Slumdog Takes Top PGA, SAG Honors

“Slumdog Millionaire” now looks the favorite for the Best Picture Oscar next month as the Mumbai-set Danny Boyle-directed flick scored the biggest awards at the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild awards over the weekend.

The PGA voted the film best picture while SAG awarded it for best ensemble.

Also at the Producers Guild Awards “Wall-E” and “Man on Wire” took best animated film and best documentary respectively. On the TV front their awards went to drama series “Mad Men”, comedy “30 Rock” and mini-series “John Adams”.

Twelve of the winners of the PGA’s Best Film over the past nineteen years have gone on to win the Academy Award’s top honor. Two notable exceptions to that rule are “Saving Private Ryan” and “Brokeback Mountain” which the PGA honored as Best Film but the Oscars didn’t – mistakes that are generally considered two of the biggest blunders that AMPAS has ever committed.

Meanwhile with Screen Actors Guild it was Sean Penn for “Milk” and Meryl Streep for “Doubt” who took the top acting nods, while Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight” and Kate Winslet for “The Reader” took supporting awards. “The Dark Knight” won for best stunt ensemble.

On the TV front “Mad Men” and “30 Rock” took best drama and comedy honors, Hugh Laurie (“House”), Sally Field (“Brothers and Sisters”), Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Paul Giamatti (“John Adams”) and Laura Linney (“John Adams”) took the TV acting nods.