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Netflix sets SAG pace, streaming up top drama, comedy awards

Netflix Inc. was crowned the big winner on the TV side of this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The streaming kingpin, whose programming budget is expected to reach $6 billion in 2017, took home a quartet of SAG awards during the Jan. 29 event from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Netflix won outstanding performance by an ensemble in both the drama and comedy categories, as well as the outstanding performance by an actor and actress in a drama series.

Turner Broadcasting System Inc.'s HBO (US) finished second with three actor trophies, while the broadcast networks were shut out.

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were simulcast on TNT (US) and TBS (US).

Although it's no longer new, Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" again stood out among comedy series, imprisoning its third consecutive win for best ensemble comedy, beating out CBS (US)'s "The Big Bang Theory," ABC (US)'s "Modern Family," a four-time SAG winner, and "Black-Ish," as well as HBO's political send-up, "Veep."

"Stranger Things," Netflix's freshman fantasy series, earned the best drama series award, besting "The Crown," the streaming service's fellow rookie series about the early adulthood of Queen Elizabeth II; the final season of PBS (US)'s "Downton Abbey," which had won the previous two years; as well as HBO entries "Game of Thrones" and newcomer "Westworld."

The royal series, though, was bestowed with an actress statue for Claire Foy for her performance as the queen, which got the nod over three other Netflix competitors -- Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder in "Stranger Things" and Robin Wright in "House of Cards" -- as well as Thandie Newton in "Westworld."

John Lithgow, who plays Winston Churchill in "The Crown," earned outstanding lead actor laurels, ahead of Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards," Emmy- and Golden Globe-winner Rami Malek in USA (US)'s "Mr. Robot," Peter Dinklage in "Game of Thrones" and Sterling Brown in NBC's "This is Us."

For the sixth year in a row, HBO's "Game of Thrones" won the category of outstanding action performance by a stunt ensemble in a comedy or drama series.

Julia Louis Dreyfus added a second SAG award for the outstanding performance by a female actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of Selina Meyer, dethroning Uzo Aduba, who won the previous two years for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in "Orange is the New Black."

HBO's other SAG award went to Bryan Cranston for outstanding performance by a male actor in a TV movie/limited series, as he played President Lyndon Johnson in telefilm, "All The Way." Cranston was among the winners who used SAG Awards to make political statements, citing colorful language used by Johnson as what the late president might say to the new one, Donald Trump.

FX Network (US) and Showtime (US) were the other TV networks to claim SAG awards on Jan. 29. Sarah Paulson backed up Emmy and Golden Globe triumphs for her role as prosecutor Marcia Clark, taking home the actor for outstanding performance by an actress in a TV movie/limited series on FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story."

William Macy won his second SAG award for his turn as the irredeemable Frank Gallagher in Showtime's "Shameless," notching the outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy.

Among theatricals, 20th Century Fox's "Hidden Figures," which tells the story of three African-American women who helped launch the NASA space program in the 1960s, took home the best ensemble cast award in a motion picture.

Emma Stone was named the outstanding actress in a leading role for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s musical "La La Land," while Denzel Washington earned the actor distinction in Paramount Pictures Corp.'s "Fences," which took home a second award when Viola Davis was recognized for outstanding performance in a supporting role.

Mahershala Ali netted that statue as outstanding male in a supporting role for A24 Films' "Moonlight."

Lionsgate's "Hacksaw Ridge," which gained an Oscar nomination for best picture, was honored for outstanding performance by a stunt ensemble in a motion picture.

Lily Tomlin, who was nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy for Netflix's "Grace and Frankie," received SAG's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the list of the nominees and winners here.