SAG Awards 2011: The Best of the Rather Boring

Julie Ryan Evans

HollywoodWhile there's anticipation leading up to any of the awards ceremonies, the Screen Actors Guild Awards always seem to fall a bit flat. On the heels of the Golden Globes and in the shadow of the upcoming Academy Awards, the SAGs seem a little lackluster ... and sad. This year was no exception -- where's Ricky Gervais when you need him?

Of course, there were a few standout moments -- good, bad and what the hell? Here are a few:

Steve Buscemi won the first honor for Best Actor (TV Drama) for Boardwalk Empire. The entire cast of the show won for outstanding ensemble, but it was Paz de la Huerta whole stole the show with her AWFUL dress. I know she had the whole nipple slip thing during the Golden Globes, so she was probably trying to stay covered, but her head-to-chin, copper-colored, skin-tight gown was awful and unflattering. And the way she butted in when Buscemi was talking seemed really rude too.

Julianna Margulies, when accepting an award for her in The Good Wife, was quite random in her gratitude:"Thank you, New York for keeping us -- and thank you to all the Teamsters who've been digging us out of the snow for the last two weeks.” Then she added: "I just want to say thank you to my in-laws, Ken and Jane Lieberthal. Thank you for producing truly the most spectacular human being I get to call my husband (Keith). Life is just better with you in it."

Betty White won her first ever SAG, besides the Lifetime Achievement Award she received last year, and seemed genuinely surprised. She was her usual charming self stroking and fondling the male statue.

Ernest Borgnine got the Lifetime Achievement Award this year. While it was well deserved, and he is a living legend, the presentation during the show was a bit boring. Sorry, Ernie, love you, but that was enough to make me want to switch over to the Pro Bowl, and I can't stand football.

Christian Bale was surprised while making his acceptance speech by the man he plays in The Fighter, Dicky Ecklund. "Hey Dicky! All right!" he said. He also sweetly thanked his wife again and used no profanity.

Natalie Portman looked stunning in a strapless white bedazzled gown as she accepted her award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. She seemed genuinely touched. "I've been working since I was 11 years old, and SAG has taken care of me," she said. "I'm so grateful to have this union protecting me every day."

The King's Speech cleaned up.The film won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; and Colin Firth won for Male Actor in a Leading Role.  

And that was about it -- no big drama, no off-color jokes, just actors getting awards ... probably much like all the ceremonies were intended from their inception.

Did you watch the SAGs? What were your favorite parts, if any?

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