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Screen Actors Guild Awards: Breaking Bad and Modern Family triumph

Modern Family

Story by Jack Foley

MODERN Family and Breaking Bad dominated the 2014 Screen Actors’ Guild Awards.

The sitcom won best ensemble in a comedy series as well as best male actor in a comedy series for Ty Burrell’s family patriarch Phil Dunphy.

While crime drama Breaking Bad, which ended last year, took home the outstanding dramatic cast prize as well as best lead actor Bryan Cranston, for his portrayal of teacher-turned-meth dealer, Walter White.

Commenting on his win, Burrell outlined his steps for becoming a successful actor, which included: “Be born into a family that never had an actor in it, use that false sense of confidence to woo and attract a spouse who’s better than you, have no skill other than being a needy extrovert [and] use that lack of skill to stumble into a job.”

While Cranston acknoweldged his former cast-mates, saying: “We have the nicest bunch of white supremacist Nazis I have ever worked with. I swear to you I would kill you all over again.”

Elsewhere, there was major British success among the female categories with Dame Maggie Smith and Dame Helen Mirren winning best actress awards for Downton Abbey and the TV movie Phil Spector respectively.

Dame Maggie was not present to accept her award but Dame Helen took her time to examine the trophy she had just received before adding: “I love this little guy. He’s so sexy, isn’t he? Sort of naked but not quite…”

Michael Douglas picked up a best actor prize in the TV category for his performance as Liberace in the movie Behind The Candelabra, which was only shown on cable channel HBO in the States.

While Julia-Louis Dreyfus won the best actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of the US Vice-President in Veep.

Find out who won the movie awards

TV Winners at a glance (winners appear in bold)

Best actor (drama)
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best actress (drama)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Claire Danes, Homeland
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Best actor (comedy)
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best actress (comedy)
Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Best ensemble cast (drama)
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones

Best ensemble cast (comedy)
Modern Family
30 Rock
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory

Best actor (mini-series)
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Jeremy Irons, The Hollow Crown
Rob Lowe, Killing Kennedy
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best actress (mini-series)
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Angela Bassett, Betty and Coretta
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake