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2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES, March 12, 2000 — The Sixth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night had no arrivals line, but more like a stampede. Stars created such a traffic jam on the red carpet that even the nominees were beginning to wonder: What am I doing here?

“This morning I was thinking ‘Oh my gosh, I have to go to the SAG awards tonight’ [and] I’m so exhausted,” said Patricia Heaton, whose “Everybody Loves Raymond” was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. “I wanted to stay home.”

“It’s so tiring,” “Ally McBeal’s” Jane Krakowski said in mock dread. “Another glamorous dress, another day getting hair and makeup done. It’s really a bore.”

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But for the all-important ceremony in which actors honor actors, there was nothing but love outside the Shrine Auditorium, where “The Green Mile’s” Gary Sinise eagerly congratulated “Sixth Sense” nominee Haley Joel Osment.

“He was little Forrest. … We met on the set of ‘Forrest Gump,'” Sinise said proudly.

Last year’s Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role winner Roberto Benigni (“Life is Beautiful”) was more than happy to return as a presenter.

“When they called me to come here, I go immediately, I was just swimming,” Benigni said with his trademark enthusiasm. “Because they were so generous with me, I have to give back.”

The evening’s nominees, including “The Green Mile’s” Michael Clarke Duncan and double nominee Julianne Moore, were touched by the recognition given by other actors.

“It’s so flattering, honestly, to get a nomination from your peers,” Moore, a leading actress contender for “The End of the Affair” and a supporting actress nominee for “Magnolia,” said. “It’s the best. As an actor, all you want is for your other actors to work with you.”

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Peter Gallagher, whose memorable bedroom scene with Annette Bening crowned him the “king” of “American Beauty,” said, “Having been a part of this once where you can really be proud of the story you’re telling and have it told well, and for the world to embrace it in this way, it’s just one of those rare, rare, rare things.”

But for nominee Helen Mirren (“The Passion of Ayn Rand”), the rare thing is just to be recognized.

“I’m always walking in just in front of Tom Cruise,” Mirren sighed amid roars from the crowd. “So everyone is screaming around me, and no one is looking at me.”

Here’s a list of the winners:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture: “American Beauty”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Kevin Spacey, “American Beauty”

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Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Annette Bening, “American Beauty”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael Caine, “The Cider House Rules”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Angelina Jolie, “Girl, Interrupted”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Jack Lemmon, “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays With Morrie”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Halle Berry, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: “The Sopranos”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: “Frasier”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: James Gandolfini, “The Sopranos”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Edie Falco, “The Sopranos”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Michael J. Fox, “Spin City”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Lisa Kudrow, “Friends”

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