Monday, January 26, 2009

2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards

by Kam Williams

Headline: Slumdog Continues to Shine in Oscar Tune-Up

Slumdog Millionaire continued its impressive march towards the Oscars by landing the equivalent of the Best Picture honor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Other repeat winners from the Golden Globes include Kate Winslet and the late Heath Ledger in the supporting actor categories, positioning them as solid favorites in the Academy Awards Sweepstakes. The lead categories are quite another matter entirely, since Sean Penn win for Milk sets up a showdown with Mickey Rourke who took the Globe for The Wrestler.
Ditto on the distaff side, where Meryl Streep’s Actress win for Doubt turned out to be the night’s big surprise. This leaves everything up in the air for Oscar night when she’ll oppose Winslet, Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and Melissa Leo in what promises to be the most hotly-contested major category. During her acceptance speech, Ms Streep proved that even she didn’t expect to prevail by showing the audience that she was wearing pants instead of an evening gown.

Complete List of Screen Actors Guild Award winners
Movie Categories:
Cast: "Slumdog Millionaire."
Actor in a Leading Role: Sean Penn, "Milk."
Actress in a Leading Role: Meryl Streep, "Doubt."
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight."
Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, "The Reader."
Stunt Ensemble: "The Dark Knight."

Television Categories:
Drama Series Cast: "Mad Men."
Actor in a Drama Series: Hugh Laurie, "House."
Actress in a Drama Series: Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters."
Comedy Series Cast: "30 Rock."
Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock."
Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock."
Actor in a Movie or Miniseries: Paul Giamatti, "John Adams."
Actress in a Movie or Miniseries: Laura Linney, "John Adams."
Stunt Ensemble: "Heroes."

Lifetime Achievement Award: James Earl Jones.

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