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Are you going to watch the Golden Globes tonight? I am. It’s one of very few awards shows that is actually shown live on the west coast; the Oscars and Emmys are pre-recorded, which is pretty ridiculous since they are TAKING PLACE HERE. Anyway, I’m a sucker for awards shows and I think Ricky Gervais will be a fun host.

A great thing about awards season is that SAG members get screeners of films in the mail so that we can make educated choices when filling out our SAG Awards ballot. Last year, with a pending strike and generally lean times, I think I only got one actual DVD screener along with several free passed to go see the movies in theatres. For some reason I was expecting the same thing this year so I sent in my ballot pretty much right after I got it. But then the screeners started trickling in, and I admit if I’d waited I would have voted differently. I watched Inglorious Basterds and really enjoyed it! I didn’t expect to dislike it, but I never imagined I’d like it as much as I did. This week I’m planning to watch Precious and An Education. Between getting these screeners and finding a nearby movie theatre that allows free admission with a SAG card, it’s really worth the exorbitant amount in dues I paid this year! Thanks SAG! (If you’re wondering if that’s supposed to sound sarcastic, I’m honestly not sure.)

Happy Awards watching!

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