SAG Awards Recap: More Surprises as We Approach Oscars

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The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards had a more surprises in store for us, even if the show itself was a total snooze. Below you’ll find a list of winners in both film and television and an analysis of the winners and what they mean for the future.





Best Ensemble – Argo

Best Actor – Daniel Day Lewis for Lincoln 

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Actor – Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln 

Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables



Best Ensemble in a Drama Series – Downton Abbey

Best Actor in a Drama Series – Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad

Best Actress in a Drama Series – Claire Danes for Homeland

Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series – Modern Family

Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock

Best Actor in a Comedy Series – Tina Fey for 30 Rock

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie – Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie – Julianne Moore for Game Change


Argo taking top prize at another ceremony is certainly surprising and possibly a game changer for Oscar night. All the buzz on Zero Dark Thirty seems to have fallen, making its only true competition Lincoln. But Ben Affleck deserves all this recognition.

Otherwise, all the individual awards went as well as I would want them to. Daniel Day Lewis and Anne Hathaway are already writing their speeches for the Oscars. But Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor are still up for debate. Jennifer Lawrence besting Jessica Chastain is nice and feels right. Supporting Actor is anyone’s game. I prefer Philip Seymour Hoffman but Tommy Lee Jones is a second favorite.

As for television, I was happy to see Bryan Cranston beat out Damian Lewis. Claire Danes, however, more than deserves every award she’s gotten.

In the comedy department, 30 Rock got its fair due for its last season. I would have loved if The Office won Best Ensemble, but I know it doesn’t deserve it. 30 Rock should have beat Modern Family though.

All in all, the surprises we got were nice, and we might look at the Oscar possibilities a bit differently.

By Matt Dougherty

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