Actress Sofia Vergara took home a trophy during Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards while Javier Bardem and comedian Louis C.K. left the ceremony empty-handed, making the star-studded evening full of mixed emotions for their fans.
The Colombian actress won alongside the rest of the “Modern Family” cast for “Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.”
The win marks the third time the ABC hit show has earned the award, which beat primetime shows including “The Office,” “Glee,” “30 Rock,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “Nurse Jackie.”
Vergara, 40, didn’t take home the award for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series,’ instead losing out to “30 Rock” actress Tina Fey.
And while Vergara may not have won an award for her individual performance, she did share a glimpse of the comedic timing that has made her famous – and which has landed her a role as executive producer of a new ABC adaptation of Argentine series “Killer Women.”
“My father told me if I did anything artistic, I would look like a hooker,” Vergara deadpanned during the SAG awards opening remarks. “I told him, ‘With these huge boobs I inherited from your mother, I already look like a hooker!’”
Sitting at a nearby table at the award ceremony was Bardem, who made audiences squirm with his portrayal of an odd-ball villain in the James Bond thriller “Skyfall.” Even so, the Spanish actor lost the award for “Outstanding Male Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” to “Lincoln” star Tommy Lee Jones.
Comedian Louis C.K. — who has won several Emmy awards for his work over the years – lost out on the award for “Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series” to Alec Baldwin, who took home the trophy for his work in the NBC comedy “30 Rock.”
The SAG awards differ from other awards ceremonies because fellow actors, rather than a panel of critics, choose the evening’s winners.
More than 100,000 members of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists – a union that represents due-paying actors – vote on the year’s film and television performances, giving fellow actors the opportunity to acknowledge outstanding achievement in their craft.
The prestigious event at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium joins the Golden Globes as one of the season’s big award ceremonies leading up to the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.