“Forgotten Hollywood”- My 2017 SAG Ballot

Posted on January 11, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

“`This is how I voted for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. It’s an exceptional season  for cinematic productions. The nominees in most categories are worthy mentions. My year #8 thoughts on this blog site:

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   OUTSTANDING MALE:  Denzel Washington (Fences)

Casey Affleck is a shoo-in for this year’s accolade. He’s neck-and-neck with the performance offered by Denzel Washington, in my estimation. Either walking off with the statuette is fine with me. Viggo Mortensen, Andrew Garfield, and Ryan Gosling deserved their nod. They are simply a step behind Casey and Denzel.

   OUTSTANDING FEMALE:  Emma Stone (La La Land)

Emma Stone is my clear choice from the 2016 Best Picture of the Year. She’s delightful and engaging throughout this feel-good musical. Natalie Portman, with her reliably edgy role in Jackie, is her main competition. I am shocked that Golden Globe-winner Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures), Annette Bening (20th Century Women), and Ruth Negga (Loving) were snubbed in a competitive category. These actresses could have replaced Amy Adams and/or Meryl Streep.


The real surprise is child-sensation Sunny Pawar didn’t garner the nomination, because he’s a scene-stealer in this heartfelt drama.  I’ll settle for Dev Patel’s introspective performance. Jeff Bridges, Hugh Grant, Lucas Hedges, and Mahershala Ali all merit serious consideration. By the way, Hell or High Water is an exceptional modern Western; and I almost cast my choice for Bridges because of his amazing acting chops.


No surprise here. Under Denzel Washington’s steady direction, it feels like August Wilson had Viola Davis in mind in this theatrical drama. My only argument is that Davis should have been nominated for Outstanding Female, since it’s clearly a starring role. If this had been produced  25-years ago, the parts might have been played by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Naomie Harris could have won in any other year, since she carries Moonlight. I’m really baffled by Michelle Williams universally praised five-minute performance in Manchester By the Sea.


Given the opportunity, I would have voted for La La Land or Lion in this category. That said, Moonlight is the clear choice, since this anthology piece doesn’t lose any of its quality as we follow a singular life in African American neighborhoods as the years pass. The ensemble cast fits like a puzzle. The other nominees are also quite special.

~ My 2016 Top 10 Movies:  1. La La Land  2. Lion  3. Moonlight  4. Hell or High Water  5. Hidden Figures  6. Fences  7. Hacksaw Ridge   8. Sully   9. Snowden  10. Loving

“`The SAG Awards will air on January 29th on TNT and TBS. We’ll see how I do this year…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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