The U.S. actors' union Screen Actors Guild held its annual awards show
Sunday, despite a labor dispute that has left members without a
contract since July 2008.
The movie Slumdog Millionaire, set
in Mumbai, India, with a roster of actors mostly unknown to U.S.
audiences, won one of the top awards, for Outstanding Performance by a
Cast in a Motion Picture.
Other films in the running were The
Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, Doubt starring Meryl Streep, Frost/Nixon, and Milk starring Sean
Penn won the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a
Male Actor in A Leading Role for Milk while actress Meryl Streep won
the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading
Role for Doubt.
Australian actor Heath Ledger won a
posthumous award for his supporting role as The Joker in The Dark
Knight, and British actress Kate Winslet took home the award for
Oustanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for The
SAG members last year rejected a final offer for a new
contract by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers,
partly because the contract did not offer actors more money for DVD
sales. The contract for the Screen Actors' Guild expired June 30.