During Sunday night’s live broadcast of the SAG Awards, or Screen Actors Guild Awards, there finally were some genuine surprise wins in the television categories. Bright House Networks subscribers in Tampa Bay saw it on not one, but two networks, TNT and TBS, channels 33 and 23.
“Breaking Bad’s” Bryon Cranston finally scored his first win in the male actor in a drama series. Cranston received another at the end of the telecast for his film role in "Argo" as part of the cast. In an unexpected turn PBS’ “Downton Abbey” received an award for ensemble acting in a drama series. It beat out the favored “Homeland” who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe recently in the same category.
It seems the SAG members love following the same winners in television as “Modern Family” won its third Actor in a row for comedy ensemble. Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey each grabbed one for their roles in “30 Rock.” Fey heavily plugged the comedy series finale later in the week. The show will end after seven seasons.
Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in “Game Change” continued her remarkable roll with garnering hers in the TV miniseries or movie. During the announcement of male actors for miniseries or movie none of the nominees were in attendance. It was later learned many had the flu. An absent Kevin Costner received his for “Hatfields & McCoys.”
Much like Julianne Moore, it was “Homeland’s” Claire Danes in the drama series who also won a clean sweep of an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG. When Jennifer Lawrence won for female actor in a leading role she immediately honored her television roots by thanking MTV. She received her SAG card from the music network for appearing in a promo of “My Super Sweet 16.”
This was the first year since the merging of two entertainment unions, SAG and AFTRA. The co-presidents came out to give a brief speech, followed by a short film with the history of these two unions now as one. For a complete list of all winners in motion picture and television be sure to click here.