It was déjá vu all over again for the big winners at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night — and for the cast of “Brokeback Mountain,” which was shut out after failing to score any acting trophies at the Golden Globes earlier this month.
Reese Witherspoon took another trip to the podium for an Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role award for her work as June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line,” and Philip Seymour Hoffman bagged an Actor trophy for his portrayal of author Truman Capote in “Capote.”
“Oh my God, y’all. Sometimes I can’t just shake the feeling that I’m just a little girl from Tennessee,” Witherspoon said while accepting the award (this time without a hearty smack on the back from husband Ryan Phillippe). “I want to say my biggest inspiration for this movie obviously was June Carter. She was an incredible woman.”
Like many of the speeches at the ceremony, Hoffman’s was filled with praise and thanks for his fellow actors.
“It’s important to say that actors can’t act alone; it’s impossible. What we have to do is support each other,” Hoffman said. “Actors have to have each others’ backs. The only way to act well is when you know the other actor has your back. And these actors had my back, and I hope they know I had theirs.”
The ensemble that starred in the critically acclaimed drama “Crash” beat out the actors in “Brokeback Mountain” for the overall cast award.
“We believe that it really celebrates the definition of what an ensemble is all about. I mean there’s 74 of us,” “Crash” co-star Don Cheadle said of the film’s huge cast.
Rachel Weisz equaled her Globes feat with another supporting actress win for “The Constant Gardener” (see “‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Walk The Line’ Win Big At Golden Globes”
). Paul Giamatti won the supporting actor statue for his role as manager Joe Gould in the boxing flick “Cinderella Man.”
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Though she lost out to Witherspoon in the best actress category for her role as a conflicted man on the verge of gender-reassignment surgery in “Transamerica,” Felicity Huffman won an award for best actress in a TV comedy for “Desperate Housewives,” which also took home the best comedy ensemble nod.
Huffman was typically breathless during her acceptance speech and, as always, full of praise for her husband, actor William H. Macy. “I love actors. I married one. OK, I married a fantastic one,” Huffman said. “But even more than acting, I love the community of actors. I love the green room. I love the hair and makeup trailer. … I’m so happy I can make a living at it, because I was never very good at math.”
Sandra Oh matched her Globe win with another best actress in a TV drama statue for her work in “Grey’s Anatomy” and Kiefer Sutherland won for his role in “24.”
The cast of the plane-crash phenomenon “Lost” won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Co-star Terry O’Quinn, who plays the mysterious John Locke, spoke for the group when he said, “A friend of mine always says if you don’t have something nice to say about someone, let’s hear it. So about our cast, I’d like to say that this is the saddest collection of climbing, grasping, paranoid, backstabbing, screen-grabbing losers and schmoozers that you ever saw on your stage in your life. But we love each other very much.”
Though it was shut out, “Brokeback” did get a shout out from “Will & Grace” actor Sean Hayes during his acceptance speech for best actor in a TV comedy for his role as the flamboyant Jack McFarland. “First of all, I would like to thank Ang Lee for taking a chance on me,” said Hayes, who elicited a chuckle from Lee for his sly jab about the cowboy love story. “I know everyone in Hollywood knows it’s such a risk to play a gay character.”
Complete list of Screen Actors Guild Awards winners:
- Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote”
- Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line”
- Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Paul Giamatti, “Cinderella Man”
- Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Rachel Weisz, “The Constant Gardener”
- Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: “Crash”
- Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Paul Newman, “Empire Falls”
- Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: S. Epatha Merkerson, “Lackawanna Blues”
- Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Kiefer Sutherland, “24″
- Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy”
- Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”
- Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives”
- Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: “Lost”
- Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: “Desperate Housewives”
- 42nd Annual Life Achievement Award: Shirley Temple Black
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