"No Country For Old Men" positioned for Oscar

Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:24pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The gritty crime drama "No Country For Old Men" became the front-runner for Oscar glory on Sunday after winning top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on a night of traditional Hollywood glamour and emotion over the sudden death of Heath Ledger.

"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.

Actor and cast member Josh Brolin addressed critics who have not liked the way the movie ends. "The Coen brothers are freaky little people and we did a freaky little movie, whether you liked the ending or not," he said.

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 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.   Continued...

<p>Directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen with star Josh Brolin (L-R) from 'No Country for Old Men' attend the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 27, 2008. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>