Winslet, Streep and Slumdog win big at Screen Actors Guild Awards
Kate Winslet looks set to clear up at the Oscars after bagging another coveted prize at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The actress – who was also a fashion winner in a stunning royal-blue Narciso Rodriguez gown – picked up the gong for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a Nazi concentration camp guard in The Reader.
As she took to the stage at the Shine Auditorium in LA, she this time managed to stave off the tears while thanking director Stephen Daldry, and praising producers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack, both of whom died last year.
Meryl Streep now looks like her biggest competition for Best Actress at the Oscars after scooping the award at the SAGs for her role as a dictatorial nun in Doubt.
The Screen Actors Guild Award was the first gong for Streep this awards season, a fact the actress jokingly alluded to as she took to the stage.
She said: I didn’t even buy a dress’, before modestly adding: ‘I’m really shocked, even though awards mean nothing to me anymore. There’s no such thing as best actress, or greatest living actress. I’m proud of all the girls this year. Everybody wins when you get parts like this.’
Slumdog Millionaire, meanwhile, consolidated its frontrunner position for a Best Picture Oscar ahead of Brad Pitt’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by picking up Best Film Ensemble.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who looked utterly radiant, will surely be hoping for success at the Oscars after leaving another awards ceremony empty handed.
Other winners of the night included Best Actor for Sean Penn for his performance in Milk, and Heath Ledger, who won another Supporting Actor honour for The Joker in The Dark Knight.
Gary Oldman picked up the award on his behalf, and described him as ‘an extraordinary young man with extraordinary talent’.
SEE THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS FROM THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS 2009 LIST BELOW:
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Sean Penn, Milk
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Meryl Streep, Doubt
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama: Hugh Laurie, House
Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama: Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Oustanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Mad Men
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: 30 Rock