The Help needed no assistance at last night’s 2012 SAG Awards to come out on top. The film adaption of Kathyrn Stockett‘s novel of the same name landed the SAG Awards 2012 winners prize of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, as well as honors for film stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.

“I just have to say that the stain of racism and sexism is not just for people of color or women. It’s all of our burden, all of us,” Davis said, accepting the ensemble prize on behalf of her “The Help” co-stars.

The 2012 SAG Awards will be a strong boost for The Help going into the Academy Awards next month, where it will go up against The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse for Best Picture.

Jean Dujardin of The Artist took top honors in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role SAG Award, repeating his win from the Golden Globes. Christopher Plummer also doubled up on awards for his performance in Beginners, taking home the 2012 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

In TV land, there were several holdovers from last year’s SAG Awards winners again this year. Boardwalk Empire took home the prize for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and Modern Family won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Also repeating this year, Betty White beat out all her younger rivals for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for her role in Hot in Cleveland.

“You can’t name me, without naming those other wonderful women on ‘Hot in Cleveland,” White said in her acceptance speech. “This nomination belongs to four of us. Please, please know that I’m dealing them right in with this. I’m not going to let them keep this, but I’ll let them see it.”

In another repeat, Steve Buscemi won again for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Alec Baldwin repeated his win for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series.

Alec Baldwin was looking quite a bit lighter as he took the stage to receive his SAG Awards 2012 trophy. The 30 Rock actor has reportedly dropped 30 pounds after being diagnosed as pre-diabetic in May. Backstage after his acceptance speech, Baldwin joked about the infamous incident in November when he was thrown off an American Airlines flight for refusing to stop playing a game on his cell phone during take-off. “I am still playing Words with Friends. But now on Virgin Atlantic,” he said.

Sadly, another Alec Baldwin SAG Awards 2012 win meant that Steve Carell’s last year on The Office went without honors from the SAG Awards, the Emmys or the Golden Globes. That has just got to sting a bit.

Stealing the show for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, Jessica Lange landed the win for her role on the scary hit series American Horror Story.

Veteran actress Mary Tyler Moore was gifted this year with a 2012 SAG Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. The 75-year-old actress starred in a series of 1960s films before starring in The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s. She was nominated for an Academy Award for 1980’s Ordinary People and won an Emmy for the television film Stolen Babies.

Full SAG Awards 2012 Winners List:

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE

The Help – WINNER
The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
Midnight in Paris

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Viola Davis, The Help – WINNER
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Jean Dujardin, The Artist – WINNER
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Octavia Spencer, The Help – WINNER
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Christopher Plummer, Beginners – WINNER
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce – WINNER
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES

Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail – WINNER
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
James Woods, Too Big to Fail
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire – WINNER
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story – WINNER
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire – WINNER
Patrick J Adams, Suits
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C Hall, Dexter

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES

Modern Family – WINNER
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
The Office

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Betty White, Hot in Cleveland – WINNER
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock – WINNER
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Mary Tyler Moore



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