The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards began Sunday night at 8 p.m. on both on the TNT and TBS networks. Many watching were probably wondering how this awards show is any different from the Golden Globes. To be honest, it’s similar to the Golden Globes in that they both honor the best in television and film but the SAG Awards are voted on by other actors whereas the Golden Globes are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA). So you might say that these actors are being judged based on what other actors think of their performance and for many of them, the Actor statuette is more important than any critics association based award.
The show began with a list of notable actors introducing themselves with funny antedotes and ending each with, "I'm (name) and I'm an actor". There was no host but Busy Phillips (CougarTown) served as the SAG Awards official social media ambassador, which means that she spent the whole night mass tweeting while pregnant in a tight navy blue dress. An actor's job is never done.
The night was full of surprises. Normally, awards shows honor the same people over and over again but the SAG Awards 2013 broke from the norm. Modern Family won outstanding ensemble comedy even though the awards for outstanding male and female actors in a comedy went to 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey. The series finale of 30 Rock airs on Thursday, January 31 on NBC putting both Baldwin and Fey out of work but they won't stay that way for long if Jesse Tyler Ferguson has his way. As he was accepting the award for Modern Family, Ferguson publically referred the entire casts of 30 Rock and The Office, which is also ending, to Modern Family's casting director. What an incredibly classy move!
The other surprise of the night was Downton Abbey's big win for ensemble drama series beating out Homeland who was expected to win since they already took home the Golden Globe and the Critic's Choice Award for the same category. Damian Lewis of Homeland was also a shoe-in but he lost to Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad. Cranston held his trophy proudly and jokingly proclaimed, “Tonight, at least I’m well endowed". Claire Danes was the only honoree to take home the coveted Actor for Homeland this go-round.
The rest of the night went as planned. Daniel Day-Lewis won actor in a leading role and Ben Affleck continued his awards show dominance with Argo winning best ensemble cast in a motion picture. Affleck already has a Golden Globe and Critic's Choice Award for Best Director. He was famously snubbed in the best director category for the Oscars and it seems that he has gotten revenge for that injustice by winning at every awards show he's attended since. Argo has already won best picture at the Golden Globes and Critic's Choice awards. It's possible that with this long winning streak, it will also claim the Oscar for best picture as well.
Scroll down for a complete list of the night's winners.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series – Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series – Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Modern Family
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in TV Movie or Miniseries – Julianne Moore, Game Change
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in TV Movie or Miniseries – Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Life Achievement Award – Dick Van Dyke
Outstanding Performance by Male Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Performance by Female Actor in a Drama Series – Claire Danes, Homeland
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series – Downton Abbey
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture – Argo
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