The Screen Actors Guild Awards didn’t seem too different from the awards show that was presented last year, as multiple winners walked away with a trophy for the second time, which lead to some big upsets in certain categories.
On the comedy side, There was no doubt that Modern Family was going to take the win this year as they did last year. None of the other comedies (Glee, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, The Office, or Two and a Half Men) nominated in the Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series came close to having the season that Modern Family did. Modern Family also swept the Emmy Awards this year, as well as walking away with the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series, all of which gave Modern Family the definitive lead over all of the other nominees.
Alec Baldwin walked away with his sixth straight SAG award for his portrayal of Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, pulling off a major upset. Ty Burell (Modern Family) was the big bet to win this year for Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series.
Betty White pulled an upset in the Best Female Actor in a Comedy Series category for her role on TVLand’s Hot in Cleveland. This is the second year in a row that White has won this award. Many thought that she was going to be defeated this year by Julie Bowen or Sofia Vergara from Modern Family, but it seems that the Screen Actors Guild is still in love with America’s Golden Girl.
On the drama side, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire walked away with the Best Ensemble in a Drama Series trophy for the second year in a row. Personally, I thought this year would have went to CBS’ The Good Wife since usual winner Mad Men was eligible due to no new episodes airing in 2011, and Golden Globe winner for Best Drama, Showtime’s Homeland, was snubbed in this category altogether.
Steve Buscemi also won his second consecutive award for Boardwalk Empire, beating out Patrick J. Adams (Suits), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), and my favorite, recent Emmy winner Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights).
The SAG Award for Best Female Actor in a Drama Series went to the much deserved Jessica Lange for FX’s American Horror Story. Lange pulled a huge upset by snatching the trophy from reigning champ Julianna Marguiles for The Good Wife. The win for Lange was a huge surprise because Marguiles has the most SAG Awards of any individual, winning 6 for her role on ER, and 2 for The Good Wife.