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(CNN) — “As the World Turns” got the shout-outs — but “Birdman” took the top prize at the SAG Awards Sunday night.

The film about a former superhero actor trying to revive his career with a Broadway play won for its cast, the SAG Awards’ equivalent of best picture.

As the cast assembled on stage to give its thank-yous, it was obvious that only star Michael Keaton had anything prepared, describing acting as “the ultimate team sport” and saying he was “proud to be a part of this group.”

But Naomi Watts was tongue-tied and waved to her colleagues, which was when Zach Galifianakis took the microphone.

“When I was on ‘As the World Turns,’ ” he began — a callback to lead actress winner Julianne Moore, who began her thank-you speech by recalling her time on that soap opera.

Moore won for “Still Alice” and is considered the front-runner for best actress at the Oscars.

“Birdman?” It’s very much part of the best picture conversation, but “Boyhood” and perhaps even a dark horse like “The Theory of Everything” could have something to say about that.

The cast prize was the only honor “Birdman” won at the SAG Awards.

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