SAG awards stay true to predictions

By Carolyn Freeman

The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild awards Jan. 27 showed widespread appreciation for both drama and comedy. Winners were spread across a large margin and there were no noticeable trends.

"Modern Family" actress Sofia Vergera poses backstage with her trophy. She won the award for outstanding ensemble in a comedy series. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP.

The annual SAG-AFTRA awards commemorate excellence in both television and film performance, and present a unique perspective since fellow actors vote on the nominees. SAG recently merged with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to create a single union that represents more than 165,000 actors and other media performers.

The SAG awards showcased “30 Rock” in its final season. The show received two out of three possible wins in the comedy genre, with Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey winning Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. Upon receiving her award, Tina Fey thanked fellow nominee and friend Amy Poehler from “Parks and Recreation”, for supporting her. “Parks and Rec” is in its 5th season, but has yet to win a SAG award.

Argo’s success in big award shows this season surprised movie critics and audiences alike, and the SAG awards followed the trend by choosing Argo for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. The Oscar winner for Best Director typically predicts the Best Picture win. Argo has won Best Picture nods from the Critics’ Choice awards, the Golden Globes and the AFI, but was not Oscar-nominated for Best Director.

Anne Hathaway, a first time SAG winner, and Daniel Day-Lewis, a third time winner, both delivered poignant speeches upon winning. Hathaway thanked the casts of “The Dark Knight” and “Les Misérables” for helping her become a better actor.

“As an actor, whatever you learn from one job you use in the next,” she said. “I learned so much from Dark Knight that I used in Les Mis.”

Day-Lewis discussed what led him to decide to play the role of President Lincoln in the film “Lincoln.”

“The guiding principle of the [physician’s] Hippocratic Oath kept nagging at me. First, do no harm,” he said. “It was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln and therefore it’s only fitting that an actor tries to bring him back to life again.”

“Downton Abbey” won Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series on its first SAG nomination. “Downton” is among many new shows that have become increasingly popular, including “Homeland”, “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Homeland took home the award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series, and Breaking Bad took home the Outstanding Male award.

“Modern Family” won Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series for the third year in a row, beating out “The Big Bang Theory” and “Glee.”

The two hour award show is fairly close to the Oscars, and will most likely predict award outcomes. Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence and Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis are predicted to stay the same, as well as Supporting Actress Hathaway and Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln.”