Today, the Screen Actors Guild announced George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Sir Ben Kingsley, Zoe Saldana, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, and Jessica Chastain have been added to the presenters list. Among the stars already set to present or otherwise honor their colleagues during Sunday’s joint TBS and TNT telecast (8 p.m. ET): Kenneth Branagh, Kyle Chandler, Tina Fey, Matt Czuchry, Jean Dujardin, Armie Hammer, Ed Helms, Regina King, John Krasinski, Julianna Margulies, Natalie Portman, Maya Rudolph, Kyra Sedgwick, Octavia Spencer, Michelle Williams, Dick Van Dyke, and Meryl Streep. No people who just look good in a dress, or have a reality show on the network to pimp (sorry, Elle Macpherson).* No potentially awkward pairings. (I’m still haunted by David Boreanaz and Lauren Conrad at the 2008 Emmys.)
What would make it even better: If the prank George Clooney told the audience at the taping for his Jan. 31 Inside the Actors Studio that he’s been working on for two years for Brad Pitt – which “might end [Pitt’s] career” – were to happen on that stage. Really, the SAG Awards are the perfect spot, right? The Globes are loose, but they’re on a broadcast network. The Oscars are too serious (though we look forward to Clooney being this year’s Jack Nicholson in the front row). This is cable, there’s plenty of booze, and they’re among friends/skilled, willing co-conspirators. Pull the trigger, George! Who’s with me?
*Folks from TNT’s upcoming Dallas reboot will take part in the ceremony though.
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