TeenPeople.com: The stars came out in droves for the 12th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and the after party. The SAG Awards are a favorite of Hollywood’s acting community because since categories are voted on by peers rather than the sometimes stuffy Academy members or the mysterious Foreign Press. The SAGs are also considered good indicators for the Oscars, whose nominations will be announced tomorrow.
By 8pm, the awards had been handed out (see a rundown of the winners below) but the party was just getting started next door at the People Magazine-hosted post-show gala, where A-listers settled in and relaxed. George Clooney held court at the bar, while Nick Lachey conversed with Anna Farris, and the Desperate Housewives crew mingled throughout the beautifully-decorated tent. And despite the tremendous weight of the SAG trophy (almost 15 pounds!) winners like Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Oh and Felicity Huffman carried the prize around with pride, while Lost’s pint-sized Malcolm David Kelley struggled to hold on to his.
But the biggest buzz of the night came from the unexpected arrival of Britney Spears (with husband Kevin Federline and brother Bryan in tow) towards the party’s end. The eight-member posse lounged in a corner booth guarded by a wall of bodyguards while Britney and Kevin cutely nuzzled to themselves. Britney was feeling the music, all right, nodding her head along to songs by Prince, Gwen Stefani, and even her ex, Justin Timberlake. But it was the Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha” which got Britney off her seat and onto the dance floor (Kevin in hand), followed by her pal Madonna’s first hit, “Holiday.” Britney’s certainly got her groove back, but still made it an early night, leaving at 11:30. Awards season may be in full swing, but mommy duty beckons.
SAG AWARD WINNERS
Among the major categories, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was named Best Actor in a Drama for his role in Capote, while Reese Witherspoon took the honor for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. In addition to thanking her husband, Ryan Phillipe, who watched adoringly from the table below, Witherspoon also paid homage to Cash in her acceptance speech, calling her “an incredible woman” and an “inspiration.” For Best Cast Ensemble in a Drama, Crash — which included Ludacris, Sandra Bullock and Matt Dillon — beat Brokeback Mountain in what many are calling an upset. In fact, all of Brokeback’s main players — Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams — were shut out of their respective categories. Rounding out the film awards, Rachel Weisz won for Best Supporting Actress in The Constant Gardner, while Paul Giamatti took the male title for Cinderalla Man.
On the TV side, Sandra Oh was named Best Actress for Grey’s Anatomy and barely kept it together on her way up to the stage, while favorite Keifer Sutherland, of 24 fame, took the Best Actor prize. For comedic performances, Desperate Housewives scored two big wins, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Actress for Felicity Huffman who remarked, “I love actors. I married one. OK, I married a fantastic one.” The hilarious Sean Hayes, who flubbed his lines earlier presenting with Eva Longoria, won for Will & Grace and took the opportunity to jokingly thank Brokeback director Ang Lee, “for taking a chance on me.” But the prize for oddest acceptance speech no doubt goes to Lost’s Terry O’Quinn, speaking on behalf of the cast who had won for Best Ensemble in a Drama, he said, “this is the saddest collection of climbing, grasping, paranoid, back-stabbing, screen-grabbing losers and schmoozers that you ever saw on your stage in your life. But we love each other very much.”