Murphy, Hudson Winners At SAG Awards
January 29, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
The 13th Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD Awards were handed out last night in LOS ANGELES, and "Dreamgirls" (the Soundtrack of which has held the #1 sales position for several weeks in 2007) picked up wins for "Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role" for JENNIFER HUDSON and "Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role" for EDDIE MURPHY, reinforcing their status as Oscar front-runners.
MURPHY, who built his career as a fast-talking comic player, began with a thank-you speech more appropriate for a serious thespian, but his sober demeanor proved a gag. "What a tremendous honor to be recognized by one’s peers," said MURPHY with a British accent. "I’ve been acting for some 25 years now and this is a tremendous honor.
"No, I’m sorry," he said , cracking up in laughter. "I feel goofy up here, ’cause I don’t be winning stuff."
As a powerhouse vocalist in "Dreamgirls," HUDSON continued her rise to movie stardom after becoming famous as an "American Idol" contender two years ago. HUDSON thanked her co-stars, who included MURPHY, JAMIE FOXX and BEYONCE KNOWLES. "Because of you, I was able to work and learn from the best -- yes, you are the best," said HUDSON, who added thanks to the actors guild. "Just thank you for noticing little old me and accepting me."
"Dreamgirls," which had been considered a potential best-picture favorite at the ACADEMY AWARDS, was among the guild nominees for best ensemble cast yet was shut out of the nominations for the top Oscar.