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Screen Actors Guild Awards: Downton Abbey and Homeland among winners

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

DOWNTON Abbey and Homeland were among the winners of the TV categories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Downton picked up a prize for best TV drama series cast, beating the likes of Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men.

Upon accepting the prize, Phyllis Logan, who plays Mrs. Hughes in the series, spoke for her fellow actors by thanking “SAG for even bothering to consider us”.

She also made a special point of recognising the show’s creator Julian Fellowes “for starting this whole thing going”.

Homeland earned Claire Danes her second SAG trophy as dramatic TV series actress award for her driven CIA agent. She previously won for the TV movie Temple Grandin.

Upon receiving her trophy, Danes said: “As a brand spanking new mom, I keep referring to the cliche that it takes a village to raise a child, and the same is true of a television series.”

Her co-star Damian Lewis missed out on the dramatic actor prize to Bryan Cranston, who earned his first SAG Award for playing the meth-dealing Walter White in Breaking Bad.

Cranston, who also saw his film Argo pick up the ensemble trophy at the ceremony, said: “It is so good to be bad.”

After naming the show’s cast, he added: “And to my brothers and sisters in SAG/AFTRA, who have endowed me with this wonderful award. Tonight, at least, I’m well-endowed.”

In the comedy categories, Modern Family was named best comedy ensemble for the third year in a row.

But it missed out on individual prizes to 30 Rock, which saw Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin recognised for best male and female comedy leads.

Baldwin’s win marked his seventh consecutive SAG on the spin and he joked: “This is ridiculous… so again I have to say thank you to Tina and all our writers.”

While Fey thanked her fellow cast members before adding a special word of appreciation to “my sweet friend Amy Poehler,” saying: “Amy, I’ve known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham.”

Julianne Moore added to her Emmy and Golden Globe haul for playing Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change by picking up the SAG Award for actress in a TV movie or mini-series.

While Kevin Costner also followed his Emmy and Globe wins for the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys by winning the SAG Award for TV movie/mini-series.

Dick Van Dyke was presented with SAG’s Life Achievement Award and received his trophy from Baldwin.

The ceremony was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

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