Monday, January 31, 2011

The King's Speech dominates DGA and SAG Awards

So The King's Speech looks almost unstoppable now after claiming top honors at both the Directors Guild of America Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Director of The King's Speech, Tom Hooper took home the DGA Feature Film Award, beating out his distinguished rivals Darren Aronofsky, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and David O. Russell. The DGA's award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film has traditionally served as a near-perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only six times since the Inception of the award in 1948 has the winner not gone on to take the award at the Oscars. Wow!
At the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Colin Firth won the award of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his stirring performance in The King's Speech, while Natalie Portman won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role award for Black Swan, all but locking up both winners for Oscar day. In the Supporting Actor/Actress categories, The Fighter duo Christian Bale and Melissa Leo matched their Golden Globe victories with recognition here again. But it was The King's Speech that took out the award for Outstanding Ensemble. While Firth and Rush were excellent, I feel Helena Bonham-Carter is receiving way too much recognition for her underwhelming support. The rest of the cast were all quite solid I guess. But in a year full of great ensembles, notably The Social Network, Black Swan, The Fighter, The Kids are All Right, Winter's Bone and True Grit, it wasn't a prominent stand-out.

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