ROTK Named Best Ensemble Cast - Screen Actors Guild (SAG) bestows honors

ROTK Named Best Ensemble Cast

New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" notched yet another victory Sunday as it took home the prize for best ensemble cast of a motion picture at the 10th annual SAG Awards...

The cast of "Return of the King" may have meshed onscreen, but they seemed to be competing for the spotlight as they offered thanks.

Said Bernard Hill, who plays Theoden, "We sit atop a kind of pyramid of talent we actors, because we can't do this without a whole structure beneath us."

Sean Astin, who plays Sam, followed him and pointed out that his mother, Patty Duke, had served as SAG president for 1 1/2 terms. He began to address some of the divisiveness within SAG. "There is internecine strife, there is controversy, and there is a time for all of us, and a way for all of us to look a little bit more closely," Astin said. "Some of us make a lot more money than others of us, but I think we need to be involved (in the union) or the union will not endure, and these awards shows will not last."

But then Astin was shoved aside by John Rhys-Davies, who plays Gimli, who was eager to introduce New Line topper Bob Shaye, whom he joshingly described, as "the very worst actor in the room."

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