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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tommy Lee Jones of Lincoln and Anne Hathaway of Les Miserables claimed the first prizes of the night Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winning supporting-acting honors that boost their prospects for the Academy Awards.

Hathaway won for her role as a doomed single mother forced into prostitution in the adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo's epic novel. Her win came over four past Oscar recipients - Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Nicole Kidman and Maggie Smith.

I'm just thrilled I have dental, Hathaway said. I got my SAG card when I was 14. It felt like the beginning of the world. I have loved every single minute of my life as an actor. ... Thank you for nominating me alongside incredible women and incredible performances.

Jones, who was not at the show, won for his turn as abolitionist firebrand Thaddeus Stevens. The win improves his odds to become a two-time Academy Award winner. He previously won a supporting-actor Oscar for The Fugitive.

On the television side, with 30 Rock ending its run, its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin won the SAG awards for best comedy performers. It was Baldwin's seventh-straight win, while Fey earned her fifth SAG prize.

Oh, my God. It's ridiculous, Baldwin said. It's the end of our show, which is sad. Everybody is sad about that. It was the greatest experience I've ever had.

Fey gave a plug for the show's finale airing Thursday, noting that it's up against The Big Bang Theory.

Just tape `The Big Bang Theory' for once, for crying out loud, Fey said.

Modern Family won for best overall cast in a TV comedy show. Accepting for the cast, Modern Family co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson offered thanks to the makers of 30 Rock and another departing series, The Office, saying you all have set the comedy bar so high.

Ferguson joked that if the 30 Rock or The Office stars need jobs, they should contact the Modern Family casting director.

Julianne Moore's turn as Sarah Palin in Game Change earned her the TV prize for best actress in a movie or miniseries. Kevin Costner won for best actor in a movie or miniseries for Hatfields & McCoys.

Earlier, the James Bond adventure Skyfall and the fantasy series Game of Thrones picked up prizes for best stunt work, honors announced on the red carpet before the official SAG Awards ceremony.

JoBeth Williams and Scott Bakula announced the winners, noting the value of stunt players, who often are overlooked for their contributions to film and television.

The stunt men and women of our union are critical to the work that gets done, Bakula said. They keep us healthy, they keep us alive, they keep us working. They keep our shows working.

The SAG honors are the latest show in a puzzling Academy Awards season in which Hollywood's top prize, the best-picture Oscar, looks up for grabs among several key nominees.

Honors from the actors union, next weekend's Directors Guild of America Awards and Saturday night's Producers Guild of America Awards - whose top honor went to Argo - typically help to establish clear favorites for the Oscars.

But Oscar night on Feb. 24 looks more uncertain this time after some top directing prospects, including Ben Affleck for Argo and Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, missed out on nominations. Both films were nominated for best picture, but a movie rarely wins the top Oscar if its director is not also in the running.

Steven Spielberg's Lincoln would seem the Oscar favorite with 12 nominations. Yet Argo and Affleck were surprise best-drama and director winners at the Golden Globes, and then there's Saturday's Producers Guild win for Argo, leaving the Oscar race looking like anybody's guess.

The SAG honors at least should help to establish solid front-runners for the stars. All four of the guild's individual acting winners often go on to receive the same prizes at the Academy Awards.

Last year, the guild went just three-for-four - with lead actor Jean Dujardin of The Artist and supporting players Octavia Spencer of The Help and Christopher Plummer of Beginners also taking home Oscars. The guild's lead-actress winner, Viola Davis of The Help, missed out on the Oscar, which went to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady.

The guild also presents an award for overall cast performance, its equivalent of a best-picture honor. The nominees are Argo, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook.

Yet the cast prize has a spotty record at predicting the eventual best-picture recipient at the Oscars. Only eight of 17 times since the guild added the category has the cast winner gone on to take the best-picture Oscar. The Help won the guild's cast prize last year, while Oscar voters named The Artist as best picture.

Such past guild cast winners as The Birdcage, Gosford Park and Inglourious Basterds also failed to take the top Oscar.

Receiving the guild's life-achievement award is Dick Van Dyke, who presented the same prize last year to his The Dick Van Dyke Show co-star, Mary Tyler Moore. Van Dyke's award will be presented by his 1960s sitcom's creator and co-star, Carl Reiner, and Alec Baldwin.

I'm so tickled. I'm so excited,' Van Dyke said before the show. And I'm the only one who knows he's going to win.

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Associated Press writers Beth Harris and Anthony McCartney contributed to this report.

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