By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 26, 2009 at 2:19AM
The inexorable Slumdog Millionaire march to the Oscars continues with a best ensemble prize at Sunday night's SAG awards.
Lessons learned: Sean Penn reclaims momentum from Mickey Rourke's Golden Globe award. Winslet couldn't score twice again, so she settled for supporting actress for The Reader--and kept herself under more control this time. Respected older actress Meryl Streep grabbed a statuette instead, but I suspect it will be Winslet who will take the stage on Oscar night Feb.22 not only for The Reader, but for Revolutionary Road. (She has never won.) Heath Ledger will probably win the supporting actor Oscar. And with no Winslet to compete with, the supporting actress race is close between Penelope Cruz and Viola Davis."Somebody give her a movie!" cried Streep.
UPDATE: There was a hum of tension in the room when SAG leader Alan Rosenberg took the stage; subtle references were made during the ceremony: Sally Field cited the role of actors during tough times, while Tiny Fey joked that her daughter would later watch 30 Rock on the Internet and say,"What do you mean, you don't get residuals for this?" Here's the LAT on the ongoing internal struggles at SAG, whose members continue to work under the terms of an expired contract with the studios. Cynthia Littleton reports from the red carpet and backstage at Sunday's SAG event.
[Originally appeared on Variety.com]