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PGA And SAG Love Slumdog
Millionaire lands more love this weekend

26 January 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Slumdog Millionaire, the little film that could, is building up some serious momentum as awards season rolls inevitably on towards the Oscars. This weekend it landed both the Producers Guild of America award for Producer of the Year and the Screen Actors Guild award for Best Ensemble (Film).

The PGA awards used to be seen as a serious harbinger of Oscar success, but in the last four years the PGA and Academy have agreed on Best Film only once, so Slumdog's producers must be hoping that the two are coming back into step. Wall-E took Best Animated film at the awards, with Man on Wire taking Best Documentary - both are their respective categories at this point. In TV, Mad Men, John Adams and 30 Rock were the big fiction winners.

At the SAG awards last night Slumdog won Best Ensemble Cast, the biggest prize of the night. Again, it's not a wholly reliable Oscar indicator: the same film has only taken this and Best Picture six times in the last 13 years. Still, it's a promising start.


The Dark Knight picked up two awards, Best Supporting Actor for Heath Ledger and Best Stunt Ensemble, while Kate Winslet landed another Best Supporting Actress award for The Reader. Perennial favourites Meryl Streep (for Doubt) and Sean Penn (for Milk) took Best Actress and Actor respectively, something of a surprise given the previous successes of Kate Winslet and Mickey Rourke in those categories.

In the TV categories, John Adams, 30 Rock and Mad Men were again the big winners, with other awards for Brothers & Sisters (Sally Field took Best Actress in a Drama Series), House (Hugh Laurie got Best Actor in a Drama Series) and Heroes (Best Stunt Ensemble).

The Academy Awards are now less than a month away, so get your pundit hat on and start figuring out what it all means below...


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I wonder if American's think we all sound like Kate Winslet - posh??? When I went to NYC they thought I was from anywhere by England, just cos I don't sound like Kate, Hugh etc! Congrats to her all the same, lets hope she doesn't get overlooked at the Oscars again!! That would suck for her! More

Posted by Laura T at 14:06 on 29 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: how fucking boring
L: adambatman82 L: Hughezy L: adambatman82 L: Hughezy seriously, i DARE an awards commity to get some balls ow so? by giving an unworthy winner the top prize? bloody dark knight fans, theyre the new daily mail readers... couldn't give 2 shits about Dark Knight, i just can't stand how it's always the same fucking films that get nominated. it's so boring. ut surely the same films are nominated and win simply because they are the best in their field? slum More

Posted by Hughezy at 14:29 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: how fucking boring
L: Hughezy L: adambatman82 L: Hughezy seriously, i DARE an awards commity to get some balls ow so? by giving an unworthy winner the top prize? bloody dark knight fans, theyre the new daily mail readers... couldn't give 2 shits about Dark Knight, i just can't stand how it's always the same fucking films that get nominated. it's so boring. ut surely the same films are nominated and win simply because they are the best in their field? slumdog millionaire is a grea More

Posted by adambatman82 at 13:17 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

MICKEY ROURKE IS GOING TO WRESTLEMAINIA 25.... WHAT?!
did anyone seem that interview he gave on E!? it seemed to back up the rumours that he's actually GOING to wrestle!!!! this is a BAD idea Mick, DO NOT do it. More

Posted by Hughezy at 12:45 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: how fucking boring
L: adambatman82 L: Hughezy seriously, i DARE an awards commity to get some balls ow so? by giving an unworthy winner the top prize? bloody dark knight fans, theyre the new daily mail readers... couldn't give 2 shits about Dark Knight, i just can't stand how it's always the same fucking films that get nominated. it's so boring. More

Posted by Hughezy at 12:43 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: how fucking boring
L: Hughezy seriously, i DARE an awards commity to get some balls ow so? by giving an unworthy winner the top prize? bloody dark knight fans, theyre the new daily mail readers... More

Posted by adambatman82 at 12:04 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

how fucking boring
seriously, i DARE an awards commity to get some balls More

Posted by Hughezy at 10:44 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

Predictions
Slumdog-Best film Danny Boyle- Director Heath Ledger- Best Supporting Actor Mickey Rourke- Best Actor Kate Winslet- Best Actress Amy Adams- Best Supporting Actress No real surprises, the Oscars aren't ones to play off script More

Posted by Calsterman at 09:24 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

Hopefully come oscar time the academy will see sense and give Rouke his deserved oscar.slumdog will rule the rest while and non big shock of the night will be Ledger's reward for what has to be the best performance in that catergory More

Posted by dvddave at 08:53 on 26 January 2009 | Report This Post

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