American Hustle" came away with the most important film trophy at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, presented by the SAG-AFTRA actors union, on the weekend at a Los Angeles gala where the television series "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" also triumphed.
Veteran Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno was honored for her career, giving the ceremony a musical flavor, while Spaniard Daniel Brühl was denied his best supporting actor bid for "Rush."
"American Hustle" won the 2013 Actor award for best motion picture cast performance, the equivalent of a "best picture" award, despite the fact that just one of its actors, Jennifer Lawrence, had been nominated individually, and "Dallas Buyers Club" was the film that collected the most prizes.
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto each won awards for their roles in "Dallas Buyers Club" as best actor and best supporting actor, respectively, while "American Hustle" came up empty in the interpretative categories.
Lawrence saw Mexico-born Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o receive the prize for best supporting actress for "12 Years a Slave," as she had done last Thursday at the Critics' Choice Awards.
Cate Blanchett, meanwhile, collected the best actress award for "Blue Jasmine."
In TV, "Breaking Bad" went home with the best performance by an ensemble in a drama series trophy - the SAG's version of the best series award - for its farewell season, a prize that it had never yet garnered.
The 82-year-old Moreno was clearly thrilled to be honored with the Life Achievement Award at the ceremony and brought her customary energy and talent to the venue by singing a bit of "This Is All I Ask" for the delighted audience.
During her career, she won a Tony and two TV Emmys, as well as both an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for the 1961 production of "West Side Story." She is the only Hispanic and one of the few performers to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards. EFE