2010: The Year of Betty White
Image Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesLast Jan. 23, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Betty White received the organization’s Life Achievement Award. After being introduced by Sandra Bullock, her “plain” co-star from the summer hit, The Proposal, White regaled the crowd with a delightful acceptance speech before concluding, “This is the highest point of my professional life.”
But that prestigious honor was before she starred in the Super Bowl’s best commercial, before the successful Facebook crusade brought White to Saturday Night Live, before her SNL show in May became the most-watched episode in 18 months, before she became the “breakout” star of the new TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, before she guest-starred in NBC’s comedy, Community, and before she became the hero of her very own comic book. So is there any doubt why the 88-year-old superstar edged Glee, Conan O’Brien, James Cameron, the Apple iPad, and Jon Stewart to be named the 2010 AP Entertainer of the Year? And the White-Out is still rolling: Next month, she’ll return to the SAG Awards, where she’s competing against the likes of Tina Fey and Jane Lynch for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy. What a year. What a lady.
(This has to bode well for Ernest Borgnine, who’s slated to receive this year’s SAG Life Achievement Award. Or perhaps it’s time for another Mary Tyler Moore Show alum to shine: Ed Asner (Up) is coming back to television to star in CMT’s Working Class.)
What was your favorite Betty White moment of 2010? And what oldie-but-goodie star would you most like to see soar in 2011?