The 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards proved to be a less predictable affair than the 2012 Golden Globes, with some truly deserving performances being recognized by the acting community; but, as always, there were some questionable calls and outright snubs as well.
The Help didn't really need any as the 2012 SAG Awards as it went on to snag the top honors of the night, with actress Viola Davis snagging a win for her leading role in the film, while Octavia Spencer added to her Golden Globe win by snagging the actress in a supporting role prize.
On the TV side, things were pretty volatile: Aleck Baldwin trumped Steve Carrell for actor in a comedy series, meaning The Office's former manager Michael Scott will head off into the sunset sans SAG award. Steve Buscemi upset Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston to win in the actor in a dramatic series award, while Betty White trounced younger talent like Tina Fey to win Actress in a Comedic Series. Jessica Lange followed her Globes win with another big award for her dramatic American Horror Story role.
While it was little surprise that Modern Family won for Best Ensemble in a Comedic Series, hardcore TV fans are likely still rankled by the fact that Boardwalk Empire won the Best Dramatic Ensemble award over the Breaking Bad and/or Game of Thrones.
Check out the list of 2012 SAG Award winners (and losers) below:
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
The Help – WINNERThe ArtistBridesmaidsThe DescendantsMidnight in Paris
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Viola Davis, The Help – WINNERGlenn Close, Albert NobbsMeryl Streep, The Iron LadyTilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About KevinMichelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Jean Dujardin, The Artist – WINNERDemian Bichir, A Better LifeGeorge Clooney, The DescendantsLeonardo DiCaprio, J EdgarBrad Pitt, Moneyball
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Octavia Spencer, The Help – WINNERBérénice Bejo, The ArtistJessica Chastain, The HelpMelissa McCarthy, BridesmaidsJanet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Christopher Plummer, Beginners – WINNERKenneth Branagh, My Week With MarilynArmie Hammer, J EdgarJonah Hill, MoneyballNick Nolte, Warrior
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce – WINNERDiane Lane, Cinema VeriteMaggie Smith, Downton AbbeyEmily Watson, Appropriate AdultBetty White, Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail – WINNERLaurence Fishburne, ThurgoodGreg Kinnear, The KennedysJames Woods, Too Big to FailGuy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire – WINNERBreaking BadDexterGame of ThronesThe Good Wife
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story – WINNERKathy Bates, Harry’s LawGlenn Close, DamagesJulianna Margulies, The Good WifeKyra Sedgwick, The Closer
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire – WINNERPatrick J Adams, SuitsKyle Chandler, Friday Night LightsBryan Cranston, Breaking BadMichael C Hall, Dexter
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES
Modern Family – WINNER30 RockThe Big Bang TheoryGleeThe Office
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland – WINNERJulie Bowen, Modern FamilyEdie Falco, Nurse JackieTina Fey, 30 RockSofia Vergara, Modern Family
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock – WINNERTy Burrell, Modern FamilySteve Carell, The OfficeJon Cryer, Two and a Half MenEric Stonestreet, Modern Family
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Mary Tyler Moore