The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards paved the way for what could become a big night at the upcoming Academy Awards for The King's Speech. First the Colin Firth-lead drama beat out Black Swan and The Social Network for Best Picture. Then Firth won the Best Actor award which included a strong field of competitors such as Jeff Bridges in True Grit. With these wins following identical wins at the Golden Globes, The King's Speech should be considered the favorite to walk away with Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
In the lead actress category, Natalie Portman unsurprisingly won for her performance in Black Swan. The Supporting Actor and Actress nods went both came from The Fighter with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo coming out on top.
The Comedy Series Ensemble award went to ABC's Modern Family. It's cast did not figure into the Best Actress and Actor awards, however. Those went to Betty White for Hot in Cleveland and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock.
HBO scored a big win with the freshman show Boardwalk Empire which beat out Mad Men and Dexter for Best Drama Series. Boardwalk Empire also produced the Best Actor in a Drama with Steve Buscemi, while Julianna Margulies won Best Actress for The Good Wife.