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January 2011

SAG Awards: Actors Honoring Actors!!

Screen-actors-guild-awards-2010-winners Being a performer and union member myself, I love Acting Awards - especially when we keep it in the family.

And I am pleased that once again, there is talk about combining SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) into one Actors Union...It's about time, don't ya think? I'm all for it.

And now, in order of appearance:

Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series:
He was so nervous about being the first award of the night, it was cute! And although I didn't expect it, I really wanted Hugh Laurie to get his due for HOUSE...maybe next year?

Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series:
(My personal pick!) Julianna Margulies, THE GOOD WIFE
She was so stunning and gracious, in her red dress (My favorite color). The best part was her thanking her in-laws for producing the most beautiful human being...her husband. "Life is just better with you in it Keith." I love romance.

Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi did the talking but he didn't know what to say...he left his napkin with his speech on his table. This win is no surprise but I was routing for THE GOOD WIFE!

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Melissa Leo, THE FIGHTER
When she got to the podium she was crying. She's better when someone else writes her words or clothes her... so she says. But I thought she did great and the silver sparkle dress she wore was amazing.
But, what I want to know is why wasn't Dianne Weist nominated for RABBIT HOLE? Hello?

Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin, 30 ROCK
What a disappointment. Chris Colfer deserved this one.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Who doesn't love a sweet, funny, old lady? She's 89 year old. And she got a well deserved standing ovation as she walked the long way to the podium. Why would they put any nominee, especially an old one, in the back? I don't understand that, but I'm glad she won!!

Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
Yay! How fun is this show??? SO fun!! Ty Burrell spoke for the show and they were so happy. It is truly an ensemble piece. 

Screen Actors Guild Awards 47th Annual Life Achievement Award:
Ernest Borgnine, who just turned 94 years old.
He's done 164 films so far. He's so cute. I think he and Betty White should hook up! To all the actors, he said, "We are a privileged few who have been chosen to work in this field of entertainment."  And it is a privilege!

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Good job...unfortunately he was not there to accept the award.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
So awesome that she gave credit for her performance to her fellow cast members. Just lovely.

Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Christian Bale, THE FIGHTER
I picked him...who wouldn't! He's hot. Plus, he appreciates the gift of being an actor. "We get to walk in other peoples shoes, and life without empathy is no life at all."

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Natalie Portman, BLACK SWAN
We all knew she was the front runner... and she going to be a mom. It's almost like she's grown up.

Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role:
I think he might take all the awards for this category this year. But this award is the one that really matters to him because it was getting his SAG card that made him feel like a real actor!

Outstanding Ensemble Acting:
I was surprised. I really saw the cast of the SOCIAL NETWORK as the best ensemble. But everyone is always more moved by a story of over coming than taking over. Oh well - good for them.

Ok, so my question is why don't they air the winners for the Stunt Ensembles? That's not right, they're part of our union too!! Why don't they get any air time? I guess they were just the warm up act... to the main ceremony.

The stunt performers and coordinators from INCEPTION and TRUE BLOOD received honors for Outstanding Performance by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles. SAG Awards committee chair, JoBeth Williams, and SAG president, Ken Howard, announced the awards on the Red Carpet.

Thank you Actors and the Screen Actors Guild for giving all of us the chance to dream, feel and experience things we never would, if it wasn't for the movies...and TV!

New Works 2011: a festival of short plays

New Works 2011 That's right, I'm performing in one of the original plays being presented at this year's New Works 2011 festival of short plays. The festival is running from January 26-29 at 8pm at the Richmond Shepard Theatre on East 26th at 2nd Avenue in New York City.

Events like this, are what makes New York the place to come for arts and theatre, providing an opportunity for playwrights, actors, and directors to show off their work. Join me for a fun evening of 27 actors presenting 8 new short plays, from comedy to drama. I'll be playing the part of Sue - a bubbly, member of the Paugatuck Players - in the delightful new comedy, THE COMMITTEE by Jim Gorden. 

Don't miss it!
For reservations call the Box Office at: 212-684-2690



The Golden Globes ...Red's Take

Golden-globe-award We love the GOLDEN GLOBES because The Hollywood Foreign Press always make sure it's fun and there is plenty to drink. So, it's like a big party. Plus, I personally love that they still acknowledge that people who act are different sexes by not referring to everyone in the male term - Actor. And not only that, I think the Golden Globes is the only award show that actually sticks to schedule. Probably because everyone is already a bit loopy and wants to get to the after party. Anyway, the 68th Annual Golden Globe Winners are...


Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Annette Bening for THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. Love her and her amazingness. And who doesn't love the gays. This award was also wins the honor of Best Presenter (who I understand will host next years Golden Globes): Robert Downing Jr. is the best because he wanted to give it to all the nominees (sexual pun intended).

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Paul Giamatti in BARNEY'S VERSION - Something I've not seen yet. But I think I should.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN - Fantastic Natalie, of course I was routing for Nicole Kidman in RABBIT HOLE. But maybe I'm biased and we do all love dancing and Swans.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Colin Firth in THE KING'S SPEECH who ironically did a wonderful job in his acceptance speech. And he talked about a triangle of man love...who doesn't love that?

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Melissa Leo - THE FIGHTER.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christian Bale for THE FIGHTER. He looks great! I'd do him..Hello! 

Best Actress in a Mini-Series, or TV Movie: Claire Danes for TEMPLE GRANDIN.

Best Actor in a Mini-Series, or TV Movie: Al Pachino for YOU DON"T KNOW JACK. And he was incredible in that mini-series about Jack Kavorkian - Dr. Death. What a guy, both of them. 

Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy or Musical: Laura Linny - THE BIG C. This is such a smart show, dramatizing the tragedy of coming to terms with having cancer using humor, bringing to light the paradox of living with death. Laura walks the balance beam of moving and amusing wonderfully. She wasn't there to accept, because of the death of her father. Our hearts are with you Laura.

Best Actor in a TV Series - Comedy or Musical: Jim Parsons – THE BIG BANG THEORY.

Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama: Katie Seagal, SONGS OF ANARCHY - Never watched it. I wanted Julianna Margulies, having worked with her on CITY ISLAND. She is not only lovely to work with, but an amazing actress. Creating real, complicated, and sympathetic characters even when she is walking the line of playing THE GOOD WIFE to a man who has disappointed her in ways that most women cannot imagine dealing with.

Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama: Steve Buscemi for BOARDWALK EMPIRE. I worked with him and Michael Pitt in DELIRIOUS. Steve is a funny guy who plays a gangster-politician with a heart in this dramatic TV series.

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie: Jane Lynch - GLEE. This is her first win for this role which she was nominated for last year. She is brilliant. And she claims that Ian Brennan, one of the writers of the show, puts words in her mouth, making her character live. I, as a writer myself, appreciated that she gives him credit for his work that makes her work possible. The greatest thing for Jane about being a part of GLEE is that it makes people happy and she's right! Love that show, love her character, love that she won!

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie: Chris Colfer for GLEE. He is the true winner here and a wonderful inspiration for everyone. Chris was not supposed to be cast at all because there was no role right for him in the script, as it was originally written. But he auditioned anyway, and they loved him so much they wrote a role specifically for him. And now...he's not only a role model for being who you are, gay or not, as his character on GLEE - but a real life role model for pursuing your dream, even when it looks impossible!! From a Red perspective, this is the best win of the night.

Cecil B. DeMille Award: Robert De Niro. At age 67, with more than 70 films under his belt, he is an icon in this industry! How can it be that he's been in more movies than years he's lived? But somehow, he did it! Graciously, he thanked everyone over and over again during the endless standing ovation.


Best Original Song - Motion Picture: YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE LAST OF ME. Written by Diane Warren for BURLESQUE - this is her 5th Nomination and her first win. Yay Cher too! She brought this song to life! She fought for this song to be in and stay in the movie. And because of who she is, and where she is in her career, Cher really brought meaning to this number that no one else could have!

Best Original Score - Motion Picture: THE SOCIAL NETWORK - the music sets the tone for this movie about how our the world was changed. Underscoring how the virtual world brought a new view to our actual world.


Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. It's definably a Gay year at the Globes...we've come so far! Now let's allow them to marry - right? And I don't care what anyone says, I think Mary Tyler Moore looked great as she introducing my personal favorite movie nomination, BURLESQUE.

Best Motion Picture - Drama: THE SOCIAL is a sign of our digitally driven times and an amazingly moving movie about real relationships.

Best Mini-Series or TV Movie: CARLOS (a Latino celebration of Hispanic stuff) I didn't see it.

Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy: GLEE - YAY!!! This show just makes everyone happy! It reminds us of how music and arts change peoples lives and how being different makes you special. And best of all, during the acceptance speech, Ian thanked public school teachers for their work - because Glee makes you appreciate these things!

Best TV Series- Drama: BOARDWALK EMPIRE. This is no surprise with all the money and big names that went into this TV series that it is more like a Movie.

Best Animated Feature Film: TOY STORY 3 - Which incorporated a lot of adult themes, making it fun for everyone. But really, how can any animated film be a loser?

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Which was in fact brilliantly written. But for innovative thinking and creativity, I liked INCEPTION. 

Best Foreign Language Film: IN A BETTER WORLD - Denmark. But the truth is, our host - Ricky Gervais - was right... Americans really don't care about foreign films. But I must admit that for me, working with foreigners on movie sets is one of the best experiences I've had in this business. I'm sure it was great.  

Best Director - Motion Picture: David Fincher - THE SOCIAL NETWORK. A well deserved award. 

So, there you have it, folks. Another award night of fun and drunkenness. Hope you all enjoyed Red's take on this years Golden Globes.


Red at The Red Show

Red Show Cheryl Hazan Gallery is having their "10th Annual Red Show."

I love that this gallery brought together works from various artists to feature the color Red. And being that I'm a Red work of art myself, I thought I should take a trip down to Tribeca to enjoy the lovely gallery. And as you can see, I fit right in as my fiery-self stands in front of "Fire Song", a painting by Jeff Muhs.

This current exhibition is running through January 17th and features painting, sculptures and even furniture pieces.

Red & Natural Wood

One of the most unique sets in this exhibition is the bench series called "Martha" by Carter Jason Sio. Judging by these beautifully handcrafted black walnut benches, Sio works well with natural wood...and what girl doesn't love that? (seen with me, and paintings by Pal B Stock and UR New York).

But seriously, this special show only runs for another 6 days. So hurry and get down there to see it. Come on, look at me as I stand in a room dedicated to Red art enticing you! And this is just a taste of some of the beauty in Red.

Check out "The 10th Annual Red Show" before it ends at Cheryl Hazan Gallery open: Monday - Friday 11am - 6pm and Saturday 12pm - 6pm, or by appointment.