Sunday January 27, 2013

SAG Cast Award Goes to 'Argo'

Well, that's two of the three guild awards for “Argo.”

I don't agree, given the options (“Lincoln” is an acting tour de force), but the bigger question, or actually the smaller question, is what this means for its chances for the Oscar.

Over the last few weeks, “Argo” has won the Golden Globe, the Producers Guild Award, and now the Screen Actors Guild cast award. Has any movie won all three and not won the Oscar for best picture? Here's a chart (Eventual Oscar winner for best picture in bold):

2012 Argo Argo Argo Les Miserables
2011 The Artist The Help The Descendants The Artist
2010 The King's Speech The King's Speech The Social Network The Kids Are Alright
2009 The Hurt Locker Inglourious Bastards Avatar The Hangover
2008 Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2007 No Country for Old Men No Country for Old Men Atonement Sweeney Todd
2006 Little Miss Sunshine Little Miss Sunshine Babel Dreamgirls
2005 Brokeback Mountain Crash Brokeback Mountain Walk the Line
2004 The Aviator Sideways The Aviator Sideways
2003 Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings Lord of the Rings Lost in Translation
2002 Chicago Chicago The Hours Chicago
2001 Moulin Rouge! Gosford Park A Beautiful Mind Moulin Rouge!
2000 Gladiator Traffic Gladiator Almost Famous
1999 American Beauty American Beauty American Beauty Toy Story 2
1998 Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love
1997 Titanic The Full Monty Titanic As Good As It Gets
1996 The English Patient The Birdcage The English Patient Evita

Since SAG started giving out the cast award in 1996, there have only been four years in which the Golden Globe, the SAG and the PGA all went to the same movie. In 2008, they all fell for “Slumdog Millionaire”; in 2003, they all sought out “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”; in 2002, they lusted after “Chicago”; and in 1999, they dropped dead for “American Beauty.”

All three won the Oscar for best picture.

On the other hand, the director of each film was nominated for and won an Oscar. Ben Affleck, director of “Argo,” was not and will not. Not sure how this changes things.

In other news that ain't much news, and that seems to presage how the Academy will vote, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway each won individual acting honors.

The big daddy, the DGA, is next week. But right now it's looking good for Ben Affleck.

Ben Affleck in Iran in "Argo"

Ben Affleck: looking good.

Posted at 07:50 PM on Sunday January 27, 2013 in category Movies - Awards  
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