“Forgotten Hollywood”- My 2019 SAG Ballot…

Posted on January 9, 2019 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`This is my annual presentation of my  SAG Awards Ballot, highlighting my selections for cinema-related performances in 2018. In my humble opinion, this was a down year for film productions. I must say, however, there are definite diamonds in the rough, which I feature below.


 OUTSTANDING MALE:  Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

My favorite choice was not even nominated (a common theme). That would be John C. Reilly for Stan and Ollie. Viggo created a vivid persona of a little known real person. Betting cash remains on Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Christian Bale (Vice), savvy selections  in my estimation. Bradley Cooper and John David Washington also gave great performances. My nod is to Viggo for a career performance.

   OUTSTANDING FEMALE:  Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns)

Everyone is GAGA for the female in A Star is Born. In truth, this is a fabulous screen debut. Yalitza Aparicio’s initial role in  Roma was even more impressive; but she was snubbed. The surprise of this category is that Emily Blunt was as good as Julie Andrews in her first Disney go-round, and Andrews won an Oscar. Glenn Close is always top-notch; and if not for Meryl Streep, Close would have a mantel full of award’s hardware. I was not impressed with Olivia Coleman in The Favourite. Blunt gets my spoonful of sugar.

  OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING MALE:  Sam Elliott (A Star is Born)

Two fab performances are worth my consideration. Sam Elliott narrowly edges Mahershala Ali (Green Book). Elliott has delivered stellar work over a steady career, and this is his absolute best. He steals each scene in which he appears. Timothee Chalamet shines in Beautiful Boy, a real downer of a movie.

   OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING FEMALE:  Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

There are five award-worthy performances that I could have easily considered. Only two were chosen. Snubbed by the SAG Awards committee: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk), Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda (both for Stan and Ollie). Others making the grade, and this was clearly my toughest decision. I ultimately checked off Rachel Weisz, though I disliked  The Favourite. I really loved Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in Vice. Margot Robbie was a real treat in Mary Queen of Scots.


Just two casts from my favorite movies of the year were selected, a complete surprise. I would have willingly cast my vote for Stan and Ollie or Roma.  Fortunately, this recent version of A Star is Born is a quality production. All three previous film versions were snake bit by various guilds during the last seventy years. I am not on a Bohemian Rhapsody bandwagon, though Rami Malek was clearly impressive. It is perplexing the committee picked  Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther,  which are enjoyable moneymaking flicks usually ignored around award’s season.

~ My 2018 Top 10 Films:  1. Stan and Ollie  2. Roma  3. Bad Times at the El Royale  4. Green Book  5. Cold War  6. If Beale Street Could Talk  7. Mary Poppins Returns 8. Vice  9. On the Basis of Sex  10. The Old Man and the Gun

“’The SAG Awards will air on January 27th on TNT and TBS. We will see how I do this year…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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