'American Hustle' Takes Top Prize at SAG Awards

'Breaking Bad' wins for TV drama ensemble

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Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner speak onstage during the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18th, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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American Hustle took home the top honor at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night, winning the prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for its ensemble featuring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. The win comes fresh on the heels of the film's award for Best Comedy or Musical Film at the Golden Globes last week, and bodes well for its whopping 10 Oscar nominations.

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Close contender 12 Years a Slave, which won a Golden Globe for Best Drama and racked up the most SAG nominations, saw Lupita Nyong'o honored for her supporting role in the film. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took the lead and supporting actor prizes (respectively) for their work in Dallas Buyers Club, while Cate Blanchett was honored with Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Blue Jasmine.

Breaking Bad won big in the television category, honored for both its ensemble performance and Bryan Cranston's portrayal of chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin Walter White. "What a way to go out in style," Cranston said as he accepted the ensemble award, according to the Los Angeles Times. (The show, which ended its five-season run in September, also came out on top in the Golden Globes.)

Modern Family won the equivalent prizes for a comedy series. Maggie Smith took the award for Female Actor in a Drama Series for her role as the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series for Veep.

Rita Moreno, at 82 years old, was honored with the Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by her Electric Company co-star Morgan Freeman.