It seemed the clearing of the skies and the parade of bejeweled and designer-gowned stars down the red carpet was also indicative of a general feeling in town.
With the Writers Guild's blessing, the show went on for the SAG Awards and will also go on for the upcoming Grammys, NAACP Image Awards and Independent Spirit Awards, to name three.
By Sunday night, the disastrous Golden Globes non-gala was a distant memory. You could feel in the crowd that hope reigned supreme: The Oscars would proceed unscathed, with a Kodak Theatre full of stars on Feb. 24.
There is optimism that the writers and producers were closer than ever to forging a contract. (Motion Picture Academy President Sid Ganis was heard saying at Saturday's DGA Awards that he is hopeful a resolution will come about in 10 days).
Indeed, this weekend ABC began airing star-studded broadcast promos advertising the Oscarcast, something NBC never dared do for the Golden Globes.
It was as if the fans, stars and clearly the whole glamor industry that thrives on awards shows could finally breathe a sigh a relief. With the SAG Awards last night, the world was now safe for Brad and Angie to walk down that carpet and not feel they were breaking the writers union. (The couple did just that, in style, signing lots of autographs for the screaming bleacher contingent along the way).
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It was also a weekend in which three guild award shows (SAG, DGA, American Society of Cinematographers) began to give clarity and vision to what had been up to now a clouded season.
With its SAG cast award (considered the closest thing SAG has to a best picture category) and the supporting actor 'Actor' award given to Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men" can safely be crowned the Oscar front-runner, something it cemented the night before with its DGA Award for directors Joel and Ethan Coen an Oscar bellwether if ever there was one.
We strongly suspect the Producers Guild will follow suit next weekend and the Writers Guild will fall in line Feb. 9, giving its adapted screenplay honor to the Coens as well. Call it an educated guess.
An exec closely tied to the competing film "There Will Be Blood" (a film ironically from the same producer and distributors) said with resignation at the SAG party following the awards that he felt if he had another three weeks he might have been able to close in on "Country" with his movie, which was a late December release.
Others we spoke to at the party still felt Warner Bros. "Michael Clayton" could upset the "No Country Express," and indeed we have talked to a number of academy voters in recent days who indicated that was where their vote was going, but it seems awfully uphill looking at the Guild results so far.
Yes, it's true the Guild voters have not been their usual reliable selves in predicting Oscar trends this year ("No Country," in fact was the only corresponding best picture nominee also nominated for SAG's best cast award this year, a new low). But the membership overlap with the academy is just too overwhelming to ignore the winds that seem to be blowing for the Coens.
Referring to the critical landslide the film has received as well as the multiple critics awards for SAG's best actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, and best actress, Julie Christie, one wag said, "The critics groups seem to hijack the Oscars this year with their own picks."
If this is the way the Oscars also are headed, it would be hard to argue the substantial influence critics are having on the race this season --- more than ever.
Interestingly, the only variation we've already seen from just about every other contest this year is in SAG's sentimental choice of "American Gangster's" Ruby Dee for best supporting actress.
That race was pundited to come down to either critics fave, Amy Ryan of "Gone Baby Gone," Cate Blanchett's cross-gender transformation into Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" or Tilda Swinton's corporate monster in "Michael Clayton."
None of those films had screeners sent to the entire 100,000-plus SAG membership, which has proven to be a key tool in ultimately winning -- at least since Lions Gate blanketed the guild with "Crash" DVDs a couple of years ago and took best cast over the favored "Brokeback Mountain."