Each year, the SAG Awards honor the best actors on film and television, and the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony was no different.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence were among the movie stars nominated at the 19th annual SAG Awards. Once again, however, it was Ben Affleck who stole the show.
All the winners:
Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture: “Argo”
Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series: “Downton Abbey”
Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series: “Modern Family”
Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: “Skyfall”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a TV Series: “Game of Thrones”
Affleck’s “Argo” took home the Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture, upsetting “Lincoln” and “Silver Linings Playbook” to win the award. Following the film’s victory at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Saturday night, “Argo” is in prime position to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, this despite Affleck being snubbed in the Best Director category.
Lawrence solidified her status as Best Actress front-runner by grabbing the Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook”; Day-Lewis, also favored at the Oscars, won Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role for “Lincoln.”
Tommy Lee Jones won the first award of the night. The actor, who wasn’t at the ceremony, captured Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role for “Lincoln.” Anne Hathaway won the Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role trophy for “Les Miserables.” Accepting her award, Hathaway joked that she was happy to have dental insurance.
On the television side, Alec Baldwin won Outstanding Male Actor in a Lead Role for “30 Rock”; Tina Fey won the Outstanding Female Actor in a Lead Role for the same series. “Amy, I’ve known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham,” Fey joked during her acceptance to friend and fellow nominee Amy Poehler.
Despite those wins, “30 Rock” lost to “Modern Family” for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series. “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson thanked the casts of “30 Rock” and “The Office” for inspiration and general awesomeness, as both shows are going off the air after this season.
Julianne Moore won Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for playing Sarah Palin in “Game Change.” Kevin Costner was awarded with the Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for “Hatfields and McCoys.” Costner wasn’t at the SAG Awards ceremony.
After a flurry of early awards, Baldwin came back out on stage to announce Dick Van Dyke’s Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award.
Bryan Cranston kicked off the second half of the SAG Awards by winning Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series for “Breaking Bad.” He thanked his family, his cast and AMC.
Claire Danes won the Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series for “Homeland.”
“Downton Abbey” was an upset victor in the Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series, defeating “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland” and “Boardwalk Empire” for the honor.
The 2013 SAG Awards results could help clear up the very murky Oscar race. From previous HuffPost Entertainment coverage of the SAG Awards, via The Associated Press:
Honors from the actors union, next weekend’s Directors Guild of America Awards and Saturday night’s Producers Guild of America Awards – whose top honor went to “Argo” – typically help to establish clear favorites for the Oscars.But Oscar night on Feb. 24 looks more uncertain this time after some top directing prospects, including Ben Affleck for “Argo” and Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty,” missed out on nominations. Both films were nominated for best picture, but a movie rarely wins the top Oscar if its director is not also in the running.
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” would seem the Oscar favorite with 12 nominations. Yet “Argo” and Affleck were surprise best-drama and director winners at the Golden Globes, and then there’s Saturday’s Producers Guild win for “Argo,” leaving the Oscar race looking like anybody’s guess.
The Screen Actors Guild honors at least should help to establish solid front-runners for the stars. All four of the guild’s individual acting winners often go on to receive the same prizes at the Academy Awards.
Last year, “The Help” won Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture, while Viola Davis, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer won the respective acting awards; all but Davis won on Oscar night (she lost to Meryl Streep for Best Actress).