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Pirates and monsters find SAG glory

February 22, 2004
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A Monster killer and a swashbuckling pirate stormed the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, giving some clues as to who will find success at next Sunday's Oscars.

Charlize Theron is now in pole position for the best actress trophy, after adding a SAG award to the Golden Globe she has already received for her performance in Monster. "I want to thank my angel and my date tonight, my mom, who put me on a plane with a one-way ticket to Hollywood when I was 19 years old," said the South African actress. "Thank you for being so brave and for letting me go to make my dreams come true."

But Johnny Depp caused something of an upset in the male category, by beating favourites Sean Penn and Bill Murray to the prestigious gong. His swashbuckling portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean was voted winner by SAG actors, who make up nearly 25 per cent of Academy members.

The cast of Lord Of The Rings was also honoured at the Los Angeles ceremony. "At the risk of sounding immodest, we deserved this award," said British star John Rhys-Davies, who plays the dwarf Gimli. "This was the most enormous undertaking in film history."

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Charlize's win confirms her as the frontrunner for the best actress Oscar. Her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos has earned critical plaudits all around the worldPhoto: © PAy
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A roll-call of big names turned out for the Los Angeles prizegiving, including Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael DouglasPhoto: © PA

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