Was 2013 the year of Alec Baldwin? Probably, considering every year seems to be the year of the Hamptons most hotly covered celeb.
Starting strong in 2013, Baldwin was a force to be reckoned with at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27 in Los Angeles. He went home with the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series, continuing a winning streak that began in 2007. Baldwin took the stage again that night, this time with veteran writer, director, producer and actor Carl Reiner, as the duo presented the SAG 49th Life Achievement Award to Dick Van Dyke.
The 2014 SAG award nominations were announced earlier this month, and Baldwin is again nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. The 20th Annual SAG Awards will air on Saturday, January 18. The cast of 30 Rock is also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. He concluded his years on 30 Rock with the final episode in January of 2013.
Baldwin is the current record holder for most Actors—he’s won eight, including seven for individual performances and one for ensemble performances.
He has been nominated for a SAG award 20 times (11 for individual performances, nine for ensemble performances), also a record. Is a move to SAGaponack in his future?
Despite the accolades for Baldwin, it soon became apparent that 2013 may have been about something smaller than the larger-than-life actor. Another Baldwin stole the headlines in August, as he and wife Hilaria Thomas Baldwin welcomed daughter Carmen Gabriela to the world on Friday, August 23.
That same day, Baldwin was voted Guild Hall Board President at the Annual Meeting of Trustees. The Amagansett resident has been a member of Guild Hall’s Board of Trustees since 2011.
A few months later—perhaps with baby Carmen in mind—the famously philanthropic Baldwin made a $1 million donation in November toward the new children’s addition at the East Hampton Library. “I am making this gift to help complete the project and to encourage other residents to help support this vital institution in the town,” Baldwin said at the time. “Libraries are the cornerstone of a great community.”
Baldwin serves as an honorary co-chair of the library’s children’s addition committee and is the founding honoree co-chair of the library’s annual Authors Night fundraising event. He also continues to make Capital One commercials and always donates the proceeds to charity.
Baldwin’s sizable donation rode on the coattails of his already heightened popularity, as locals reveled in the wildly funny Saturday Night Live October sketch in which Baldwin and fellow Hamptonite Jimmy Fallon join the Point Pleasant Police Department.
Of course with all that, Baldwin did what he does best… Act! He did a run in the play Orphans on Broadway, he starred in Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine and the film AmeriQua. In a surprise move, he hosted his own weekly late night talk show Up Late with Alec Baldwin on MSNBC, he hosted the NFL Honors, created and starred as himself in Seduced and Abandoned on HBO and played himself on Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. Baldwin continued to host his Here’s the Thing podcast as well.
What will 2014 bring for Baldwin? He’ll be back on our televisions before the year gets too far underway, as Baldwin will host a special January 6 episode of Private Screenings on TCM. After that, we wait with baited breath…