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Actors, Directors Guilds Give 2007 Awards; Most Winners on DVD

28 Jan, 2008 By: John Latchem

No Country for Old Men

Two of the major Hollywood guilds recently gave out their annual awards for achievement in film and television. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Directors Guild of America (DGA) awards are seen as important precursors for the Academy Award.

The big winner among the nominated films for both SAG and DGA honors was No Country for Old Men. The Miramax film hits DVD and Blu-ray Disc March 11 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Oscar frontrunner Javier Bardem won the supporting actor SAG award, and the film won for best cast. No Country for Old Men also earned the coveted DGA Award for best director for Joel and Ethan Coen. Since the DGA first gave the award in 1948, only six recipients have failed to win the Oscar.

Also looking more like an Oscar favorite is Julie Christie, who earned the SAG award for lead actress in a film for Away From Her, on DVD from Lionsgate. Christie has been sweeping the major awards.

Ruby Dee won the SAG supporting actress award for American Gangster, which Universal Studios Home Entertainment releases on DVD and HD DVD Feb. 19.

In the TV categories, “The Sopranos” won several SAG awards for its final season, available on DVD from HBO Video, including best ensemble in a drama series, best actress in a drama for Edie Falco, and best actor in a drama for James Gandolfini. Alec Baldwin and Tiny Fey won their respective lead comedy acting categories for “30 Rock,” on DVD from Universal, but best comedy ensemble cast went to Universal's “The Office.” SAG awards for TV movie or miniseries went to Queen Latifah for Life Support and Kevin Kline for As You Like It, both on DVD from HBO Video.

The Bourne Ultimatum, on DVD from Universal, won the SAG's stunt performers award for film, while “24” won TV stunt honors. The first six seasons of “24” are on DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Rounding out DGA winners on DVD: best director for a TV movie or miniseries went to Yves Simoneu for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, now available on DVD from HBO Video. The winner in the DGA's documentary category was Asger Leth for Ghosts of Cite Soleil, released on DVD by ThinkFilm. Best director for a children's program went to Paul Hoen for Disney Channel's Jump In, on DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

The striking Writers Guild of America will hand out its writing awards Feb. 9. The Academy Award ceremony is Feb. 24.

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