Sopranos has the SAGs

Despite the looming cloud known as the writers strike hanging over Hollywood, nothing will stop those in the industry from showering each other with awards and patting each other on the backs for a job well done. This weekend, a pair of guild-related award ceremonies took place, both of which are considered precursors to the granddaddy of them all, the Academy Awards.

Sunday night saw the industry's most glamorous awards night so far this season in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, considering that previous shows such as the Golden Globes were downsized because of the strike. The stars were shining last night (even Brad and Angelina showed up) and giving Los Angeles some much-needed sparkle in an otherwise gloomy awards season.

On the television side of things, The Sopranos--which wrapped up its six-season run last season--went out with a bang. The HBO mob drama swept the top acting honors for drama series, bringing home the best actor (James Gandolfini), best actress (Edie Falco), and best ensemble cast trophies.

The comedy side was only slightly more diverse, giving two shows awards. 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin won the best actress and best actor honors, while another NBC comedy, The Office, won best comedy ensemble.

Other TV winners included Kevin Kline for his work in the made-for-TV movie As You Like It, Queen Latifah for her role in the HBO telefilm Life Support, and 24 for the inaugural stunt-ensemble award.

As for the silver-screen awards, the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men won the ensemble-cast prize, and Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) and Julie Christie (Away From Her) took the acting awards.

Although Sunday was about camera hogs trying to get face time, Saturday night saw the main people behind the camera get together to honor each other with the Directors Guild of America annual awards. The big winners for television were Alan Taylor for best prime-time drama series (Mad Men pilot "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes") and Barry Sonnenfeld for comedy series (Pushing Daisies' "Pie-lette"). The Coen Brothers took home the grand prize for film for their helming of No Country for Old Men.

Complete lists of winners are available at the Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild Web sites.

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YES! The office won!
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congrats for Tony and rest of cast
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yeah for 30 rock
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what a shock the Sopranos won a bunch of awards: what an overrated show. very good Season 1, and after that pretty inconsistent. i would catch episodes here and there from the past two seasons, and either turn it off or laugh at what a mess it had become. glad it's done: now one-note James Gandolfini can get back to doing nothing...
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Thanks Tru_Slayer. I had no idea.
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I actually saw it coming, since it was The Sopranos' going away, it was quite predictable that they'd get awards, in numbers.
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Any Awards that ignore "The Wire" are worth tin foil.
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Any Awards that ignore "The Wire" are worth tin foil.
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Any Awards that ignore "The Wire" are worth tin foil.
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good job to all the winners
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Congrats to The Sopranos. Well deserved, one of the best shows ever
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Congrats to The Sopranos. Well deserved, one of the best shows ever
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I loved the awards show this year. I was so happy for Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and the cast of The Sopranos.

bbyboop1977 The Sopranos aired in 2007 so it is eligible. The 2008 SAG awards is for last years work.

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What I would like to know is why shows that are no longer on the air still get nominatted for awards. Instead of shows that are still on.
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Daniel Day Lewis is probably the best actor in the world, and he finds it in his time to dedicate his award to Heath Ledger. What a guy. DDL is one class act.
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I'm glad for Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin. 30 Rock rocks!
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