Oscar 2008: Screen Actors Guild Awards to Streep, Penn, Slumdog Millionaire

Jan. 25, 2009–Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2008 at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® was simulcast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m., ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT and 6 p.m. MT

The honorees were selected by the approximately 100,000 active members of the Screen Actors Guild nationwide.

Forest Whitaker presented James Earl Jones with Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the 45th Annual Life Achievement Award, following a filmed tribute.
Honored with individual awards were Heath Ledger, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet for performances in motion pictures and Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Hugh Laurie and Laura Linney for performances in television. Screen Actors Guild originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television comedy and drama ensembles. The Actor® for a motion picture cast performance went this year to “Slumdog Millionaire”, while the Actors® for television comedy and drama ensemble performances went this year to “30 Rock” and “Mad Men”. Screen Actors Guild’s honors for outstanding performances by a stunt ensemble in film and television were awarded to “The Dark Knight” and “Heroes”.

Evan Rachel Wood introduced a filmed salute to performances that were ‘Trailblazers’ either in their casting or subject matter.

PEOPLE magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) hosted the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala for 13th year. This exclusive event honors the philanthropic causes and good works of the members of the Screen Actors Guild. The gala, benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, immediately followed the SAG Awards on the back lot of the Shrine Exposition Center.

The 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards is a presentation of Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director.  Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and Yale Summers are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Stephen Pouliot is the writer.  Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.

The complete list of recipients of the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® follows.
Next year’s 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 on TNT and TBS from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

NOTE TO MEDIA: A downloadable version of this announcement is available to you online at www. sagawards.org.

15th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® RECIPIENTS

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

SEAN PENN            Harvey Milk        “MILK”               Focus Features

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

MERYL STREEP            Sister Aloysius Beauvier    “DOUBT”                Miramax Films

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

HEATH LEDGER            Joker            “THE DARK KNIGHT”       Warner Bros. Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

KATE WINSLET            Hanna Schmitz        “THE READER”            The Weinstein Company

Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Motion Picture

“SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE”        Fox Searchlight Pictures

RUBINA ALI            Youngest Latika
TANAY HEMANT CHHEDA        Middle Jamal
ASHUTOSH LOBO GAJIWALA    Middle Salim
AZHARUDDIN MOHAMMED    ISMAIL     Youngest Salim
ANIL KAPOOR            Prem
IRRFAN KHAN            Police Inspector
AYUSH MAHESH KHEDEKAR    Youngest Jamal
TANVI GANESH LONKAR        Middle Latika
MADHUR MITTAL            Oldest Salim
DEV PATEL            Older Jamal
FREIDA PINTO            Older Latika


PRIMETIME TELEVISION

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

PAUL GIAMATTI            John Adams        “JOHN ADAMS”            HBO

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

LAURA LINNEY            Abigail Adams        “JOHN ADAMS”            HBO

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

HUGH LAURIE            Gregory House        “HOUSE”                FOX

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

SALLY FIELD            Nora Walker        “BROTHERS & SISTERS”        ABC

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

ALEC BALDWIN            Jack Donaghy        “30 ROCK”                NBC

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

TINA FEY            Liz Lemon        “30 ROCK”                NBC

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“MAD MEN “               AMC

BRYAN BATT            Salvatore Romano
ALISON BRIE            Trudy Campbell
MICHAEL GLADIS            Paul Kinsey
JON HAMM            Don Draper
CHRISTINA HENDRICKS        Joan Holloway
JANUARY JONES            Betty Draper
VINCENT KARTHEISER        Pete Campbell
MARK MOSES            Herman “Duck” Phillips
ELISABETH MOSS            Peggy Olson
JOHN SLATTERY            Roger Sterling
RICH SOMMER            Harry Crane
AARON STATON            Ken Cosgrove

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

“30 ROCK”                NBC

SCOTT ADSIT            Pete Hornberger
ALEC BALDWIN            Jack Donaghy
KATRINA BOWDEN        Cerie
TINA FEY            Liz Lemon
JUDAH FRIEDLANDER        Frank Rossitano
JANE KRAKOWSKI        Jenna Maroney
JACK McBRAYER            Kenneth Parcell
TRACY MORGAN            Tracy Jordan
MAULIK PANCHOLY        Jonathan
KEITH POWELL            Toofer

SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“THE DARK KNIGHT” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

WADE ALLEN

RICK AVERY
DEAN BAILEY
RICHARD BURDEN
FRANK CALZAVARA
MARK CHADWICK
BRIAN CHRISTENSEN
GEORGE COTTLE
TOBIASZ DASKIEWICZ
JUSTO DIEGUEZ
MARIE FINK
JEAN-PIERRE GOY
MARK HARPER
ADAM HART
JAMES HEISNER
SY HOLLANDS
TERRY JACKSON
PAUL JENNINGS
LUKE KEARNEY
MATT LeFEVOUR
RICK LeFEVOUR
TOM LOWELL
TONY LUCKEN
DANIEL MALDONADO
JON MALDONADO
JAMES MAMMOSER
KEVIN MATHEWS
TOM McCOMAS
TIM McHENRY
NATALIE M. MEYER
RICK MILLER
MARK MOTTRAM
CHRIS NOLTE
ANDY NORMAN
CARL PAOLI
LINDA PERLIN
BRIAN PETERS
SCOTT PHILYAW
BUSTER REEVES
KEN REMER
RICHARD RYAN
JEFF SHANNON
KEVIN SORENSEN
JODI STARNES
TOM STRUTHERS
TODD ROGERS TERRY
JIM WILKEY
RICH WILKIE

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

“HEROES” (NBC)

ROBERT ALONZO
HEATHER ARTHUR
ALLISON CAETANO
CHRIS CARNEL
DANE FARWELL
TIM GILBERT
TROY GILBERT
RYAN JAMES HAPPY
CHRIS HOWELL
HORACE KNIGHT
WILL LEONG
JIM LEWIS
RICK MARCUS
AUSTIN PRIESTER
SIMON RHEE
MARK RICCARDI
PAT ROMANO
SPIKE SILVER
LEE SMITH
ERIK STABENAU
NANCY THURSTON
XUYEN “SAMMY” VALDIVIA
MARK WAGNER
MARCUS YOUNG