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The It's a Paycheck Award nominees

by Debra McDuffee, posted May 28th 2008 3:24PM
TV Squad Awards logoHere it is, the moment you've all been waiting for ... drumroll, please ... the announcement of The It's a Paycheck Award nominees. The esteemed actors who have been carefully chosen as nominees for this award have shown themselves to be most worthy movie actors slumming it on TV.

Now people, some of the comments on the intro post intimated that you all took this award slightly more seriously than it was intended. Being on TV certainly isn't really slumming it in this era; however, the actors that made the cut showed an interesting, shall we say, transition from movies to TV. Here they are in alphabetical order:

1. Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Wait a minute, how could Alec Baldwin get nominated for this award? He's been on TV for years! This is true, but no one does it better than Baldwin. Like most actors seem to, he started in TV, doing soap operas. He became known for serious roles on the big screen, like in Hunt for Red October, Malice, and Glengarry Glen Ross. When the box office career just wasn't as lucrative as it had been, Baldwin reinvented himself as a comedic actor. Since he had been making fun of himself on Saturday Night Live for years, it sure wasn't a stretch. 30 Rock marks a defining comedic role for Baldwin.

2. Sally Field (Brothers and Sisters)

Yep, she started on TV and became known through Gidget and The Flying Nun, but Sally Field was a movie star for most of her career, and we are talking thirty years and two Oscars (Norma Rae and Places in the Heart), not to mention the other 23 awards and 25 nominations. After Forrest Gump, most of her gigs became TV, and now she has brought her classic Sally Field heart to Brothers and Sisters.

3. Holly Hunter (Saving Grace)
Not much to say about Holly Hunter's TV career, because aside from a couple of early TV movies, her stints have been nearly all big screen. This may make Holly a major contender for this award if you consider the blockbusters Hunter had in the '80s and '90s: Broadcast News, Raising Arizona, The Piano, and Living Out Loud. Oh, and did I mention an Oscar, thirty other awards and thirty-two nominations? Then a TV series (Saving Grace) -- makes one wonder ...

4. Donald Sutherland (Dirty Sexy Money)
The fact that Donald Sutherland may be slumming it on TV only brings joy to this gal. He's had me hooked ever since Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It is so hard to name just a few of his box office masterpieces: Ordinary People, Backdraft, Six Degrees of Separation. And the guy's got two Golden Globes, seven other awards and fifteen nominations. He's dabbled in the TV movie here and there throughout his career, and more so in the last ten years. From Commander in Chief, and now to Dirty Sexy Money, he may have made the switch and is on the small screen to stay.

5. James Woods (Shark)
From the very manly (Virgin Suicides, Casino, Any Given Sunday) to the animated character voices (Stuart Little II, Surf's Up), James Woods has made a varied name for himself on the big screen, and I think we all can say we think of James Woods as a movie actor. So what's up with the TV series, James?

Thank you, readers, for all of your wonderful suggestions. There were some actors that were considered as nominees for this award, like Glenn Close and Gary Sinise, but much to my surprise, they have been TV actors throughout their careers, with a few forays onto the big screen which just happened to be major blockbusters of the very memorable kind.

Some of our other awards are still accepting considerations, so have your voice heard and leave a comment today. Make sure you also check out AOL TV's best & worst of TV poll.

Who do you think should win The It's a Paycheck Award?
Alec Baldwin257 (34.4%)
Sally Field125 (16.7%)
Holly Hunter94 (12.6%)
Donald Sutherland134 (17.9%)
James Woods138 (18.4%)

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Oh - this one sooooo goes to Alec Baldwin. Isn't he kind of mental though? I thought I remember some big thing about how odd his behaviour his and that he talks about all kinds of nutty stuff.

May 29 2008 at 11:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would vote for Alec Baldwin but I think he wanted to do this show because he really likes working with Lorne Michaels and the folks at SNL. Instead, I chose James Woods because dollars to donuts he's doing this to payoff his overinflated mortgage or to keep a crazy Sean Young 300 feet away from him at all times.

May 28 2008 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Deej

Don't forget his turn as Leonardo Leonardo in the Clerks animated series

May 28 2008 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oooh! Piece o' candy!

(He's Irish dammit)

May 28 2008 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oooh! Piece of candy! (picks up, eats it)

Oooh! Piece of candy! (picks up, eats it)

Oooh! Piece of candy! (picks up, eats it)

May 28 2008 at 4:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Donald Sutherland gets my vote only because "Dirty Sexy Money" is a trashy, night time soap opera. This show is my secret guilty pleasure but it is clearly beneath this fine actor.

May 28 2008 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i voted for Sally Field simply because she seems to have had the most successful movie career.

May 28 2008 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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