Lost, Crash Casts Take Top SAG Honors

01/29/2006 at 10:35 PM EST

Lost, Crash Casts Take Top SAG Honors
The cast of Lost
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It was actors' choice: The Lost and Desperate Housewives casts took top TV honors, while the cast of Crash claimed the major movie prize as actors honored their own at the 12th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night.

Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) were named best movie actress and actor, respectively, and Desperate Housewife Felicity Huffman was singled out as lead in a comedy series. Sean Hayes, of Will & Grace, won as male lead in a comedy, while 24 star Kiefer Sutherland and Sandra Oh, of Grey's Anatomy, were both named best actors in a drama series.

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Oh was the first of the evening's winners to be announced. "This is unbelievable," exclaimed the actress, who plays Dr. Cristina Yang on the ABC medical series. She also acknowledged her show's technical adviser, "who makes us all look like doctors, because we're not," and said she shares her award "with all the Asian-American actors out there ... be encouraged."

S. Epatha Merkerson won as best actress in a TV movie, for Lackawanna Blues, a feat she also pulled off at the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Choking up, she told the crowd inside Los Angeles's Shrine Auditorium of her speech: "There's nothing in my bra, there's nothing in my head, it's all in my heart." But it wasn't all tears. "I have to say a very public thank-you to my divorce lawyer," she said, cracking up.

Paul Newman, who was a no-show because he is working (according to presenter William H. Macy), was named best actor in a TV miniseries for Empire Falls.

Came her time at the podium, Witherspoon said her parents thought she was crazy when she first told them that she wanted to become an actor – "They're both doctors" – and she credited June Carter Cash, whom she plays onscreen, for being the real-life rock behind music legend Johnny Cash.

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