Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 winners

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett graciously accepting her Female Actor in a Leading Role award.

The 20th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards concluded on Saturday night, and American Hustle took the top award for Cast in a Motion Picture, beating Dallas Buyers Club, August: Osage County, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and 12 Years a Slave.

Unlike the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, the SAG Awards focus just on the actors and actresses, honoring them as individuals and as an ensemble (a group) in a movie or series. The top acting honors went to Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. “It really shines a great light on this bull ride we call acting,” said McConaughey during his passionate speech. “I’ve been able to recently find some characters that I can humble myself to their humanities…”

Breaking Bad cleaned up, continuing its Golden Globes winning streak with lead actor Bryan Cranston taking the award for Male Actor in a Drama and the cast earning Ensemble in a Drama Series. On the comedy side of television, Modern Family took home Ensemble in a Comedy Series and actor Ty Burrell won Male Actor in a Comedy Series.

When Female Actor in a Supporting Role went to Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave, she thanked the director, Steve McQueen for “taking a flashlight and shining it underneath the floorboards of this nation and reminding us what it is we stand on.” Her emotional speech expressed gratitude for the courageous way the movie explored the difficult issue of slavery.

Images courtesy of Screen Actors Guild Awards Facebook.