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SAG, PGA, Sundance awards have Hudson Valley ties
Hudson Valley celebrities were among those honored this weekend at awards ceremonies for the Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild of America and Sundance Film Festival.
At Sunday's SAG Awards, former Vassar College student Anne Hathaway continued her hot streak, continuing to win every major movie award in the best supporting actress category for her portrayal of Fantine in "Les Misérables."
She was the lone Hudson Valley representative to take home a SAG Award on Sunday night, but the ceremony featured additional connections to the region. Dick Van Dyke took home the guild's Life Achievement Award, and although he's not from the Hudson Valley, Carl Reiner, who created "The Dick Van Dyke Show," based the sitcom on his days living in New Rochelle. In addition, Bronxville native and Mount Vernon-raised Dick Clark was honored during the SAG Awards' tribute to celebrities who died in 2012. (Check out the complete list of SAG Award winners here.)
Saturday's Producers Guild Awards honored Sarah Lawrence College grad J.J. Abrams with the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. For Abrams, it capped off an eventful week that included the announcement that he'll direct the next "Star Wars" movie, slated for release in 2015.
The Producers Guild Award didn't yield any other wins for local connections; former Larchmont resident Ang Lee was nominated for "Life of Pi" as a producer. "Argo" continued its dominance in the best picture category, both at that ceremony and at the SAG Awards.
Also on Sunday, one of two film entrants connected to Bedford native Rooney Mara, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," won a cinematography award in the American drama category. In the movie, Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Mara) are lovers and outlaws who are arrested after a Texas shootout. Bob takes the rap for Ruth's crime but escapes from jail four years later to try to find her and their baby, born while he was incarcerated.
Mara co-produced (but doesn't act in) her second Sundance entrant, “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes,” a comedy about a teen who bonds with a woman resembling her late mother.
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