Natalie Portman, 'Modern Family,' 'The King's Speech' Crowned SAG Winners
'The King's Speech,' "Modern Family," "Boardwalk Empire," Colin Firth and Natalie Portman were among the big winners at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night, and we have the show highlights!
'The King's Speech' players were named Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture over such competition as the thespians of 'Black Swan,' 'The Fighter,' 'The Kids Are All Right' and 'The Social Network.' Taking the stage alongside stars Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, a jubilant Geoffrey Rush told the audience, "It shouldn't be called the SAG award, it should be called the uplifting award."
Moments earlier, the king's wealth was shared with Firth, who was named Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of King George VI, besting Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, James Franco and Jesse Eisenberg. "This is really something," said Firth, who joked that he used to "flash" his SAG card around, "hoping it would get me female attention."
Natalie Portman was named Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role for her turn as a conflicted ballerina in 'Black Swan,' besting Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Annette Bening and Hilary Swank. Thanking her director Darren Aronofsky, her castmates and fellow nominees ("I am so humbled to be among you"), she declared, "I am so grateful to have this union protect me every day" and singled out her parents and fiancée Benjamin Millepied: "I love you very much."
Christian Bale was named Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of washed-up boxer Dicky Ecklund in 'The Fighter.' As Christian took the podium, the real Dicky rushed him with an enthusiastic handshake and hug. "Thank you for letting me live your life and letting me play you," Christian told Dicky before declaring acting to be "like playing dress-up, and other times it's so meaningful."
Bale's 'Fighter' mom Melissa Leo was named Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of tough clan matron Alice Ward. Holding back tears, Leo singled out the actresses who played her daughters in the movie and held up her Actor statuette, saying, "Thank you for helping me find a man I could bring home tonight." Leo won over fellow nominees Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter, Mila Kunas and Hailey Steinfeld.
The TV Accolades
The cast of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" won the jackpot as Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series over "The Closer," "Dexter," "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men." "Boardwalk" star Steve Buscemi also added the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series statuette to his mantle for the Atlantic City period crime drama over Bryan Cranston, Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm and Hugh Laurie.
Julianne Margulies was named Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series for her performance in "The Good Wife" over Mariska Hargitay, Glenn Close, Kyra Sedgewick and Elisabeth Moss. Along with thanking cast, creators and crew for her second consecutive win for "the role of a lifetime," Julianna took time to thank her in-laws for "creating" her husband, and recognized "all the teamsters that have been digging us out of the snow the last few weeks."
On the comedy side, the sizeable cast of "Modern Family" picked up their first win as Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series over "30 Rock," "Glee," "Hot in Cleveland" and "The Office." Show star Ed O'Neill took the podium and remarked, "This was one that we think we all wanted because the show is set up for an ensemble. We're having a ball doing it."
"30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin picked up his fifth consecutive win as Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series, this time over Ty Burrell, Steve Carell, Chris Colfer and Ed O'Neill. "I don't know what to say, this is ridiculous," declared Baldwin. "I feel compelled, like everybody else, to say thank you to the teamsters."
Betty White was named Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role in "Hot in Cleveland" over Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, and Edie Falco. Looking absolutely shocked, the 89-year-old star proclaimed, "This is the biggest surprise I've had in this business."
And two actors were singled out for their portrayals of real-life people in the TV Movie or Miniseries category: Al Pacino was named Outstanding Male Actor for his portrayal of "Doctor Death," Jack Kevorkian, in "You Don't Know Jack," while Claire Danes was named Outstanding Female Actor for her portrayal of real-life autistic character "Temple Grandin."
In the "I'm ______, and I'm proud to be an actor" show introduction, Julia Stiles recalled acting in her fourth grade play, saying it had something to do about "aliens."
A montage of broadcast advertising clips spotlighted such stars as Kim Kardashian, George Takei, Kevin Bacon, Justin Long, John Cleese, Dustin Hoffman, Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo hawking products in commercials, including Clara Peller in the classic "Where's the beef?!" Wendy's ad.
Betty White, after picking up her award for "Hot in Cleveland," found herself getting a little distracted -- and very touchy-feely -- with the nude Actor statuette in front of her.
Ernest Borgnine, 94, was commemorated with the Life Achievement Award by fellow "McHale's Navy" star Tim Conway. After a well-deserved standing ovation, Ernest delivered a call to action: "There are millions of those in the world who would like to be in our shoes. We are a chosen few. … I hope that we will never let our dedication to our craft fail."
And those who passed away this passed year were remembered in memoriam including Jill Clayburgh, Leslie Nielsen, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Culp, Gloria Stewart, John Forsythe, Anne Francis, Pernell Roberts, David Nelson, James Macarthur, Barbara Billingsley, Gary Coleman, Rue McClanahan, Fess Parker, Lena Horne, Peter Graves, Dixie Carter, Tom Bosley, Pete Postlethwaite, Steve Landesberg, Eddie Fisher, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons and Dennis Hopper.