The Screen Actors Guild has announced their winners with a few surprises. Many of the winners were predictable, which isn’t necessary a bad thing but made me feel unsatisfied. So let me discuss my thoughts on each individual winner.
Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture: “Argo”
A good pick, though I would have given the prize to Lincoln or Silver Linings Playbook instead (not to mention that The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, or Django Unchained weren’t even nominated). Argo‘s strength came from its direction more than its cast, but that doesn’t diminish its accomplishments.
Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Obvious and deserved. Not much to add here.
Outstanding Female Actor in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
I really liked Lawrence’s performance but I would have given it to Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty. Still deserved.
Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Good pick. I would have been fine to see either Jones or Phillip Seymour Hoffman (for The Master) take the prize.
Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Despite my complaints about Les Miserables, I can’t deny that Hathaway gave a strong performance. I would have given it to Sally Field (for Lincoln) or an unnominated Amy Adams (for The Master) instead though.
Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series: “Downton Abbey”
You know, I feel that Downton Abbey won mostly because it’s the kind of thing award shows love. Not that it has a bad cast, but I think Breaking Bad deserved it much more.
Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
100% deserved. Moving on.
Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Not much to add here. Danes deservingly took the prize.
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series: “Modern Family”
I’m not the biggest fan of Modern Family, and am stunned that the nominees didn’t include Parks and Recreation, Community, or Louie (okay, it’s a one man show, but that just shows how great Louis C. K. is). Still, it was probably the strongest of the nominees.
Outstanding Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
I feel that Alec Baldwin won just because he’s Alec Baldwin and this is 30 Rock‘s last season. He’s great in his role, but he was not better than Louis C. K. this year.
Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
I like Tina Fey, but 30 Rock‘s current season hasn’t been overly strong. Amy Poehler deserved it more for Parks and Rec.
Outstanding Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Kevin Costner is a big star and brand name in Hollywood, so it’s no surprise he won. An unnominated Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock should have taken the prize.
Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: “Skyfall”
Another solid pick.
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a TV Series: “Game of Thrones”