"No Country for Old Men" tops Screen Actors awards

Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:23pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "No Country For Old Men," Ethan and Joel Coen's 20th-century take on the western, won top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, positioning the movie for glory at the Oscars next month.

The Screen Actors Guild gave "No Country For Old Men" its top prize -- best cast ensemble -- shutting out actor Sean Penn's directorial wilderness drama "Into The Wild," which had the most nominations going into Sunday's ceremony.

Penn's movie came away empty handed.

In addition to the ensemble nod, Spanish actor Javier Bardem won a second trophy for "No Country for Old Men" by taking the best supporting actor award on a night of traditional Hollywood glamour, with added emotion over the death last week of actor Heath Ledger.

British actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who won the best actor award for his role as a greedy oil baron in "There Will Be Blood," dedicated his trophy to Ledger.

Day-Lewis, 50, said he had never met Ledger, 28, best known for his role as a reluctant gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain." But he paid tribute to Ledger in his acceptance speech and later told reporters: "That's all I have been thinking about the last few days."

"I am absolutely certain he would have done many wonderful things in his life," Day-Lewis said.

British actress 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.   Continued...

<p>Actress Edie Falco leaves the stage after accepting the award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series for "The Sopranos" at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>