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'Modern Family' and Betty White win big at SAG Awards

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards took place tonight in Los Angeles, the awards show that gives film and television actors a chance to choose the performances they believe most deserving. 

If you've been paying any attention to other awards given out this season, there weren't a lot of big surprises, but there were some nice moments. And the show went unhosted, so we don't have to spend our Monday reading about how wonderful/terrible the host was.

Here is a rundown of the TV winners.

The show started out with a big award, the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series award, which went to Steve Buscemi for his role in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Buscemi just won the Golden Globe a couple weeks ago. The bookend award, Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series went to Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" on CBS. Margulies thanked her in-laws for producing the "most spectacular human being," her husband. Lots of great actors and performances were in those categories, but can't argue with either of those wins.

The cast of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" won the Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama award. Again, in that great category ("Dexter," "The Good Wife," "Mad Men," "The Closer"), it would have been hard to have a loser.

The next two TV awards went to actors in Comedy series. Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock" on NBC) won the Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series award for the fifth consecutive year.

And the surprise winner for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series was Betty White ("Hot in Cleveland" on TV Land). Actually, considering how much people love White right now, maybe it's not a big surprise. She got a standing ovation from her peers, but believe it or not, not everyone adores the lovable 89-year-old legend. The Betty White backlash on Twitter is alive and well, folks. But I don't care what the hard-hearted jerks say. She was voted in by her peers so the pointy-headed naysayers can shut it, right? Plus, she had one of the best speeches of the night. Go Betty!

Next up was a win that most everyone could agree on: the Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series award, which went to the cast of "Modern Family" on ABC.

Oh, and for everyone lamenting the biting humor of Ricky Gervais in the recent Golden Globe awards show? I hope you enjoyed the politely corny Tim Conway jokes introducing Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ernest Borgnine. What was that sound? Oh yeah, crickets.

I kid because I love (and I do love Tim Conway).

The award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV movie or miniseries winner went to Al Pacino for HBO's "You Don't Know Jack," a movie about Jack Kevorkian. Pacino wasn't there, so no crazy, rambling Pacino speech. That's a shame?

Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries was once again Claire Danes for "Temple Grandin," also on HBO. Danes and Pacino have now won everything they could possibly win for their respective movies. And both movies are quite good (especially "Temple Grandin").

That's it for the TV winners. Here's a full list of winners, including the  night's big film awards.

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Brooke Cain isn't always proud of the number of hours she logs in front of the TV, but her loss of brain cells can be your gain. From reality shows to sitcoms to the more serious stuff, Brooke keeps her DVR smoking so that she can help keep you in the know. Brooke also tweets for Happiness is a Warm TV (you can follow @WarmTV) and updates the blog's Facebook page.