Another Sunday night in January, and another Hollywood fete celebrating its best and brightest: the Screen Actors Guild Awards were given out January 27, honoring the greatest performances on television and film during 2012.
Unlike ceremonies such as the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards eschewed having a host in lieu of jumping right into handing out statuettes. Nicole Kidman took the stage after an introductory segment and handed out the award for Best Supporting Actor In A Film to Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln.
Jones wasn’t in attendance – which may have been for the best given his sourpuss disposition – but the stage was soon filled with winners who offered humorous and heartfelt thanks for the honors they received.
Anne Hathaway, on the A-List Humility Tour 2012, expressed gratitude for her Best Supporting Actress win for Les Miserables: “I’m just glad I have dental.”Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey took home honors for Best Actor and Actress in a Television Series for their performances on 30 Rock, which comes to an end in just a few days. Before thanking her husband, Fey gushed with incredulity at her win (which was her fifth): “Oh my goodness – this is so nice!”
Modern Family triumphed over 30 Rock in the category of Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and the spate of TV-related awards continued with wins for Julianne Moore in Game Change and Kevin Costner in Hatfields and McCoys. Costner, like Jones, was a no-show, while Moore delivered an acceptance speech that referenced the “team effort” of basketball, thanking each of her co-stars by name.
After Dick Van Dyke was honored with a lifetime achievement award – and an accompanying standing ovation – Bryan Cranston was honored for Best Actor for his performance on TV’s Breaking Bad. Meanwhile, Claire Danes described herself as a brand spanking – or “brand spanxing,” she joked about her maternal waistline – new mom when she took the stage to accept her award for Best Actress in a Drama Series.Downton Abbey celebrated its first win, and first nomination, with the award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series. Despite rumors that she was suffering from pneumonia, Jennifer Lawrence was full of energy – and typically irreverent – as she accepted an award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Silver Linings Playbook.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Daniel Day Lewis won in the Best Male Actor in a Leading Role for his turn in Lincoln, and whether he was being earnest or simply giving another amazing performance, his acceptance speech was a study in modesty and sincere gratitude.
The final award of the night came as a major shock to most, when Argo took home the prize for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. Its win more or less threw off dozens of awards-season pundits as they attempt to predict the winners of upcoming awards shows such as The Academy Awards. But Ben Affleck’s gushing, overwhelmed speech exuded the kind of excitement that makes these ceremonies what they are: opportunities not only for the performers, or even some specific guild or area of creative discpline, but the entire world to celebrate the power and impact of great art.A full list of the winners is below:
Best Supporting Actor, Film: Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress, Film: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Best Actress, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Best Ensemble In A Comedy Series: Modern Family
Female Actor In A TV Movie Or Miniseries: Julianne Moore, Game Change
Male Actor In A TV Movie Or Miniseries: Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Male Actor In A Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Female Actor In A Drama Series: Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Ensemble In A Drama Series: Downton Abbey
Female Actor In A Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Male Actor In A Leading Role: Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Outstanding Cast In A Motion Picture: Argo