“Argo,” Ben Affleck’s film about the 1980 hostage crisis in Iran, took the Outstanding Ensemble award at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Jan. 27, 2013. This was reported by Brent Lang for The Wrap on Jan. 27, just after the ceremony.
Other nominees in the category included Spielberg’s heavyweight biography, “Lincoln,” and David O. Russell’s “shaggy romantic comedy”, “Silver Linings Playbook.” But so far, in almost every awards ceremony, “Argo” has managed to take the top honors, including this year’s Golden Globe Awards.
Just like the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards are considered a serious precursor and predictor for the Oscars. And while Affleck, sadly, was not nominated at the Oscars for Best Director, his film “has gone on to earn the Golden Globe for Best Picture and the Producers Guild Award in recent weeks,” Lang writes.
Just like the Golden Globes and unlike the Oscars, the SAG Awards also honor television. The victors of the small screen last night included the cast from “Downton Abbey” taking home the Outstanding Ensemble Award in a Drama Series. “Modern Family” snagged the Outstanding Ensemble Award in a Comedy Series
“The Screen Actors Guild Awards only honor performances, but guild voters have been reliable predictors of which actors will ultimately be honored on Oscar night,” writes Lang.