January 30, 2011
'King's Speech,' 'Modern Family' Top the SAG Awards
The royal drama "The King's Speech" and TV comedy "Modern Family" were the big winners at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, handed out Sunday night from L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium.
As a repeat of the Golden Globes, "King's Speech" star Colin Firth also won the SAG for Best Actor for his portrayal of King George VI, while Natalie Portman picked up the award for Best Actress for her turn as a tortured ballerina in "Black Swan." Christian Bale won the prize for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the real-life brother of prize fighter Mickey Ward, while his "Fighter" cast mate Melissa Leo won for Best Supporting Actress as Mickey's hardened mother.
In the TV categories, "Modern Family" picked up the Best Comedy Series Ensemble, while HBO's "Broadwalk Empire" took home the SAG for Best Drama Series Ensemble. "Broadwalk" star Steve Buscemi also won Best Actor in a Drama Series. Julianna Margulies picked up the prize for Best Actress in a Drama Series for "The Good Wife."
Betty White was completely shocked by her win for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her turn in "Hot in Cleveland," but made audiences laugh when she noticed her SAG award was a naked man -- and admired him. "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin won for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
The Screen Actors Guild also honored 94-year-old Ernest Borgnine with the Lifetime Achievement award.
The TNT telecast of the SAG Awards went off without any drama, unlike the recent Golden Globes, which saw host Ricky Gervais shock some with his biting comments about the entertainment industry.
Up next in the award season lineup is the 83rd Academy Awards, which will be presented Sunday, February 27.