With the Golden Globes a wash, and the Oscars in jeopardy, the Screen Actors Guild Awards was the one Hollywood awards show completely unaffected by the WGA strike (as SAG has been supportive of the Writers Guild from the beginning). There were no picketers and no boycotts, so the stars (and the media) came out in full force for this celebration of the top actors in television and the movies.
Sure, it'll never be considered as big as the Academy Awards, but for those who love crowning winners in elaborate, self-congratulatory ceremonies, this could be the best we've got in 2008. Since the awards are chosen by the actors themselves, I suppose there's an added legitimacy to the selection. Certainly the big winners would like to think so.
And big winners there were, with The Sopranos cleaning up the 3 television drama categories, 30 Rock taking home 2 television comedy categories, and No Country for Old Men taking home 2 awards as well. Combined with Ethan and Joel Coen's win at the DGA Awards this weekend, No Country for Old Men has convincingly become the front-runner heading into the Oscars, even if none of them actually show up to collect their awards.
Below is the complete list of winners from this year's SAG Awards.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Best Actress: Julie Christie – Away From Her
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men
Best Supporting Actress: Ruby Dee – American Gangster
Best Ensemble: No Country for Old Men
Best Stunt Ensemble: The Bourne Ultimatum
Best Actor (Drama): James Gandolfini – The Sopranos (HBO)
Best Actress (Drama): Edie Falco – The Sopranos (HBO)
Best Ensemble (Drama): The Sopranos (HBO)
Best Actor (Comedy): Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (NBC)
Best Actress (Comedy): Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC)
Best Ensemble (Comedy): The Office (NBC)
Best Actor (TV Movie or Miniseries): Kevin Kline – As You Like It (HBO)
Best Actress (TV Movie or Miniseries): Queen Latifah – Life Support (HBO)
Best Stunt Ensemble: 24 (FOX)
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