You know, SAG is a pretty funny name for an award
But I’m not complaining. After all, the “Screen Actors Guild Awards”:http://www.tbs.com represent the praise of an artist’s peers (or at least the praise of an artist’s recent and future co-workers who would like to get on or stay on their good sides). That’s why I’m walking on air today after seeing both “30 Rock”:http://www.nbc.com/30_rock and “The Office”:http://www.nbc.com/the_office walk away with enough of the pewter monuments to field one freaky looking larger-than-life foosball team.
“The Office”:http://www.givememyremote.com/remote/cast-of-the-office-at-the-sag-awards/ took home the award for best ensemble in a comedy series while Alec Baldwin kept Steve Carell from scoring a trifecta by taking home the award for best actor in a comedy series with his portrayal of 30 Rock’s Jack “I’ve dated Condoleeza Rice, and I have issues with my mother” Donaghy.
I could be bitter by now. This is the second time this month Carell took a back seat to Baldwin, the first time coming at the Golden Globes. I’m not bitter, though, not one bit because Baldwin’s Donaghy is the funniest character on television since, well, Carell’s Michael Scott. Still, it hurts to see my 40 Year Old Virgin take a back seat to anyone. The only solace came from the fact that Carell got to sidle up alongside Abigail Breslin – winner of the SAG award for Cutest Little Girl With the Most Uncomfortably Adult Scene in a Movie Finale – while accepting the award for best ensemble in a movie for Little Miss Sunshine.
It’s just great to see quality shows rewarded for smart writing, genuine comedy and even compelling storylines. You may not be a JAM ‘shipper, but you’ve got to admit you’ve been a Jim or a Pam at one time or another in your life.
Some may “scoff”:http://blogs.kansascity.com/tvbarn/2007/01/the_sag_awards_.html at the SAG Awards’ prestige. But they got a lot right last night (i.e. Baldwin, Eddie Murphy, Little Miss Sunshine, Chandra Wilson). Honoring The Office as the best comedy is only right. After all, it is the funniest – and the best – show on television right now.