- Associated Press - Sunday, January 30, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - “The Fighter” co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo have swept the supporting-acting honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for their roles in the boxing drama.

The wins Sunday lift their prospects at the Feb. 27 Academy Awards, Bale as an ex-fighter whose career unraveled amid drugs and crime, Leo as the domineering matriarch of a boxing family.

“Boardwalk Empire” took two TV awards, best dramatic ensemble and best actor for Steve Buscemi. Alec Baldwin won his fifth-straight prize as TV comedy actor for “30 Rock,” while 89-year-old Betty White was picked as best TV comedy actress for “Hot in Cleveland.”

Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife” won for TV dramatic actress. “Modern Family” earned the TV comedy ensemble award.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Melissa Leo won the supporting-actress honor Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role as the domineering matriarch of a boxing family in “The Fighter.”

The win lifts Leo’s prospects for the same prize at the Feb. 27 Academy Awards.

Leo was speechless for a long moment after taking the stage.

“I’m much better when I have my words written for me and somebody’s costumes to put on,” said Leo, 50, an Oscar nominee two years ago for “Frozen River” who had success earlier in her career on TV’s “Homicide: Life on the Street” but has caught a second wind at an age when many actresses find roles scarce. “This has been an extraordinary season for me.”

Betty White, who is having her own career resurgence in her 80s, won for TV comedy actress for “Hot in Cleveland.”

“I must say this is the biggest surprise I’ve ever had in this business. There wasn’t a prayer. I am so lucky to be … at 89, to be working …,” White said, pausing as the crowd interrupted her with effusive applause. “You didn’t applaud when I turned 40.”

Alec Baldwin won his fifth-straight guild award for best actor in a comedy series for “30 Rock.”

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