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

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.


THE 2013 SAG AWARDS WINNERS

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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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.
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Justified & The Good Wife, comedy TBBT.
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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.
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Good Wife and Justified for me. Two shows where I MUST hear every word or i'm rewinding.
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those are the only choices for ensemble??? No one else merits???
Abbey is damn boring!!!!!
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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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Community
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Always the same people. Over and over again.
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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.
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Community... the little show that could and would and should, but never does...
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Aside from their first season, I haven't agreed with Modern Family winning best comedy awards. However, I can understand and maybe even agree with Modern Family's win for Comedy Ensemble at the SAGs. Their cast is both large and good, without any one of the 6 adults and 5 kids a liability. I'd vote for Community if I had my way, but frankly, I've never quite liked Chevy Chase's acting.
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Lol, dog with a blog
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Dog with a Blog is so tempting, it calls for me, but no Game of Thrones is clearly the best acting ensemble here. 2nd would be a close call between Mad Men and Community. I think Boardwalk Empire deserved to be on this list too though.
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"The Good Wife", for me, has the best ensemble cast, and before you pile on me for it, here's why: This show should not be this good. "Breaking Bad", "Homeland", GoT, "Community", etc... these are excellent shows, top to bottom (and "Modern Family" has long sonce lost its edge). But "The Good Wife" is a solid character drama that really should just be another boring CBS procedural, this one in the courtroom instead of in a lab. But it. isn't. I am ALWAYS engrossed in the story and am captivated by the leads. Best ensemble in my book simply because this cast turns this show from another ignorable CBS show into something awesome.
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Hmm. Surely the writing is at least as notable as the the acting. And I don't think a show with a clear lead actor who is in the majority of scenes should really be considered for an ensemble award anyway.
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I just posted this, but I'll say it again, were it not for the amazing cast on The Good Wife, the writing here wouldn't work as it skates pretty close to soap territory. The actors however keep it compelling, far away from cheesy soap material.
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I give you that the writing is also solid, and I have very few complaints in that respect. That is also something that I tend not to expect out of CBS shows and am delighted to get on "The Good Wife" (and "Person Of Interest").
On the other hand, outside of comedies, a true dramatic "ensemble" cast is very hard to find. Outside of "Parenthood" and GoT, the only others I can think of are procedurals (CSI, NCIS, etc...). GoT I love, but each character gets so little screen time each season. I feel like if I cropped out all the Arya scenes from last season and played them together I'd get about 25 minutes of TV. That's not to say they aren't good, and each character is, the short screen time certainly speaks to the quality of the acting. But that show drives a LONG play. The dialogue is solid and well delivered but it doesn't always have the immediacy that "The Good Wife" does. My take.
"Breaking Bad" and "Homeland" have excellent casts, too, but let's not forget for a second that they're in exactly the same situation as "The Good Wife". We have two people who are clearly much more important and who are in almost every scene, not that different, in essence. We are each entitled to our own opinions, and I very much see from where it is that you are coming, but I stand by mine.
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Thanks for your thoughtful reply.
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I casted 1 vote and 1 vote only for TBBT. Even though it won't mean much,if people will vote many times for something(yes,even if they will vote for TBBT).
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I don't think that Modern Family is bad, but it's nowhere near as good as all these awards seem to indicate. There are so many more worthy shows...
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come on Community fans our beloved show Community has the best ensamble cast
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