SAG Awards 2013: The Winners React
The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards took place Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, rewarding the broadcast networks on the comedy side and cable networks in the drama field. In the feature film categories, Argo collected the big prize of the night, while other winners included Silver Linings Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence.
Tommy Lee Jones, who was not present, took the first award of the night for male actor in a supporting role for Lincoln. Les Miserables star Anne Hathaway was honored with the outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role.
On the TV side, 30 Rock stars Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey took the first TV honors of the night for male and female comedy actor. Modern Family won comedy ensemble for the third year in a row.
Ben Affleck and the cast of Argo, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
When Ben Affleck accidentally skipped over a member of the press in the room backstage, he added with a smirk, “I overlooked you -- I know how it feels.” The director and producer of Argo -- who was snubbed for a best directing nomination for the Oscars -- was fresh off his SAG Awards win for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, which he said was an honor he didn’t expect to get this awards season. “Absolutely no way I thought we'd win this award,” he said. And while he was asked about the directing snub, Affleck was quick to add: “I think I'm very lucky to have a job, much less any of this award stuff that goes with it. I'm half serious -- I've been around long enough to know it doesn't happen all the time.”
Lincoln's Daniel Day-Lewis, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
In a few weeks, Daniel Day-Lewis could win the best actor Oscar for the third time, but the actor remained humble when asked about the possibility backstage. “I think the Academy loves surprises,” he said. “So the worst thing that can happen to you is to have some kind of expectation.” The Lincoln star credited Leonardo DiCaprio for encouraging him to take on the role. He says DiCaprio told him: “Don’t give up on it. He’s the greatest man of the 19th century.” When asked what he thinks Lincoln himself would think of his portrayal, Day-Lewis said he would be “the worst person” to answer that question, but added, “If I made him laugh a couple times, I’d think he’d be happy enough with that.”
Silver Linings Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
“You can probably tell from my public speaking that I haven’t gotten much advice,” said Lawrence when asked about what type of tips she’d gotten from friends or peers to prepare for awards season. The often-self-deprecating star of Silver Linings Playbook, who took the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role prize, said she had gotten plenty of “support and love” from her peers, however. When the press asked what she would say to the 14-year-old version of herself that she mentioned in her speech, Lawrence was quick to answer, “I would never tell that version of me that this was going to happen. I would have become a nightmare.” As for her plans post-Oscars, Lawrence hopes to take it easy. “I’m going to go to an island… and I won't tell anyone where I’m going.”
Dick Van Dyke, Lifetime Achievement Award:
“All the other awards look heavy, but this one weighs about 30 pounds,” said Van Dyke when he walked backstage after receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award. When asked what personality trait he credits for his success, Van Dyke said, “I’ve been so lucky. Luck has a lot to do with it.” The 87-year-old actor added that he loves “to perform,” whether that’s on stage or screen, but said that he needs an audience to perform. When looking back on his career, Van Dyke had one sentence to sum it up: “I did a lot of laughing.”
Cast of Downton Abbey, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
The cast of Downton Abbey, which took the outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series award, said they all got ready in a hotel together, which allowed them to coordinate their outfits for their big night. “Me and Michelle [Dockery] had a bit of a trying-on session the other day, which was a hilarious role reversal,” said Sophie McShera, who plays kitchen staff Daisy on the show. When asked about fan interactions that they’ve had in the U.S., Dockery said that she was recently in a restaurant in New York, and fans were visibly upset that Lady Mary Crawley was wearing jeans and a leather jacket. “They could barely look at us. They were appalled,” she said.
Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
“Walter White is the role of my career,” Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston said backstage. Sunday was a big night for Cranston, who took home his first SAG Award for actor in a drama for the AMC series and was part of the ensemble cast feature film Argo, a fact that was not lost on the thankful actor. “Being involved in Argo and Breaking Bad is the pinnacle of my career,” he said, turning the sweet moment into a funny one shortly afterward when he added, “It's all downhill from here.” Cranston seemed to be content with soaking up the win Sunday and being connected to the drama for the rest of his career. “In my eventual obituary -- many, many years from now -- it will read, ‘Breaking Bad actor explodes,’” he joked. “What ever happens after that I have no designs on.”
Cast of Modern Family, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
The cast of ABC's Modern Family praised their fellow actors in talking to reporters backstage of their third straight win for outstanding comedy ensemble. “We've all said that winning this award feels more special than the Emmys and Golden Globes because actors are voting for this,” Eric Stonestreet said. “We know the struggle and the ups and downs of the career, and to be here and win it three years in a row is a night of celebration for us.” Stonestreet's remarks came after co-star Julie Bowen gave her onscreen stepbrother Rico Rodriguez a hard time for being one of the young stars to help roll out SAG's red carpet over the weekend. “They made you work?” she teased. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, meanwhile, said just being nominated alongside departing series 30 Rock and The Office was an honor in and of itself. “If we can be at that level of perfection and genius as they are in our final season, we really would have succeeded,” he said.
30 Rock's Tina Fey, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
“This was a lovely surprise,” outstanding actress in a comedy series winner Tina Fey said of her fifth win for NBC's departing 30 Rock. The humble actress, who said she opted for a comfortable dress after hosting last week's Golden Globe Awards, said her immediate future includes two films -- the next Muppets movie, followed by Mail Order Groom with Steve Carell -- and developing another show under her overall deal with 30 Rock producer Universal Television. “I really hope 30 Rock, which is ending this week, has a long life in syndication and look forward to another generation of nerds finding it and enjoying it,” she told reporters.