Argo Snags Top Prize at SAG Awards
Affleck's CIA thriller continues awards sweep despite Oscar diss
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2013 1:22 AM CST
Tate Donovan, left, Kerry Bishe, center, and Clea DuVall are seen backstage with the award for outstanding cast in a motion picture for "Argo" at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Ben Affleck's Argo is heading into the Oscars with huge momentum, after taking the top prize at last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards. The thriller about a 1980 CIA plan to rescue hostages in Iran took the Best Ensemble prize, adding to prizes including Best Drama and Best Director at the Golden Globes, the Los Angeles Times reports. "To me this has nothing to do with me, it has to do with the incredible people who were in this movie," said Affleck, who wasn't even nominated by the Academy for Best Director.

Other SAG winners included lead-acting honors for Jennifer Lawrence for her role in the romance Silver Linings Playbook and Daniel Day-Lewis for his starring role in Lincoln, CBS reports. On the television side, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin won best lead roles in a comedy series for 30 Rock, which has its series finale Thursday night. Modern Family won best overall cast in a TV comedy show for the third year in a row, while the TV drama lead-acting honors went to Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Homeland's Claire Danes.

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Jan 29, 2013 7:45 PM CST
The Academy Awards used to nominate 5 Best Pictures and 5 Directors, but they changed it to 10 Best Pictures and kept the directors at 5. So what happens, if by chance, Argo wins Best Picture and Affleck's not even in the 5 nominees? And I'm pretty sure he isn't. Usually whatever picture wins, the director of that picture wins, too. If they are going to have 10 movies they had better have the 10 directors. This could get messy.:)
Jan 28, 2013 8:44 PM CST
Argo is one of the most boring movies I've seen all year. Expertly filmed and well acted, but horrendously paced and goes on for far too long. It's far too uninteresting a movie for a story that seemed larger than life and impossible to make boring. It made a great trailer, not a great movie. I guess seeing it win everything just follows the trend of how out of touch Hollywood is with the rest of the world.
Jan 28, 2013 10:39 AM CST
I thought it was a movie about corn starch, oops.