The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held today, on Jan. 27, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are presented by SAG-AFTRA and honor the best performances in film and television. Tonight’s show broadcast around the world from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.
Tonight’s award show was somewhat a smorgasbord of winners as no film or television series were able to sweep their categories. Continuing to be acknowledged as the best film of 2013 “Argo,” directed by Ben Affeck, was named the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The film’s actors Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler,Tate Donovan, Scoot McNairy, Alan Arkin, Rory Cochrane, Ben Affleck, Victor Garber, Kerry Bishé, Clea DuVall, John Goodman, Christopher Denham and Chris Messina will all receive SAG Awards for their performances in the film.
Daniel Day-Lewis continued to win in the Best Actor category for his work in “Lincoln.” The Irish born actor has already won the Golden Globe Award for his role as the 16th American President. And his acceptance speech was somewhat funny when he stated that an actor had indeed killed Lincoln. It appears that Day-Lewis has a very good chance of adding an Oscar to his new collection of awards.
Jennifer Lawrence was honored for Best Actress for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook,” which seemed to be a bit of a surprise as Jessica Chastain has been favored to win the Oscar for her role in “Zero Dark Thirty.” Romantic-comedy leads rarely surface over dramatic roles and Lawrence looked to be very grateful for the honor, stating that she got her SAG card on her 16th birthday after working on a show for MTV.
Tommy Lee Jones won the honor as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Lincoln,” but the actor was not in attendance to accept his award. And beautiful Anne Hathaway continued on her road to Oscar by winning the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the musical “Les Miserables.”
In the television categories “Modern Family” secured its third SAG Award for Best Comedy Ensemble and the PBS Masterpiece classic drama “Downton Abbey” took top prize for the drama category. Claire Dane won Best Actress in a Drama for her role in “Homeland” and Bryan Cranston took home two award, his first SAG Award for his work in “Breaking Bad” and his second as a cast member of “Argo.”
Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey both took home honors for Best Acting in a comedy for their last season in the NBC comedy “30 Rock.” Julianne Moore won for performance in “Game Change” and Kevin Costner was also victorious for his performance in “Hatfields & McCoys.” Costner was not present to accept the award.
The most touching point of the evening was when Alec Baldwin presented Dick Van Dyke with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dyke exclaimed when receiving his award “I am a happy man.”
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com