Friday, Aug. 27, 2010

SAG Does the Snubbing

The Emmys got a taste of their own medicine in 1980, when most nominees and presenters boycotted the event as part of an ongoing, pay-us-more Screen Actors Guild strike. The glamourless evening was like a carousel that, despite losing its menagerie and having only poles, continued to spin round — though there was one dark horse who showed: Powers Boothe, who won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. "This is either the most courageous moment of my career or the stupidest," he told the audience as he accepted his accolade. He was called "Benedict Arnold" following the event. And given that his last major role was in the SNL flop MacGruber, one imagines he's gotten familiar with the concept of being snubbed since that not-so-prime evening.