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Firth, Portman, Bale, Leo win Screen Actors prizes
“I don’t know what to say. This is ridiculous. I’m so happy,” Baldwin said. “We’ve had a great year with the show.”
“Modern Family” won for overall cast performance in a TV comedy.
Steve Buscemi of “Boardwalk Empire” and Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife” won as best actors in a TV drama. “Boardwalk Empire,” a Prohibition-era gangster series, also won for overall TV drama cast performance.
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.”
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.”
“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 at last Tuesday’s nominations. “The Social Network” had two SAG nominations but came away empty-handed.
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, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, included a life-achievement honor for Ernest Borgnine.
“We are a privileged few who have been chosen to work in this field of entertainment,” said the 94-year-old Borgnine, whose award was preceded by a tribute including clips from his Oscar-winning performance in 1955’s “Marty” through his role in last fall’s action comedy “Red.” “I hope that we will never let our dedication to our craft fail, that we will always give the best we possibly can to our profession.”
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