Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were the maids of honor at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, where their Deep South domestics drama "The Help" won them acting prizes and earned the trophy for overall cast performance.

LOS ANGELES — Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were the maids of honor at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where their Deep South domestics drama “The Help” won them acting prizes and earned the trophy for overall cast performance.

Davis won as best actress and Spencer as supporting actress for “The Help,” while Jean Dujardin was named best actor for the silent film “The Artist” and Christopher Plummer took the supporting-actor award for the father-son tale “Beginners.”

In “The Help,” Davis and Spencer play black maids going public with uneasy truths about their white employers in 1960s Mississippi.

A French film star who is a newcomer to Hollywood’s awards scene with “The Artist,” Dujardin played a silent-era screen idol fallen on hard times as talking pictures take over in the late 1920s.

The winners at the SAG ceremony often go on to earn Academy Awards, which will be announced Feb. 26. Plummer would become the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar at age 82, two years older than Jessica Tandy when she won best actress for “Driving Miss Daisy.”

On the television side, comedy series awards went to “Modern Family” for best ensemble; Alec Baldwin as best actor for “30 Rock”; and Betty White as best actress for “Hot in Cleveland.”

The TV drama show winners were: Jessica Lange as best actress for “American Horror Story”; and Steve Buscemi as best actor for “Boardwalk Empire,” which also won the ensemble prize.

For TV movie or miniseries, Kate Winslet won as best actress for “Mildred Pierce,” while Paul Giamatti was named best actor for “Too Big to Fail.”