DAILY NEWS: SAG and DGA Winners, and New Presidents; Director's View Fest
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> SAG: "Gosford Park" Wins Top Award; Gilbert Elected President
(indieWIRE/03.11.02) -- The Screen Actors Guild awarded its top prizes last
night in Los Angeles and over the weekend it announced the election of its
"Gosford Park" was honored with The Actor for motion picture cast
performance, spotlighting the work of twenty actors, including Bob Balaban,
Michael Gambon, Richard E. Grant, Derek Jacobi, Kelly MacDonald, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, Emily Watson, and James Wilby, among others.
Halle Berry won The Actor for best actress for her role in "Monster's Ball,"
while Russell Crowe was honored with the best actor award for his work in "A
Beautiful Mind." Sir Ian McKellen won the best supporting actor prize for
his role in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and Helen
Mirren was presented with The Actor for best supporting actress for her work
in "Gosford Park."
The SAG membership re-elected Melissa Gilbert the president of the Guild,
according to results released on Saturday. Voting for the top job was
conducted last week after the results of November's election of Gilbert were
thrown out. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> DGA: Howard Wins Top Prize; Coolidge Named New Guild President
(indieWIRE/03.11.02) -- As it announced the winners of its annual awards
this weekend, the Directors Guild of America also named a new president.
Ron Howard won the DGA Award for outstanding directorial achievement in
feature film. The prize honors his work on "A Beautiful Mind" and makes
him a front runner for this month's Academy Awards. It was presented
Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Chris Hegedus and Jehane Noujaim won the DGA Award for outstanding
directorial achievement in documentaries for "Startup.com," while Alan
Ball won the award for dramatic series night for the pilot episode of
"Six Feet Under."
Martha Coolidge was elected the first woman president of the DGA on
Saturday, she is replacing Jack Shea who announced his resignation at a DGA
National Board of Directors meeting the same day. Shea was elected to a rare
third term to lead the DGA's contract negotiations. Coolidge became the
DGA's first vice president since 1995. Steven Soderbergh was elected to
replace Martha Coolidge as first vice president. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Director's View Film Festival Ends Five-day Event Featuring Mix of Celebs and Indies
(indieWIRE/03.11.02) -- The third Director's View Film Festival ended last
week closing an edition highlighting new filmmakers and future filmmakers
during the event with two new segments, "The Directors View Independent"
and "Directors View International Student Film Festival."
The event began with a film produced by Fairfield County, New York high
school students entitled, "Romeo & Juliet: Revealed." Of course there were
stars taking part as well with Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Richard Donner on stage to introduce the new director's cut of "Superman." The filmmaker then received the Joseph L. Mankiewicz Excellence in Filmmaking
Award from Danny Glover following the screening.
Director Maggie Greenwald received the Festival's Dorothy Arzner Prize,
honoring her film "Songcatcher" during the five-day event, which featured
numerous screenings of student and independent work.
Peter Callahan's "Last Ball" received the festival's Grand Prize while P.J.
Posner won the Best Feature Film award for "The Next Big Thing." "The
Fountain" by Thomas and Joel Moser won for Best Short Film and "Coda" by Kitao Sakuri took First Prize in the student film category. [Brian Brooks]