Date: 23rd February 2004

Depp and Theron top Screen Actors Guild Awards

Johnny Depp was a surprise lead actor winner at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles for Pirates of the Caribbean.

Depp, who did not attend the awards, won for his role as jittery buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow in the summer blockbuster, beating Sean Penn, who had been considered the favourite for Mystic River.

Charlize Theron took the best actress honour for the serial-killer drama Monster.

Theron won for her portrayal of executed murderer Aileen Wuornos, a role for which the actress gained 30lbs and obscured her cover-girl beauty behind false teeth, dark contact lenses and a splotchy complexion.

"I'm so honoured and proud to be an actor, 'cause God knows, I don't know what else to do," said Theron.

The supporting acting awards went to Tim Robbins for Mystic River and Renée Zellweger for British director Anthony Minghella's American civil war saga, Cold Mountain.

The ensemble acting award, the guild's equivalent of a best-picture prize, went to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the front-runner to win the top honour at next Sunday's Oscars.

Among the guild's TV awards, Sex and the City won for comedy-acting ensemble on the same night the series ended its six-year run.

"You guys have been incredibly generous to us over the course of the show," said co-star Kristin Davis, who accepted the award with cast mates Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon. "And so many of you have come to act with us. We've had more good-looking men on our show. We will all miss you so much."

Other comedy TV honours went to Megan Mullally for Will & Grace and Tony Shalhoub for Monk.

Kiefer Sutherland of 24 and Frances Conroy of Six Feet Under won for best dramatic actor and actress. Six Feet Under also was honoured for best acting ensemble in a drama.

Angels in America earned Meryl Streep and Al Pacino the acting awards for a TV movie or miniseries.

Source: Press Release



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