Glittering evening, super stars, shinning trophies, yet there were no surprises at 15th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, at least when the top prize was concerned! Continuing its string of awards from Critics Choice to Golden Globe, British director Danny Boyle’s Mumbai based ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has already become everyone’s favorite. The frontrunner for Oscars this year, has added another feather to its cap, wining the topmost ‘Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture’ award at the glistering ceremony held on the 25th night at the Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, California.
“It was already enough to be nominated, to win this is unbelievable, it is unbelievable”, said Anil Kapoor who collected the award on the behalf of the movie’s cast and crew.
Anil Kapoor who played the host of the show, ‘Who wants to be a millionaire?’ in the movie, thanked the the director Danny Boyle and dedicated the phenomenal success to the child stars. “They deserve this award. It is the children that have done it, not us. This is on behalf of the children,” said an elated Anil Kapoor.
The award for the best actor (male) went to Sean Penn who was ‘shocked’ to win the award for his performance in ‘Milk’, beating Slumdog Millionaire’s 18 year old actor, Dev Patel. Meryl Streep won the lead actor (female) award for ‘Doubt’.
The best actor in the supporting role was awarded (posthumously) to the late Australian star, Heath Ledger, for his role as the joker in Batman blockbuster ‘The Dark Knight’. On the other hand, Kate Winslet was named the best suppoting actor (female) for the outstanding performance in The Reader. The role earlier also won her a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination this year.
‘30 Rock’, ‘Mad Men’ and John Adams were among the notable TV winners. AMC’s critically-acclaimed “Mad Men” won the best drama ensemble honor whereas NBC’s “30 Rock” made a clean sweep of the awards in the comedy series categories. The award for the ‘Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series, went to the favourite, ‘Heroes’ and to ‘The Dark Knight’ for the movie.
James Earl Jones was honored with the guild’s prestigious lifetime achievement award.
Surprisingly The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the movie which bagged 13 Oscar nominations and the critically appreciated Frost/Nixon returned disappointed.
The stage is now all set for the Academy Awards!