Story by: Jack Foley
AHOY matey! Johnny Depp has finally been recognised for his Summer
stealing performance in Pirates
of the Caribbean, after being named best actor at the Screen
Actors Guild awards, on Sunday, February 22, 2004.
The accolade has thrown the Oscar race wide open, given that
the SAG awards are often seen as a useful indicator of which stars
may triumph at the Academys showpiece event. Sean Penn and
Bill Murray were expected to be the favourites.
Unfortunately, Depp was not present to collect his award.
Of the other winners at the Los Angeles ceremony, the cast of
The Lord of the Rings were honoured for the final film in the
series, The Return of the King,
which remains the favourite to take the best picture honour at
Sundays glittering event.
Cast member, John Rhys-Davies, who plays the dwarf, Gimli, told
the audience: "At the risk of sounding immodest, we deserved
this award. This is the most enormous undertaking in film history."
Charlize Theron took the best actress award, for her performance
as serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in the low-budget film Monster,
and she thanked my angel and my date tonight, my mom, who
put me on a plane with a one-way ticket to Hollywood when I was
"Thank you for being so brave and for letting me go to make
my dreams come true," she added.
Golden Globe winner, Tim Robbins, repeated his success, by winning
the best supporting actor, for Clint Eastwoods Mystic
River, while Renee Zellweger won best supporting actress for
Civil War drama, Cold Mountain,
which makes her favourite to triumph on Sunday.
In the TV categories, Sex and the City, which ends its run this
year, won the best ensemble cast in a TV comedy - on the same
night that the final episode was broadcast in the US.
Kristin Davis, who plays Charlotte in the series, told the audience:
"We will all miss you so much."
Six Feet Under won the award for best cast, for the second year
running, while Frances Conroy, who plays Ruth Fisher, in the black
comedy, set in a funeral parlour, won best actress in a drama
Kiefer Sutherland, meanwhile, won the best actor prize for best
actor in a TV drama, for 24, the real-time drama, which is now
in its third series.
Hollywood heavyweights, Meryl Streep and Al Pacino were named
best actress and actor, respectively, in a TV movie or mini-series,
for Angels in America, about the Aids epidemic in New York in
the early 1980s.
As the race for the Oscars entered its final week, three more
ceremonies took place which may have some bearing on the eventual
The Directors Guild of Great Britain held its awards on Saturday,
February 21, 2004, and named The Lord Of The Rings: The Return
of the King as best international film, while Mystic River won
best foreign film at the Cesars, in France, which represent that
Lost In Translation and American Splendor took the honours at
the Writers' Guild of America.
The first Directors Guild of Great Britain awards saw director,
Peter Jackson, take the top prize for The Return of The King,
while Michael Winterbottom won the best British film title, for
refugee drama In This World.
Richard Curtis, meanwhile, who helmed Love Actually before Christmas,
received an award for outstanding contribution to British film
The guild represents UK directors in all disciplines, from film
to TV, theatre and radio.
At the Writers' Guild of America awards, meanwhile, which took
place in two separate ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles,
Lost In Translation
and American Splendor
took the top prizes.
Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation won best screenplay, while
American Splendor, based on a series of comic book stories, won
best adapted screenplay for writers Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer
And in France, Denys Arcand's The
Barbarian Invasions took the best movie prize, while Eastwoods
Mystic River was named best foreign film, and Goodbye Lenin! took
best European Union film. Goodbye Lenin! was also successful in
London, taking best foreign film from the Directors Guild.