Screen Actors Guild Award Winners: The Help Sweeps!

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The Screen Actors Guild Awards give actors a chance to honor their peers in a ceremony that quite often (historically) sheds light on who will go home with the coveted Academy Awards next month.

If that's the case, Oscar night could be big for The Help cast.

Recognized for their work as an ensemble, the top honor of the night at Sunday's 2012 SAG Awards. Viola Davis took home the award for Best Actress and Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress.

Basically, it was a clean sweep for The Help, going 3/3 in categories where it was nominated. The Artist's Jean Dujardin was Best Actor and Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for Beginners.

Mary Tyler Moore also collected a Lifetime Achievement Award.

We'll offer more analysis of the event - and what it portends for the Oscars - a bit later. For now, here's a list of the major 2012 SAG Award nominees, and winners (starred and bolded) from last night:

Octavia Spencer in The Help

Best Actor

    George Clooney, The Descendants
    Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
    Demian Bichir, A Better Life
    JEAN DUJARDIN, The Artist *
    Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress

    Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
    VIOLA DAVIS, The Help *
    Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
    Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
    Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor

    Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
    Nick Nolte, Warrior
    Jonah Hill, Moneyball
    Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
    CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, Beginners *

Best Supporting Actress

    Berenice Bejo, The Artist
    Jessica Chastain, The Help
    Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
    OCTAVIA SPENCER, The Help *
    Jessica Chastain, The Help

Outstanding Performance by a Cast

    Bridesmaids
    The Artist
    The Descendants
    THE HELP *
    Midnight in Paris

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