2012 SAG Awards: 'Boardwalk Empire', 'The Help' Win Big
2012 SAG Awards: 'Boardwalk Empire', 'The Help' Win Big
This year's Screen Actors Guild Awards almost felt like last year's ceremony, where the same people won the same awards (more or less), but there were a few pleasant surprises in tonight's proceedings.

But first, to the (in some cases, disappointing) non-surprises: HBO's Boardwalk Empire won both Best Ensemble in a Drama Series and Best Male Actor in a Drama Series (for Steve Buscemi), the same awards the show won last year. Betty White won her second SAG Award in  a row for her role in the comedy Hot in Cleveland, while Alec Baldwin won his sixth straight SAG Award (yes) for 30 Rock. Unfortunately, that meant a shut-out for Steve Carell, who was nominated for his final season in The Office.


But there's a pleasant win for Jessica Lange: she won her first SAG Award for her deliciously nasty performance in American Horror Story.

The film winners were, like last year, (almost) pretty much a carbon copy of this year's Golden Globes -- The Artist's Jean Dujardin and Beginners' Christopher Plummer won for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. But the biggest winner was The Help: apart from Octavia Spencer's expected win, the film also won Best Cast, while Viola Davis was named Best Actress. And suddenly, the Oscar race got a little more interesting.

Other highlights of the night included Mary Tyler Moore getting a Life Achievement Award (and a long standing ovation for the award's presenter, Dick Van Dyke, who had to reiterate that he's just a presenter) and the "Scorsese drinking game," one introduced by the cast of Bridesmaids, and one that resulted in a bunch of downed wine glasses when Boardwalk Empire won its two awards.

The full list of winners are below.

TELEVISION WINNERS

Outstanding Ensemble in a TV Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Ensemble in a TV Comedy Series: Modern Family
Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Drama Series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Drama Series: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Comedy Series: Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

FILM WINNERS

Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture: The Help
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Viola Davis, The Help
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer, The Help

(Image courtesy of HBO and Dreamworks Pictures)

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