Coen brothers win Directors Guild honor

By Times Wires
Published January 28, 2008

Joel and Ethan Coen won the top prize from the Directors Guild of America on Saturday for No Country for Old Men, giving them the inside track for the same honor at the Academy Awards - assuming the Oscars go on amid the writers' strike. The Coens were only the second two-person team to win the Directors Guild honor, following Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for 1961's West Side Story. The Directors Guild winner almost always goes on to win the same prize at the Oscars.

'Frozen River' gets top Sundance win

For the third year in a row, a movie revolving around immigrants won the grand jury prize for best U.S. drama at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. Only this time, they come from the north. Frozen River, a film about a struggling single mother in upstate New York who teams with a Mohawk woman to smuggle people across the Canadian border, is the first feature from director-writer Courtney Hunt.

For more information: To get a complete list of winners from the Directors Guild of America and the Sundance Film Festival, visit entertainment.tampabay.com.