Thursday, February 29, 2024

Sag Awards Barbra - Life Achievement / Netflix


For the 2nd time ever the SAG Awards were being aired solely online this year...A Leap Year! We weren't sure if we would be able to watch the awards live insomuch as we didn't have access to Netflix and the nearest Local Party to watch was in Town ...but life or the 30th SAG Awards found a way.

Life finds a way...was one of Jeff Goldblum's catch phrases in movie-dom, notably, Jurassic Park. He was presenting last Saturday night for the 'Cast in a Motion Picture' category along with his former better half, Gina Davis. And in true JG sincerity, we also found a way...to watch the Awards Show. (February 24th at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles, California).

 

This year presented a bit more maneuvering, since we couldn't connect to Netflix which was the exclusive Awards carrier. Friends of ours who had Netflix offered to help out and added a bonus to the mix with a movie and dinner beforehand, rather than the other way around. The theater was a Humongous AMC 250 seat-er in Westbury, Long Island.

The movie had just come out, like a week and a half ago and featured Kingsley Ben-Adir as Bob Marley. An eye opener for me. I liked his music very much but really knew just fragments about him. It's called: "One Love" the story of how reggae icon Bob Marley overcame adversity, and the journey behind his revolutionary music. FYI, it was just us four and nine others in the theater.


Back to the awards; We were fading up to some My-T-Fine puddin' as our local party checked out the decked out on the Red Carpet. Our Netflix hosts, Elaine & Tan were doing their thing where they let the actors talk as they say, amongst themselves. Golden Nuggets were dropping all over the place. As with last years awards, there were no commercials, no exit music to signal actors to wrap-up their acceptance speeches and profanity was encouraged.


Nominees for the 30th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® honoring outstanding individual, cast and ensemble performances for the past year were announced by Issa Rae (Barbie, American Fiction, Insecure) and Kumail Nanjiani (Welcome to Chippendales, The Big Sick) via Instagram Live. The nominees for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced by SAG Awards Committee Members Jason George and Woody Schultz with an introduction by SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher.

It was a special night for Barbra Streisand. Miss Streisand was awarded the 59th Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. She gave a moving speech as she receives the award for her remarkable contributions to both the musical and acting landscapes throughout her career. Plus she married James Brolin. She was a force that wanted to be heard..."Oh Mr. Arnstein, here I am" as the album; My Name is Barbra, might suggest! I remember as a kid, seeing that album on my uncle Nick's dinning table in N.J. As it played, the 'high ball' glasses clinked and grown-up voices echoed.
 
 
 
The Actor to Actor series with Fran Drescher as host, asks Barbra with a Capital 'S' - "What is the single most important acting lesson you’ve learned in your career? What does it take to be a great actor? What performances are inspiring you right now?" These are just some of the questions posed by SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher to 59th SAG Life Achievement honoree. 
 
Listen in this intuitive conversation that was recorded in February of 2023, of the stage, screen, music and television icon, how it delves into Barbra's remarkable career and reflects on a diverse life in show business.
 
This conversation is a must-see for anyone seeking creative wisdom from one of the most brilliant performers of all time. The views expressed by the guests are their own and not that of SAG-AFTRA. Any mention of products or services does not imply SAG-AFTRA’s endorsement.


On the Stefan Nadelman front, we just heard back from an email asking if he had a Horse in the Race this awards season. Those familiar with Stefan's animation work know him as the Go-to-Guy for visual conceptualization in the Movie & Doc world.

 

He wrote back ~

"Not sure if anything I worked on is up for any awards, but Moonage Daydream won an Emmy for best music doc...so, there's that". Stefan and I got our start together collaborating on his Award winning movie Terminal Bar doing voice characterizations.

And seeing that it's (L-E-A-P-Y-E-A-R) and today doesn't legally exit and Easter is a tad early...right on the heels of the last day of March...Here's a quick Easter shout-out as the voice of Bugs Bunny!

Bugs Bunny's Tik-Tok Easter Tribute...Enjoy!




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