Sunday, January 25, 2009

Supporting. No, leading. No, supporting.

Can't these folks make up their minds? Sunday night the Screen Actors Guild presented Kate Winslet with its award for best supporting actress for her work in "The Reader." Oscar has nominated Winslet in the best-actress category for her work in the very same movie. The Golden Globes? The Hollywood Foreign Press Association thought Winslet deserved an award for being the best supporting actress. The movie: "The Reader." They also gave Winslet a Golden Globe as best actress for her work in "Revolutionary Road."

It's difficult think of Winslet's performance in "The Reader" -- she played Hanna Schmitz, a former Nazi concentration camp guard -- as a supporting role because the entire movie hinges on her character.

Here's the thing, though. If the SAG awards are any kind of barometer, none of this category confusion may matter. Meryl Streep won a surprise best-actress victory for her portrayal of the stern principal of a Catholic School in "Doubt,'' beating Winslet, nominated in this category for "Revolutionary Road," as well as Anne Hathaway ("Rachel's Getting Married'); Angelina Jolie ("The Changeling") and Melissa Leo ("Frozen River"). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated Winselt only in the best-actress category for her work in "The Reader." I don't know about you, but I'm already sick of awards and we still have four-weeks until Oscar reveals its secrets on Feb. 22.

See Variety for a list of all SAG winners.

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