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Russell Crowe, Halle Berry Win Top SAG Awards

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Hollywood: Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen gain supporting honors. Results are considered a good omen for Oscars.

March 11, 2002|SUSAN KING | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Russell Crowe was named best male actor in a leading role for a theatrical motion picture for "A Beautiful Mind," and Halle Berry was voted best female actor for "Monster's Ball" at the eighth annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night. Berry is the first African American to win a SAG award in a leading actor category.

Of the 14 previous SAG winners in the leading actor categories, 11 have gone on to receive the Academy Award, including Julia Roberts last year for "Erin Brockovich."

Sir Ian McKellen received the nod for supporting male actor for his role in the fantasy "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," and Helen Mirren took the honor for supporting female actor for "Gosford Park."

"Gosford Park" also won the award for best ensemble of a theatrical motion picture.

In TV categories, NBC swept both dramatic and comedy series actors awards, with Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally winning best male and female actor for the sitcom "Will & Grace," and Martin Sheen and Allison Janney picking up best male and female actor for the drama "The West Wing," which also was singled out for best drama ensemble.

The SAG Awards were presented during a two-hour ceremony telecast on TNT on Sunday evening from the Shrine Exposition Hall. Two randomly selected panels representing 4,200 SAG members selected this year's nominees; about 98,000 guild members voted for the winners.

The Academy Awards will be March 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

A complete list of winners follows:

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THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE

Male actor in a leading role: Russell Crowe, "A Beautiful Mind"

Female actor in a leading role: Halle Berry, "Monster's Ball"

Male actor in a supporting role: Sir Ian McKellen, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

Female actor in a supporting role: Helen Mirren, "Gosford Park."

Ensemble of a theatrical motion picture: "Gosford Park"

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TELEVISION

Male actor in a TV movie or miniseries: Ben Kingsley, "Anne Frank," ABC

Female actor in a TV movie or miniseries: Judy Davis, "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows," ABC

Male actor in a drama series: Martin Sheen, "The West Wing," NBC

Female actor in a drama series: Allison Janney, "The West Wing," NBC

Male actor in a comedy series: Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace," NBC

Female actor in a comedy series: Megan Mullally, "Will & Grace," NBC

Ensemble of a drama series: "The West Wing," NBC

Ensemble of a comedy series: "Sex and the City," HBO

Lifetime Achievement Award: Edward Asner

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