Birdman Takes Top SAG Prize

Comedy gets 2nd Oscar boost in 2 days
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2015 1:51 AM CST
Carrie Fisher, right, presents Debbie Reynolds with the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards last night.   (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – A big Oscar boost for Birdman: The dark showbiz comedy took home the top prize at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards last night, winning best ensemble the day after it won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. The movie has now overtaken Boyhood as front-runner for Best Picture, according to the LA Times.

Others honored at the SAG awards include Julianne Moore, who won best actress for Still Alice, and Eddie Redmayne, whose portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything won him best actor, reports Variety. On the TV side, Downton Abbey won the drama series cast award for the second time in three years, while Orange Is the New Black took the trophy for comedy cast. Click for a full list of winners. (Read more Birdman stories.)

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