Entertainment behind the scenes
Six months ago, most of Hollywood’s actors had probably never heard of the all-Indian cast members in the rag-to-riches tale “Slumdog Millionaire” by British director Danny Boyle. And then, on Sunday, the Screen Actors Guild chose them as the best film ensemble cast of the year — an award that is dear to actors because it comes from actors, arguably the toughest critics of their own craft.
Although “Slumdog” is a favorite to win best picture at the Oscars next month after winning at SAG, the Producers Guild and the Golden Globes, the SAG award came as a surprise to the four Indian actors who collected it. Anil Kapoor, a veteran Bollywood actor, said “it was overwhelming to be nominated, but to win this is unbelievable.”
Backstage, Kapoor said one of the highlights was meeting Angelina Jolie, courtesy of his “Slumdog” co-star Irrfan Kahn, another Bollywood big name who played opposite the actress in “A Mighty Heart.”
And Dev Patel, the 18-year-old who plays the slum dweller that triumphs on India’s version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?,” said his golden moment at SAG was running into Kate Winslet on the red carpet. “She was like my first love…and she knew who I was!”
British actress Kate Winslet keeps picking up awards for her 2008 film roles and admits she is struggling with her acceptance speeches.
On Sunday, she won best supporting actress from the Screen Actors Guild for her role as a German woman with a Nazi past in “The Reader,” adding to her double win at the Golden Globes a few weeks ago.