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Posted at 10:53 PM ET, 01/29/2012

SAG Awards 2012: ‘The Help,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’ take home top honors

“The Help” had a big night at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, taking home the prize for performance by a cast in a motion picture. Two of the film’s stars, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, won top acting honors for their roles in the much-hyped film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel.

The win gives “The Help” a nice boost heading into the Academy Awards next month, where it will face the Golden Globe-winning films “The Artist” and “The Descendants.”

“The Artist’s” Jean Dujardin and Christopher Plummer of “Beginners” repeated their Globe wins, taking home awards for leading actor and supporting actor, respectively.

On the TV side, there were a good amount of repeat wins from last year’s SAG Awards. “Boardwalk Empire” and “Modern Family” won for ensemble in drama and comedy series, respectively. Steve Buscemi and Betty White also won again, as did Alec Baldwin. Yes, that means that Steve Carell’s final year on “The Office” was not recognized by the Emmys, the Golden Globes or the SAGs. Jessica Lange won for her role on “American Horror Story.”

The women of “Bridesmaids” may not have won an award, but they did have one of the best moments of the night. While introducing their film, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph asked the audience to take a drink every time Martin Scorsese was mentioned. Melissa McCarthy gamely played along (a couple of times) on stage. Steve Buscemi also got into the act during his acceptance speech. He thanked Scorsese, an executive producer on “Boardwalk Empire,” leading presenter Tina Fey to down a glass of wine.

Mary Tyler Moore, with an introduction from Dick Van Dyke, made a brief appearance to accept a lifetime achievement award.

See the complete list of winners below.

Actor in a leading role

Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

Actress in a leading role

Viola Davis, “The Help”

Actor in a supporting role

Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Actress in a supporting role

Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture

“The Help”

Actor in a TV movie or miniseries

Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail”

Actress in a TV movie or miniseries

Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”

Actor in a drama series

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”

Actress in a drama series

Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”

Actor in a comedy series

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Actress in a comedy series

Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series

“Boardwalk Empire”

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series

“Modern Family”

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