Before the string of awards for theatrical films were given out, the
mob drama "The Sopranos" swept the board, taking the trophy for best
cast in a TV drama and the best actor and actress awards for James Gandolfini
and Edie Falco in an emotional finish to the series that ended in June.
"No Country For Old Men," directed by Ethan and Joel Coen,
took the award for best ensemble cast and Spanish actor Javier Bardem won the
best supporting actor award for playing a cold-blooded killer in the movie.
"No Country" also won the Directors Guild Award on Saturday
and has eight nominations for an Oscar next month.
SAG's best supporting actress award went to veteran Ruby Dee for her
role in "American Gangster."
Britain's Julie Christie, 66, won the best actress award for playing a
woman with Alzheimer's disease in "Away From Her." Christie is also
heavily tipped for an Oscar.
"It's lovely to receive an award from your own union, especially
at a time when we are being so forcefully reminded how important unions
are," Christie said in one of several comments on Sunday about the bitter
dispute between Hollywood screenwriters and movie and television studios.
British actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who won the best actor award for his
role as a greedy early 20th century oil baron in "There Will Be
Blood," dedicated his trophy to Ledger
Ledger, 28, who was best known for his role as a reluctant gay cowboy
in "Brokeback Mountain," was found dead in his New York apartment
last week. The cause of death is still unclear.
Day-Lewis, 50, said he had never met Ledger But he paid tribute to
Ledger in his acceptance speech.
The traditional Oscar ceremony on February 24, has been under threat
from the three-month strike focusing on improved payments for work distributed
over the Internet.
But hopes of a settlement have risen since the two sides resumed talks
Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Eva Longoria and Cate Blanchett provided
some much-missed star power on the red carpet at SAG after actors boycotted
the Golden Globes and People's Choice Awards earlier this month in support of
the striking writers.
The Writers Guild of America allowed its members to write for the SAG
show and did not protest outside because actors have been strong allies of the