Quentin Tarantino's World War II movie "Inglourious Basterds" has taken the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards.
The darkly comic film won for best ensemble.
Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock were hailed as best movie actor and actress of 2009.
Bullock, best known for romantic comedies, plays a wealthy white mother who takes a downtrodden black high school football player into her home in The Blind Side.
Jeff Bridges' performance as a drunken country singer in Crazy Heart has brought the best accolades of a long career.
The guild awards are usually seen as an indicator of success at the Oscars.
But Avatar, which has earned more than $2.2 billion worldwide, was not in the running in the awards, where guild members tend to reward acting talent rather than action adventures.
The Screen Actors Guild also hands out awards for television, and AMC's stylish 1960's series Mad Men won for a second year for best ensemble drama cast and the Fox high school comedy Glee taking the award for best ensemble comedy cast in its first season.
Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin continued their long streak of wins for best comedy actress and actor for NBC's 30 Rock, while Julianna Margulies won for best TV drama actress for The Good Wife on CBS, and Michael C. Hall won for his role as a serial killer in Showtime drama Dexter.