Sunday, January 25, 2009

A view from inside the SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES – Hundreds of stars are toasting their peers — and dishing about a possible actors strike — at the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen reports from the trophy table inside the Shrine Auditorium (and everywhere else she roams).

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• Winners had to sign for their trophies backstage, but Hugh Laurie seemed a bit confused by the process after the "House" leading man won his award for male actor in a drama series. "So this just goes on my credit card, right?" he joked as he signed his name.

• Sally Field was caught off-guard when she won the award for female actor in a drama series ("Brothers & Sisters"). Field said she was chatting and having a glass of wine at her table in the audience when she won. "I have a habit of doing things people talk about, so I have to think," she said backstage, clutching the winner's envelope with her name inside.

• Kate Winslet still hadn't caught her breath when she went backstage after winning the supporting-actress prize Sunday for her performance as a former concentration camp guard in "The Reader." "I'm too emotional to lose and too emotional to win. I need lessons in awards season," said Winslet, who won double at the Golden Globes earlier this month for her roles in "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader" and is nominated for an Oscar.

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