TODAY   |  January 19, 2014

‘American Hustle’ takes home top honors at SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are voted on by the actors themselves, and for some it’s about winning the respect of their peers. Others watch because the show is often seen as a window into what will happen at the Oscars. TODAY’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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>>> another award show is now in the books and there are some clear front-runners as we get closer to the oscars. kristen dahlgren is here with whom took home the screen actors guild awards . the statue really prized among actors because they get it from their pierce.

>> exactly. the s.a.g. awards are the ones actors vote on. while some it's about winning respect of their peers, for others it's about watching because it's a window into what will happen at the oscars. another round in hollywood's ever intense award season, and it was " american hustle " that danced off with the biggest win at the s.a.g. awards.

>> and the actor goes to the cast of " american hustle ".

>> reporter: the film took home the outstanding ensemble award. "12 years a slave," often seen as its toughest oscar celebration in the individual acting prizes there weren't many surprises, but there are some definite oscar front-runners.

>> matthew mcconaughey .

>> reporter: he continued his streak for his role in "dallas buyers club" golden globes win. while cate blanchett added another award for "blue jasmine." for those who voted for me, thank you. for those who didn't, better luck next year.

>> reporter: the year of lupita nyong'o's year continued. his first feature film award in "12 years a slave."

>> being recognized by fellow actors is an honor of the highest order.

>> reporter: jared won for "dallas buyers club."

>> thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you so much.

>> breaking bad and brian cranston also won, as well as modern family and tie burrell who ended alec baldwin 's seven-year winning streak for best actor in a comedy series . lester, you vote on these. how did you get?

>> i got best picture wrong. best actor right. it was nice to be part of it. kristen, thanks very much.