No Country for Old Men took the top prize for overall cast along with Javier Bardem's supporting-actor award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Past Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis of There Will Be Blood and Julie Christie of Away From Her won the lead-acting honors, also giving them a boost to win the same trophies at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
Day-Lewis dedicated his win to Heath Ledger, the 28-year-old Australian actor who was found dead in his Manhattan loft last week.
"In Brokeback Mountain, he was unique, he was perfect," said Day-Lewis, already an Oscar winner for My Left Foot." "That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I think I've ever seen."
Actors Garret Dillahunt (L) and Tommy Lee Jones hold their awards for Outstanding Cast for a Motion Picture for No Country for Old Men at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Jan. 27, 2008. (photo: Xinhua/Reuters)
Actors bid fond farewell to one of TV's most-acclaimed series ever as The Sopranos swept the dramatic categories, grabbing the lead-acting honors for James Gandolfini and Edie Falco and, minutes later, the overall cast award.
Ruby Dee won supporting actress for American Gangster. She shared fond thoughts of her late husband and frequent acting partner, Ossie Davis, who died in 2005.
"I accept it also for my husband Ossie," the 83-year-old Dee said, "because he's working on things up there."
For comedy series, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey were the lead-acting winners for 30 Rock, while The Office won for best ensemble. The guild's first-ever prizes for best stunt ensemble went to The Bourne Ultimatum for films and 24 for TV before the ceremony began.
The guild presented its life-achievement award to Charles Durning, whose credits include The Sting, Tootsie and O Brother, Where Art Thou?
(Agencies via Xinhua January 29, 2008)