Davis won as Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in The Help, while Chastain received the Actress in a Supporting Role award for her work in The Tree of Life.
Additional acting winners in movie categories included Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks, who won as Actor in a Motion Picture and Actor in a Supporting Role, respectively, for their work in Drive, which also was named Best Motion Picture.
In television categories, Danes won for Homeland, Dinklage won for Game of Thrones, Olyphant won for Justified, Plimpton won for Raising Hope, and Williams won for Desperate Housewives.
Other television acting winners included Kate Winslet for Mildred Pierce; Jason Isaacs for Case Histories, Louis C.K. for Louie, and Ryan Hurst for Sons of Anarchy,.