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Julianna Margulies and Alec Baldwin are queen and king of the SAG Awards

January 23, 2010 |  7:34 pm

There were lots of breakthroughs at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") emerged as the biggest winner of SAG Awards when she triumphed for best TV drama actress, bringing her career total to seven. Three of those were solo honors for individual performances in "E.R." and "The Good Wife"; four for appearing as part of the drama TV ensemble in "E.R."

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If counting only solo honors for individual performances in either TV or film, Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock") emerged as SAG's biggest champ, earning his fourth trophy as best TV comedy actor. Last year he also won a SAG award for TV comedy ensemble. Tonight Baldwin's "30 Rock" co-star joined the few other thespians who also claimed three solo honors (either TV or film) — James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally and, of course, Julianna Margulies.

Showtime claimed its first SAG award when Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") won as best actor in a TV drama series. Up until now the TV network seemed strongly disadvantaged at these awards because only a limited portion of the 120,000 guild members receive the pay channel at home. The win could not be the result of a sympathy vote for Hall, who has cancer and wore a knit hat to cover his baldness due to chemotherapy treatments. The disclosure that he has Hodgkin’s lymphoma was made only a week and a half ago, long after the vast majority of SAG ballots were in. "Dexter" recently experienced an outstanding TV season creativity, which ended with (SPOILER ALERT) the shocking murder of his character's wife that was witnessed by his infant son — a plot twist that mirrored the personal back story of Dexter as a boy seeing the gruesome death of his mother years earlier.

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Photos: "The Good Wife" (CBS), "30 Rock" (NBC)

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I was very happy that Julianna Margulies won for The Good Wife. She is great on this show and I agree that part of her charm is the lack of over-acting. It makes the moments when she does lose her cool that much more affecting. Besides, I love the dry, generally hard-to-phase personality she's given the character.

I've seen every episode of The Good wife. In an industry dominated by terrible over-acting (to compensate for not being good in the first place), Margulies does under-acting really, really well in The Good Wife. So kudos to her!

At least we weren't bombarded by that media hog, Jennifer Aniston, who did NOT win any awards, nor is that great an actress...at least there were other actors worthy of publicity because they can ACT!!!!!

I am astounded that Margulies won an award,not this one but anyone.Has anyone watched this show? She has 3 lines of dialogue and 3 facial expressions.This program would work just as well if not better without her.She is boring!

good point, Eric, I added them to the text above

Sean Hayes and Megan Mullaly have each won three SAG awards, and they are in the same category as Baldwin and Fey.

Thank you Tom for the spoiler alert..... :(


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