Argo, 30 Rock win big at SAG Awards
Los Angeles - The CIA thriller Argo continues to steamroll through awards season, winning the top honour for overall cast performance at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
SAG's lead-acting honours went to Jennifer Lawrence for her role as a troubled widow in the lost-souls romance Silver Linings Playbook and Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War epic Lincoln.
The supporting film awards on Sunday went to Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables and Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln.
"It occurred to me - it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln," said Day-Lewis, a solid front-runner to join an exclusive list of three-time acting Oscar winners. "And therefore, somehow it is only so fitting that every now and then an actor tries to bring him back to life again."
The SAG cast win came a day after Argo claimed the top honour from the Producers Guild of America Awards, whose winner often goes on to claim best picture at the Academy Awards. Argo also was a surprise victor two weeks ago at the Golden Globes, where it won best drama and director for Ben Affleck.
The award momentum positions Argo for a rare feat at the Oscars, where it could become just the fourth film in 85 years to be named best picture without a nomination for its director.
"To me this has nothing to do with me, it has to do with the incredible people who were in this movie," said Affleck, who also stars in Argo and accepted the SAG prize alongside his cast.
It was a brisk, businesslike and fairly bland evening as the actors union handed out honours to a predictable line-up of winners who generally had triumphed at earlier Hollywood ceremonies or past SAG shows.
'Loved every single minute'
"Now I have this naked statue that means some of you even voted for me, and that is an indescribable feeling," Lawrence said after explaining she earned her SAG card at age 14 by filming a spot for MTV.
Hathaway won for her role as a doomed single mother forced into prostitution in the adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo's epic novel. Her win came over four past Oscar recipients - Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Nicole Kidman and Maggie Smith.
"I'm just thrilled I have dental," Hathaway said. "I got my SAG card when I was 14. It felt like the beginning of the world. I have loved every single minute of my life as an actor... Thank you for nominating me alongside incredible women and incredible performances."
Jones, who was not at the show, won for his turn as abolitionist firebrand Thaddeus Stevens in the Civil War epic. The win improves his odds to become a two-time Academy Award winner. He previously won a supporting actor Oscar for The Fugitive.
Modern Family, 30 Rock sweep awards
On the television side, with 30 Rock ending its run, its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin won the SAG awards for best comedy performers. It was Baldwin's seventh-straight win, while Fey earned her fifth SAG prize.
Modern Family won for best overall cast in a TV comedy show. Accepting for the cast, Modern Family co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson offered thanks to the makers of 30 Rock and another departing series, The Office.
The TV drama acting awards went to Claire Danes of Homeland and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad.
Downton Abbey won the TV drama cast award.
Julianne Moore's turn as Sarah Palin in Game Change earned her the TV prize for best actress in a movie or miniseries. Kevin Costner won for best actor in a movie or miniseries for Hatfields & McCoys.
The James Bond adventure Skyfall and the fantasy series Game of Thrones picked up prizes for best stunt work. These honours were announced on the red carpet before the official SAG Awards ceremony.
Receiving the guild's life-achievement award was Dick Van Dyke, who presented the same prize last year to his The Dick Van Dyke Show co-star, Mary Tyler Moore.
After waiting on stage for a prolonged standing ovation to end, Van Dyke said: "That does an old man a lot of good."
*The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be televised on M-Net Movies Premiere (channel 103) on Monday at 20:30.
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