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