I liked the SAG Awards last night. They were short and sweet and didn’t have the fluff that most awards ceremonies force you to sit through. My favorite moments were the acceptance speeches from Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis and the cast of Bridesmaids yukking it up.
But, out of all the things I liked, there were 2 things that bugged me.
The first was something about the show in general. As SAG member Pam Munro pointed out to me in an email, the tickets for the awards were, according to their website, $800. “Who can PAY that? Certainly not most of the rank & file!” she said.
I absolutely agree. For most of us, $800 is a lot of change. That’s headshots and prints. Rent. 3 Months of acting classes. One drunken night on Sunset. It’s almost like the powers that be want to keep you and me from attending by keeping the price high, isn’t it?
I know these things cost a lot to put on but you can’t tell me that SAG doesn’t make money off of the broadcast.
I have an idea for next year: SAG (and presumably AFTRA now) should keep a block of tickets allocated for each branch. Each branch could then take their top 10 earners (actors who made the most that year) and offer them tickets to the awards for $150 (or $300 for two – we have to take out dates, right?). If those actors decline, put those tickets back into the ticket pool and charge their $800.
What do you think of that idea?
The second thing was something that truly annoyed me. It was the salute to the branches around the country. In the segment, they featured working actors from branches like Texas and Chicago. Loved it! In fact, they should have featured more branches.
In the final part of the video, they showcased the Las Vegas branch. Who did they feature? That hard working, yet unknown actor Mike Tyson.
We have over 200,000 members and they give a shout-out to Mike Tyson?
I like Tyson. I really do (plus, if I don’t, he could come to my house and hit me in the face) but come on, SAG. You couldn’t spotlight another actor who’s night or even career, could have been made from 10 seconds of screen time on the show?
Yeah, they were probably trying to be funny but seriously, who benefits more? The one’s who pay the dues. The one’s who’ve studied and struggled to do something we love?
Or Mike Tyson?