The 2013 SAG Awards: Wins for Modern Family and Downton Abbey

By Tim Surette

Jan 28, 2013

Show business's most adored pretenders gathered together last night to tell each other how great they look in fancy outfits for the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, and you'll only be surprised by the winners if you recently suffered severe head trauma and lapsed into amnesia.

The cast of ABC's Modern Family took home the Saggie for Comedy Ensemble—their third win in a row in that category. The only win that can be considered a surprise was Downton Abbey's prize for Drama Ensemble over actor's nirvana Homeland.

In the drama acting categories, Homeland's Claire Danes and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston won for their respective sexes; meanwhile, 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey continued their dominance of the comedy leads categories. Baldwin has won seven straight Best Comedy Actor SAG Awards as Hollywood continues to fear angry profanity-laden phone calls should he not win. Fey picked up her fifth.

In the miniseries department, Kevin Costner won for Hatfields & McCoys and Julianne Moore won for Game Change.

In the film categories, Argo won best ensemble, and Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) won for leads.


Drama EnsembleDownton Abbey
Comedy EnsembleModern Family
Drama ActorBryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Drama ActressClaire Danes, Homeland
Comedy ActorAlec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Comedy ActressTina Fey, 30 Rock
Miniseries ActorKevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Miniseries ActressJulianne Moore, Game Change

Congratulations to all the winners! Losers, it's time to give up on the dream and get a real job.

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  • computerfix3r Jan 29, 2013

    I really do think Justified has the best overall ensemble right now. They just flow so effortlessly from line to line without any disbelief in believing they would actually talk to each other like that. They make me laugh thru about half the show seems like.

  • Shreela Jan 29, 2013

    Justified & The Good Wife, comedy TBBT.

  • tobsh Jan 29, 2013

    Justified! I can't speak for Downtown Abbey since I've never seen it but it's just so damn hard to imagine there could be a cast better ensembled than Justified's.

  • hurtlocker10 Jan 29, 2013

    Good Wife and Justified for me. Two shows where I MUST hear every word or i'm rewinding.

  • hockeyrick Jan 29, 2013

    those are the only choices for ensemble??? No one else merits???
    Abbey is damn boring!!!!!

  • IndianaMom Jan 29, 2013

    Downton Abbey's win was such a surprise they didn't even send their A-listers. But Mrs. Hughes did a good job with the acceptance speech and it was good to see Daisy so happy.

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  • Edie70 Jan 29, 2013

    Always the same people. Over and over again.

  • JT_Kirk Jan 29, 2013

    I chose The Good Wife as best ensemble cast, even though I think Community and Modern Family are also in that range, and Big Bang Theory is pretty close as well. But The Good Wife, I don't think there's a single part that is waste or flat right now, everybody gets a storyline that ends up juicy and is played perfectly, the writing could lend itself to being soapy and yet it feels tight rather than melodramatic, just the right balance of serious and humor without being sloppy, and as much as that's thanks to the writers and producers and directors, if it weren't for such an amazing, varied cast it'd flop on its face.

  • usagicassidy Jan 28, 2013

    Community... the little show that could and would and should, but never does...

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