SAG Awards 2013: 'Downton Abbey' Wins Best Ensemble in a TV Drama
SAG Awards 2013: 'Argo' Wins Best Ensemble
The cast of "Argo" won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble on Sunday night.
The lords and ladies on "Downton Abbey" scored the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series, while the multi-generational cast of "Modern Family" scored a statue for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
"Shut the french windows," Phyllis Logan said while accepting the award for "Downton" over the heavily favored casts of "Mad Men" and "Homeland."
For its part, "Modern Family" triumphed over "30 Rock" and "The Office," two NBC shows that are having their final seasons on the air.
Jennifer Lawrence battled pneumonia to pick up a SAG Award for Best Leading Actress in "Silver Linings Playbook." Her win over Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty," likely makes her the favorite to perform a similar feat at the Oscars next month.
Lawrence thanked her director David O. Russell, who has said he made the movie about two mentally ill people who find love, to help his son feel better about the personal issues he has struggled to deal with.
"You helped more than your son," Lawrence said.
Daniel Day-Lewis did not have to contend with any upper respiratory tract infections on Sunday, but he did have to battle scene stealing work from the likes of Denzel Washington as an alcoholic pilot in "Flight" and Bradley Cooper as a bipolar man in "Silver Linings Playbook," to win his statue for Best Actor.
The actor picked up his third SAG award for playing the 16th president of the United States in "Lincoln."
Day-Lewis said when he decided to take on the monumental role, he remembered both the Hippocratic oath, urging doctors to first do no harm, and his profession's tortured history with Lincoln.
"It was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln and therefore it is only fitting that it is an actor who every now and then tries to bring him back to life again," Day-Lewis said.
Bryan Cranston won Outstanding Actor in a TV Drama Series for his work as a chemistry teacher turned meth dealer in AMC's "Breaking Bad."
"It is so good to be bad," Cranston said.
Cranston won his first SAG honor over fierce competition from the likes of Jon Hamm as a philandering ad executive in "Mad Men" and Steve Buscemi as a corrupt political boss in "Boardwalk Empire." He also bested Damian Lewis, whose work as a terrorist mole in "Homeland" has already scored him Emmy and Golden Globe honors.
Claire Danes, his co-star on the Showtime series, was more lucky. Her work as a bipolar agent on "Homeland" earned her a Best Actress in a TV Drama Series Award.
Danes, who recently gave birth to a son, said that the adage that it takes a village to raise a child also applies to artistic endeavors, saying that she shared the award with her cast.
On the film front, Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway won supporting actor honors for their work in "Lincoln" and "Les Misérables," respectively.
Jones was honored for his performance as radical Republican Senator Thaddeus Stevens, an ardent abolitionist and sometime ally of Abraham Lincoln, but was not on hand to pick up his statue. Jones' win was unexpected as Philip Seymour Hoffman had been the favorite to pick up the SAG for his work as a cult leader in "The Master."
Hathaway earned her award for her performance as an impoverished mother forced into prostitution in the hit musical. The actress took the podium to thank her co-stars in both "Les Misérables" and "The Dark Knight Rises," saying what an actor learned in one job they applied in others.