SAG Awards: 'Argo,' 'Lincoln' stand tall
05:00 AM, Jan 28, 2013
If Anne Hathaway dreamed a dream of sweeping the major awards this season, it’s coming true.
Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence were probably in it, too.
The trio of actors followed up their Golden Globe wins with honors at Sunday’s 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which also saw Ben Affleck’s Argo continue its own dream run toward next month’s Academy Awards.
Day-Lewis was humble in accepting his male actor award for the starring role in Lincoln.
“It was an actor who murdered Abraham Lincoln,” he said. “And therefore it’s only fitting that an actor tries every now and then to bring him back to life again.
“Every single cast member gave their characters the kiss of life, and have no doubt, this is an ensemble award.”
Hathaway garnered a SAG for supporting female actor for her portrayal of a devoted mother in the musical Les Miserables.
“I’m just thrilled I have dental,” Hathaway joked after receiving the award and recalling how she got her SAG card at age 14. “It felt like the beginning of the world.”
Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence also had a big win leading up to the Oscar race female actor.
“This is incredible,” she said. “Now I have this naked statue that means some of you even voted for me.”
While the Oscars and other awards ceremonies tend to be more all-encompassing in honoring the best of movies and TV, the SAG Awards are focused solely on acting the trophy that’s handed out is even called “The Actor.”
Argo won the SAG award for outstanding cast the ceremony’s equivalent to Oscars’ best picture. With a win here after a Golden Globe and Producers Guild Award, Argo has quickly become a favorite this awards season.
“I can’t believe I’m standing in the same place where Daniel Day-Lewis was,” said Argo star and director Ben Affleck just after Day-Lewis’ acceptance speech. “I feel like I’m a better actor just from the radiation.”
Tommy Lee Jones garnered a supporting-male-actor trophy for playing abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln,
On the TV side, Bryan Cranston scored his first win for male actor in a drama for playing Breaking Bad’s drug kingpin, Walter White.
“It’s so good to be bad,” he said, thanking series creator Vince Gilligan. “He wrote the role of my career, and I am so grateful to you, sir.”
Claire Danes followed up her Globes win with a SAG award for female actor for Homeland, in which she stars as CIA analyst Carrie Mathison.
“They said when I got this role, I’d have a lot to do,” Danes said, “which is the understatement of my career.”
The PBS British hit Downton Abbey garnered the ensemble award for drama series. “We weren’t expecting this! Shut the French windows, honestly,” said Phyllis Logan, who plays housekeeper Mrs. Hughes.
In the comedy categories, 30 Rock scored two wins with Alec Baldwin as male actor and Tina Fey as female actor.
“This is ridiculous,” said Baldwin after accepting his eighth award for playing Jack Donaghy. “This is the greatest experience I’ve ever had.”
Fey thanked her cast as well as her friend and former Saturday Night Live cast member Amy Poehler. “I’ve stolen so many of your moves. I’ve known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham,” she joked.
The comedian also made sure to plug 30 Rock’s series finale after seven seasons on Thursday: “Just tape The Big Bang Theory once, for crying out loud!”
Modern Family won for best cast in a comedy, but Jesse Tyler Ferguson thanked the casts of 30 Rock as well as The Office, which is also ending this season. “You all have set the comedy bar so high,” he said. “All of us are indebted to you.”
In the categories for TV miniseries or movie, Kevin Costner won leading male actor for Hatfields & McCoys and Julianne Moore nabbed female actor for playing Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change.
“This means so much coming from all the other actors who voted,” Moore said, thanking most everyone in her cast. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team.”
Baldwin presented the SAG Life Achievement Award to Dick Van Dyke, who danced with penguins in Mary Poppins, drove a flying car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and became a TV fixture with The Dick Van Dyke Show.
“This does an old man a lot of good. This is just a thrill,” Van Dyke said. “I’ve been knocking around this business for 70 years and I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing. Isn’t it great we chose a profession that involves not growing up?”
Looking at his award, he concluded, “If this heavy object here lets me refer to you as my peers, I am a happy man.”