The SAG Awards are this weekend -- 7 p.m. Sunday on TNT and TBS. -- and they're usually worth watching because of their Globes-like party atmosphere and mixture of TV and film honors. But this year's show could be really interesting, given the feuds still brewing within the actors' union over a prospective strike.
Will some actors use the acceptance speech to blast their fellow celebs? Will we have on-air cat fights? Oh ... please, can we have some on-air cat fights ... ?
Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker is currently following that story, acting on tips that stars like Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson, Sally Field and others who are on opposite sides of the possible strike might air their grievances on the stage. Apparently "a lot of people are working hard behind the scenes to get the stars - on both sides - to keep from airing dirty laundry in public."
Meanwhile, the show is also worth watching because the SAGs are statistically more accurate in predicting the acting Oscars than any other group. Last year, two SAG Award winners -- Daniel Day Lewis, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for "There Will Be Blood"; and Javier Bardem, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for "No Country For Old Men" -- went on to win Oscars. And although the Screen Actors Guild doesn't give out an award for Best Picture, it does honor the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Last year's winner was the cast for "No Country For Old Men," which went on to win the Best Picture Oscar.
Among the celebrities expected to present awards are TV personalities Christina Applegate, Angela Bassett, Jon Hamm, John Krasinski, Eric McCormack and Kyra Sedgwick.
In addition, esteemed actor James Earl Jones will receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, honoring his acting career and humanitarian accomplishments.
Several stars could be busy Sunday night, especially Taraji P. Henson, who could win awards for her TV and film work. She is nominated for her supporting role and for her work in the cast of the film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," as well as being part of the cast in the TV drama, "Boston Legal."
Contributing: Scipps Howard News Service