Big winners at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show in Los Angeles Sunday night included Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln," Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook," and the casts of “Argo,” "Downton Abbey," and "Modern Family."
Unlike most awards shows, which honor screenplays, directors, and actors equally, the SAG Awards focus exclusively on actors. Awards are chosen by thousands of the guild's members honoring the most impressive performances of the year.
While there is only a slight crossover between voting members in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the voting members of the guild, many members of the Academy consider a SAG Award win as a major factor in voting for the Oscar.
For example, many critics felt that George Clooney was a front-runner for an Oscar because of his performance in “The Descendants” last year, but Jean Dujardin went on to win both the guild's award and the Oscar for his performance in “The Artist.”
That could be bad news for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which has been nominated for four Oscars, but failed to garner any nominations for the guild's awards this year.
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Impressively, Lawrence appeared at the awards show Sunday despite suffering from pneumonia. While many suspected she might not make it there, she not only did so but also won an award for her work in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
“I earned my SAG card when I was 14. I did an MTV promo for My Super Sweet 16, and I remember getting it in the mail and I remember it being the best day of my entire life because it officially made me a professional actor, which put me in the category with all of you,” Lawrence said during her award-acceptance speech. “Now I have this naked statue, which means some of you even voted for me. That is an indescribable feeling.”
Another big winner at the show was Tina Fey’s critically acclaimed comedy “30 Rock.” The show picked up two wins for both Fey and Alec Baldwin.
It was an incredibly bittersweet moment for Fey and “30 Rock,” as the show is about to air its final episode on Thursday night. The comedy, which has run for seven seasons, plans to go out with a bang in an hourlong episode.
“It’s up against ‘The Big Bang Theory,’” Fey said in her speech. “So just tape ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for once, for crying out loud.”
Another highlight of the show was the lifetime achievement award given to Dick Van Dyke.
Below are the award winners this year:
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis, Abraham Lincoln, "Lincoln"
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence, Tiffany, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Tommy Lee Jones, Thaddeus Stevens, "Lincoln"
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway, Fantine, "Les Miserables"
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Walter White, "Breaking Bad"
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Carrie Mathison, "Homeland"
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, Jack Donaghy, "30 Rock"
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey, Liz Lemon, "30 Rock"
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner, Devil Anse Hatfield, "Hatfields & McCoys"
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Julianne Moore, Sarah Palin, "Game Change"
Honors For Stunt Ensembles
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
"Game of Thrones"