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Screen Actors Guild Awards: Slumdog, Streep, Penn, Winslet, Ledger

Photo of Anne Thompson 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.


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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.