January 27th, 2008

art

Art on Sunday: Sunset at Gowanus Bay in the Bay New York

Henry Gritten (1818 – 1873)
Sunset at Gowanus Bay in the Bay New York, 1851
Oil on wood panel
Gritten, Sunset at Gowanus Bay in the Bay New York
Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Hobart, Tasmania

My posting of this painting was inspired by an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. See, there was this hired killer, and they found him hiding out in a warehouse near, and then later chased him on foot alongside, something called the Gowanus Canal. I'd never heard of any Gowanus Canal, so naturally I looked it up on Wikipedia. Accompanying the article was this painting, which, er, does not show the canal, having been painted 18 years before it was built. But I guess that's where the canal is now. Too bad it looks like this now, instead of like it does in the painting.
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SAG Awards commentary

Yay, the Screen Actors Guild Awards! Nice to see a proper awards ceremony after that joke of a Golden Globes presentation

  • Nice speech by Doug Savant about becoming an actor. And Laura Leighton looking fine right next to him. Always good to see my old Melrose Place buddies in the spotlight.
     
  • James Gandolfini, short and sweet. Reminds me of Joe Pesci's acceptance speech when he won the Ocscar for GoodFellas.
     
  • Yes, Nikki, I loved your movie! One of my favorites from last year. I don't know if I would have chosen "Welcome to the 60s" to use in the clip though. "You Can't Stop the Beat" is the way to go, you guys!
     
  • Edie Falco looked pretty surprised to win... I guess when you're up against three Academy Award-nominated actresses, you don't give yourself much of a chance.
     
  • Hey, it's kind of weird that this is being aired on both TNT and TBS simultaneously.
     
  • That cast clip for The Closer looked more like a clip for Holly Hunter's Best Actress in a Drama nomination. ETA: Er, I mean, Kyra Sedgwick. The Southern accent threw me.
     
  • This is looking like a bad night for anyone who acted in anything but The Sopranos. Goodness, there are a lot of them. I think it's very true to the spirit of the SAG Awards that a guy like Tony Sirico make the acceptance speech... SAG is for every actor, not just the big stars but the guys who plug along for years in tiny little roles before lucking into a good part in a hit show.
     
  • Javier Bardem... you know, I thought No Country For Old Men was really good, but I didn't like it very much. And I guess I'm not fully convinced Bardem's performance was really that extraordinary. Anton Chigurh is a great character, to be sure, but I guess I don't know if Bardem brought anything to it that any other actor couldn't have.
     
  • Whoa, Woody Harrelson does not look good bald.
     
  • Hey, is Chandra Wilson really short or that guy she's standing next to really tall?
     
  • Yay, Fey! I'm a poet. And she gives us our first Writer's Guild shout out of the night. No surprise there, I guess.
     
  • For my nickel, Alec Baldwin deserved the award just for his astonishingly good Redd Foxx impersonation. That whole scene was amazing.
     
  • Hey, Ruby Dee, Elton John called, he wants his glasses back.
     
  • Judging from the clips shown from American Gangster, it had a cast of two: Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.
     
  • Oh, hey, Jeanne Tripplehorn, my least favorite actress. Boo!
     
  • The Office, huh? Well, no complaints there, I guess, but I was rooting for 30 Rock. Bet we get another WGA mention here... nope, I lose. Unless the reference to looking forward to going back to work with their great crew was sort of a left-handed reference to the strike.
     
  • Hmm, Alan Rosenberg. I think I liked it better when Melissa Gilbert was president.
     
  • I cannot think of Charles Durning without thinking of that scene at the end of Tootsie, in the bar with Michael Dorsey. "The only reason you're still living is because I never kissed you." Cracks me up every time.
     
  • Wow, that's an unlikely group of first-time nominees there in the Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie, considering how many other awards they've been nominated for.
     
  • Man, Mickey Rooney's looking pretty good for his age. 87! And a SAG member for 74 years. That's a pretty good run.
     
  • Oh, what I wouldn't have given to see Queen Latifah and Mickey Rooney standing on stage together. What a shame.
     
  • Good to see they were able to get Heath Ledger into the Dead Reel. Looks like they may have just tacked it onto the end at the last minute, but I'm glad they did.
     
  • I think Debra Messing thinks Viggo Mortensen is just dreamy.
     
  • Ruby Dee! Nice of her to pay tribute to Ossie. I still think her glasses are goofy looking, though.
     
  • Put Tommy Lee Jones in a white suit, he'd be a dead ringer for Col. Sanders.
     
  • It didn't really occur to me before how little overlap there was between the SAG Award Best Actor nominees and the Oscar nominees. OK, three of five, that's a majority, but comparitively speaking, that's not much overlap.
     
  • Didn't expect such a lengthy tribute to Heath Ledger from Daniel Day-Lewis. Interesting that he highlighted his role in Monster's Ball... yeah, it was a good performance, but perhaps not the one that most people would mention first when looking back at Ledger's career.
     
  • For some reason, I had it in my head that Marion Cotillard was older. An impression based on absolutely nothing, I might add, since (as I pointed out here) I had never heard of her until very recently.
     
  • Wow, I don't think I've ever seen the SAG Awards run over before.
     
  • Well, I guess I can't disagree with the Best Ensemble award going to No Country For Old Men, as it was a very well acted film. But who's John Lesher? He got a lot of applause, whoever he is. (Google says he's head of Paramount Classics. OK then!)

Good show! Hope the Oscars are as good.