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Sutherland picked up his second SAG award (called the Actor) for his role as CTU agent Jack Bauer on 24. "I am in shock," he said. "This is the community I wanted to belong to my entire life." He said the night was really special for him, because "I'm with my stepson Timothy."
Interweaving the past with the present, the two-hour ceremony featured Dakota Fanning introducing the life-achievement award to child actor Shirley Temple Black, now 77. "I have one piece of advice for those of you who want to win a life-achievement award," the ever-charming Black told the appreciative crowd. "Start early."
Hayes won his third Actor for his flamboyant role as Jack on Will & Grace. "My heart is racing." said Hayes before launching into a satire of the gay theme of Brokeback Mountain. "First of all," Hayes said, "I'd like to thank Ang Lee for taking a chance on me. Clearly, I did not fail him, because I'm here." Turning serious, Hayes pointed out that this is the last season of Will & Grace, "which is sad ... because of how they're going to miss me."
(Joking aside, Lee's Brokeback Mountain was completely shut out of the SAG honors, though the cowboy romance went into the evening with a leading four nominations.)
Huffman, named best actress in a comedy series, professed her love of actors, pointing out that she married one -- William H. Macy. "All right," she said, "a fantastic one."
As the evening is dedicated to the art and honor of acting, the televised event opened with professionals facing the camera and telling their stories. Among them, Desperate Housewives' resident plumber James Denton, who revealed that he was fixing toilets when, at age 30, he was asked to appear in a play in Chicago. And today? He's still fixing toilets – but on TV.
PEOPLE Magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation sponsored the post-show gala.
The list of winners is as follows:
Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote.
Actress: Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line.
Supporting Actor: Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man.
Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener.
Ensemble Cast: Crash.
Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Paul Newman, Empire Falls.
Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries: S. Epatha Merkerson, Lackawanna Blues.
Actor in a Drama Series: Kiefer Sutherland, 24.
Actress in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy.
Actor in a Comedy Series: Sean Hayes, Will & Grace.
Actress in a Comedy Series: Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives.
Drama Ensemble: Lost.
Comedy Ensemble: Desperate Housewives.