'Argo' grabs a top SAG Award

LOS ANGELES — The CIA thriller Argo continues to steamroll through awards season, winning the top honor for overall cast performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

SAG's lead-acting honors Sunday went to Jennifer Lawrence for her role as a troubled widow in a shaky new relationship in the lost-souls romance Silver Linings Playbook and Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War epic Lincoln.

Anne Hathaway of Les Miserables and Tommy Lee Jones of Lincoln won the supporting-acting honors.

It was a brisk and fairly bland evening as the actors union handed out honors to a predictable lineup of winners who generally had triumphed at earlier Hollywood ceremonies on the way to the Oscars.

The SAG cast win came a day after Argo claimed the top honor from the Producers Guild of America, whose winner often goes on to claim best picture at the Academy Awards. Argo also was a surprise victor two weeks ago at the Golden Globes, where it won best drama and director for Ben Affleck.

The momentum positions Argo for a rare feat at the Feb. 24 Oscars, where it could become just 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 to do with the incredible people who were in this movie," said Affleck, who also stars in Argo.

A directing nomination at the Oscars usually goes hand in hand with a best-picture win. When Affleck was snubbed for a directing slot, awards analysts initially were counting Argo out for the best-picture Oscar.

'Argo' grabs a top SAG Award 01/27/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 27, 2013 11:46pm]

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