(A.W.)—Al Pacino won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award this week for “Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series” for his role as Jack Kevorkian in the HBO movie “You Don’t Know Jack.”
John Goodman, who played Neal Nicol in “You Don’t Know Jack,” was another nominee in the same category, as were Dennis Quad for his role as Bill Clinton in “The Special Relationship” (HBO), Edgar Ramirez for playing Carlos in “Carlos” (Sundance Channel), and Patrick Stewart for his role as Macbeth in “Macbeth (Great Performances)” (Thirteen/PBS).
In the category of “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries,” Susan Sarandon was nominated for her role as Janet Good in “You Don’t Know Jack.” She lost to Claire Danes, who played Temple Grandin in “Temple Grandin” (HBO).
The 17th annual SAG Awards, held at the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles, were broadcast live nationally on Jan. 30, on TNT and TBS. Pacino was not present to accept the award.
“You Don’t Know Jack,” a film by Oscar-winning director Barry Levinso andn based on the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, aired on HBO in April 2010.
The plot takes place in the 1990’s when Kevorkian, a former pathologist, began his highly controversial practice of assisting suicides and brought the topic of euthanasia to the forefront of American political debate.
Currently, Al Pacino is starring in the Broadway production of “The Merchant of Venice,” playing Shylock. He is best known for his role as a mobster in” The Godfather” trilogy. Pacino won his second Emmy Award and fourth Golden Globe award for “You Don’t Know Jack.”