The stars of Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle and Breaking Bad were the top winners at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Hollywood on Saturday.
Oscar nominees Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto picked up the awards for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role respectively for their performances as HIV/Aids sufferers in Dallas Buyers Club.
McConaughey, who won a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for the same role recently, honoured the “fierce performances” of his fellow nominees in an emotional speech.
Bryan Cranston, who played meth producer Walter White in hit US show Breaking Bad, won for Best Male Actor in a Drama Series, with the cast chosen as Best Ensemble in a Drama Series. Cranston’s acceptance speech saw him joke about working with the “nicest bunch of white supremacist Nazis ever” – a reference to the group of neo-Nazis that his character murders in the final series.
The cast of American Hustle – Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner – took home the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the Guild’s equivalent of Best Picture.
Cate Blanchett won Best Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance as a deeply troubled socialite in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, while Kenyan rising star Lupita Nyong’o picked up the prize for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role for 12 Years a Slave, in which she plays the gutsy Patsey.
There was success for the Brits too, as Dames Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith were both awarded accolades. Mirren won for her role as an attorney in TV movie Phil Spector, with Smith taking home the Best Female Actor in a Drama series award for her performance as the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crawley, in Downton Abbey.
Members of the Screen Actors Guild voted for the winners ahead of Saturday’s ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Many of the stars who picked up awards were announced as Academy Award nominees last Thursday.
Oscars 2014: Best Actor and Actress nominees
Oscars 2014: Best Actor and Actress nominees
1/20 Cate Blanchett (Best Actress)
Blanchett has been nominated for Best Actress for her role as a deeply troubled New York socialite in Blue Jasmine.
2/20 Sandra Bullock (Best Actress)
Bullock is nominated for her performance as a medical engineer in Alfonso Cuaron's space adventure Gravity.
3/20 Meryl Streep (Best Actress)
Here pictured left with Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis, Streep has earned a nod for her performance as Violet Weston in August: Osage County.
4/20 Judi Dench (Best Actress)
British actress Dench is up for Best Actress for her role as Philomena Lee in Stephen Frears' Philomena.
5/20 Amy Adams (Best Actress)
Adams is nominated for Best Actress for her role as Sydney Prosser in American Hustle - here pictured left with Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence.
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6/20 Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor)
DiCaprio has picked up his fourth Oscar nomination - but will he finally win? - for his performance as debauched stockbroker Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street.
7/20 Chiwetel Ejiofor (Best Actor)
British actor Ejiofor has been nominated for an Oscar for his role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave.
8/20 Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor)
McConaughey is up for Best Actor Oscar for his role as an emaciated AIDS patient who smuggles anti-viral drugs into the US in Dallas Buyers Club.
9/20 Christian Bale (Best Actor)
British actor Bale has earned a nod for his performance as con artist Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle.
10/20 Bruce Dern (Best Actor)
Dern, left, is nominated for his role in Nebraska as elderly father Woody Grant who embarks on a trip with his estranged son.
11/20 Bradley Cooper (Best Supporting Actor)
Cooper, left, has earned an Oscar nod for his supporting role as a wild FBI agent in David O Russell's American Hustle.
12/20 Barkhad Abdi (Best Supporting Actor)
Abdi is up for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a Somali pirate who hijacks Tom Hanks' ship in Captain Phillips.
13/20 Michael Fassbender (Best Supporting Actor)
Michael Fassbender, left, is nominated for his role as plantation owner Edwin Epps in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.
14/20 Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor)
Leto has picked up a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role as a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club.
15/20 Jonah Hill (Best Supporting Actor)
Hill has earned a nod for his supporting role as a charismatic salesman in The Wolf of Wall Street - pictured here, left, in a scene with Best Actor nominee DiCaprio.
16/20 Julia Roberts (Best Supporting Actress)
Julia Roberts, here seen embracing Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep, is nominated for her role in August: Osage County.
17/20 Jennifer Lawrence (Best Supporting Actress)
Lawrence has been nominated for her role as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle - she won Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook last year.
18/20 Lupita Nyong'o (Best Supporting Actress)
Kenyan actress Nyong'o has earned a nod for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, here pictured with Best Supporting Actor nominee Michael Fassbender.
19/20 Sally Hawkins (Best Supporting Actress)
Sally Hawkins, left, and Andrew Dice Clay in a scene from the Woody Allen film, Blue Jasmine. British actor Hawkins is nominated for her role as Jasmine's sister Ginger.
20/20 June Squibb (Best Supporting Actress)
Squibb is nominated for her role as Kate Grant, wife of Best Actor nominee Bruce Dern's character in Alexander Payne's Nebraska.