SAG: A Movie Year in Review

The results are in and the little golden man has been awarded to its worthy recipients. Last Sunday, Jan. 27, marked the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild award show and the ceremony was not without its share of surprises.

Among much talk was Ben Affleck’s production “Argo” which managed to upend the historical-drama “Lincoln” and the popular, romantic-comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The award sets up “Argo” in a cozy position going into this years Academy Awards on Feb. 24, despite Affleck seemingly being snubbed in the Best Director category.

Jennifer Lawrence, no longer riding the wave of popularity she earned as Katniss in “Hunger Games,” solidified her role as a lead actress by securing Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Daniel Day-Lewis as well earned Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his moving performance as the 16th President in “Lincoln.”

Tommy Lee Jones captured the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in “Lincoln”; and in the same category for Female Actors in a Supporting Role Anne Hathaway won for her decisively powerful performance as the prostitute Fantine in the musical “Les Miserables.”

Other category wins included “Downtown Abbey” which beat out television powerhouse shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. The always popular cast of “Modern Family” secured the win in Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy, amidst a flurry of other largely equal programs including “The Big Bang Theory” and the veteran “The Office.”

Bryan Cranston won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama series for “Breaking Bad”; while Claire Danes secured the same award for Female Actor in a Drama Series for her appearances in “Homeland.”

About halfway through the show Alec Baldwin came out to announce that Dick Van Dyke was the honored recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, adding a sentimental mood to the flurry of awards for the rest of the night.

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