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"Modern Family," "Breaking Bad" Win Top Awards At SAG

posted 19 Jan 2014, 05:17 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 19 Jan 2014, 05:17 ]

"Breaking Bad" wins top dramatic TV series prize at 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, "Modern Family" takes top comedy.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 18, 2014) (THE 20TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS) - Gritty drug drama "Breaking Bad" scored one of the top prizes for its ensemble cast at theScreen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday (January 18), while American sitcom "Modern Family" won the top comedy prize for its actors, in an awards ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston was named best actor, and told the audience of fellow thespians of his gratefulness for having a paying job as an actor.

"I've had so many crappy jobs in my life, I've got to tell you, I loaded trucks downtown... Cold, dirt, dust, everywhere, every orifice, people yelling at you, 'Cranston move faster, work harder,' and the only thing that got me through was imagining, dreaming, that one day I could actually make a living as an actor, and that's what got me through, thank god," said Cranston, accepting his award.

In the comedy category, "Modern Family" won the best comedy cast ensemble award for a fourth consecutive time, while its star Ty Burrell won TV comedy for his role as young-at-heart father Phil Dunphy. Actress Julia Louis Dreyfus won the equivalent award for female lead, for her role as a cynical U.S. vice president in the HBO series "Veep."

Accepting the award for "Modern Family" were its stars, including Julie Bowen, who passed the torch to co-star Sofia Vergara.

"Thank you, thank you. We're going to make Sofia talk because America loves her and her boobs," said Bowen, to which Vergara replied, "No respect."

A-list film stars Michael Douglas and Helen Mirren won in the television category, for their roles in made for TV biopics "Behind the Candelabra," in which Douglas played flamboyant piano icon Liberace, and Mirren for her role opposite Al Pacino title role as a troubled music producer in "Phil Spector."

In his acceptance speech, Douglas referenced his elderly father, film star Kirk Douglas.

"I've got a 97-year-old member of SAG back at home, who I know is particularly proud of me getting this award, but I want to thank all of you out here tonight for helping me get out of his shadow for a little bit," says Michael Douglas, accepting his award.

Mirren played her usually coy and suggestive self in her speech.

"I love this little guy, he's so sexy isn't he? Sort of naked, but not quite, quite exciting. I don't feel at all saggy, I feel quite perky, actually, winning this, AFTRA-all," says Mirren, referring to the Screen Actors Guild Award statuette.

And Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony-winning actress Rita Moreno won a lifetime achievement award, given to her by old friend Morgan Freeman, who danced with her on stage, before she serenaded the audience with song.

The SAG prizes honor acting over directing, screenplay writing and other skills, and they are selected by about 100,000 actors working in the United States. The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were broadcast live on U.S. cable news channel TNT.