Date: 20th January 2014
The cast of American Hustle (2013) have taken the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, setting up the film as the one to beat at the Oscars.
The con-artist comedy from director David O Russell won the award for outstanding cast, although it won no individual acting awards and only Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her supporting role.
Bradley Cooper accepted the award on behalf of the cast, and praised the director with whom they had all worked previously.
"He is an actor's director," said Cooper. "That notion is tossed around; he is the embodiment of it. He's the reason why all of us wanted to become actors when we were children."
On the small screen, best drama went to cult series Breaking Bad and best comedy to Modern Family.
There was British success for Dame Helen Mirren, who was named best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for her role as a lawyer in the biopic Phil Spector.
Dame Maggie Smith, who plays Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downtown Abbey, won the prize for best actress in a TV drama series.
Dame Helen joked her male statue trophy was sexy and she didn't "feel at all saggy", adding: "I feel quite perky".
Cate Blanchett won best actress for her movie role as a socialite who suffers a reversal of fortune in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, while best actor went to Matthew McConaughey for his portrayal of an unlikely Aids activist in Dallas Buyers Club.
"It really shines a great light on this bull ride we call acting," said McConaughey. "I've been able to recently find some characters that I can humble myself to their humanities and get feverishly drunk on their obsessions."
Both actors are the clear front-runners for best acting Oscars after winning Golden Globes last week.
Source: Press Release