I’ve competed in all 50 states, still look like I’m 25, have a sharp and sound mind, am well-versed in just about every subject, and have blessings that outnumber the grains of sand in all the world. And with all that, one of my proudest achievements is my membership in the Screen Actors Guild, now known as SAG-AFTRA. It’s an exclusive organization that you have to earn your way into and I feel so privileged to be a part of this talented community.
As an active member, I get the privilege of voting for the SAG-AFTRA awards that will be televised this Sunday. It is an honor to represent my union in this way and that’s why I carefully study all nominations carefully before casting my vote. It is something I take very seriously.
Of course I cannot reveal who I voted for but I can say that this is a banner year for performances in both television and film. Highlights include the movie “Get Out”, especially the amazing performance of the handsome Daniel Kaluuya (yes, he’s British), and the always mesmerizing Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour” as Winston Churchill. Always a favorite for me is Frances McDormand, whose performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is why one aspires to be an actor, and you won’t be able to take you eyes off Margot Robbie in “I, Tonya.” And speaking of “I, Tonya”, Allison Janney delivers the kind of performance drama students all over the world should be made to study over and over again. She just never misses.
However, it is the two performances by Timothee Chalamet that leave you wanting more – more of his intelligence, more of his talent, more of his tenderness, just plain more of him. Nominated for “Call Me by Your Name” and also starring in “Lady Bird”, he is simply delicious, especially in the former where he seamlessly navigates from English to French to Italian all while leaving you breathless.
I’m still in the process of watching the numerous tapes of the television shows I was sent so I can make no recommendations on those, however, I will say that among the new shows for 2018, I am in love with “9-1-1” starring two of my favorites, the great Angela Bassett and the always intriguing Connie Britton.
I love awards season and I’m proud to be an actor!
Happy Viewing this Sunday,