that point.” – Viola Davis
So yes, I’m happy for the success of these amazing actresses. Here’s to hoping that in the future, Black folks get recognized for playing some roles that aren’t steeped in stereotypes.
* Betty White, the matron saint of hilarious geriatrics won an award. And like always, I wanted to throw a prayer cloth on Betty. Y’all know she’s the only Golden Girl left and we need to put her in prayer because I need her to live a very long time. I LOVE HER! Glad to see her win.
* Zoe Saldana‘s #alphet wasn’t e’em cute. Afrobella said it looked like she was “wearing a wifebeater under a glittery, sheer poncho.” It was Givenchy but she shoulda given it back. Hehehe see what I did there?
* Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy came onstage and made me cackle with their Scorcese drinking game. Melissa was chugging Grey Goose like a G! Gotta love the cast of Bridesmaids.
* It was perfect for Dick Van Dyke to present Mary Tyler Moore with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. A fact that I found out during their homage to her was that the capri pants she used to wear on their show was limited to one scene per show because it was considered too hot. Talk about some strides! Mary’s a trailblazer for female comedians so I have hella respect for her.
* The “In Memoriam” portion of the show informed me that Bubba Smith died. I had NO clue! And if I did, I must have repressed it. Man, that’s sad. Now I feel like going to watch all the Police Academy movies
* Apparently, one of my tweets showed up on the SAG Awards telecast. I guess they were showing some tweets that used the #SAGAwards hashtag and mine was one of them. 5 or 6 people tweeted me about it but being the busybody that I am, I missed it. I wished someone woulda gotten a screenshot of it but oh well. Still cool!
Did you watch? Whatchu think?