CHICAGO, IL —
The 2012 awards season has been unpredictable,to say the least, and last night' s 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards was no exception.
The Help picked up three SAG awards at Sunday's ceremony, giving Golden Globe frontrunners like The Artist and The Descendants a run for their money. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer who played maids in the Southern drama took home the trophies for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role and in a Supporting Role, respectively. Later, The Help won the night's highest honor, 'Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture', which is considered the equivalent of a 'Best Picture' Oscar.
The surprises didn't stop there. Jean Dujardin, star of the silent-film The Artist, beat out big names George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt for the outstanding male actor SAG award. The Artist was also awarded top prizes at Saturday's Directors Guild of America and and last weekend's Producers Guild awards show. Golden Globe and Critics Choice award winner Christopher Plummer got the 'best supporting actor' nod for his role in Beginners.
On the TV side, this year's SAG Awards was a repeat of 2011, in some respects. HBO's drama series Boardwalk Empire won for 'best ensemble' while Steve Buscemi scored the award for 'best lead role' in the series for the second consecutive year.
In the comedy category, the 'outstanding performance' honor went to the Modern Family cast, bringing them a back-to-back win. 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin won 'best actor' for the sixth time in a row and the 90-year old Betty White earned 'best actress' for the second-straight time for her role in Hot in Cleveland.
Topping off the night, actress Mary Tyler Moore came on stage to accept the guild's Lifetime Achievement Award from her co-star, Dick Van Dyke. Moore is known for her work in television and film as well as her major roles in the sitcoms, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. Watch Moore accept the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award below.
This year's SAG Awards was filled with a few surprises, followed by tears of joy and thanks to 'best cast' nominees for the movie Bridesmaids, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig, there were also lots of laughs. The comical trio took the stage to present their film and introduced the world to their "Scorcese" drinking game that became a hilarious recurring theme of the night. See the Bridesmaids cast on stage at the SAG Awards below.
For a full list of last nights' winners and nominees visit: http://www.sagawards.org/awards/nominees-and-recipients/18th-annual-screen-actors-guild-awards