It’s still up in the air whether the WGA will reach an agreement with the AMPTP, or if they’ll allow the Oscars to proceed as planned. Meanwhile, they granted waivers to the DGA, SAG, and ASC organizations, who handed out their awards over the weekend.
The Coen brothers took top honors Saturday at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards ceremony for their work on No Country for Old Men. The win is well-deserved and will likely mean an Academy Award for the bros in February. The two have never won for directing, but took home an Oscar for screenplay in 1996’s Fargo.
At the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) ceremony, No Country for Old Men came up big again, winning two out of the six awards. It took home the little man for Outstanding Cast and Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem).
Other big SAG winners were Daniel Day-Lewis (the obvious choice for Best Actor), Julie Christie (winner and Oscar front runner for Best Actress), Ruby Dee (a surprise winner and Oscar nominee for Supporting Actress), and the stunt men on Bourne Ultimatum (a new SAG award).
Also, Robert Elswit won the top cinematography prize, the American Society of Cinematographers award, for his work on There Will Be Blood. He beat out Roger Deakins, who was nominated twice for the ASC award for both No Country for Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James (he was also nominated twice by the Academy).
Elswit was the DP on another “Best Picture” candidate, Michael Clayton.
Below is Daniel Day-Lewis’s dedication of his SAG award to Heath Ledger, or you can watch the video at People.com.
Thank you. I’m very, very proud of this. Thank you so much for giving it to me. And I’m very proud to be included in that group of wonderful actors this year.
You know, for as long as I can remember, the thing that gave me a sense of wonderment, of renewal, the thing that teased me with the question, how is such a thing possible, and then dare you to go back into the arena of one more time, with longing and self-doubt, jostling in the balance. It’s always been the work of other actors, and there are many actors in this room tonight, including my fellow nominees who have given that sense of regeneration and…
Heath Ledger gave it to me. In “Monster’s Ball,” that character that he created, it seemed to be almost like an unformed being, retreating from themselves, retreating from his father, from his life, even retreating from us, and yet we wanted to follow him, and yet we’re scared to follow him almost. It was unique. And then, of course, in “Brokeback Mountain,” he was unique, he was perfect. And that scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything that I think I’ve ever seen. And I’d like to dedicate this to Heath Ledger. So, thank you very much.