#SAGAwards TONIGHT at 8:00. How I Voted

Here is the complete list of nominees, followed by who I voted for. 

MOVIES

Performance by a cast in a motion picture

“Birdman”

“Boyhood” — I wasn’t too crazy about the actual story, go figure, but I was impressed that the core group of actors made up of Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater came together for 12 years and kept the dynamic together. However, I probably would have voted for Birdman, but let’s face it, it’s really Michael Keaton’s movie.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

Performance by a male actor in a leading role

Michael Keaton, “Birdman”— This was a difficult one, but I truly believe that this is Michael Keaton’s best performance. It’s his comeback year.
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Performance by a female actor in a leading role

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” — I have never been more torn about who to vote for in this category. While I thought the other nominees performances were amazing, the minute I saw Julianne Moore’s portrayal of Alice, I made up my mind I was  astounded, and I have never been more impacted by a film in my life.
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”

Performance by a female actor in a supporting role

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” –She had the difficult job, along with the rest of the cast, of showing up for 12 years, and in the process, gave a really great performance. The only other person I would have voted for in this category was Emma Stone. But in the end, I thought Arquette had the more difficult and nuanced job.
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into The Woods”
Naomi Watts, “St. Vincent”

Performance by a male actor in a supporting role

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”–I have been watching Simmons work for years. He does some of the best work in the business and Whiplash is no different. He gave the supporting performance that i raved about and pondered the most. The fact that it has stayed with me made me vote for him for an amazing performance.

TELEVISION

Performance by an ensemble in a drama series

“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“House of Cards”–The cast is perfection.

Performance by a male actor in a drama series

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Peter Dinklage, “Game Of Thrones”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Kevin Spacey, “House Of Cards”–I think that Spacey’s Frank Underwood is the new Walter White.

Performance by a female actor in a drama series

Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How To Get Away With Murder”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”– She plays seven characters. Often against herself. What can I say, she’s my favorite.
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Robin Wright, “House Of Cards”

Performance by an ensemble in a comedy series

“Modern Family”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Orange Is the New Black” — It wavers between comedy and drama, but I voted for it because of the good performances.
“Veep”

Performance by a male actor in a comedy series

Ty Burrell, “Modern Family ”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family” His portrayal of Cam makes me laugh every time.

Performance by a female actor in a comedy series

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks And Recreation”–She’s hilarious. Let her win this year.

Performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries

Adrien Brody, “Houdini”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Richard Jenkins, “Olive Kitteridge”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart” —I think his performance in “The Normal Heart” is more deserving than his portrayal in Foxcatcher.
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”

Performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries

Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers In The Attic”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge” –I loved her in this and the fact that she didn’t win the Globe had me baffled. But it’s between her and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip To Bountiful”

Action performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture

“Fury”
“Get On Up”
“The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies”
“Unbroken”
“X-men: Days Of Future Past”

Action performance by a stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series

“24: Live Another Day”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Game Of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Sons Of Anarchy” 
“The Walking Dead”

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