The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is an American labor union that represents film and television performers worldwide. Most people probably know SAG for the various actors’ strikes or for the Screen Actors Guild Award, which SAG uses to honor outstanding performances by its members. The first SAG Awards ceremony was held in February 1995 (for films released in 1994).
The big winner last night was the 2011 hit movie, The Help. It won two acting awards and the top prize, "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" (or Best Ensemble-Film), which is something of an upset. Going into last night, The Artist, had to be at least a slight favorite because it has won the top prize from most film critics organizations, and it won the top prize at the Golden Globes and from both the Directors and Producers Guilds. However, in the previous 17 years of the SAG Awards, only 9 "Best Ensemble" winners have also won the best picture Oscar. Last year's Best Ensemble SAG winner, The King's Speech, did win the Oscar.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented on Jan. 29, 2012 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and aired live on TBS and TNT.
18th Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® Winners (for the year 2011):
"The Help" (Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel)
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Viola Davis, "The Help"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
BEST STUNT ENSEMBLE
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
BEST DRAMA ENSEMBLE
"Boardwalk Empire" (Steve Buscemi; Dominic Chianese; Robert Clohessy; Dabney Coleman; Charlie Cox; Josie Gallina; Lucy Gallina; Stephen Graham; Jack Huston; Anthony Laciura; Heather Lind; Kelly MacDonald; Declan McTigue; Rory McTigue; Gretchen Mol; Brady Noon; Connor Noon; Kevin O'Rourke; Aleksa Palladino; Jacqueline Pennewill; Vincent Piazza; Michael Pitt; Michael Shannon; Paul Sparks; Michael Stuhlbarg; Peter Van Wagner; Shea Whigham; Michael Kenneth Williams; Anatol Yusef)
BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
BEST COMEDY ENSEMBLE
"Modern Family" (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons; Julie Bowen; Ty Burrell; Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Nolan Gould; Sarah Hyland; Ed O'Neill; Rico Rodriguez II; Eric Stonestreet; Sofia Vergara; Ariel Winter)
BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland"
BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTOR
Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail"
BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTRESS
Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"
BEST TV STUNT ENSEMBLE
"Game of Thrones"
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - Screen Actors Guild Awards 48th Annual Life Achievement Award:
Mary Tyler Moore