"Basterds," Bullock, Bridges big SAG winners

Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:27am EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Quentin Tarantino's World War Two movie "Inglourious Basterds" won its biggest award so far on Saturday, taking the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards.

Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock were hailed as best movie actor and actress of 2009 on a night where no single movie dominated but which lined the two stars up for likely Oscar glory in March.

"Inglourious Basterds," a violent and darkly comic revenge fantasy, won for best ensemble for a multinational cast that included American Brad Pitt, Germany's Diane Kruger and Austrian Christoph Waltz, who also added the SAG best supporting actor trophy to his slew of awards.

The Tarantino movie had already won a string of film critics' awards but none as prestigious as the award chosen by the 120,000 members of the Screen Actors Guild.

The SAG awards are usually seen as a key indicator of success at the Oscars, the movie industry's highest honors.

But "Avatar," which won a Golden Globe and has earned more than $1.6 billion at global box offices, was not in the running at SAG, whose members tend to reward acting talent rather than action adventures.

Bullock, previously best known for romantic comedies, plays a wealthy white mother who takes a downtrodden black high school football player into her home in "The Blind Side."

"If you look at my career, no-one would have predicted this," the actress told reporters, referring to the clutch of awards she has won for her performance.   Continued...