The two frontrunners for the Best Actor Oscar were trounced at Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, a closely watched barometer whose lead performance winners have gone on to Oscar gold 10 out of 12 times. The culprit? Benicio Del Toro, who took the lead actor trophy for “Traffic” regardless of his supporting role Oscar nod.
“This is freaky,” the shaken Roberts said at the podium. “If this was a prom, this would be, like, the best school ever to go to.” She added, “Now I really feel so much better about my level of talent than I did this afternoon.”
NBC’s “The West Wing” continued to steamroll the competition by taking honors for best ensemble cast in a drama, while stars Allison Janney and Martin Sheen won trophies for female and male actor in a drama, respectively. The network’s “Will & Grace” was awarded for best ensemble comedy series.
Here are the winners: FILM Outstanding Performance by a Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture: “Traffic”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: “Will & Grace”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Martin Sheen, “The West Wing”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Allison Janney, “The West Wing”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Robert Downey Jr., “Ally McBeal”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Brian Dennehy, “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Vanessa Redgrave, “If These Walls Could Talk 2” Plus check out our schedule of upcoming awards shows.