HBO Picks up Five SAG Awards, While White Wins Again for TV Land

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On the television side at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards it was often a case of déjà vu all over again, with five of last year's category winners again picking up Actors for their stellar performances.

The cast of HBO's Atlantic City prohibition-era drama will return to the boardwalk for a third season with second Actors in tow, while its leading man, Steve Buscemi won for a second time as the outstanding male actor in a drama series.

Meanwhile, now nonagenarian Betty White showed again you can better with age, nabbing a second consecutive outstanding comedy actress win.

On the broadcast side, ABC's Modern Family repeated in ensemble cast for a comedy, while Alec Baldwin grabbed a sixth straight Actor for outstanding lead in a comedy series.

All told, HBO captured five of the nine TV Actors, matching last year's take.

For the second consecutive year, the premium network's Boardwalk Empire won for top ensemble cast for a drama, this time beating out HBO stable-mate Game of Thrones, AMC's Breaking Bad, Showtime's Dexter and CBS's The Good Wife.

Boardwalk Empire repeats as SAG drama winner

Buscemi, who grabbed his first Actor for outstanding male actor in a drama series for his role as Atlantic City treasurer Nucky Thompson, got the nod over Kyle Chandler in his final turn for DirecTV's Friday Night Lights, Patrick Adams for USA Network's Suits, Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad and Michael C. Hall for Dexter.

Born Jan. 17, 1922, White claimed her first Actor trophy a year ago for best female actor in a comedy series for her portrayal of Elka Ostrovsky in TV Land's sitcom Hot in Cleveland. This time, White topped Modern Family's Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara, Edie Falco in Showtime's Nurse Jackie and Tina Fey in NBC's 30 Rock.

In two broadcast-only nominated category, Modern Family scored a repeat for top ensemble comedy laurels, topping NBC's The Office and 30 Rock, Fox's Glee and CBS's The Big Bang Theory.

Meanwhile, Baldwin again bagged the Actor for best male actor in a comedy series for his role as studio honcho Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock. He beat out Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet from Modern Family, Steve Carell for his last go-round as The Office's Michael Scott and Jon Cryer in CBS's Two and a Half Men.

Jessica Lange backed up her Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries or TV movie for her role as the sadistically deranged Constance Langdon in FX's American Horror Story, with the outstanding female Actor on Jan. 29.

Lange finished ahead of Kathy Bates in NBC's Harry's Law, Glenn Close in DirecTV's Damages, Kyra Sedgwick in TNT's The Closer and Julianna Margules, who had won the last two Actors here for her portrayal of Alicia Florrick in CBS's The Good Wife.

Kate Winslet made it a trophy threepeat for outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries in HBO's Mildred Pierce. Earlier, Winslet had placed an Emmy and Golden Globe on her mantle for her starring role in the miniseries.

Winslet outperformed Diane Lane in HBO's Cinema Verite, Maggie Smith in PBS's acclaimed Downton Abbey, Emily Watson in Sundance Channel's Appropriate Adult and White in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of The Lost Valentine, which bowed on CBS.

Paul Giamatti garnered the Actor for outstanding performance by a male in a telefilm or mini for HBO's Too Big to Fail, outpointing James Woods from the same project, Laurence Fishburne and Guy Pearce in HBO's Thurgood and Mildred Pierce, respectively, and Greg Kinnear's in Reelz Channel's The Kennedys.

Prior to the televised simulcast on TNT and TBS from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, SAG presented its award for outstanding television stunt ensemble to Game of Thrones. The HBO fantasy series bested four other cable contenders in Dexter, TNT's Southland, Starz's Spartacus: Gods of the Arena and HBO's vampire series True Blood, which prevailed in this category last year.

Actress Mary Tyler Moore made it after all -- once again -- as she was honored with the lifetime achievement award.

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