SAG Awards
Actor Jean Dujardin poses with his award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his performance in "The Artist" at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Reuters

The Best Actor award, at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) went to Jean Dujardin, the star of "The Artist". Meanwhile, Viola Davis and the cast members "The Help" were recognized as the Best Actress and Best Cast in a Motion Picture (the SAG's equivalent of the Oscars' Best Film award).

The awards ceremony was held at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles, California, on Jan. 29.

In addition, to the two awards mentioned above, "The Help" also won Octavia Spencer the Best Supporting Actress prize. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Mary Tyler Moore.

The gala event was attended by several high-profile celebrities and stars, including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Meryl Streep.

The SAGs were started in 1995, with the intention of honouring actors and actress from the film and television industries.

The following is the list of winners at the 2012 SAG Awards:


Best Male Actor (Lead): Jean DuJardin, "The Artist"

Best Male Actor (Supporting): Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

Best Female Actor (Lead): Viola Davis, "The Help"

Best Female Actor (Supporting): Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

Best Cast in a Motion Picture: "The Help"

Best Stunt Ensemble (Motion Picture): "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"


Best Male Actor (Drama Series): Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"

Best Female Actor (Drama Series): Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"

Best Ensemble (Drama): "Boardwalk Empire"

Best Male Actor (Comedy Series): Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"

Best Female Actor (Comedy Series): Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland"

Best Ensemble (Comedy Series): "Modern Family"

Best Male Actor (TV Movie or Miniseries): Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail"

Best Female Actor (TV Movie or Miniseries): Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce"

Best Stunt Ensemble (Television Series): "Game of Thrones"