Jamie Foxx was named best lead male movie actor for his portrayal of the late R&B legend Ray Charles in "Ray," and Hilary Swank won best female lead actor for playing a scrappy boxer in "Million Dollar Baby" on Saturday night at the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Foxx and Swank both won acting awards three weeks ago at the Golden Globes, and both are nominated for Oscars. It remains to be seen whether the SAG awards will live up to their reputation as a prognosticator of the Academy Awards.
Of the past 20 winners in the leading actor categories, 13 have gone on to win the Oscar. Last year, three SAG winners went on to receive the Academy Award: Charlize Theron, best actress for "Monster"; Tim Robbins, best supporting actor for "Mystic River"; and Renee Zellweger, best supporting actress for "Cold Mountain."
Oscar nominee Cate Blanchett received the award for best female actor in a supporting role for her portrayal of a young Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator." Morgan Freeman received best male actor in a supporting role as a grizzled boxing veteran in "Million Dollar Baby."
In the television categories, the late Jerry Orbach, who died of prostate cancer in December, won best male actor in a drama series for NBC's "Law & Order." Jennifer Garner won in the female category as the sexy spy in ABC's "Alias." Glenn Close was named best female actor in a TV movie or miniseries for her performance as Eleanor of Aquitaine in Showtime's "The Lion in Winter."
Geoffrey Rush was named best male TV actor for his portrayal of the late comic legend Peter Sellers in HBO's "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers." Close and Rush also won Golden Globes for their performances.
The two-hour ceremony was held at the Shrine Exposition Hall and telecast on cable's TNT. Two randomly selected panels, totaling 4,200 SAG members, chose the nominees. SAG's entire active membership of about 98,000 members then voted for the winners.