"American Hustle" took the top Sreen Actors Guild top award, winning the ensemble cast trophy while "Dallas Buyers Club" received strong support with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto winning the actor and supporting actor trophies.
Cate Blanchett took the SAG best actress award as a deeply troubled woman in "Blue Jasmine" and Lupita Nyong'o won the supporting actress award for the searing historical drama "12 Years a Slave."
Jennifer Lawrence credited "American Hustle" director David O. Russell for the award, adding, "Once you work with David, you fall in love."
The results provided mixed signals since the "American Hustle" cast won over "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club" along with topping with "August: Osage County" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler." The winner of the SAG ensemble trophy has matched the Oscar Best Picture winner nine times in 18 years, including last year with "Argo."
McConaughey's portrayal of activist Ron Woodroof won him the the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. The role required him to lose 38 pounds -- which improved his mental sharpness.
"There's a real benefit to being hungry," McConaughey said backstage. "All the power I lost, I gained from the neck up."
Leto, who portrays a transgender woman named Rayon, dedicated the award to those who have died of AIDS and those living with HIV and said he wanted to share the award to "the Rayons of the world."
"The epidemic isn't over," Leto said backstage. "There still is not a cure."
Nyong'o scored a mild upset over Lawrence, who was up for "American Hustle" and won the category last for "Silver Linings Playbook."
"Being recognized by your fellow actors is an honor of the highest order," she said in her acceptance speech, then singled out her director. "Thank you, thank you, thank you, Steve McQueen."
Lawrence had been favored by many pundits, given her Golden Globe victory a week ago.
"Modern Family" won the comedy ensemble trophy for fourth consecutive time and Ty Burrell won the actor trophy -- blocking Alec Baldwin from winning the award for the eighth consecutive year for "30 Rock."
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss repeated her Emmy win for "Veep," marking her first SAG win since "Seinfeld." She evoked major laughs in her acceptance by saying, "I'd like the thank the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press for this glorious Golden Globe....It's important to understand that it's truly an honor to be nominated for an Academy Award."
Veteran thesps Helen Mirren and Michael Douglas won the movie-miniseries awards for "Phil Spector" and "Behind the Candelabra," respectively. Mirren admitted that she had expected Elizabeth Moss to win for "Top of the Lake" and had not prepared an acceptance speech.
"I arrived in that very comfortable relaxed state -- big mistake," she said backstage.
Douglas, who won for playing Liberace, gave credit to his co-star. "The truth is, I am not here without Matt Damon," Douglas said. "This is yours, too."
The final season of "Breaking Bad" dominated in drama series, winning the ensemble trophy and actor award for Bryan Cranston. It was the second win in a row for Cranston. Cranston noted that he'd done "so many crappy jobs" before being able to make a living as an actor, adding, "We are the luckiest people in the world."
Maggie Smith won the female drama series trophy for "Downton Abbey." She was the only winner not present.
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'American Hustle' Wins SAG Ensemble Cast Award
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