SAG Awards 2013: Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence
[See previous post: "SAG Awards: Ben Affleck Argo to Win Best Picture Oscar?"] Daniel Day-Lewis was the Best Actor SAG Award winner for Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed historical drama Lincoln. In his acceptance speech, Day-Lewis acknowledged not only his fellow Best Actor nominees, but also non-nominee Joaquin Phoenix, whose performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master was bypassed by SAG Award voters. (Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis SAG Awards 2013.)
Additionally, Day-Lewis thanked "my friends" Leonardo DiCaprio and Liam Neeson, and joked that perhaps because Abraham Lincoln was killed by an actor, John Wilkes Booth, actors have frequently tried to bring Lincoln back to life. Before Daniel Day-Lewis, the movies’ Abraham Lincolns include those of Joseph Henabery, Walter Huston, John Carradine, Henry Fonda, Raymond Massey (a Best Actor Oscar nominee for Abe Lincoln in Illinois), and, most recently, Benjamin Walker.
Of note: Lincoln marked Daniel Day-Lewis’ third Best Actor SAG Award victory. His previous two wins were for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York (2002) and for Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007). Day-Lewis, this year’s likely Best Actor Academy Award winner, already has two Oscars as well: for Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot (1989, released six years before the first SAG Awards) and There Will Be Blood. Adrien Brody (for Roman Polanski’s The Pianist) beat Day-Lewis at the 2002 Academy Awards.
SAG Awards 2013: Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence, recovering from a bout of pneumonia, received the SAG Award for Best Female Actor (i.e., Best Actress) in a Motion Picture. In her speech, Lawrence praised Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell for making the movie for his son, who suffers from bipolar disorder.
Following her SAG Award win — and with the support of Oscar-savvy The Weinstein Company — Jennifer Lawrence is now the favorite for the Best Actress Academy Award, though both Jessica Chastain (for Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty) and Emmanuelle Riva (for Michael Haneke’s Amour) are strong competitors. Absurdly (though not unexpectedly), Riva wasn’t even nominated for the Best Actress SAG Award.
SAG Awards 2013: Other winners
Dick Van Dyke, the 87-year-old recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, remarked that former collaborators Carl Reiner and Mary Tyler Moore were unable to attend the SAG Awards ceremony — both are sick. Right after letting out a cough, Van Dyke then stated that his health was just fine. He also called the current crop of performers "the greatest generation of actors in the history of acting," and lauded their humanitarian efforts in places such as Haiti.
Bryan Cranston took home two The Actor statuettes. Besides winning alongside Ben Affleck, John Goodman, and Alan Arkin as members of the Argo cast, Cranston also won for Best Actor in a TV drama series for Breaking Bad. In the equivalent Best Actress category, Claire Danes won for Homeland. The SAG Award for Best Cast in a Television Drama Series went to Downtown Abbey, which features Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, and others.
Prior to the ceremony, the stunt crews of Sam Mendes’ worldwide blockbuster Skyfall and of the television series Game of Thrones received SAG Awards for their efforts.
Daniel Day-Lewis SAG Awards 2013 photo: © SAG Awards.