Screen Actors Guild Awards Give Love to ‘Argo’


lincoln_9The Screen Actors Guild made things a little clearer tonight.  The actors came together and made some very interesting choices.  As expected, Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables.  Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln won two awards for Daniel Day-Lewis and not in attendance, Tommy Lee Jones.  In what can only be described as a hot girl deathmatch for the gold, Jennifer Lawrence beat out Jessica Chastain and won Best Actress for her portrayal in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook.

The jaw-dropping moment of the night came at the end when Ben Affleck’s Argo won Best Cast Ensemble over Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook.  After winning big on Saturday with the Producers Guild of America, Affleck’s film has built serious momentum and could be able to do the impossible and win Best Picture without a Directing nomination for Affleck.

In the television categories, PBS’ “Downton Abbey” took home the top award in Drama while expectedly “Modern Family” took home the Comedy Ensemble.  Only a few days from their series finale, Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey both won for “30 Rock” in Comedy while Claire Danes and surprisingly Bryan Cranston took home Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama for their roles in “Homeland” and “Breaking Bad.”

On a side note, during the ceremony the Weinsteins were in full force campaigning, and pushing their pony Silver Linings Playbook with small homages to Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro.  They even mentioned that it was DeNiro’s first nomination in over 20 years.

I think Day-Lewis, Hathaway, and to a lesser extent Lawrence have locked themselves in for Oscar wins but we have four weeks left.  Don’t be surprised to see some upsets the way this year has been.  Jones can still lose to any of those other four performers.  The run for Best Picture is still open to Argo, Lincoln, or Silver Linings Playbook.  Next up is BAFTA and Directors Guild of America.

The full list of winners is down below:

Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble – Argo

Best Performance by a Male Actor in Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role – Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables

Best Cast Ensemble in a Drama Series – “Downton Abbey”

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad”

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series – Claire Danes for “Homeland”

Best Cast Ensemble in a Comedy Series – “Modern Family”

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series – Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock”

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Tina Fey for “30 Rock”

Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie – Kevin Costner for “Hatfields & McCoys”

Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie – Julianne Moore for “Game Change”

Best Stunt EnsembleSkyfall

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  • Charles

    I was rooting for Jessica Chastain but… oh well, I hope she gets the BAFTA and the Oscars.

  • Holden

    Congratulations to Argo. That would be so funny if it won the DGA. Other than that, I believe we have a Best Picture winner.

  • Divya

    I so predicted Argo would win SAG cast ensemble after its PGA victory!! And I am going for it to win Best Picture. Then again, there is just one small problem here, and it’s NOT Ben Affleck being left out of directing. The problem here is that can any film win the Best Picture Oscar without really dominating in any other category (let alone directing)? I know Driving Miss Daisy won Best Pic without a directing nomination, and Argo has been nominated in 7 categories (without directing) – but how many can it really win overall? We could very well end up with a bizarre situation of Lincoln / SLP winning majorly on Feb 24, BUT Argo winning Best Picture. It’s been that kind of a crazy year.

    Thank goodness the needless “Cooper v/s Jackman” debate finally comes to an end. And yes, the only person who is standing in DDL’s way for his 3rd Oscar is Joaquin Phoenix.

    The Weinsteins must be really working overtime – nothing against SLP, but Jennifer Lawrence over Jessica Chastain & Naomi Watts?? Really??

  • Joey Magidson

    It’s rare for a film that I both love and backed early to be looking like a frontrunner of sorts, so I’m certainly pleased with this…

  • JamDenTel

    I do hope Chastain can still pull off a win on Oscar night, although it looks like Joaquin Phoenix is pretty much done for…I also hope Christoph Waltz can repeat his success at the Globes.

  • UBourgeois

    I think this means Lawrence has it wrapped up for the Oscar – she has a Globe, the SAG win, and someone’s gotta win from SLP what with its four nominees. I’d prefer Chastain, myself, but I can hardly be upset about Lawrence winning.

    Argo’s kind of a BS choice for Best Cast, but I guess they’re just giving it some steam for the Oscars. I kind of don’t want it to win at this point, though – not just because it’s not the best film of the year, but it’s a film that succeeds on the strength of its direction, so no directing nomination would make a BP win not make sense.

    I’m also hoping against hope that Phoenix can pull it off against Day-Lewis… nothing against his performance, of course (masterful work as always), but Phoenix is better in my book, and Day-Lewis just won his second award five years ago. Just want a surprise in that category this time.

  • Josh P.

    The only reason why I’m still slightly doubtful about “Argo” chances is that I can’t see it really having a shot at winning anything else. I think it could win Film Editing, but the only other thing I can see is maybe Adapted Screenplay, and to beat Tony Kushner would be an upset (though Geoffrey Fletcher beating Jason Reitman also happened). Can “Argo” win Best Picture and that be its only reward? Even in such a weird year as this one, that’s still hard to accept.

    By the way, before all the stuff with SAG and the PGA, I stood by a prediction that Affleck would win the DGA. Now I’m confident that will happen.

    • Divya

      Exactly why I believe the Academy might just spread the love around. Can you really think of any other category in which Argo has a heavy chance of winning at the moment (except Best Picture)? As I mentioned in my previous comment (above), Lincoln / SLP could win big on Feb 24, but Argo gets Best Picture – so bizarre! Can that really happen? Then again, all kinds of weird things have happened at the Oscars in the past – who knew Crash (of all films!) would win Best Picture?

      • Tom

        Maybe it can take Score as well?

        • Josh P.

          Maybe, but that also seems like it’s going to “Life of Pi.” I don’t doubt we could have a situation where “Argo” wins only Best Picture, but that would be really strange.

  • Nathan Mitchell

    I love how two out of three times we’ve had Supporting Actor awards go out, the winner hasn’t been present to accept. And with Tommy being pounded at SNL the other week, I don’t know if his absence just helped or hurt his chances.

    Lawrence has the Oscar now. Thank goodness! I say this only because she’s different ALL THE TIME! Compare Winter’s Bone, Hunger Games and SLP and tell me she’s not versatile. I truly love Miss Chastain but I’m still a firm believer that she SHOULD have won last year over Octavia “We’ve Already Forgotten Who You Are” Spencer. Jess will have her chance again. She’s incredible and frankly, I think she will give us stronger performances than this anyway!

    Argo for the win! Not my favourite film but it stayed with me throughout the entire season, not to mention still has the highest percentage on Rotten Tomatoes of all 9 nominees and that to me says it is deserving of the love it’s getting.

  • Steve

    As far as Lawrence being different…Winter’s Bone and The Hunger Games roles are more alike than they are different. And in SLP she is a supporting character. Chastain or Riva should be walking up to the stage on the 24th. With Best Actor, I’d love to see Phoenix win in a big surprise, but I doubt the Weinsteins are pushing him too hard anymore even though it’s probably a better shot at beating DDL than Cooper. Argo…yeah…not too thrilled that it’s a top choice now. It’s ok, but the best of the year along the other nominees? Nope.