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Viola vs. Meryl. Who Gets Best Actress? Tonight Holds A Big Clue.

UPDATE:  Viola Davis wins Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor In A Leading Role at the SAG Awards.  Meryl Streep led the standing ovation!

It’s probably the award being talked up the most.  Will Viola Davis win Best Actress (officially known as Actress in a Leading role) at the Oscars for her role in “The Help” or will Meryl Streep win for her role in “The Iron Lady?”  There are a few schools of thought.  Some say Viola’s role is the strongest and an incredible break though and the Academy will reward her for that.  Some say Meryl Streep is a legend (and she is) and she hasn’t scored an Oscar since 1983 for “Sophie’s Choice” and she is long over due for another.  This is her 17th nomination after all.

So what’s the franklyHANK school of thought?  And the answer is.  Hell if I know!  But here is what I do know.  In the Academy Awards, you vote for your category, meaning actors vote for actors, directors vote for directors, etc. Except everyone in the Academy votes for the top categories.  The biggest voting block at the Academy Awards are actors — actors who belong to the Screen Actors Guild, the actors union.  Tonight on TBS and TNT at 7pm CT is the Screen Actors Guild Awards or SAG for short.  Many of the film actors who will be voting for tonight’s awards will be voting for the Oscars and the outcome is likely the same… not always, but the SAG Awards are said to be a good indicator.  So… whomever wins tonight for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor In A Leading Role could very well be dusting off a spot for Oscar in her home.

If I had to guess, I would say, “Ms. Davis meet Oscar!”

I’ll be discussing the SAG Awards tomorrow on Windy City LIVE.  Be sure to tune in to the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26th at 6pm on ABC (ABC7 in Chicago).  And don’t forget to check out for everything you need to know for Oscars Sunday!!   And Windy City LIVE fans, Paige and Plummer will soon be revealing their Oscar picks!  Stay tuned.


LIVE BLOG – Golden Globe Awards

Welcome to franklyHANK’s first live blog.  For those of you new to this, it’s simple.  Just keep refreshing the page to see my updated comments throughout the Golden Globe Awards telecast on NBC.  Newest comments are posted on top.  You can make comments to the blog, but they will not post until I approve them, so give me some time.  It’ll be a busy, but fun night.

Be sure to tune in to Windy City LIVE tomorrow on ABC7 Chicago or, both at 9AM.  Paige Wiser and David Plummer will recap the winners and losers and stylists Eric Himel and Amy Tara Koch will talk all things fashion.  Let the blogging begin.


9:56pm  Thank God this show ended on time b/c if it had run long, I would have killed myself.  It’s over.  Amen and Good night.  Hope you enjoyed the live blog.

9:54pm Harrison Ford has the big award… Best Motion Picture – Drama:  THE DESCENDANTS.   Are you kidding me?  Really?  Really? “The Help” will win the Oscar.   The Golden Globes are not really the pre-cursor to the Oscars, so I will hope for better things.

9:47pm  Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:  GEORGE CLOONEY for “The Descendants.”  Yawn!  Although the golf joke about Michael Fasbender’s penis was pretty good.  LOL

9:39pm  Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical:  THE ARTIST

9:37pm  Meryl curses when she can’t find her glasses!!!  Brilliant.  As the music plays her off, she screams, “Oh no, no!!!”  And her best line… “And I love you, Viola.  You’re my girl.”   Gracious to a fault.  But Viola should have won!  She’ll get the Oscar.

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