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.