Mary Tyler Moore wins lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild; entertainment journalist Vicki Salemi on the highlights
The stars were out last night as the Screen Actors Guild presented the SAG Awards 2012. Actress and producer Mary Tyler Moore won SAG’s most prestigious accolade – the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award – for creating a new paradigm for female leads in television. She won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage. She has also produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for 30 years, has served as an advocate for those suffering from Type 1 diabetes.
“What an icon! Most of us know that Mary represented the iconic single working gal in ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show,’ but who knew she had an illustrious career before and after that show from the ’70s?” entertainment journalist Vicki Salemi, author of Big Career in the Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York, told genConnect. ”I was most impressed by her production studio, MTM, and just goes to show the importance of having a dream and a whole lot of perseverance to pursue your passion. Such a pioneer and inspiration!”
Betty White was another big winner last night, winning the award for best actress in a comedy series, for her role in “Hot in Cleveland.”
“Who doesn’t love Betty White?” Salemi said of the beloved 90-year-old comic. “The humbled actress graciously accepted her award by saying, ‘I think they made a mistake.’ Awwww, long live Betty!”
Another highlight of the night was when funny ladies Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy - stars of the film “Bridesmaids” – took to the stage with their Martin Scorcese drinking game, Salemi said, “proving once again those ladies can steal the spotlight with their humor! And then of course, punctuated by the fact that Tina Fey actually did take a swig of a wine glass when Steve Buschemi brought his glass to the stage and thanked, of course, Scorcese himself!”
Other winners last night included:
“Modern Family” - Best comedy series by an ensemble
Alec Baldwin – Best actor in a comedy for “30 Rock”
Jessica Lang - Best TV drama actress for “American Horror Story”
Steve Buscemi - Best TV drama actor for “Boardwalk Empire,” which also won the ensemble prize
Kate Winslet – Best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for “Mildred Pierce”
Paul Giamatti – Best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for “Too Big to Fail”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ – Best film stunt ensemble
“Game of Thrones” - Best TV stunt
“The Help” - Best overall cast performance in a motion picture
Jean Dujardin – Best actor in a leading role
Viola Davis – Best female actor in a leading role
“As for surprises, it’ll be interesting to see how the Oscars race shapes up since ‘The Help’ took home three big awards last night and Jean Dujardin ousted George Clooney in the ‘best actor’ category,” Salemi said. “Aside from awards, we also watch for the fashions! Neutral colored dresses seem to reign supreme last night but hopefully we’ll see more splashes of jeweled tones at the Oscars.”
Salemi noted that the SAG awards are a particularly interesting because the winners are voted for by SAG members, essentially the actors’ peers, as opposed to other awards shows which are usually voted upon by the academy.
“The best quote and most inspirational one of the night came from Viola Davis, ‘best supporting actress’ winner: ‘What is there but a dream …You can’t trade in your dream for another dream …dream big and dream FIERCE.’”
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