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Sunday, January 25, 2015

I'm Here for the ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Takeover at Sunday Night's Screen Actors Guild Awards

Is it weird that I've become less interested in the actual awards and more intrigued by the apparent battle of who can have the most moving acceptance speeches this year? For Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba won that match, hands down. She talked about the beautiful diversity of the cast, and its fearless leader for having the insight to showcase such an amazing variety of narratives and characters. Here's a snippet:

"I want to thank Jenji Kohan for writing a show like this, not only for myself but for our incredible team of actors to be seen in such a beautiful way... I want to say a huge massive thanks to our cast, without whom this is not possible. I love you guys so desperately, so much. This is not done without you, any step of the way."

For the record, while I LOVE fellow nominee Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in Veep, But I also adore Aduba's nuanced work in the Netflix dramedy, which not only won for best actress in a comedy, but also won best ensemble in a comedy series-- amazing, considering its rather ambiguous genre. For those of you who aren't familiar with Orange is the New Black (or OITNB, as we fans call it), I have two words for you: GET FAMILIAR. Also, check out this post on the show I wrote back in 2013.

And of course, Patricia Arquette continues to be an adorably charming and slightly nerdy maternal figure, who I can't get enough of. In her acceptance speech for best supporting actress (Boyhood), she gave a touching shout out to her showbiz family and her incredible cast and crew:

"I'm a fourth generation actor. My family has been committed to acting for over a century through feast or famine. My father Lewis Arquette taught me to approach work with compassion and gratitude and taught me also how hard it is to make a living as an actor...Ethan Hawke, for your fierce commitment. Ellar Coltrane, for your purity. Lorelei Linklater, for your strength and your ability. And Richard Linklater, for showing me the beauty of this human experience and how we all matter."

Then there was Viola Davis (a vision in white), who genuinely shocked me when she won for best actress in a drama series (ABC's How to Get Away with Murder). I really couldn't get into the show, but I'm always happy to see Davis just winning things. Because she's great, and it's time people recognize that. An excerpt from her speech:

"I'd like to thank Paul Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers...and Pete Nowalk…for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark skinned African-American woman who looks like me."

For the full list of winners from Sunday night's ceremony, click here


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