Streep, Penn, Ledger, Linney, Winslet and Baldwin Among SAG Award Winners

News   Streep, Penn, Ledger, Linney, Winslet and Baldwin Among SAG Award Winners The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, the only industry accolades devoted solely to actors honoring actors, were presented Jan. 25 at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.
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Meryl Streep in "Doubt" Photo by Andrew Schwartz/Miramax Film Corp.

TNT and TBS broadcast the ceremony live.

Tina Fey's Emmy-winning "30 Rock" kicked off the evening winning three awards: for actress Fey (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series), actor Alec Baldwin (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series) and one for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Laura Linney, recently on Broadway in the revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, won the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries award for her performance as Abigail Adams in the HBO Films miniseries, "John Adams." Her co-star in the HBO presentation, Paul Giamatti, also received a SAG Award for his work in the miniseries' title role.

Heath Ledger was posthumously honored for his portrayal of The Joker in "The Dark Knight" with the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role award. The Batman motion picture was Ledger's final film performance.

Academy Award winner Meryl Streep won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance as Sister Aloysius Beauvier in "Doubt," the screen adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. Sean Penn was awarded the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role prize for his performance as the late Harvey Milk in "Milk." Tony Award winner James Earl Jones, most recently on Broadway in the revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, was honored with the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award during the telecast. The award is given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession."

Presenters for the ceremony included Emily Blunt, Claire Danes, Ralph Fiennes, Katie Holmes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Marisa Tomei, Christina Applegate, Ernest Borgnine, Taye Diggs, Jon Hamm, Anthony Hopkins, John Krasinski, Eric McCormack, Amy Poehler, Susan Sarandon, Kyra Sedgwick, William Shatner and Forest Whitaker.

Winners of the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards follow (winners names are in bold preceded by an asterisk):

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
"Doubt" (Miramax)
"Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures)
"Milk" (Focus Features)
*"Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Richard Jenkins as Walter Vale - "The Visitor" (Overture Films)
Frank Langella as Richard Nixon - "Frost/Nixon" (Universal Pictures)
*Sean Penn as Harvey Milk - "Milk" (Focus Features)
Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"(Paramount Pictures)
Mickey Rourke as Randy - "The Wrestler" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Anne Hathaway as Kym - "Rachel Getting Married" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins - "Changeling" (Universal Pictures)
Melissa Leo as Ray Eddy - "Frozen River" (Sony Pictures Classics)
*Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius Beauvier - "Doubt" (Miramax Films)
Kate Winslet as April Wheeler - "Revolutionary Road" (Paramount Vantage)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Josh Brolin as Dan White - "Milk" (Focus Features)
Robert Downey, Jr. as Kirk Lazarus - "Tropic Thunder" (Paramount Pictures)
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Father Brendan Flynn - "Doubt" (Miramax Films)
*Heath Ledger as Joker - "The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Dev Patel as Older Jamal - "Slumdog Millionaire" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Ralph Fiennes / Bernard Lafferty - "Bernard and Doris" (HBO)
*Paul Giamatti / John Adams - "John Adams" (HBO)
Kevin Spacey / Ron Klain - "Recount" (HBO)
Kiefer Sutherland / Jack Bauer - "24: Redemption" (FOX)
Tom Wilkinson / Benjamin Franklin - "John Adams" (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laura Dern / Katherine Harris - "Recount" (HBO)
*Laura Linney / Abigail Adams - "John Adams" (HBO)
Shirley MacLaine / Coco Chanel - "Coco Chanel" (Lifetime)
Phylicia Rashad / Lena Younger - "A Raisin in the Sun" (ABC)
Susan Sarandon / Doris Duke - "Bernard and Doris" (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
"Boston Legal" (ABC)
"Dexter" (Showtime)
"House" (Fox)
*"Mad Men" (AMC)
"The Closer" (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
*Sally Field / Nora Walker - "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC)
Mariska Hargitay / Det. Olivia Benson - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unity" (NBC)
Holly Hunter / Grace Hanadarko - "Saving Grace" (TNT)
Elisabeth Moss / Peggy Olson - "Mad Men" (AMC)
Kyra Sedgwick / Dep. Chief Brenda Johnson - "The Closer" (TNT)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Michael C. Hall / Dexter Morgan - "Dexter" (Showtime)
Jon Hamm / Don Draper - "Mad Men" (AMC)
*Hugh Laurie / Gregory House - "House" (FOX)
William Shatner / Denny Crane - "Boston Legal" (ABC)
James Spader / Alan Shore - "Boston Legal" (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams as Sister James - "Doubt" (Miramax Flms)
Penelope Cruz as Maria Elena - "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (The Weinstein Company)
Viola Davis as Mrs. Miller - "Doubt" (Miramax Films)
Taraji P. Henson as Queenie - "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Paramount Pictures)
*Kate Winslet as Hanna Schmitz - "The Reader" (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
*"30 Rock" (NBC)
"Desperate Housewives" (ABC)
"Entourage" (HBO)
"The Office" (NBC)
"Weeds" (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
*Alec Baldwin / Jack Donaghy - "30 Rock"(NBC)
Steve Carell / Michael Scott - "The Office" (NBC)
David Duchovny / Hank Moody - "Californication" (Showtime)
Jeremy Piven / Ari Gold - "Entourage" (HBO)
Tony Shalhoub / Adrian Monk - "Monk" (USA)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate / Samantha Newly - "Samantha Who?" (ABC)
America Ferrera/ Betty Suarez - "Ugly Betty" (ABC)
*Tina Fey / Liz Lemon - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Mary-Louise Parker / Nancy Botwin - "Weeds" (Showtime)
Tracey Ullman / Various Characters - "Tracey Ullman's State of the Union" (Showtime)

Awards announced during the pre-show webcasts on TNT.TV and TBS.COM

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
*"The Dark Knight" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" (Universal Pictures)
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (Paramount Pictures)
"Iron Man" (Paramount Pictures)
"Wanted" (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
"Friday Night Lights" (NBC)
*"Heroes" (NBC)
"Prison Break" (FOX)
"The Unit" (CBS)
"The Closer" (TNT)

Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. For more information visit www.sag.org.