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January 25, 2009

Tina Fey gets political


Oh happy day. It's not monsooning on the SAG Awards like it was last year, a technical snafu that nearly had your resident Gold Rusher ripping out handfuls of hair (someone's) has been resolved, and we're 2 for 2 on our predictions.


Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin just picked up the first two trophies of the night. Sure, it was predictable because they're on a roll. But allow us this small measure of gloating. It might not continue.

Last year's SAG Awards happened during the WGA strike, and were allowed to take place because of a waiver. This time, it's not the writers union that's going through labor pains. 

It's SAG itself, and that wasn't lost on Fey, who dedicated her award to her young daughter (who sometimes likes to dress like our new president Barack Obama). Little Fey, her mom told us, will one day watch "30 Rock" on the Internet and say, "What do you mean you don't get residuals for this?"

Doubt this will be the last reference tonight of the ongoing kerfuffle between SAG and the entertainment conglomerates, and between SAG and itself.


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