( dpa ) - No Country for Old Men emerged Sunday as the front runner for Oscar glory after dominating the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and picking up the top prize in the Directors Guild Awards a day earlier.
The dysfunctional modern western, about the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad, took the overall cast prize and Javier Bardem won as best supporting actor at a star-studded ceremony that was granted a waiver from the screenwriters' strike that is playing havoc with the rest of the awards season.
Daniel Day-Lewis of There Will Be Blood and Julie Christie of Away From Her won the lead-acting awards, with Day-Lewis dedicated his win to Heath Ledger, the 28-year-old Australian actor who died last week in Manhattan. 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.
In the TV awards The Sopranos swept the dramatic categories with the overall cast award and lead-acting honours for James Gandolfini and Edie Falco.
Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey were the lead-acting winners in the comedy category for 30 Rock, while The Office won for best ensemble.