“Argo” won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble, which is their equivalent of the best picture Oscar. This means it looks like “Argo” could walk off with the best picture Oscar, especially after picking up a PGA award last night.
What a sweet win for director, producer and star Ben Affleck, who was overlooked for a directing nomination by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Jude Law presented the SAG statue — which looks like a naked little man holding comedy and tragedy masks — to the very happy, surprised and stunned Affleck, who stood at the podium following Daniel Day-Lewis, who had just received the best actor award.
“I can’t believe I’m standing in the place where Daniel Day-Lewis was standing,” Affleck said. “Maybe I’ll become a better actor from the radiation … This has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the incredible actors on the stage,” he added, gesturing to the actors from the film surrounding him on stage.
Jennifer Lawrence, who was reported to be battling pneumonia, was named best actress for “Silver Linings Playbook.” She is now the likely Oscar winner, although SAG got it wrong last year as far as Oscar is concerned when they chose Viola Davis for “The Help” in a close race that finally ended with Meryl Streep winning the gold statue.
Third-time SAG winner Daniel Day-Lewis was the predictable winner for best actor for “Lincoln.” The actor made an elegant speech where he said for his portrayal of the 16th president he kept in mind the Hippocratic oath, “first do no harm,” and that since it was an actor who had murdered Lincoln, it was only “fitting that from time to time an actor tries to bring him back to life.” He added, “Everything flowed from Steven Spielberg.”
Anne Hathaway won earlier in the evening as best supporting actress for “Les Miserables.” “I”m just thrilled I have dental,” she said, referring to the scene in “Les Miz” where as the tortured Fantine she had two teeth pulled, not to mention other indignities and hardships she endured, like losing 25 pounds and having her hair chopped off for real.
Tommy Lee Jones was a surprise win for best supporting actor for “Lincoln.” Unfortunately, he didn’t show up to pick up his prize, so we couldn’t compare the expression on his face when he won to the strange expression on his puss at the Golden Globes when he lost.
Complete list of winners from the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards:
- Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
- Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
- Supporting actor: Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
- Supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
- Cast: “Argo”
- Stunt ensemble: “Skyfall”
- Actor in a movie or miniseries: Kevin Costner “Hatfields & McCoys”
- Actress in a movie or miniseries: Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
- Actor in a drama series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
- Actress in a drama series: Claire Danes, “Homeland”
- Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
- Actress in a comedy series: Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
- Drama series cast: “Downton Abbey”
- Comedy series cast: “Modern Family”
- Stunt ensemble: “Game of Thrones”
- Life Achievement: Dick Van Dyke