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Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Winners January 26, 2009

Posted by pacejmiller in Entertainment.
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sagThe Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards have been announced! 

The winners are (in bold):

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Slumdog Millionaire (other nominees: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Milk)

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor: Sean Penn (Milk) (other nominees: Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress: Meryl Streep (Doubt) (other nominees: Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Melissa Leo (Frozen River), Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) (other nominees: Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr (Tropic Thunder), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)

Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet (The Reader), Amy Adams (Doubt), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Viola Davis (Doubt), Taraji P Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

The SAG Awards are all about the actors (notice the big award is for the ensemble cast rather than best picture).  I’d probably put it behind the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes as the third biggest award in the Hollywood awards calendar.  It’s typically another indicator of how the Oscars may turn out next month (notice how close the nominations are).

However, I’m still sticking to my original picks of Mickey Rourke for Best Actor and Kate Winslet for Best Actress (albeit for The Reader).  If anything, I think these results only reinforce the now widely-accepted view that Heath Ledger is a lock for just the second posthumous Oscar in history (the other being Peter Finch in 1976).  I also think Slumdog Millionaire just got another boost for Best Picture odds.

Lastly, I must again complain about Kate Winslet being in the Supporting Actress category for The Reader.  If she’s the lead actress in two movies and she deserves both nominations, put BOTH of them in the Best Actress category – none of this fudging business!  And Dev Patel – I know his character was split between 3 actors, but he’s undoubtedly the Lead Actor of Slumdog Millionaire.  Just my 2 cents.

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