The 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Winners

Last night marked the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards at the Shrine Exposition Center. Many see the SAG awards as indicative of who the Oscar winners will be. If that's the case, then last night's awards portend an interesting evening on Febraury 22nd. You'll find a list of last night's winners after the jump, but first a few quick notes:

  • As expected, the SAG for Best Supporting Actor went to Heath Ledger for his performance in The Dark Knight
  • Prior to last night, The Dark Knight was given the SAG award for "Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble." This means that TDK actually took home two awards total.
  • Kate Winslet was nominated for both Best Actress (Revolutionary Road) and Best Supporting Actress (The Reader), but only took home an award for the latter.
  • For his amazing performance in Milk, Sean Penn beat out Mickey Rourke for the Best Actor statue. I think either one of them deserved to win this one, and it'll basically be a coin toss come Oscar night.
  • Meryl Streep won a much-deserved Best Actress SAG Award although I was honestly hoping that Anne Hathaway would beat her out, after Hathaway lost to Winslet at the Globes. Nonetheless, Streep's performance in Doubt is one of 2008's bravest, and a marvel to behold.
  • Most significantly, Slumdog Millionaire won the "Outstanding Performance by a Cast" award, making it a favorite for Best Picture come Oscar night.

The nominees and winners in the film categories were as follows:

Outstanding Actress In A Supporting Role

Amy Adams – Doubt

Kate Winslet – The Reader

Viola Davis – Doubt

Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

WINNER: Kate WinsletThe Reader

Outstanding Actor In A Supporting Role

Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt

Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire

Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder

Josh Brolin – Milk

WINNER: Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

Outstanding Actress In A Lead Role

Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road

Angelina Jolie – Changeling

Melissa Leo – Frozen River

Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married

Meryl Streep – Doubt

WINNER: Meryl Streep – Doubt

Outstanding Actor In A Lead Role

Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Sean Penn – Milk

Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon

Richard Jenkins – The Visitor

WINNER: Sean Penn – Milk

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Doubt

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Slumdog Millionaire

Frost/Nixon

Milk

WINNER: Slumdog Millioniare

Discuss: What do you think of the winners?