Salon gives Alec Baldwin the honorary Oscar:
his confident bearing, the way he cocks an eyebrow at just the right angle — speaks of healthy skepticism, an intolerance of idiocy and phoniness. An understated superhero in an age of overstatement, he can zap bullshit with a single glance: His X-ray vision seeks, and destroys, baloney. Baldwin is always both laid-back and on point, which seems a contradiction but is actually a delicate balance that’s hard to strike. And although we’re lucky to have him now, with his elegant carriage and knife-edge timing — not to mention that voice, a voice with the texture and suppleness of the silkiest luxury mohair — he’d be just as much at home in the comedies of the ’30s and early ’40s: Preston Sturges would have adored him.
Speaking of comedy, Baldwin has been outstandingly funny on 30 Rock. In an era where “bringing the funny” means showing people shouting at each other, Baldwin barely speaks above a whisper — yet he’s the funniest thing on an already hilarious show. He understands those things that makes him so good — “healthy skepticism, an intolerance of idiocy and phoniness…understated superhero…zap bullshit with a single glance…X-ray vision seeks, and destroys, baloney” — and manages to actually make a parody of it. That’s how good he is in this show. Check it out for yourself:
Funniest show on TV — and Baldwin won a Golden Globe to boot.