Congratulations to Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman
for their Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Jamie Foxx for Outstanding Performance by a
Male Actor in a Leading Role/Ray

Morgan Freeman for Outstanding Performance by a
Male Actor in a Supporting Role/Million Dollar Baby



11th Annual SAG Awards Winners

11th Annual SAG Awards Acceptance Speeches




News for 2/6/2005


Foxx, Swank Take Actors Guild Honors

By DAVID GERMAIN
AP Movie Writer


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jamie Foxx's uncanny re-creation of Ray Charles in "Ray" earned him the Screen Actors Guild Award for best actor Saturday, while Hilary Swank won the best-actress prize for "Million Dollar Baby," playing a spirited boxer whose life takes a tragic turn. The cast prize for best movie ensemble went to the road-trip comedy "Sideways."

Cate Blanchett won the supporting-actress honor for her role as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator," and Morgan Freeman took the supporting-actor prize for "Million Dollar Baby," playing a sage-like ex-prizefighter.

"Thank you for Ray Charles for just living so complex and so interesting, and making us all just come together," said Foxx, the front-runner to win the best-actor prize at the Academy Awards on Feb. 27. Addressing his director on "Ray," Foxx added, "Thank you for Taylor Hackford for taking a chance with an African-American film. Taylor, you're my director of the year."

Swank offered gushing praise for her director and co-star, Clint Eastwood.

"I bow down to you," Swank said to the 74-year-old Eastwood. "You are a talent beyond compare. If I'm half the person you are and half the talent you are when I'm 74, I will know that I've accomplished something great."

The SAG honors presented the first big head-to-head competition between Swank and Oscar rival Annette Bening, a nominee for the theater farce "Being Julia." At the Golden Globes, Swank won for best dramatic actress while Bening was honored for best actress in a musical or comedy.

The two actresses are the front-runners at the Oscars, a rematch of the showdown five years ago, when underdog Swank pulled an upset best-actress win for "Boys Don't Cry" over Bening, who had been the favorite for "American Beauty."

The wins gave all the actors an Oscar boost just as voting gets under way for Hollywood's top honors. Oscar ballots were mailed Wednesday to academy members, with voting scheduled to end Feb. 22, five days before the ceremony.

Freeman paid respect to fellow contender James Garner by singing a verse from the theme song of Garner's old TV Western "Maverick." Garner was nominated as supporting actor for the romantic drama "The Notebook" and received the guild's lifetime-achievement award.

Covering all his bases, Freeman added, "I want to thank everybody I ever met."

Blanchett thanked co-star Leonardo DiCaprio and especially "The Aviator" director Martin Scorsese. Looking at her trophy, a statue of a performer holding the comedy and tragedy masks that symbolize actors, Blanchett said, "I think the head, shoulders, knees and toes of this belong to Martin Scorsese, who led us all and brought us great courage."

For dramatic TV series, the late Jerry Orbach won the actor honor for "Law and Order." Orbach died in December.

"How bittersweet. But it's still sweet," said Orbach's widow, Elaine. "Jerry had a motto: Never leave a hit show. ... May you all never leave your hit show."

Jennifer Garner earned the dramatic actress honor for "Alias," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" received the dramatic ensemble award for the entire cast.

Tony Shalhoub, star of "Monk," won the guild prize for the second straight year as actor in a TV comedy. Teri Hatcher won the TV comedy actress honor for "Desperate Housewives," which also won the comedy ensemble award.

The 11th annual guild awards provided a warmup bout for "The Aviator" and "Million Dollar Baby" before they duke it out for best-picture at the Oscars. Although "Sideways" won the guild ensemble honor, "The Aviator" and "Million Dollar Baby" are still considered the best bets for the top prize at the Oscars on Feb. 27.

The winner of the SAG cast-performance prize has gone on to receive the top Oscar four times in the nine years since the guild added that category.

Guild nominees were chosen by 4,200 randomly selected union members. The union's full membership of 98,000 was eligible to vote for winners.


List of winners:

Movies:


Actor: Jamie Foxx, "Ray."
Actress: Hilary Swank, "Million Dollar Baby."
Supporting actor: Morgan Freeman, "Million Dollar Baby."
Supporting actress: Cate Blanchett, "The Aviator."
Cast: "Sideways."


Television:


Actor in a movie or miniseries: Geoffrey Rush, "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers."
Actress in a movie or miniseries: Glenn Close, "The Lion in Winter."
Actor in a drama series: Jerry Orbach, "Law & Order."
Actress in a drama series: Jennifer Garner, "Alias."
Actor in a comedy series: Tony Shalhoub, "Monk."
Actress in a comedy series: Teri Hatcher, "Desperate Housewives."
Drama series cast: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
Comedy series cast: "Desperate Housewives."


Life Achievement Award: James Garner.



News for 1/11/2005


'Sideways' Leads Nominees for SAG Awards

By DAVID GERMAIN
AP Movie Writer


LOS ANGELES (AP) - The road-trip comedy "Sideways" led contenders Tuesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations, including honors for lead performer Paul Giamatti and the ensemble cast.

Four other films followed with three nominations: the Howard Hughes film biography "The Aviator"; "Finding Neverland," tracing the creative roots of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan"; "Hotel Rwanda," the real-life tale of an innkeeper sheltering refugees from genocide; and the boxing saga "Million Dollar Baby."

All five of those films earned nominations for their overall casts, the equivalent of a best-picture prize for the guild, which represents Hollywood actors. Because of a tie in voting, the guild nominated a sixth film for best cast, the Ray Charles film biography "Ray."

Besides a nomination among the "Ray" cast, star Jamie Foxx earned three other honors, selected as a lead-actor nominee for the title role in "Ray," supporting actor for the hit-man thriller "Collateral" and best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for the prison drama "Redemption."

Foxx, considered a front-runner to win the best-actor Academy Award, also has three nominations for "Ray," "Collateral" and "Redemption" at this Sunday's Golden Globes.

Besides Foxx and Giamatti, who plays a loser with a fresh chance at love in "Sideways," the guild's best-actor film nominees were Don Cheadle as hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina in "Hotel Rwanda"; Johnny Depp as Barrie in "Finding Neverland"; and Leonardo DiCaprio as Hughes in "The Aviator."

Nominated for best actress were Annette Bening as a 1930s London stage diva in "Being Julia"; Catalina Sandino Moreno as a Colombian woman who takes on a perilous job as a drug mule in "Maria Full of Grace"; Imelda Staunton as a housekeeper who moonlights as an abortion practitioner in 1950s Britain in "Vera Drake"; Hilary Swank as a boxer whose life turns tragic in "Million Dollar Baby"; and Kate Winslet as a woman who has erased memories of her ex-boyfriend in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

Swank also had a nomination for actress in a TV movie or miniseries for the suffrage drama "Iron Jawed Angels."

Moreno was a surprise nominee, overlooked in most earlier Hollywood honors. The supporting categories also produced some surprise picks, including Cloris Leachman as a boozy grandma in "Spanglish"; Sophie Okonedo as Rusesabagina's wife in "Hotel Rwanda"; and Freddie Highmore as a boy who inspires Barrie in "Finding Neverland."

Joining Leachman and Okonedo in the supporting-actress category were Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator"; Laura Linney as the wife of sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey in "Kinsey"; and Virginia Madsen as a waitress romanced by Giamatti in "Sideways."

Along with Foxx and Highmore, supporting-actor nominees were Thomas Haden Church as Giamatti's randy buddy in "Sideways"; Morgan Freeman as a former boxer in "Million Dollar Baby"; and James Garner as a man trying to jog his ailing wife's memories in "The Notebook."

Garner also is receiving the guild's lifetime-achievement award.

In TV categories, the late Jerry Orbach earned his first nomination for best actor in a dramatic series for "Law & Order." Orbach's death Dec. 28 likely brought a late rush of votes for him before the guild's balloting closed 10 days later.

Patricia Heaton earned three nominations, for best actress in a comedy series for "Everybody Loves Raymond," as a member of that show's overall cast, and for actress in a movie or miniseries for "Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl."

"The Sopranos" led TV shows with four nominations, for its cast, actor James Gandolfini and actresses Drea de Matteo and Edie Falco.

Awards will be presented Feb. 5 in a ceremony televised on TNT. SAG nominations are chosen by 4,200 randomly chosen members of the union. The guild's full membership of 98,000 is eligible to vote for winners.

Below are the nominees:


THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Don Cheadle / HOTEL RWANDA - Paul Rusesabagina - United Artists
Johnny Depp / FINDING NEVERLAND - Sir James Matthew Barrie - Miramax Films
Leonardo DiCaprio / THE AVIATOR - Howard Hughes - Miramax Films
Jamie Foxx / RAY - Ray Charles - Universal Pictures
Paul Giamatti / SIDEWAYS - Miles - Fox Searchlight Pictures


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Annette Bening / BEING JULIA - Julia Lambert - Sony Pictures Classics
Catalina Sandino Moreno / MARIA FULL OF GRACE - Maria - Fine Line Features
Imelda Staunton / VERA DRAKE - Vera - Fine Line Features
Hilary Swank / MILLION DOLLAR BABY - Maggie - Warner Bros.
Kate Winslet / ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND - Clementine Kruczynski - Focus Features


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Thomas Haden Church / SIDEWAYS - Jack - Fox Searchlight Pictures
Jamie Foxx / COLLATERAL - Max - DreamWorks SKG
Morgan Freeman / MILLION DOLLAR BABY - Scrap - Warner Bros.
James Garner / THE NOTEBOOK - Duke - New Line Cinema
Freddie Highmore / FINDING NEVERLAND - Peter Llewelyn Davies - Miramax Films


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Cate Blanchett / THE AVIATOR - Katharine Hepburn - Miramax Films
Cloris Leachman / SPANGLISH - Evelyn - Columbia Pictures
Laura Linney / KINSEY - Clara McMillen - Fox Searchlight Pictures
Virginia Madsen / SIDEWAYS - Maya - Fox Searchlight Pictures
Sophie Okonedo / HOTEL RWANDA - Tatiana Rusesabagina - United Artists



Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

THE AVIATOR - Miramax Films

Alan Alda - Senator Ralph Owen Brewster
Alec Baldwin - Julian Trippe
Kate Beckinsale - Ava Gardner
Cate Blanchett - Katharine Hepburn
Leonardo DiCaprio - Howard Hughes
Ian Holm - Professor Fitz
Danny Huston - Jack Frye
Jude Law - Errol Flynn
John C. Reilly - Noah Dietrich
Gwen Stefani - Jean Harlow


FINDING NEVERLAND - Miramax Films

Julie Christie - Mrs. Emma Du Maurier
Johnny Depp - Sir James Matthew Barrie
Freddie Highmore - Peter Llewelyn Davies
Dustin Hoffman - Charles Frohman
Radha Mitchell - Mary Ansell Barrie
Joe Prospero - Jack Llewelyn Davies
Nick Roud - George Llewelyn Davies
Luke Spill - Michael Llewelyn Davies
Kate Winslet - Sylvia Llewelyn Davies


HOTEL RWANDA - United Artists

Don Cheadle - Paul Rusesabagina
Nick Nolte - Colonel Oliver
Sophie Okonedo - Tatiana Rusesabagina
Joaquin Phoenix - Jack Daglish


MILLION DOLLAR BABY - Warner Bros.

Clint Eastwood - Frankie
Morgan Freeman - Scrap
Hilary Swank - Maggie


RAY - Universal Pictures

Aunjanue Ellis - Mary Ann Fisher
Jamie Foxx - Ray Charles
Terrence Dashon Howard - Gossie McGee
Regina King - Margie Hendricks
Harry Lennix - Joe Adams
Clifton Powell - Jeff Brown
Larenz Tate - Quincy Jones
Kerry Washington - Della Bea Robinson


SIDEWAYS - Fox Searchlight Pictures

Thomas Haden Church - Jack
Paul Giamatti - Miles
Virginia Madsen - Maya
Sandra Oh - Stephanie



PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Jamie Foxx / REDEMPTION - Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams - F/X
William H. Macy / THE WOOL CAP - Gigot - TNT
Barry Pepper / 3 - Dale Earnhardt - ESPN
Geoffrey Rush / THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS - Peter Sellers - HBO
Jon Voight / MITCH ALBOM’S THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN - Eddie - ABC


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Glenn Close / THE LION IN WINTER - Eleanor Of Aquitaine - Showtime
Patricia Heaton / NEIL SIMON’S THE GOODBYE GIRL - Paula McFadden - TNT
Keke Palmer / THE WOOL CAP - Lou - TNT
Hilary Swank / IRON JAWED ANGELS - Alice Paul - HBO
Charlize Theron / THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS - Britt Ekland - HBO


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Hank Azaria / HUFF - Dr. Craig “Huff” Huffstodt - Showtime
James Gandolfini / THE SOPRANOS -Tony Soprano - HBO
Anthony LaPaglia / WITHOUT A TRACE - Jack Malone - CBS
Jerry Orbach / LAW & ORDER - Detective Lennie Briscoe - NBC
Kiefer Sutherland / 24 - Jack Bauer - FOX


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Drea De Matteo / THE SOPRANOS - Adriana La Cerva - HBO
Edie Falco / THE SOPRANOS - Carmela Soprano - HBO
Jennifer Garner / ALIAS - Sydney Bristow - ABC
Allison Janney / THE WEST WING - C.J. Cregg - NBC
Christine Lahti / JACK & BOBBY - Grace McCallister - The WB


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Jason Bateman / ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT - Michael Bluth - FOX
Sean Hayes / WILL & GRACE - Jack McFarland - NBC
Ray Romano / EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND - Raymond Barone - CBS
Tony Shalhoub / MONK - Adrian Monk - USA
Charlie Sheen / TWO AND A HALF MEN - Charlie Harper - CBS


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Teri Hatcher / DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Susan Mayer - ABC
Patricia Heaton / EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND - Debra Barone - CBS
Megan Mullally / WILL & GRACE - Karen Walker - NBC
Sarah Jessica Parker / SEX AND THE CITY - Carrie Bradshaw - HBO
Doris Roberts / EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND - Marie Barone - CBS


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

24 - FOX

Reiko Aylesworth - Michelle Dessler
Carlos Bernard - Tony Almeida
Elisha Cuthbert - Kimberly Bauer
James Badge Dale - Chase Edmunds
Joaquim De Almeida - Roman Salazar
Dennis Haysbert - David Palmer
Mary Lynn Rajskub - Chloe O’Brien
Paul Schulze - Ryan Chappelle


CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION - CBS

Gary Dourdan - Warrick Brown
George Eads - Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox - Sara Sidle
Paul Guilfoyle - Jim Brass
Robert David Hall - Dr. Robbins
Marg Helgenberger - Catherine Willows
William Petersen - Gil Grissom
Eric Szmanda - Greg Sanders


SIX FEET UNDER - HBO

Lauren Ambrose - Claire Fisher
Frances Conroy - Ruth Fisher
James Cromwell - George Sibley
Idalis de Leon - Sophia
Peter Facinelli - Jimmy
Ben Foster - Russell Corwin
Sprague Grayden - Anita
Rachel Griffiths - Brenda Chenowith
Michael C. Hall - David Fisher
Peter Krause - Nate Fisher
Justina Machado - Vanessa Diaz
Freddy Rodriguez - Federico Diaz
Mathew ST Patrick - Keith Charles
Mena Suvari - Edie
Justin Theroux - Joe


THE SOPRANOS - HBO

Lorraine Bracco - Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Steve Buscemi - Tony Blundetto
Dominic Chianese - Corrado “Junior” Soprano
Vincent Curatola - Johnny “Sack” Sacramoni
Drea De Matteo - Adriana La Cerva
Jamie-Lynn Discala - Meadow Soprano
Edie Falco - Carmela Soprano
James Gandolfini - Tony Soprano
Robert Iler - Anthony Soprano, Jr.
Michael Imperioli - Christopher Moltisanti
Steven R. Schirripa - Bobby “Bacala” Baccilieri
Tony Sirico - Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri Aida Turturro - Janice Soprano
Steven Van Zandt - Silvio Dante
John Ventimiglia Artie Bucco


THE WEST WING - NBC

Stockard Channing - Dr. Abigail Bartlet
Kristin Chenoweth - Annabeth Schott
Dulé Hill - Charlie Young
Allison Janney - C.J. Cregg
Joshua Malina - Will Bailey
Mary McCormack - Kate Harper
Janel Moloney - Donna Moss
Richard Schiff - Toby Ziegler
Martin Sheen - Pres. Josiah Bartlet
John Spencer - Leo McGarry
Lily Tomlin - Debbie Fiderer
Bradley Whitford - Josh Lyman


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT - FOX

Will Arnett - George Oscar Bluth II (Gob)
Jason Bateman - Michael Bluth
Michael Cera - George-Michael Bluth
David Cross - Tobias Fünke
Portia de Rossi - Lindsay Bluth Fünke
Tony Hale - Buster Bluth
Alia Shawkat - Maeby Fünke
Jeffrey Tambor - George Bluth, Sr.
Jessica Walter - Lucille Bluth


DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - ABC

Andrea Bowen - Julie Mayer
Ricardo Antonio - Carlos Solis
Marcia Cross - Bree Van De Kamp
Steven Culp - Rex Van De Kamp
James Denton - Mike Delfino
Teri Hatcher - Susan Mayer
Felicity Huffman - Lynette Scavo
Cody Kasch - Zach Young
Eva Longoria - Gabrielle Solis
Jesse Metcalfe - John the Gardener
Mark Moses - Paul Young
Nicollette Sheridan - Edie Britt
Brenda Strong - Mary Alice Young


EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND - CBS

Peter Boyle - Frank Barone
Brad Garrett - Robert Barone
Patricia Heaton - Debra Barone
Monica Horan - Amy McDougal-Barone
Doris Roberts - Marie Barone
Ray Romano - Raymond Barone
Madylin Sweeten - Ally Barone


SEX AND THE CITY - HBO

Kim Cattrall - Samantha Jones
Kristin Davis - Charlotte York
Cynthia Nixon - Miranda Hobbes
Sarah Jessica Parker - Carrie Bradshaw


WILL & GRACE - NBC

Sean Hayes - Jack McFarland
Eric McCormack - Will Truman
Debra Messing - Grace Adler
Megan Mullally - Karen Walker


Screen Actors Guild Awards 41st Annual Life Achievement Award

James Garner



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