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Foxx and Swank triumph at Screen Actors' Guild Awards



Story by: Jack Foley

JAMIE Foxx and Hilary Swank have emerged as hot Oscar favourites after winning the best actor and actress prizes at the Screen Actors' Guild Awards at the weekend (February 5, 2005).

Foxx followed up his Golden Globe success by being named best actor for his exemplary portrayal of late soul-singer and music icon, Ray Charles, in Taylor Hackford's gritty biopic, Ray.

While Swank also followed up her Golden Globe success by winning the best actress prize for her tragic portrayal of a female boxer in Clint Eastwood's magnificent Million Dollar Baby.

The biggest surprise of the night, however, was reserved for the best cast performance, which was awarded to the delightful ensemble of Sideways - beating the likes of Million Dollar Baby and pre-awards favourite, The Aviator.

Martin Scorsese's epic did, however, pick up a trophy for Cate Blanchett, who won best supporting actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn alongside Leonardo DiCaprio's Howard Hughes.

While Morgan Freeman deservedly picked up the best supporting actor prize for his masterly turn in Million Dollar Baby.

Needless to say, both main award winners were gushing in their praise for their directors.

Swank, especially, said she bowed down to Eastwood, informing him that 'you are a talent beyond compare'.

"If I'm half the person you are and half the talent you are when I'm 74, I will know that I've accomplished something great," she added.

Foxx, meanwhile, paid tribute to Charles 'for just living so complex and so interesting, and making us all just come together'.

Of Hackford, he added:"Thank you for taking a chance with an African-American film. Taylor, you're my director of the year."

The wins mean that both Foxx and Swank are now among the hot favourites for Oscars, particularly as SAG winners often go on to win at the Academy Awards.

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