Viola Davis was named best actress and her movie “The Help” won for best ensemble cast, marking a night of big dreams come true at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. “The Artist” juggernaut was stopped cold.

“The Help” won three awards while only French actor Jean Dujardin represented “The Artist” on the awards podium. He won best actor in a drama for his role as silent film star George Valentin.

Dujardin expressed surprised at the outcome, even though he and the movie were heavily favored.

The 18th Annual SAG Awards for Film

• Cast in a Motion Picture:   The Help
 Female Actor in a Leading Role: Viola Davis, The Help
• Male Actor in a Leading Role: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
 Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Octavia Spencer, The Help
• Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
• Stunt ensemble: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

• Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Tyler Moore

Turns out his sentiments were well place. The SAG awards are closely watched because the can foreshadow Oscar choices. SAG members make up the biggest voting bloc for Academy Awards. “The Artist,” which seemed the odds-on Oscar favorite, is now likely go get a run for its money.

Still, it was a night of dreams. “I was always dreaming. “I realize now that I never stopped dreaming. Thank you very much. Thank you for this dream,” the French actor said in his acceptance speech.

And, the dreams didn’t end there. “What is there but a dream? You can’t trade in your dream for another dream,” she said. “Dream big and dream fierce,” Davis added in a shoutout to her hometown in Rhode Island.

Castmate Octavia Spencer won best supporting actor for her role as Minny Jackson, a maid with a mouth, for which she often paid with the loss of her job.

The odds on favorite for the supporting actor role before the show was Berenice Bejo of “The Artist.” She plays Peppy Miller a young starlet who meets Valentin through happenstance and sees her career rise as his fades.

Christopher Plummer, a sentimental favorite, won for supporting actor in “Beginners.” Plummer, 82, plays a father who reveals his homosexuality late in life after the death of his wife. He must come to terms with his son and the rest of the family.

“I just can’t tell you what fun I’ve had being a member of the world’s second oldest profession,” Plummer said as he accepted his award. “When they honor you, it’s like being lit by the holy grail. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Among television shows, “Boardwalk Empire” was named best drama series for the second straight year and “Modern Family was picked top comedy, also for the second year. Go here for more on the SAG television Awards.