SAG awards honors gays

Posted on 25 Jan 2009 at 9:00pm

During the presentation of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT tonight, there was one of those now trite montages honoring actors from the past. During the montage, we saw great stunts (performed, presumably, by great stunt men), and great dancers and… great gay portrayals: Nathan Lane in “The Bird Cage,” Jake and Heath in “Brokeback,” “Philadelphia” and more … including “Milk,” also nominated for three awards.

Even better for us: It even won for Sean Penn’s leading performance, beating the much-discussed work by Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler.”

There was even more “gay.” Meryl Streep, as the stern Catholic nun who suspects a priest of being a child molester, won for female actor in a motion picture for “Doubt,” from gay producer Scott Rudin. The cast of “Mad Men,” which includes Bryan Batt playing a closeted gay executive, won best ensemble for a television drama. Sally Field won for female actor in a drama series for “Brothers & Sisters,” from gay creator Jon Robin Baitz in which she plays the mother of a gay son.

When Heath Ledger won for supporting actor for “The Dark Knight,” he got a standing ovation.

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