Despite not being much of an ensemble film, nor having any performances that stood out, "Argo" has somehow won the Screen Actors Guild's top honor, Best Cast in a Motion Picture.
This is a most perplexing choice given that the nomination seemed like a mistake in the first place, as well as the fact that the other four nominees were much better. More than likely, SAG was using this as a Best Picture award instead of honoring the cast as the title of the category implies, making this one of the weakest films to win the category in the 17 years it's been handed out. It merely becomes frustrating to see this happen when such stellar casts like "Les Misérables" and "Lincoln" get passed over for forgettable ones like "Argo." This is rather embarrassing for the Screen Actors Guild, a group who should know better.
The other four acting awards went much better and were pretty much as most people assumed they would be. Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones were honored for their brilliant performances in "Lincoln," while Jennifer Lawrence won for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Anne Hathaway for "Les Misérables."
With this entirely unexpected win, plus its unsurprising win at the PGA awards last night, "Argo" has become even more of a frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar. Can Ben Affleck pick up the Directors Guild Award this Saturday to get his film the triple crown (PGA, DGA, and SAG)? It certainly seems like a possibility given the support the film has. Be sure to check back on February 2nd to see if it happens.