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Screen Actors' Guild Awards: Boardwalk Empire among TV winners

Boardwalk Empire

Story by Jack Foley

GANGSTER epic Boardwalk Empire has landed two of the top prizes in the TV categories at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in America on Sunday night (January 30, 2011).

The show got off to a great start at the ceremony when its star Steve Buscemi, who plays a political fixer in Atlantic City, was named best actor in a drama series.

He commented: “I didn’t know this was going to be the first one, so I’m very nervous.”

He then offered a special ‘thank you’ to Martin Scorsese, who won a DGA Award on Saturday night for directing the series’ pilot episode.

Buscemi was then able to return to the stage for a second time when Boardwalk Empire won a second prize on the night, for TV drama ensemble, upon which he confessed: “I lost my speech [first time!”

But he went on to say: “I’m so glad this cast won because I love them so much.”

In other TV awards, the outstanding female performance in a drama series went to The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies, who won in the same category last year.

The CBS drama follows a wronged wife who returns to work as an attorney.

SAG’s love affair with Alec Baldwin also continued as he was awarded his fifth consecutive award for actor in a comedy series for his work in NBC’s 30 Rock, prompting him to comment: “I don’t know what to say. This is ridiculous.

“We’ve had a great year with the show, and I feel compelled to thank the Teamsters.”

Betty White, meanwhile, was able to accept her first competitive SAG Award as best actress in a comedy series for TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, in which she plays a feisty landlady. The screen and TV veteran had been honoured with SAG’s Life Achievement Award last year.

And the 10-actor ensemble of ABC’s Modern Family was voted best comedy series ensemble, prompting Ed O’Neill, who plays the patriach of the series’ family, ato say: “This was one that I think we all wanted because the show is set up as an ensemble, and we’re having a ball doing it.”

Two further TV awards went to Al Pacino, who wasn’t present, as best actor in a TV movie for his performance as assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian in HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack, and to Claire Danes, who was named outstanding female actor in a TV movie for HBO’s Temple Grandin.

Danes thanked her fellow cast members for helping her play “an autistic woman who has trouble communicating” and singled out the movie’s real-life subject, saying: “Thank you, Temple, who is no act.”

TV SAG winners and nominees at a glance

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-series
John Goodman – You Don’t Know Jack
Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack
Dennis Quaid – The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez – Carlos
Patrick Stewart – Macbeth

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-series
Clair Danes – Temple Grandin
Catherine O’Hara – Temple Grandin
Julia Ormond – Temple Grandin
Winona Ryder – When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story
Susan Sarandon – You Don’t Know Jack

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad
Michael C Hall – Dexter
Jon Hamm – Dexter
Hugh Laurie – House

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Glenn Close – Damages
Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Julianna Magulies – The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock
Ty Burrell – Modern Family
Steve Carell – The Office
Chris Colfer – Glee
Ed O’Neill – Modern Family

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey – 30 Rock
Jane Lynch – Glee
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family
Betty White – Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
The Closer
The Good Wife
Mad Men

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock
Hot in Cleveland
Modern Family
The Office

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  1. This is great that Boardwalk Empire won! As a DISH customer/employee I loved watching this great new show in full HD. Since DISH has the most HD in the industry I was able to watch pretty much all the shows that were nominated in High Def. Congrats to Buscemi!

    Elias    Feb 1    #