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Bryan Cranston wins SAG Award for 'Breaking Bad'

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Actor Bryan Cranston has just won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in "Breaking Bad" on Jan. 17, 2014, at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Calif. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are presented by the SAG-AFTRA Guild and honors the best in television and film. Tonight’s show was simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

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Leaping to the stage, Cranston grabbed his "actor" and sang "I won a SAG award."

He continued, "I've had so many crappy jobs in my life. The only thing that got me through was dreaming that someday I could earn a living as an actor. Vince Gilligan, I owe you everything."

Bryan Cranston has been on a career high since his work with "Breaking Bad" started in 2008. The actor had previously starred in the very popular situation comedy "Malcolm in the Middle" from 2000 through 2006. But his work on AMC's "Breaking Bad" has been ground-breaking work as his character Walter White transforms from an average high school science teacher to a drug lord.

Cranston has also had steady work in film and last year won a Screen Actors Guild Award for as a cast member of the film "Argo." Last month Cranston was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and just recently it was announced that Cranston will portray Lex Luthor in the new film "Batman vs. Superman," that is expected to be released into theaters in 2015.

This is Bryan Cranston's third SAG Award win and ninth nomination. He is also nominated tonight for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for "Breaking Bad." Cranston's previous SAG Awards were won in:

  • 2013 - Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for "Argo"
  • 2013 - Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series "Breaking Bad"

Also nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series were:

  • Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire"
  • Peter Dinklage for "Game of Thrones"
  • Kevin Spacey for "House of Cards"
  • Jeff Daniels for "The Newsroom"

"Breaking Bad" was nominated for three Screen Actors Awards this evening, including nominations for:

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