Slumdog Millionaire’s Oscar hopes heightened by SAG awards triumph

Slumdog Millionaire's Oscar momentum continued to build last night as Danny Boyle's Mumbai-set melodrama took the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards. Kate Winslet also added another gong to her ever-more crowded mantelpiece.

Slumdog won the best ensemble cast prize – a rough equivalent to the best picture Oscar – at the annual ceremony, organised by the largest actors' union in the US.

Meanwhile Winslet took best supporting actress for The Reader, a repeat of one of her wins at the Golden Globes. Picking up her award, Winslet expressed delight at being honoured by her peers. "I feel a little bit like everyone should be given a medal," she said.

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