Deep South drama takes home multiple SAG awards
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Award season rolled on in Los Angeles last night. Hollywood's acting community honored its own with the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
"The Help," a drama set in the Deep South of the 1960s took multiple honors, including Best Ensemble, the guild's equivalent of Best Picture.
"The Help" star Viola Davis also took individual honors as Best Actress, while co-star Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress, both for their roles as maids who spoke up about racial injustice.
"It was really a privilege to work on a film that gave a voice to so many women who made it possible for me to be standing here tonight," Spencer said.
Jean Dujardin, the French star of the silent film "The Artist" scored Best Actor, beating out among others, George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Veteran actor Christopher Plummer won his first SAG Award, Best Supporting Actor for "Beginners".
The television categories had a familiar ring to them.
For the second straight year, "Boardwalk Empire" won Best Drama Ensemble, and once again,
series star Steve Buscemi picked up Best Actor.
ABC comedy "Modern Family" won Best Ensemble for the second straight year, and Betty White made it back to back wins for Best Actress for her work on "Hot in Cleveland".
Alec Baldwin made it six straight trips to the podium as Best Actor for his role on "30 Rock".
Jessica Lange broke the string of repeat winners.
She scored Best Actress in a Drama for "American Horror Story".
Last year, "The King's Speech" also won the Guild's Best Ensemble on the way to winning the Academy Award for Best Picture, but in the 16 years since the Guild added the Best Ensemble, it's only gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar eight times.