SAG Awards 2013: Bryan Cranston Wins Best Actor in TV Drama
SAG Awards 2013: 'Argo' Wins Best Ensemble
The cast of "Modern Family" beat out the likes of "Nurse Jackie" and "Glee" to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series at Sunday's ceremony.
It also triumphed over "30 Rock" and "The Office," two NBC shows that are having their final seasons on the air.
Bryan Cranston won Outstanding Actor in a TV Drama Series for his work as a chemistry teacher turned meth dealer in AMC's "Breaking Bad."
"It is so good to be bad," Cranston said.
Cranston won his first SAG honor over fierce competition from the likes of Jon Hamm as a philandering ad executive in "Mad Men" and Steve Buscemi as a corrupt political boss in "Boardwalk Empire." He also bested Damian Lewis, whose work as a terrorist mole in "Homeland" has already scored him Emmy and Golden Globe honors.
Claire Danes, his co-star on the Showtime series, was more lucky. Her work as a bipolar agent on "Homeland" earned her a Best Actress in a TV Drama Series Award.
Danes, who recently gave birth to a son, said that the adage that it takes a village to raise a child also applies to artistic endeavors, saying that she shared the award with her cast.
On the film front, Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway won supporting actor honors for their work in "Lincoln" and "Les Misérables," respectively.
Jones was honored for his performance as radical Republican Senator Thaddeus Stevens, an ardent abolitionist and sometime ally of Abraham Lincoln, but was not on hand to pick up his statue. Jones' win was unexpected as Philip Seymour Hoffman had been the favorite to pick up the SAG for his work as a cult leader in "The Master."
Hathaway earned her award for her performance as an impoverished mother forced into prostitution in the hit musical. The actress took the podium to thank her co-stars in both "Les Misérables" and "The Dark Knight Rises," saying what an actor learned in one job they applied in others.
Unlike the Oscars, the SAG awards honor the best of television and film, and the casts of "Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" are among the shows competing for top awards, while the actors in "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" are among the stars vying for statues.
Alec Baldwin won the leading actor in a comedy statue, making it his eighth SAG award for his work as a cutthroat executive on "30 Rock." The NBC sitcom is finishing up its seven seasons on the air next week.
"It was the greatest experience I've ever had," Baldwin said, while reflecting on the show's end.
His co-star Tina Fey won her own statue minutes later, marking her fifth SAG award for her work as a television writer on "30 Rock."
"Thank you for letting me in this union," Fey said.
She also paused to thank one of her rivals for the staue, "I share this with my sweet friend Amy Poehler...Amy I've known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham," Fey said.
Poehler was nominated for her work in "Parks and Recreation." Dunham, the 26-year old wunderkind behind "Girls," was not nominated for a SAG, but she picked up a Golden Globe earlier this month while Poehler and Fey gazed on from the audience.
Julianne Moore's performance as vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change" was a hit with SAG voters, earning her Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series award.