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Cast of ‚??Argo‚?? gets top honors


February 20. 2013 3:54AM
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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.


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 awards 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.


Only once in modern times has a film won best picture without a directing nomination, with 1989's Driving Miss Daisy. The other two times came in the show's early years, at the first Oscars in 1929 with Wings and for 1932's Grand Hotel.


The cast prize at SAG adds some weight to the Oscar prospects for Argo, though the guild honor has a spotty record at forecasting eventual best-picture winners. On SAG's television side, with 30 Rock ending its run, its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin won the SAG awards for best comedy performers. It was Baldwin's seventh-straight win, while Fey earned her fifth SAG prize.


Modern Family won for best overall cast 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.


Julianne Moore's turn as Sarah Palin in Game Change earned her the TV prize for best actress in a movie or miniseries. Kevin Costner won for best actor in a movie or miniseries for Hatfields & McCoys.




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