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Depp, Theron win Hollywood top acting awards
Updated: 2004-02-23 16:00

Johnny Depp won the top acting award while Charlize Theron took the lead actress trophy at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) held here Sunday night.

Depp starred in the Disney hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl", while Theron played a prostitute-turned serial killer in the drama "Monster".

Depp, who did not attend the awarding ceremony, was a surprise winner because Golden Global winner Sean Penn, who starred in " Mystic River", was considered to be the favorite.

Theron portrayed the executed murderer Aileen Wuornos, for which she gained 30 pounds and obscured her beauty behind false teeth, dark contact lenses and a splotchy complexion.

For the supporting performance roles, it was a repetition of the Golden Global awards, with Tim Robbins winning the award for best supporting actor for his role in "Mystic River," and Renee Zellweger taking the honor for best supporting actress for her role in the Civil War saga "Cold Mountain".

The ensemble acting award, the Guild's equivalent of a best- picture prize, went to "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", the front-runner to win the top honor at next Sunday's Academy Awards.

Among the guild's TV awards, "Sex and the City" won for comedy- acting ensemble on the same night the series ended its six-year run.

"Angels in America" earned Meryl Streep and Al Pacino the acting awards for a TV movie or miniseries.

Guild nominees were chosen by 4,200 randomly selected union members. The union's full membership of 98,000 was eligible to vote for winners.

The Guild presented its lifetime achievement award to 91-year- old Karl Malden, an Academy Award winner as supporting actor for " A Streetcar Named Desire".

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