The Oscar race got a little bit tighter this past weekend as the Screen Actors Guild announced their favourite performances of 2006 at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Honouring the best of both and , the awards were held at the Shrine Exposition Center, and attended by the hottest names in the business – including early favourites Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren who walked away with top awards.

Generally seen as foreshadowing for the upcoming Academy Awards, there were no real surprises in terms of winners at this year’s event. Although Little Miss Sunshine, which has already been a critical hit, won the Outstanding Cast award, giving them a possible push going into the Oscar race for Best Picture.

On the television side of things, Greay’s Anatomy took the award for Outstanding Performance in a Drama, while the Americain version of The Office garnered the award for Outstanding Performance in a Comedy.

Film legend Julie Andrews was presented with Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the 43rd Annual Life Achievement Award.

For more on the awards check out the official SAG AWards website at www.sagawards.org.

Winners for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were…

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Forest Whitaker / THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND – Idi Amin

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Helen Mirren / THE QUEEN – The

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Eddie Murphy / DREAMGIRLS – James “Thunder” Early

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Hudson / DREAMGIRLS – Effie White

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Jeremy Irons / ELIZABETH I – Earl of Leicester

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Helen Mirren / ELIZABETH I – Elizabeth I

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Hugh Laurie / HOUSE – Dr. Gregory House

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Miranda Bailey

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin / 30 ROCK – Jack Donaghy

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera / UGLY BETTY – Betty Suarez

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
GREY’S ANATOMY

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
THE OFFICE

Screen Actors Guild Awards 43rd Annual Life Achievement Award
Julie Andrews

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