Argo continued to steamroller through awards season, winning the top honour for Overall Cast Performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.
SAG’s lead-acting honours went to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook and Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln.
Anne Hathaway of Les Misérables and Tommy Lee Jones of Lincoln won the supporting-acting honours.
“It occurred to me – it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln,” said Day-Lewis. “And, therefore, somehow it is only so fitting that every now and then, an actor tries to bring him back to life again.”
The SAG cast win came a day after Argo claimed the top honour from the Producers Guild of America, whose winner often goes on to claim Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
The awards momentum positions Argo for a rare feat at the Oscars on February 24, where it could become only the fourth film in 85 years to be named Best Picture without a nomination for its director.
“To me, this has nothing to do with me, it has everything to do with the incredible people who were in this movie,” said Ben Affleck, the director.
On SAG’s television side, with 30 Rock ending its run, its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin won for Best Comedy performers.
“Oh, my God. It’s ridiculous,” Baldwin said. “It’s the end of our show, which is very sad. It was the greatest experience I’ve ever had.”
Modern Family won for Overall Cast Performance in a TV Comedy Show. The TV Drama Acting awards went to Claire Danes of Homeland and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad. Downton Abbey won the TV Drama Cast award. – AP