'Argo' and 'Abbey' Upset Competition at SAG Awards
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The ensemble casts of Argo and Downton Abbey upset the competition at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In the ceremony honoring the year's best performances in film and television, other unexpected and/or well-deserved wins went to Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway and Claire Danes. Read on for the recap…
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The Best Ensembles
The night's top award, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, went to the 13 actors of Argo, with a stunned Ben Affleck excitedly making sure he thanked his wife Jennifer Garner and studio, Warner Bros. in the middle of lauding the many speaking roles required for his film: "They wanted to kill it to make the movie better," he said, declaring of the win, "I am really amazed and stunned." The true-life Iran hostage tale beat out Lincoln, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the prize.
The Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a TV Drama Series honor went to the cast of Downton Abbey. It was the first nomination in the category for the 22-actor ensemble, and the show's genuinely surprised Phyllis Logan declared, "Shut the French windows!" Their Masterpiece series upset Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Mad Men, and Logan clearly spoke for the whole cast when she said they were "absolutely overwhelmed by it all."
In the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a TV Comedy Series category, the 11-actor cast of Modern Family celebrated their third consecutive win, besting The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Nurse Jackie, 30 Rock and The Office (both in their final seasons). Speaking for the cast, Jesse Tyler Ferguson took a moment to single out the "brilliant departing casts" of 30 Rock and The Office, saying, "If you need jobs, call [our] casting director."
The Best Actors
In the film category, the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role award went to Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis, his third SAG win, for his portrayal of our 16th president. "It occurred to me that it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln," he quipped, "and therefore it's fitting that every now and then an actor tries to being him back to life again." The Brit star bested Bradley Cooper, John Hawkes, Hugh Jackman and Denzel Washington, and declared that he felt Joaquin Phoenix deserved to be among their ranks for his performance in The Master.
An excited Jennifer Lawrence received her first-ever SAG Award for her turn in Silver Linings Playbook, besting Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Helen Mirren and Naomi Watts. "I earned my SAG card when I was 14, I did an MTV promo," she explained, "and now I have this naked statue, which means that some of you even voted for me."
On the TV side, 30 Rock star Tina Fey nabbed her fifth Actor for playing Liz Lemon in the NBC comedy. Breathless, she proclaimed, "I share this with everybody else in this cast [and] I share this with my sweet friend Amy Poehler, who I've known for so long. … Amy, I've known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham." Tina bested Poehler, Sofia Vergara, Betty White and Edie Falco in the category.