Lupita Nyong'o Upset: SAG Awards Winners

Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave SAG AwardsSAG Awards 2014 winners: Lupita Nyong'o surprises, shoo-in Cate Blanchett doesn't (image: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o in '12 Years a Slave')

The 2014 SAG Awards ceremony was held at downtown Los Angeles' Shrine Exposition Center earlier this evening, January 18. Presenters included Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Josh Holloway, Clark Gregg, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Mindy Kaling, and Pauley Perrette, in addition to about a couple of dozen nominees.

Most of the winners – including those in the television categories – were the expected ones, e.g., Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Best Actor Oscar winner Michael Douglas (Wall Street, 1987) for his portrayal of Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, Jared Leto for Jean-Marc Vallée's Dallas Buyers Club, two-time Oscar winner Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1969; California Suite, 1978) for Downton Abbey, and Best Actress Oscar winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, 2006) for Phil Spector. Even so, there was room for a couple of surprises.

For starters, Jennifer Lawrence – Hollywood's latest awards darling – failed to take home the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in David O. Russell's American Hustle. The winner in that category was feature film newcomer Lupita Nyong'o for Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.

You win some, you lose some (and vice versa): 12 Years a Slave, the favorite to take home the Best Cast SAG Award, lost to American Hustle. Which means Jennifer Lawrence managed to take home at least one The Actor statuette.

Cate Blanchett talks, Rita Moreno sings

The cleverest speech of the evening was delivered by shoo-in Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett, who thanked the Screen Actors Guild for welcoming her back after years working on the Australian stage. Blanchett then proceeded to stroke the mid-section of the Actor statuette, offer its penis to fellow Blue Jasmine player Sally Hawkins, and complain to the teleprompter: “You're giving me only 29 seconds after [Best Actor SAG winner] Matthew McConaughey was just up here talking about Neptune?” (McConaughey's rambling speech went on for a quite a while.)

And finally, 82-year-old veteran Rita Moreno, Best Supporting Oscar winner for Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' West Side Story (1961), was given SAG's Life Achievement Award. Moreno sang during her acceptance speech.

See below the full list of 2014 SAG Award winners (in bold).

SAG 2014 nominees

Motion Pictures

Best Actor: Bruce Dern for Alexander Payne's Nebraska, Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave, Tom Hanks for Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips, Matthew McConaughey for Jean-Marc Vallée's Dallas Buyers Club, Forest Whitaker for Lee Daniels' The Butler.

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, Sandra Bullock for Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, Judi Dench for Stephen Frears' Philomena, Meryl Streep for John Wells' August: Osage County, Emma Thompson for John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks.

Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi For Captain Phillips, Daniel Brühl for Ron Howard's Rush, Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave, James Gandolfini Nicole Holofcener's for Enough Said, Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club.

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave, Julia Roberts for August: Osage County, June Squibb for Nebraska, Oprah Winfrey for The Butler.

Best Cast


Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Matt Damon for Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra, Jeremy Irons for The Hollow Crown, Rob Lowe for Killing Kennedy, Al Pacino for Phil Spector.

Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Angela Bassett for Betty & Coretta, Helena Bonham Carter for Burton and Taylor, Holly Hunter for Top of the Lake, Helen Mirren for Phil Spector, Robin Griffin for Top of the Lake.

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire, Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom, Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones, Kevin Spacey for House of Cards.

Best Actress in a Drama Series: Claire Danes for Homeland, Anna Gunn for Breaking Bad, Jessica Lange for American Horror Story: Coven, Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, Kerry Washington for Scandal.

Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, Jason Bateman for Arrested Development, Ty Burrell for Modern Family, Don Cheadle for House of Lies, Jim Parsons for The Big Bang Theory.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik for The Big Bang Theory, Julie Bowen for Modern Family, Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie, Tina Fey for 30 Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep.

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire: Patricia Arquette, Margot Bingham, Steve Buscemi, Brian Geraghty, Stephen Graham, Erik La Ray Harvey, Jack Huston, Ron Livingston, Domenick Lombardozzi, Gretchen Mol, Ben Rosenfield, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Nisi Sturgis, Jacob Ware, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jeffrey Wright.

Breaking Bad: Michael Bowen, Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Lavell Crawford, Tait Fletcher, Laura Fraser, Anna Gunn, Matthew T. Metzlerv, Rj Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul, Jesse Plemons, Steven Michael Quezada, Kevin Rankin, Patrick Sane.

Downton Abbey: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Jessica Brown Findlay, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Matt Milne, Lesley Nicol, Amy Nuttall, David Robb, Maggie Smith, Ed Speleers, Dan Stevens, Cara Theobold, Penelope Wilton.

Game of Thrones: Alfie Allen, John Bradley, Oona Chaplin, Gwendoline Christie, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Mackenzie Crook, Charles Dance, Joe Dempsie, Peter Dinklage, Natalie Dormer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michelle Fairley, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Kristofer Hivju, Paul Kaye, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Michael McElhatton, Ian McElhinney, Philip McGinley, Hannah Murray, Iwan Rheon, Sophie Turner, Carice Van Houten, Maisie Williams.

Homeland: F. Murray Abraham, Sarita Choudhury, Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, Tracy Letts, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morgan Saylor.

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series

30 Rock: Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, James Marsden, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Keith Powell.

Arrested Development: Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, John Beard, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia De Rossi, Isla Fisher, Tony Hale, Ron Howard, Liza Minnelli, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Henry Winkler.

The Big Bang Theory: Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch.

Modern Family: Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Aubrey Anderson Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter.

Veep: Sufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn, Tony Hale, Julia Louis-dreyfus, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Matt Walsh.

Best Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture: All Is Lost, Fast & Furious 6, Lone Survivor, Rush, The Wolverine.

Best Stunt Ensemble In A Comedy Or Drama Series: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Homeland, The Walking Dead.

2014 SAG Awards presenters

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave photo: Fox Searchlight.

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