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With Russell Crowe voted best by his peers, America’s Screen Actors Guild confers its honours just two weeks before the Oscars, and in what some may see as an unusual display, a few of this year’s winners showed they can talk – even without a script.

Helen Mirren: Oh, my god! [laughter] [looking at the award] Isn’t he sweet? I wondered when I was down there if he had any pants on. [laughter] He doesn’t! [laughs] Oh, god, you know, in the medieval Britain, actors were called rogues and vagabonds. And we are all actually rogues and vagabonds—no matter how we look tonight—under the skin. In Gosford Park, you know, there were no trailers, there were no trainers, there were no assistants, there were no special hair and make-up people. There was just a group of rogues and vagabonds with a brilliant director, Bob Altman--[applause]--with a wonderful script by Julian Fellowes. And we just all got down to it.

Russell Crowe: You know, I’m a storyteller. We are storytellers. And ours is an ancient tradition, contemporized by the cinema and the capturing of light. And we should all be very proud of our place in society. On any given night, millions of people across the world buy a ticket for adventures that only we as storytellers can provide. We release burdens, we galvanize emotions, we make people laugh, we make people talk over breakfast.

Sir Ian McKellen: [on acting]. . . think of the word “Good morning.” First thing you say, “Good morning,” that’s to the person you wake up next to. Little bit later in the day, you’re on the phone, “Good Morning” --agent, of course. [laughter] And then if you’re lucky, you might actually meet a casting director (fawning on knees) “Good Morning.” [laughter] This human ability to fit into a variety of situations at home, at work, at play, that’s the basis of professional acting – only doing what comes naturally to everyone.

8th Annual SAG Awards –The Winners

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Russell Crowe – A Beautiful Mind WINNER
Kevin Kline – Life As A House
Sean Penn – I Am Sam
Denzel Washington – Training Day
Tom Wilkinson – In the Bedroom

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Halle Berry – Monster’s Ball WINNER
Jennifer Connelly – A Beautiful Mind
Judi Dench – Iris
Sissy Spacek – In the Bedroom
Renee Zellwegger – Bridget Jones’s Diary

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jim Broadbent – Iris
Hayden Christensen – Life As A House
Ethan Hawke – Training Day
Ben Kingsley – Sexy Beast
Ian McKellen – Lord of the Rings WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Cate Blanchett – Bandits
Judi Dench – The Shipping News
Cameron Diaz – Vanilla Sky
Dakota Fanning – I Am Sam
Helen Mirren – Gosford Park WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture
A Beautiful Mind
Gosford Park WINNER
In The Bedroom
Lord of the Rings
Moulin Rouge

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Halle Berry & Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe - A Beautiful Mind

Halle Berry - Monster's Ball

Ian McKellen - Lord of the Rings

Helen Mirren - Gosford Park

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are unique in the size of its voting body. Two randomly selected panels of 2,100 SAG members from across the United States select the nominees for television and motion pictures. The final ballot then goes out to the entire active membership of the Guild, approximately 98,000 members, who select the outstanding performances of the year. The Screen Actors Guild Awards benefits the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

Published March 12, 2002

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