SAG Awards: HBO Takes Two in Telefilm, Miniseries Categories

HBO broke into the 21st annual SAG Awards win column with a pair ot oustanding performance victories in the television movie or miniseries categories.

Mark Ruffalo earned The Actor on the male side, while Frances McDormand was the recipient on the distaff side of the ledger.

Ruffalo's victory came for his role as Ned Weeks in 'The Normal Heart.' He beat out fellow HBO nominee Richard Jenkins as Henry Kitteridge in 'Olive Kitteridge,' Adrien Brody as Harry Houdini in History' s 'Houdini' and Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in FX's 'Fargo.' Benedict Cumberbatch represented PBS in 'Sherlock: His Last Vow' as the inscrutable detective.

McDormand took home The Actor for the lead role in Olive Kitteridge, topping Julia Roberts, who was nominated as Dr. Emma Brookner in 'The Normal Heart.'  This was cable's category to win: Ellen Burstyn received the nod for Olivia Foxworth in Lifetime's 'Flowers in the Attic,' while Cicely Tyson was a nominee for Carnie Watt's in the women's targeted service's adaptation of 'The Trip to Bountiful,'  Maggie Gyllenhaal was also in contention for her Nessa Stein in Sundance TV's 'The Honorable Woman.'