SAG Awards 2011: Why Steve Buscemi and 'Boardwalk Empire' Beat 'Mad Men'

Thanks, said Steve Buscemi collecting his SAG award Sunday forBoardwalk Empire, "just for letting me be me." The show won for best TV drama ensemble. Here's what the wins signify.

Buscemi, the most reflexive self-deprecator this side of Paul Giamatti, also razzed himself for blowing his 1987 audition forBrian De Palma's The Untouchables with a line reading that sounded like his mouth was in a paint shaker crooning "Abba Dabba Honeymoon." That may have been for the best. Young tremuluous Buscemi mightn't have been sturdy and distinctive amid the epic collision of De Niro and Mamet. It was better he snuck into fame by the side door, on the sly, with a lot of help from the ultimate backdoor trapdoor slyboots, the Coens. By now you could say of Buscemi what Delroy Lindo says of heistmeister Gene Hackman in Mamet's Heist: "My mother------ is so cool when he goes to sleep, sheep count him." Read More...


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