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Can Giamatti Get a Break?

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There was good and bad for Sideways uber-actor Paul Giamatti this past weekend when he was awarded a SAG statuette for his Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Yes, that's right, he had to share it with three other people.

It was yet another example of Paul Giamatti getting the hot steaming fireplace poker in the eye.

Local residents reported on Sunday, however, that this fleeting piece of somewhat-mediocre good news was overshadowed by Mr. Giamatti getting overcharged at a local gas station (and having to still pay for gas he didn't pump), being late to a dinner-party due to a freeway accident, finding a suspicious mole on his left arm that wasn't there before, and realizing when it was too late to do anything about it that someone had lifted his credit card and was charging up a storm at a variety of Los Angeles-based chain superstores.

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Paul Giamatti is being snubbed all over town.

The snubbage is a further example of the town's inability to identify the worthy versus the wordy. The talented versus the tainted. The emotionally-inspiring versus the emotionally-vacant. Plus, a $1500 dollar charge at the Carson city IKEA by the criminally-inconsiderate doesn't do a whole lot to instill goodwill in Mr. Giamatti's corner either.

Yet there is something you can do to stop the madness. On Academy Awards night, you can get those raspberries ready for launching when the Supporting Actor category comes up. By that point, Jamie Foxx will have already won the Best Actor role anyway -- I mean, who really needs two Oscars in one night? Not Jamie.

No sir, no way.