With the Golden Globes out of the way, the more credible SAG awards have officially kicked off Hollywood’s award season. With no host, the SAG awards flowed steadily in recognizing achievements by actors in cinema and television; all voted by their peers.
The film categories were full of stiff competition with each nomination being deserved by its owner.
Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture went to the cast of Argo. The night’s final winning speech was given by Director Ben Affleck who was more than excited and commented how he was happy to take the stage following Daniel Day-Lewis (Having the opportunity to stand in his aura).
Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role obviously went to Daniel Day-Lewis for his performance as Mr. Abraham Lincoln which will no doubt be the front runner in every awards show this season. As always Daniel Day-Lewis was articulate in his words, expressing his gratitude to Steven Spielberg and the entire cast, he even squeaked out a compliment to Joaquin Phoenix and expressed his admiration for his performance in The Master.
Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role went to Jennifer Lawrence with his contribution to Silver Linings Playbook. Facing stiff competition, it was a surprise to see The Hunger Games star take the prize amongst some of Hollywood’s strongest females of the year.
Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role went to Tommy Lee Jones for his role in Lincoln.
Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role went to Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables.
The television and mini-series awards as follows:
Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series went to “Downtown Abbey.”
Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series went to Brian Cranston for “Breaking Bad.”
Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series went to Claire Danes for “Homeland.”
Outstanding Ensemble for a Comedy Series went to “Modern Family”.
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy series went to Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock”.
Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series went to Tina Fey for “30 Rock”.
Outstanding Male Actor in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie went to Kevin Costner for “Hatfields & McCoys”.
Outstanding Female Actor in a Mini-Series or Made for TV Movie went to Julianne Moore for “Game Change”.
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture went to Skyfall.
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a TV Series went to “Game of Thrones”.
With the absolute best in the industry all together in one room, the SAG awards lived up to their credible reputation, with fellow actors and actresses voting on their peers as the categories best.
A highlight of the evening came with the Lifetime Achievement Award being given to Dick Van Dyke. The ageless face of Hollywood gave a humbling speech to his fellow actors and actresses, addressing that in his 70 years in entertainment “It’s great to have a job where we never need to grow up!”
With the 19th Annual SAG Awards wrapped up, there are a few more awards shows this season and a year full of exciting films on the way in preparation for next year. As an aspiring screenwriter it is amazing to see these amazing talents all in one room who turn into their characters and astonish us all the time. As Dick Van Dyke said, “The actors today have taken acting to a whole new level and there is more talent in Hollywood now than there ever has been.”