First off, let me just say that the SAG Awards and all of their pretty people and pretty dresses looked AH-MAY-ZING in HD! Almost as good as being there in person; I miss being there in person, by the way. I think next year I'm going to try to use my Blogger credentials to get back into the pressroom. Anyway, this is my favorite awards show, and not just because I recognize everyone in the room: Tina Fey (yes, once again 30 Rock swept, as we all knew it would) was the reason.
First they started off strong by including Will Arnett, guest star, during the "I am so-and-so and I am an actor" montage, and he gave a hilariously dry reading, as per usual. When he claimed he "cried more this past year than any woman ever," I was convinced it was going to be followed up by a jab at Fey for being too busy with double duty as a fallen VP candidate to write him into more episodes. But then he simply ended "I am Will Arnett, and I am an alcoholic-- actor," and that was enough because the expression on his face said it all: really, those two things are not mutually exclusive anyway.
Then the producers showed THE BEST clip of anyone ever for the Best Female Actress in a Comedy Series category, where Tina Fey as Liz Lemon was just shoving a meatball sub into her mouth, her hair frizzy, her glasses askew, and sauce all over her mouth. And completely unembarrassedly, Fey followed that unglamorous image of herself by doing the unheard of in Hollywood: getting up in front of a room of her peers and not only thanking her kid but also admitting that it was actually she, the toddler genius, who penned one of the most quoted lines from this season so far: "I want to go to there." And of course, the kicker was when she spoke of her child watching 30 Rock reruns years later, on the internet, and looking up at her mother, for the first time understanding where it was she went everyday when she left the house before dark to "work," and asking "Why don't you get residuals for this?" Take that PGA Awards; burn!
It only got better from there, with Alec Baldwin winning Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series immediately after his creator and co-star, and he was humble enough to thank all of the other actors he works with, even though he had to know that in just a few minutes they'd all be sharing the stage once again, accepting trophies for Best Ensemble Cast for a Television Comedy. "Ah doy!" And without Tracy there, Jane Krakowski was able to poke fun at the last acceptance speech they gave and for the second time of the evening, single out Jack McBrayer, who deserves a statue of his own someday.
The show is only twenty-seven minutes in, but it can end now as far as I am concerned!
For a complete list of winners, go here. And someone please explain to me why they do not have Best Comedy Motion Picture categories? Smart humor is such a rare thing in this town, that when it's there, it should be celebrated. It seems greatly unbalanced to have so many television comedy versus drama categories but only drama for film.