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Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012: Boardwalk Empire triumphs

Boardwalk Empire

Story by Jack Foley

HBO’s Boardwalk Empire emerged as the big winner at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for TV, picking up two accolades.

Steve Buscemi took home the award for male actor in a drama series, his second in successive years, while the show itself also took home its second consecutive award for ensemble in a drama series.

Speaking on his own behalf, a delighted Buscemi said: “To all the Michael Pitt fans, I know, I’m sorry!”

His comments came in reference to the shocking death of Pitt’s central character at the end of the second season, for which many thought the younger co-star deserved to be recognised.

And speaking as spokesman for the ensemble cast, Buscemi added: “We are so honoured. We love doing this show.”

As widely predicted, ensemble in a comedy series went to Modern Family, marking the ABC comedy’s second consecutive SAG honour.

It was left to the kids on the show to handle the acceptance speech, with 13-year-old Nolan Gould citing W.C. Field’s advice never to work with children or animals as his starting point, but in a comedic way.

“Well, he can kiss my …” he joked, before the rest of the cast rushed in to shut him up.

Modern Family had gone into the ceremony leading the film but the awards were quite generously handed out so that there were several other shows recognised for various achievements.

Kate Winslet took the female actor in a TV movie or mini for her part in Mildred Pierce, although she was not present to pick up the trophy in person.

The award does, however, complete a hat-trick for her, given she had also won an Emmy and Golden Globe.

Paul Giamatti took home the honour for male actor in a TV movie or mini for his performance in Too Big To Fail. Like Winslet, he also was absent.

Female actor in a drama series went to American Horror Story‘s Jessica Lange, marking her first SAG award, prompting her to confess that accepting the role of a demonic mother had required “a leap of faith” on her part.

But she added: “It’s great to play such a big character with so much to do.”

On the comedy side, Alec Baldwin was the recipient of the male actor in a comedy series award for 30 Rock, beating The Office‘s Steve Carell and taking home his sixth award in a row.

While female actor in a comedy series went to Betty White, a recipient of SAG’s Life Achievemnt Award, for Hot in Cleveland. She also received one of the night’s standing ovations, despite also having triumphed in the same category last year.

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