By Mack Chico
“Slumdog Millionaire” won best ensemble cast at the 15th Screen Actors’ Guild Awards Sunday in Los Angeles, while lead roles went to Sean Penn in “Milk” and Meryl Steep in “Doubt.” “I didn’t even buy a dress,” a surprised Streep said upon winning.
Penn who portrayed slain gay politican Harvey Milk said “as actors we don’t play gay/straight, we play human beings.”
He said it was a myth that actors are pitted against one another. “We’re all so proud and challenged by eachother.”
Heath Ledger won posthumously for his final role as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” while Kate Winslet won for best supporting actor in “The Reader” — a role which was nominated this week for best actress in the Academy Awards, for which she had previously won a Golden Globe for the supporting role.
Here’s the complete list of winners of the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:
_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.”
_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.”
Life Achievement: James Earl Jones.