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Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 01/30/2011

SAG Awards 2011: The surprises, snubs and a complete list of winners

By Jen Chaney

Natalie Portman, winning again. (AP) | Photo gallery

The SAG Awards, like most of the ceremonies in this awards season, didn't deliver too many surprises. The few unexpected moments that did arise mostly involved an 89-year-old woman and Natalie Portman's use of a semi-profane word.

Let's discuss those, as well as the snubs (which largely landed on the TV side), then run down the complete list of winners.

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The SAG Award Surprises

Betty White wins for best actress in a TV comedy: "Hot in Cleveland" isn't the kind of show that generally finds itself drowning in accolades. Even though we're talking about the much beloved, 89-year-old White here, it was still something of a surprise to see America's favorite grandma take the Actor instead of Jane Lynch, Tina Fey, Sofia Vergara or Edie Falco.

Natalie Portman's bleep moment: Portman's win for her performance in "Black Swan"? No surprise. The fact that she used a bad word that starts with the letter "a"? A little surprising, even if she did break it out in a nice context. ("I'd like to thank my parents, who taught me never to be an [expletive]." A relatively minor incident, but one that stood out only because the night was so [bleep]ing predictable.

"The King's Speech" wins best ensemble: Not a jaw-dropping moment but significant since the SAGs are focused on acting and not other elements of a production. Because of that, some suspected that "The Fighter" cast would triumph. But with this win, a Directors Guild victory for "King's Speech" director Tom Hooper and a Producers Guild award for best picture, the awards season momentum has officially swung toward "King's Speech" and away from "The Social Network."

The SAG Award Snubs

"Glee": Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer and the ensemble were all ignored while awards instead went to White, Alec Baldwin and the cast of "Modern Family." Lynch's loss may have been the most shocking given her track (suit) record of consistent victories.

"Mad Men": The AMC period piece has won the prize for best TV drama ensemble for the past two years. The streak was broken Sunday night, courtesy of a big win for "Boardwalk Empire."

"The Social Network": Jesse Eisenberg and the cast were overlooked in their respective categories, which means that the Facebook movie walked away empty-handed.

Feel free to vent your outrage and shock over these snubs and surprises -- or any other SAG developments -- by posting a comment. Here's the complete list of winners.

MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture: "The King's Speech"

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role: Christian Bale, "The Fighter"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"

TELEVISION

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series: "Boardwalk Empire"

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series: "Modern Family"

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series: Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland"

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries: Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries: Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin"

By Jen Chaney  | January 30, 2011; 10:45 PM ET
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Comments

The "a" word means a donkey and the saying means that one should not act like a donkey. An ass is a donkey. It does NOT refer to the anatomical "ASS"! ...for god's sake, learn English! You're supposed to be "journalists" and not act, or write, like a bunch of asses.

Posted by: AmericaninRoma | January 31, 2011 12:42 AM | Report abuse

The "a" word means a donkey and the saying means that one should not act like a donkey. An ass is a donkey. It does NOT refer to the anatomical "ASS"! ...for god's sake, learn English! You're supposed to be "journalists" and not act, or write, like a bunch of asses.

Posted by: AmericaninRoma | January 31, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Excuse me, but "you don't know jack" is a vulgarity that you may have missed as well. It refers to the feces of a mule... like "you don't know jack s**t". A jack is a male donkey, or ass, BTW, but I see that the vulgarity of that phrase went over your heads while you criticize a young actress for correctly using the word "ass".

Posted by: AmericaninRoma | January 31, 2011 12:51 AM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me how someone can get so upset over a celebrity blog post.

Posted by: MStreet1 | January 31, 2011 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Why does one person's/movie's/show's win translate into another person's/movie's/show's "snub"? Only one nominee in a category can win (usually, anyway, except in rare ties). It's unfortunate that there has to be "losers" especially when there are multiple outstanding nominees to choose from but I don't agree that a loss is a snub. I do agree that wins can be about more than just performance, such as the case with Betty White who is Hollywood's darling right now and I am certain some people wanted to be able to honor her before it might be too late. But Lynch, Hamm and others have already been duly and amply recognized for their talent and their fantastic turns in their current roles so it's not as if they're being completely ignored. The SAG awards are just one opportunity to be recognized and it looks like voters are trying to spread the wealth.

Posted by: JLF03 | January 31, 2011 7:30 AM | Report abuse

It's bad enough that Portman is bad looking and can't act but why the heck does she wear that gaff hook between her eyes?

Posted by: ej_smug | January 31, 2011 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Irony of all ironies. By using the perjorative cuss word that her parents supposedly taught her not to be; that is exactly what she became as soon as she uttered it.

Posted by: p2dppd | January 31, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

@AmericaninRoma -- Ms. Portman actually did use "an anatomical term." She didn't say "ass," she said "ass hole." (Hope turning it into two words lets it get past the filter.) That is most definitely not a word that means "donkey."

Posted by: WesternShore | January 31, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

thanks western shore thats the way i heard it also
Keep em straight
and
el_smug ?
look in the mirror much?
Natialie Portman has been an actrees to watch since she was 11 and with her performance in the Professional
Too bad she was lured to the dark side
Now that she is $ set she is making better choices in roles.
Plus there will be more to come as a Harvard Grad she has the smarts to continue to make great choices in roles

Posted by: captains2012 | January 31, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

thanks western shore thats the way i heard it also
Keep em straight
and
el_smug ?
look in the mirror much?
Natialie Portman has been an actrees to watch since she was 11 with her performance in the Professional
Too bad she was lured to the dark side
Now that she is $ set she is making better choices in roles.
Plus there will be more to come as a Harvard Grad she has the smarts to continue to make great choices in roles

Posted by: captains2012 | January 31, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I can see why the poster was upset about the "A" comment. It had nothing to do with Portman but as readers we hold journalist to a higher standard on the use of English.

I am at the boil level myself on the state of journalism. I read articles where a study is quoted that has been long debunked. Or main stream media picks up a blog posting quoting a source. However, the source was never vetted and in turn it just proves to be not true.

It is hard to take writers, journalist and commentators seriously with the level of mistakes in their profession.

Posted by: CultureClub | January 31, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

SURPRISE it was a Teamsters love fest.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 31, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

For our family, "The Middle" is far more representative of modern families. Their problems and solutions are much more in touch than that group of self-absorbed, upper class (each of the families seem to be sitting on incomes in the mid-6 figures, 1-3% of top earners)clueless wannabes. "Modern Family" far over-rated.

Posted by: dnickell | January 31, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

What a ridiculous amount of palaver over Portman's speech. How about some comments on the winning/losing performances? The King's Speech was a perfectly acceptable, entertaining film, and Firth did a workmanlike job, but to laud it over, say, Franco's turn or Eisenberg's is just bizarre. I'm getting sick of the anemic British film industry popping off the predicted and predictable period piece and the various academies falling all over themselves. Are they unaware in what ill regard American film and American actors are held in Britain?

Posted by: ellipsis | January 31, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

SO happy to see all of these winners! Modern Family is absolutely the best television show of the past many years with clever, smart writing, and a broad view of what "family" actually represents with their kind, generous, funny characters and themes. Great to see The King's Speech win over the highly annoying Social Network. Perhaps it's because I'm over 40, but could only sit through 30 minutes of watching the self-important college kids chase money and fame at the expense of their classmates before I gave up.

Posted by: patriotleft | January 31, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I saw Black Swan over the weekend, and controversy aside, I was struck by how much Natalie Portman resembled Audrey Hepburn, particularly in the dance scenes. (Hepburn would never have accepted a role like this, though.)

Posted by: bucinka8 | January 31, 2011 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Ugh!

Posted by: hebe1 | January 31, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"The Social Network" does not deserve to win any awards. It is full of characters I cannot relate to or be sympatheric towards. It's a crappy movie.

Posted by: Skkye | January 31, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

To the commentor that does not find Modern Family deserving because the characters are well to do, you are clearly missing the point. The object of a show is to be funny. Roseanne and the Cosby show were about poor and very rich families, but what they had in common was great writing and humor. This is why Modern Family won - it is very funny.

Posted by: notrich1 | January 31, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

American in Rome (that would be the correct English version, not Italian Roma), please stay where you're and before you get over your own ass-hole, do not come back.

Grazia,

A donkey.

Posted by: Silly_Willy_Bulldog | January 31, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Generally, these posts are fine, but before criticizing journalists, attend to one's own English, or Italian as they case may be. Ascolta, the Italian word is "grazie."

Posted by: maxiceska | January 31, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Betty White!

She and the whole cast of the Mary Tyler Moore (and especially its writers) should receive any kind of awards available for what they did with that great show.

WTG SAG members!

Posted by: flacan | January 31, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

What's shocking about Betty White's win is not that she's a bad actress. She's not, as evidenced by how terribly awkward she is in real life and how very different are the characters she plays. What's shocking is how truly awful "Hot in Cleveland" is. That this show should, even by association, win ANYTHING, is beyond shocking.

Posted by: spazmazilla | January 31, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I would just like to say that I have never until now been compelled to post on one of these sites until now.

I have a great deal of respect for the Post, so it pains me to see such a vulgar disregard for the English language. American In Roma is absolutely correct. The word 'ass,' as used by Natalie Portman in this context is completely acceptable in the presence of children; on prime-time television; in church; and among polite society generally. Short of laughing at the word 'duty,' I can think of nothing more juvenile than making a fuss at this word. Any editor fit to work for this paper should have cut that paragraph without a second thought.

As a separate point, are articles even read through (let alone edited) before they are posted online?

Posted by: Epictetus2 | January 31, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Betty White!

She and the whole cast of the Mary Tyler Moore Show
(and especially its writers) should receive any kind of awards available for what they did with that great show.

WTG SAG members!

Posted by: flacan | January 31, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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