HBO picked up five trophies, while Betty
White scored for TV Land at the 17th Annual Screen Actors
Guild Awards on Jan. 30.
The octogenarian nabbed her first SAG Actor Award for
best female actor in a comedy series for her portrayal of
Elka Ostrovsky in TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland.
In repeats of their equivalent triumphs at the Golden
Globe Awards on Jan. 16, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire won
for top ensemble cast for a drama, while Steve Buscemi
grabbed his first Actor for outstanding male actor in a drama
series, for his role as Atlantic City, N.J., treasurer Nucky
Thompson, based on the real-life Enoch (Nucky) Johnson,
the political boss who once ruled the seaside town.
Meanwhile, Claire Danes and Al Pacino made it trophy
three-peats taking home, the Actors as outstanding
female actor in a TV movie or miniseries and the
same on the male side for their lead roles in HBO’s Temple
Grandin and You Don’t Know Jack. Danes, for her
imagining of autistic animal doctor and Pacino, for his
take on controversial suicide physician Jack Kevorkian,
had already picked up Emmys and Golden Globes.
In its second nomination, ABC’s Modern Family won top
ensemble comedy laurels.
Julianna Margulies won the SAG award for outstanding
female performance in a drama series for the second
year in a row for her portrayal of Alicia Florrick on
CBS’s The Good Wife.
Alec Baldwin picked up the Actor for best male actor
in a comedy series for his role as Jack Donaghy in
NBC’s 30 Rock.
The televised simulcast on TNT (2.8 million) and TBS
(2.2 million), from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles,
combined to average 5 million viewers.