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SAG Awards....actors voting for actors

Sag-awardsI voted, as all of us SAG members did, for the 19th Annual SAG Awards, aired tonight. I've listed the nominees below my words of wisdom.

Most of the ones I picked, as you can see, didn't win. Just 2 of the total 15 winners, and none were individual actors. Oh well!

Still, I'm more than pleased for the lifetime achievement award went to Dick Van Dyke. I would have definitely picked him. He rocks! He's still handsome, and in great shape at....I don't know what age (kinda like me). I love that he said that we (actresses/actors) have found a business where we never have to grow up--which is why I love it!! I'm never going to grow up!

Best Speech goes to: Jennifer Lawrence talking about the naked statue, who doesn't love that the SAG Award is exactly that! Plus, she was so gracious with her genuine gratitude to her acting colleges, who she's always wanted in the company of, "and some of you actually voted for me."

Although it was a very exciting night, I must admit that I was disappointed with some of the nominations, and discouraged that there were some very important and talented people left out.....which I suppose is always the case.

But there was one sheer talent that wasn't nominted, and cannot figure out why. Was he overlooked because he's a kid? Is it because they couldn't decide if he belonged in the Best Lead Actor or Best Supporting Actor category? I'm not sure, I only know that the best performance by any actor that I saw this year was by Tom Holland, the14-year-old child who played Lucas in the movie THE IMPOSSIBLE. If you haven't seen it, you must. He's amazing, and should have been nominated. The movie itself is beautiful, and horrific, and moving. It has everything we expect when we want to be swept away in a story...pun intended.

Anyway, maybe next year more of those deserving will be nominated, and maybe I'll pick more winners.

In the meantime, congrats to all the winners, nominees and other actors that have not yet been recognized by such accolades. All your hard work and talent is much appreciated by everyone -- actors, actresses and consumers of entertainment. Thank you!

AND the winners are . . . (the winners are in picks are in Red, of course).

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Rober De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series
Alec Balwdin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family 
Louis CK, Louie
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Ed Harris, Game Change
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Bill Paxton, Hatfields and McCoys

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemei, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Mad Men

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Denzel Washington, Flight

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
The Amazing Spiderman
The Bourne Legacy
The Dark Knight Rises
Les Miserables

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
 Game of Thrones
Sons of Anarchy
The walking dead

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Where's Red been?

I know you missed all my wonderful words of wisdom, since I've taken a little break from blogging. But I'm back now--and better than where have I been?

Let's review the last year of fun and success, starting with my 2012 New Years resolutions:

1) I made a promise to myself to make a consious commitment to live each day as if it's the only day I have. 

2) I resolved to do all the things that I've always wanted to, but never have.

As far as #1. I think I was fairly successful at this resolution, which I promise to continue into 2013.

But New Years resolution #2 was a bit more of a challenge.

I admit that I didn't do EVERYTHING I always wanted to do but never have... but I did do some significant things towards making that happen.

One of the things I've always wanted to was live in Venice...Venice, Italy, that is, since I've already basically lived in Venice, CA. To make this dream a reality, I thought that going there for a visit, would be a great starting point. In June of 2012, I did just that...went for a visit.

Documented in this Video scrapbook.

What I found out from that exciting trip around Europe, which included many places I'd never seen before, was that I really don't want to live in Venice.....I want to live in Paris.

I've also always wanted to hang-glide. It's been a dream of mine, probably because I've always felt free as a bird. So why not fly like one? Unfortunately, this did not happen either in 2012, but I did find a potential hang-gliding buddy. Who knows, maybe in 2013, I can meet this goal!

And last, but certainly not least, I promised myself that 2012 would be the year that I would address unresolved issues with those I love. However, since this is not a goal that I can meet without the cooperation of others, I was -- sadly -- unable to do so. But I did I make every effort to "unakward" these situations. I tried to contact those with whom my relationships have not been good, for one reason or another....reasons that no longer seem to matter, in an attempt to mend things. I reached out, even when reaching out was scary, and hard, and uncomfortable. I figure I did my best; I cannot blame myself if the other party involved was unwilling to move to the other side of our differences, so I think I'm justified in feeling positive about this resolution.

Don't worry, I'll keep trying in 2013, and for the rest of my life to make things right with people who mean something to me. Life is too short to let its silly tips and turns ruin relationships or get in the way of the tender connection I have with those I love. Since I truly appreciate that everyone of us is a fragile being by nature, with a deep need to feel validated and admired, I will never give up on this resolution--no matter how many years it takes.

I always try to keep in mind that each moment is too precious to ignore the things that matter. Life is not trivial. It is too short to let it be routine.

So for 2013, my resolution is to blog more so I can keep you all informed and entertained with my silly, irrelevant, and insightful posts.