×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘The Help’ nabs three kudos at SAG Awards

Pic wins for best ensemble, actress, supporting actress

Hollywood actors showered support on “The Help,” giving the ensemble drama a trio of Screen Actors Guild trophies for ensemble, lead actress Viola Davis and supporting actress Octavia Spencer.

Thesps also showed affection for “The Artist,” giving Jean Dujardin the acting award in what’s one of the most closely contested categories. Christopher Plummer won the male supporting actor trophy for “Beginners.”

An emotional Davis received the cast and best actress trophies back to back at the end of Sunday night’s ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium.

“It’s been such a joy to be a part of this cast,” she said in her second acceptance speech of the evening. “All of us can inspire change — every single one of us.”

The SAG cast award — an- nounced by Brad Pitt — brightens the Oscar prospects for “The Help” as the winner has matched the best picture Oscar winner eight times in the last 16 years, most recently last year when “The King’s Speech” took home an Actor and an Oscar. In 2009, the two groups diverged when “Inglourious Basterds” won the SAG trophy and “The Hurt Locker” took best picture.

Although “The Help” and “The Artist” have been a part of the trophy conversation for months, Sunday’s wins bring more clarity to a race that has been characterized as lacking frontrunners. “The Help” — which has grossed $170 million domestically for DreamWorks/Touchstone — won the cast award over the Weinstein Co.’s”The Artist,” Universal’s “Bridesmaids,” Fox Searchlight’s “The Descendants” and Sony Classics’ “Midnight in Paris.”

Davis and Spencer were forecasted favorites, but a few surprises emerged — the biggest being Dujardin winning over George Clooney in “The Descendants.”

Davis topped two actresses who had won Golden Globes, besting Meryl Streep (“Iron Lady”) and Michelle Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”)

Spencer’s early win for “The Help” portended a big night for the civil-rights drama. All five SAG nominees, including Spencer’s castmate Jessica Chastain, also received Oscar nominations in the supporting category.

Plummer added another award to his string this season for Focus Features’ “Beginners.” He’s also won the National Board of Review, a Golden Globe and at Critics’ Choice.

The nominations in SAG’s four acting categories matched 17 out of the 20 Academy Award noms announced last week. The guild awards are closely watched during awards season because the acting branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the largest voting contingent for the Oscars with more than 20% of AMPAS voters.

Among SAG’s eight TV-acting categories, Alec Baldwin was a big winner as he racked up his sixth consecutive victory in the lead comedy actor category for NBC’s “30 Rock” and mounted the stage by yelling “omigod, omigod, omigod, omigod, omigod.”

“Boardwalk Empire” took the most trophies in the TV category as the second season of the HBO series repeated for drama cast and for Steve Buscemi as top drama actor.

Betty White repeated with a win as comedy actress for TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland,” denying Tina Fey a fourth SAG Award for “30 Rock.”

ABC’s “Modern Family” kept up the trend of repeaters, winning its second straight comedy series award for the 11-member cast — all who came on stage for their acceptance.

Jessica Lange won the drama actress kudo for FX’s “American Horror Story.” Paul Giamatti took the miniseries actor award for HBO’s “Too Big to Fail” while Kate Winslet won the actress category for that cabler’s “Mildred Pierce.”

Mary Tyler Moore was honored with the 48th annual Life Achievement Award at the ceremony.

The SAG Awards were broadcast live on TNT and TBS.

The Winners:

MOTION PICTURE

CAST
“The Help”

ACTOR
Jean Dujardin — “The Artist”

ACTRESS
Viola Davis — “The Help”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer — “Beginners”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer — “The Help”

STUNT ENSEMBLE
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

DRAMA CAST
“Boardwalk Empire”

COMEDY CAST
“Modern Family”

DRAMA ACTOR
Steve Buscemi — “Boardwalk Empire”

DRAMA ACTRESS
Jessica Lange — “American Horror Story”

COMEDY ACTOR
Alec Baldwin — “30 Rock”

COMEDY ACTRESS
Betty White — “Hot in Cleveland”

ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
Paul Giamatti — “Too Big to Fail”

ACTRESS IN A TV MOVIE/MINISERIES
Kate Winslet — “Mildred Pierce”

STUNT ENSEMBLE
“Game of Thrones”

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Mary Tyler Moore

More Film

  • 'Curse of La Llorona' Box Office

    Box Office: 'Curse of La Llorona' Conjures $2.8 Million on Thursday Night

    “The Curse of La Llorona,” the latest entry in Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Conjuring” universe, conjured $2.75 million from Thursday preview showings, while “Breakthrough,” a faith-based offering from Fox-Disney, brought in $1.5 million from its second day of screenings. “La Llorona’s” haul tops recent horror counterparts “Pet Sematary” and “Escape Room,” which each took [...]

  • Chinese Films Make the Cannes Lineup,

    Cannes: Chinese Films Make the Lineup, but Will They Make It to France?

    Cannes has chosen two mainland Chinese titles for its official selection: Diao Yinan’s “Wild Goose Lake,” in competition, and Zu Feng’s “Summer of Changsha,” for Un Certain Regard. Both films appear to have received the necessary official approvals from Chinese authorities to premiere overseas. But their journey to the Cote d’Azur is by no means [...]

  • Festival director Thierry Fremaux speaks to

    Cannes: Thierry Fremaux on the Lineup's Record Number of Female Directors, American Cinema and Political Films

    The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled a lineup for its 72nd edition that includes some high-profile Hollywood titles, genre movies and films from 13 female directors. The official selection has been applauded by many for mixing established auteurs like Pedro Almodovar (“Pain and Glory”), Terrence Malick (“A Hidden Life”) and Xavier Dolan (“Matthias and Maxime”) [...]

  • RUDOLF NUREYEV 1961

    Film Review: 'Nureyev'

    It would be absurd to say that Rudolf Nureyev lived, or danced, in anyone’s shadow. He was a man who leapt and twirled and flew onstage, all muscle but light as a feather, with a freedom and force that reconfigured the human spirit. There’s no denying, though, that over the last few decades, and especially [...]

  • Die Kinder Der Toten review

    Film Review: 'Die Kinder Der Toten'

    The hills are alive (or rather, undead), with the sound of music (also mastication and the moaning of zombies) in Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska’s experimental, dialogue-free, home-movie-style riff on Elfriede Jelinek’s “Die Kinder Der Toten” (The Children of the Dead). A seminal text in Jelinek’s native Austria, the 1995 book has never been translated [...]

  • Idol review

    Film Review: 'Idol'

    How many twists can a plot undergo before it snaps? This, more than any of the many political, moral and personal conundrums that snake through “Idol,” seems to be the question writer-director Lee Su-jin is most interested in posing with his extravagantly incomprehensible sophomore feature. A seedy political thriller by way of grisly revenge movie [...]

  • The Last to See Them review

    Film Review: 'The Last to See Them'

    Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” stretches long as a late-evening shadow over Italian director Sara Summa’s feature debut “The Last to See Them.” The Italian title, “Gli Ultimi Viderli Vivere” which translates literally to “The Last to See Them Alive,” is also the heading of the opening chapter of Capote’s book. The setting is, similarly, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content