‘American Hustle’ Wins SAG Ensemble Cast Award

McConaughey, Leto win for 'Dallas Buyers Club'

American Hustle” took the top Screen Actors Guild award, winning the ensemble cast trophy while “Dallas Buyers Club” received strong support with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto taking the actor and supporting actor trophies.

Cate Blanchett took the SAG best actress award as a woman becoming unhinged in “Blue Jasmine” and Lupita Nyong’o won the supporting actress award for the searing historical drama “12 Years a Slave.”

“Modern Family” and “Breaking Bad” each took a pair of TV awards, unveiled at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and based on voting by the 150,000 members of SAG-AFTRA.

Jennifer Lawrence said backstage that “American Hustle” director David O. Russell should be credited for the award for the con-job comedy, adding, “Once you work with David, you fall in love.”

The 20th SAG Awards provided mixed signals since the “American Hustle” cast won over “12 Years a Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club” — which won three of the four individual acting awards — 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.”

“American Hustle,” “Dallas Buyers” and “12 Years” are also among the 10 candidates for the top feature trophy at Sunday’s Producers Guild of America Awards.

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.”

McConaughey received his first Oscar nomination for the role on Thursday. The last nine winners of the SAG best actor award have gone on to win the Oscar.

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 director Steve McQueen and Solomon Northup — whose memoir serves as the basis for the film — “for taking a flashlight and shining it underneath the floorboards of this nation and reminding us what it is we stand on.”

Lawrence had been favored by many pundits, given her Golden Globe victory a week ago.

“Modern Family” won the comedy ensemble trophy for the fourth consecutive year and Ty Burrell won the actor trophy — blocking Alec Baldwin from winning the award eighth straight times for “30 Rock.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus 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.”

He also told show creator Vince Gilligan “I love you, honey.”

Maggie Smith won the drama series trophy for an actress for “Downton Abbey.” She was the only winner not present.

The complete list of recipients:

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY / Ron Woodroof – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

CATE BLANCHETT / Jasmine – “BLUE JASMINE” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

JARED LETO / Rayon – “DALLAS BUYERS CLUB” (Focus Features)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

LUPITA NYONG’O / Patsey – “12 YEARS A SLAVE” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

AMERICAN HUSTLE (Columbia Pictures)

AMY ADAMS / Sydney Prosser

CHRISTIAN BALE / Irving Rosenfeld

LOUIS C.K. / Stoddard Thorsen

BRADLEY COOPER / Richie DiMaso

PAUL HERMAN / Alfonse Simone

JACK HUSTON / Pete Musane

JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Rosalyn Rosenfeld

ALESSANDRO NIVOLA / Federal Prosecutor

MICHAEL PEÑA / Sheik (Agent Hernandez)

JEREMY RENNER / Mayor Carmine Polito

ELISABETH RÖHM / Dolly Polito

SHEA WHIGHAM / Carl Elway

TELEVISION PROGRAMS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

MICHAEL DOUGLAS / Liberace – “BEHIND THE CANDELABRA” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

HELEN MIRREN / Linda Kenney Baden – “PHIL SPECTOR” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD” (AMC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham – “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy – “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Vice President Selina Meyer – “VEEP” (HBO)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

BREAKING BAD (AMC)

MICHAEL BOWEN / Uncle Jack

BETSY BRANDT / Marie Schrader

BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White

LAVELL CRAWFORD / Huell

TAIT FLETCHER / Lester

LAURA FRASER / Lydia Rodarte-Quale

ANNA GUNN / Skyler White

MATTHEW T. METZLER / Matt

RJ MITTE / Walter White Jr.

DEAN NORRIS / Hank Schrader

BOB ODENKIRK / Saul Goodman

AARON PAUL / Jesse Pinkman

JESSE PLEMONS / Todd

STEVEN MICHAEL QUEZADA / Gomez

KEVIN RANKIN / Kenny

PATRICK SANE / Frankie

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy

TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy

AUBREY ANDERSON EMMONS / Lily Tucker-Pritchett

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell Pritchett

NOLAN GOULD / Luke Dunphy

SARAH HYLAND / Haley Dunphy

ED O’NEILL / Jay Pritchett

RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny Delgado

ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker

SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett

ARIEL WINTER / Alex Dunphy

SAG AWARDS HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

LONE SURVIVOR (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild 50th Annual Life Achievement Award

RITA MORENO

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  1. Dex says:

    The Germans don’t complain about the endless run of Holocaust/World War II films, yet you’re bemoaning a rarely tackled subject that is part of your country’s history.

    • Truth says:

      Well, it’s rare compared to Holocaust movies, but hell even Super Hero movies are rare compared to Holocaust movies.

      There’s been a decent amount of films/visual media projects dealing with slavery – two last year with Lincoln and Django Unchained.

      There’s Mandingo, Roots, Amistad, and even farcical stuff like CSA.

      Areas Hollywood doesn’t explore much – Irish indentured servitude (slavery), Japanese/German/Italian internment, Native American destruction, Chinese immigrants suffering abuse while constructing rails

      • Dex says:

        A handful of films over several decades certainly cannot be regarded as a “decent amount.” Unlike the Holocaust/World War II genre, the American movie industry is not—nor has it ever been—saturated with films about slavery. Incidentally, “Django Unchained” was a fantastical depiction while “Lincoln” had slavery as a backdrop but focused more on those who helped end it rather than the actual experience of slaves themselves.

      • Truth says:

        I forgot to mention Buck and the Preacher which was directed by Sidney Poitier.

        But I’m curious, how many slave films do you think is “decent”? 100 slave films? 200? I mean why do we need a specific number of slave, or Holocaust, or any type of film done already?

  2. Julienne says:

    If you want to win awards, tell a great story with a great cast. If you want to make money, it better be high concept with no stars.

  3. Silvana says:

    Great awards for Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett. But I hate the awards for Dallas Buyers Club actors who gave just overacted “performances”. But hollywood wants gives the Oscar to bad actor McConaughey and bad whatever Leto, when Ejiofor and Fassbender are deserved more. I hope Academy does not be racist and reward Ejiofor and all 12 Years a Slave.

    • Truth says:

      That’s a great awards strategy – hey, Academy if you don’t give all the awards to 12 Years a Slave, then you’re racist!

      • Silvana says:

        12 Years a Slave is a masterpiece but if Academy goes for ridiculous forgettable American Hustle clearly is because racism. But the stars of AM are of taste of ignorant people so it’s probably that Academy wants reward AM.

  4. The slave experience in America has cinematically been most memorably portrayed by young men, which is what makes the performance of Lupita Nyong’O all the more singular: her performance as Patsey goes all the way down to the broken bone without the slightest hesitation and she powers her way through all of the actorly safety nets provided for her. Lupita Nyong’O dove headlong into well-trod material in 12 YEARS A SLAVE and showed us its still beating, fiercely feminine heart.

    • bloodpusher says:

      Seeing that poor girl get her back beaten bloody after having to beg for a bar of soap just to wash herself was quite disturbing and at the same time very moving. She portrayed the roll of a slave concubine to the max. Unfortunately this is part of American history. Congratulations to Ms. Lupita Nyang’o on her win tonight.

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