In the Best Actor Oscar race, keep your eye on the sparrow. That’s Jack Sparrow, the flamboyant buccaneer role that won Johnny Depp a surprise Best Actor trophy at the 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, an upset in a competition widely considered to be a two-man race between ”Mystic River”’s Sean Penn and ”Lost in Translation”’s Bill Murray. Alas, Depp was a no-show, so there was no sneak preview of what a Depp acceptance speech at the Academy Awards might sound like.
The SAGs are a mixed bag when it comes to predicting Oscar winners; last year, only ”Chicago” Supporting Actress winner Catherine Zeta-Jones went on to win the Academy Award. Still, other SAG movie choices were in line with conventional wisdom: Best Actress for Charlize Theron (”Monster”), Best Supporting Actor for Tim Robbins (”Mystic River”), Best Supporting Actress for Renée Zellweger (”Cold Mountain”), and Best Ensemble Cast (the SAGs’ equivalent of Best Picture) for ”The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”
Among the TV categories, HBO was the big winner, grabbing five of the eight awards. As the ”Sex and the City” finale was airing opposite the awards show, the series won Best Comedy Ensemble, and three of the four stars (all save Sarah Jessica Parker, who cited a family obligation) were there at the Shrine Auditorium to pick up the prize. ”Six Feet Under” won Best Drama Ensemble and Best Dramatic Actress for matriarch Frances Conroy. ”Angels in America” won Best Actor and Actress (Television Movie or Miniseries) for Al Pacino and Meryl Streep. Among non-HBO winners, ”Monk”’s Tony Shalhoub won Best Comedy Actor, ”Will & Grace”’s Megan Mullally won Best Comedy Actress, and ”24”’s Kiefer Sutherland won Best Dramatic Actor. A lifetime achievement award went to ”A Streetcar Named Desire” Oscar winner and ”Streets of San Francisco” TV cop Karl Malden.