Alec Baldwin Wins Critics’ Choice Gong for Trump Skits

Alec Baldwin Wins Critics’ Choice Gong for Trump Skits

Amagansett resident Alec Baldwin was recognized for his spot-on impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live at the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger on Sunday, December 11. The award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series flies in the face of President-elect Trump’s assessment of Baldwin’s portrayal, which he said “stinks,” and “can’t get any worse.”

According to everyone else, with a sense of humor, the cold open skits featuring Baldwin as Trump were a hit. They received raves from fans and put this season of SNL squarely in the headlines.

Of course, SNL cast member Kate McKinnon played a crucial role in that success, first playing Hillary Clinton during the election, and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway in cold open skits after November 8. For her part in all the fun, McKinnon earned this year’s Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series on Sunday. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in Ghostbusters, but Meryl Streep took home the gong for Florence Foster Jenkins.

In an unprecedented reaction to Baldwin lampooning him, thin-skinned President-elect Trump has taken to Twitter several times, calling SNL “totally one-sided” and “biased,” and tweeting that the show should be canceled. His reaction sets Trump well apart from past presidents and candidates, who have either ignored the comedic jabs, or showed good sportsmanship and got in on the joke.

In 2008, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who was heavily parodied on SNL that election year, even appeared in a skit with Tina Fey, who played her perfectly, along with the show’s creator, Hamptonite Lorne Michaels, and Baldwin. In the backstage scene, Baldwin pretended to think Palin was Fey impersonating her, saying to her and Michaels, “You can’t let Tina go out there with that woman. She goes against everything we stand for,” before being introduced to Palin and responding, “You are way hotter in person.”

The move got Palin some points with SNL‘s liberal viewers. Trump really ought to consider doing the same.

Neither Baldwin nor McKinnon attended the awards show on Sunday.

In other Critics’ Choice Awards news, Hamptons International Film Festival Spotlight film and HIFF Audience Award-winner for Best Narrative Feature, La La Land, starring Emma Stone and East End visitor Ryan Gosling, earned a total of eight gongs. The Damien Chazelle musical comedy won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Composer, Best Editing,  Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Actress for Stone’s performance. Gosling was nominated for Best Actor, but lost to Casey Affleck, who took the gong for his role in Manchester by the Sea. La La Land (Mary Zophres) was also nominated for Best Costume Design, but lost to Jackie (Madeline Fontaine), a biopic about Southampton native Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

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