Slumdog Millionaire, 30 Rock top SAG Awards

Slumdog Millionaire at the SAG AwardsDuring the Screen Actors Guild awards on Sunday in Los Angeles, Slumdog Millionaire, Sean Penn and Meryl Streep won the night’s biggest honours. Even though The Curious Case of Benjamin Button dominates this year’s Academy Award nominations, the SAGs failed to recognize the film.  Doubt led the SAG nominations with five nods and scored Streep a Best Actress win. The visibly shocked actress joked, “I didn’t even buy a dress!”. Milk‘s Sean Penn walked away with the award for Best Leading Male, while the cast of Slumdog Millionaire scored the award for Best Ensemble. Accepting the award on behalf of the cast, actor Anil Kapoor dedicated it to the film’s youngest stars, saying, “They deserve this award. They set our performances, not us. So this is on behalf of the children.” James Earl Jones received a Life Achievement Award and used his acceptance speech to honour a previous recipient of the award, saying, “In this gathering of gifted artists, I would like to raise a salute: Paul Newman, somebody down here likes you.” The Dark Knight‘s Heath Ledger received his much-anticipated posthumous win for Best Supporting Actor, which costar Gary Oldman accepted. 30 Rock continued its winning streak, taking home the awards for Best Actress (Tina Fey), Best Actor (Alec Baldwin) and Best Ensemble Comedy Cast. In the drama category, Mad Men won the Best Ensemble Cast award, but lead actor Jon Hamm lost to House‘s Hugh Laurie.

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  1. Jo-Anne • January 27, 2009 @ 5:59 PM

    Yahoo for Sean Penn! I think he is a brilliant actor.

    No surprise for Streep, tight race in this category as well as Lead Male, many very deserving of the honour.

    It’s getting more and more “curious” how every award show is shutting out Benjamin Button…btw the only nominated film I have no interest at all in viewing, despite a number of my friends praises for it…to each his own

    Love 30 Rock and Mad Men, happy for them all.

    And last, but not least, once again, wonderful to see recognition for Heath…

  2. Vicki • January 27, 2009 @ 6:39 PM

    I thought that was just me about Benjamin Button.. can’t figure out why I’m not interested since I LOVE Brad Pitt (esp. in Snatch and Oceans 11)!
    Agree wholeheartedly on other comments, Jo, except Mad Men (I’m probably the only person on the planet who hasn’t seen this yet).

  3. tributegirl • January 28, 2009 @ 4:08 PM

    I saw Benjamin Button with a friend, she insisted on that movie, otherwise I wouldn’t have wasted my money. It was….ok. Sort of.

  4. Vicki • January 28, 2009 @ 5:01 PM

    What was the ok part, tributegirl? If it was Brad Pitt naked, I might be willing to re-think my opinion…

  5. tributegirl • January 28, 2009 @ 5:51 PM

    Well, if I really saw him naked, that would be more than ok! But seriously, the whole movie was just “ok”. I wasn’t interested in seeing it, but my friend really wanted to go, so I agreed, but honestly I felt it was a waste of money.

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