Oh how we love awards season! And this weekend saw the Screen Actors Guild take place in starry LA. The biggest winner of the night? The Help, walking away with three of the big prizes.
The critically aclaimed drama, The Help – about the lives of housekeepers in the 1960s deep south – had much to thank for its fabulous female cast, who between them won Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cast at the event at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. Viola Davis, who picked up the Best Actress prize, admitted she was “so proud” to be honoured for her portrayal of Aibileen Clark in the Tate Taylor-directed film.
Speaking to the audience, she said, “There’s so many people involved in The Help, and in lieu of mentioning all of them, I just have to say that what is there but a dream? You can’t trade in your dream for another dream. I am so proud to be an actor. I thank the Screen Actors Guild for this award.”
Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer added she hoped the film gave people a “voice”. She said, “Thank you for putting me in a category with so many beautiful women that I know and love. I have to say that it was really a privilege to work on a film that gave a voice to so many women who made it possible for me to be standing here tonight. These women represented our mothers and grandmothers, and it was their courage and them facing the challenges that they faced every day in living their life in dignity and grace. And I thank you.” What a wonderful celebration of GLAM girls!
Other fabulous winners of the night included Jean Dujardin, who picked up the Best Actor prize for his performance in silent movie The Artist, while Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor gong for Beginners.
All of these red carpet events are just getting us even more excited for the Oscars!
Full list of winners at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards:
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress: Viola Davis, The Help
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Cast: The Help
Best Stunt ensemble: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Best Actor in a movie or miniseries: Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail
Best Actress in a movie or miniseries: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Best Actor in a drama series: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Best Actress in a drama series: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Best Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Best Actress in a comedy series: Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Best Drama series cast: Boardwalk Empire
Best Comedy series cast: Modern Family
Best Stunt ensemble: Game of Thrones
Life Achievement: Mary Tyler Moore