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Morgan Minyard

Staff writer

On Sunday, January 29th some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars came to together at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards were light on surprises and snubs, with this year’s ceremony feeling very similar to last year’s.

“The Help,” the 1960s-set civil rights drama adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel, won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, taking home the coveted film cast award at the guild’s annual ceremony. This win gives the film another boost heading into the 84th Academy Awards Ceremony this month.

The film also did well in other categories. Viola Davis from “The Help” also won Best Female Actor in a Leading Role, while her co-star Octavia Spencer won the Best Female Actor In A Supporting role.

On the male side of top honors of the night it was Jean Dujardin who took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his character in “The Artist.” He was able to beat out tough competitors such as: Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt to secure the win.

On a more comedic note “Modern Family” won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series for the second year in a row. Also relating to comedy awards fan favorite Betty White took home the award for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.

An upset in the comedy world was when Steve Carell did not win the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series. This was Carell’s final nomination for playing Michael Scott on “The Office.” But alas, Alec Baldwin won for his role on “30 Rock” for the sixth year in a row.

Also, the Lifetime Achievement role went to Mary Tyler Moore. The Life Achievement Award Recipient is nominated and voted on by the Guild’s National Honors and Tributes Committee. The Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award is bestowed for outstanding achievement in fostering the finest ideals of the acting profession.

Want more award show action? Tune in to watch the 84th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony on February 26th.