LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Buscemi of "Boardwalk Empire" and Julianna Margulies of "The Good Wife" have been picked as best actors in a TV drama at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The award for overall cast performance in a TV drama also went to "Boardwalk Empire," a Prohibition-era crime drama.
Buscemi's thanks included a shout out and congratulations to Martin Scorsese, who won a Directors Guild of America Award prize the night before for directing the pilot episode of "Boardwalk Empire." Scorsese was ill and unable to attend.
"Marty, we love you. We hope you feel better, and we love working with you. Please come back," Buscemi said.
Margulies had warm words for her in-laws "for producing truly the most spectacular human being, who I get to call my husband."
The big-screen prizes are the night's main events, with winners gaining momentum for the same honors at the Feb. 27 Academy Awards.
Colin Firth, star of the British monarchy saga "The King's Speech," is expected to take home the best-actor trophy at the Screen Actors ceremony, while Christian Bale is the supporting-actor favorite for the boxing drama "The Fighter."
Best-actress and supporting-actress honors are more competitive. Natalie Portman for "Black Swan" and Annette Bening for "The Kids Are All Right" are in a tight race for lead actress, while "The Fighter" co-stars Melissa Leo and Amy Adams both are strong contenders for supporting actress, along with 14-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for "True Grit."
Out of the 20 Screen Actors nominees in film categories, 17 also earned Oscar nominations. Among them are last year's best-actor winner Jeff Bridges, nominated this season for "True Grit"; Nicole Kidman for "Rabbit Hole"; James Franco for "127 Hours"; Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network"; and Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone."
Before the show began, the guild presented its award for film stunt ensemble to the sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" and the TV stunt prize to the vampire drama "True Blood."
Nominated for overall cast performance at the guild awards are "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right," "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network." All five were among the 10 best-picture nominees at the Oscars, where "The Social Network" and "The King's Speech" are considered the front-runners for Hollywood's biggest prize.
"The Social Network," chronicling the rise of Facebook, had been the early Oscar favorite for best-picture, named the year's top drama by key critics groups and the Golden Globes.
But "The King's Speech" has surged forward in the past week, pulling upset wins at the Directors Guild and Producers Guild awards and leading the Oscar field last Tuesday with 12 nominations.
Last year's individual winners at the guild awards _ Bridges for "Crazy Heart," Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side," Mo'nique for "Precious" and Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds" _ all went on to win at the Oscars.
The cast prize, considered the guild's equivalent of a best-picture honor, has a spotty record at predicting the top Oscar winner.
The recipient of the guild's cast award has gone on to claim best-picture at the Oscars only seven of 15 years since SAG added that prize. Last year's guild cast recipient, "Inglourious Basterds," lost out to "The Hurt Locker" in the Oscar best-picture race.
The 17th annual SAG Awards include a life-achievement honor for Ernest Borgnine.