If you were hoping for some kind of clarity to emerge from the 2013 SAG Awards this evening, boy are you in luck, as the Screen Actors Guild sent a clear message: "Argo" is now the frontrunner for Best Picture at this year's Oscars.
Yes, "Argo" took home the evening's top prize, winning Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture despite the fact that it was completely shut out in the individual acting categories.
"Lincoln," on the other hand, lost the ensemble award even though star Daniel Day-Lewis won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and co-star Tommy Lee Jones won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. That's more wins (two) than "Argo" had individual nominations (one, for Alan Arkin).
And "Silver Linings Playbook" also was passed over for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture despite the fact that it earned three individual nominations, winning one on the evening — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for star Jennifer Lawrence.
The surprise win for "Argo," of course, comes on the heels of its win at last night's Producers Guild of America Awards. Combined with its earlier win for Best Motion Picutre - Drama at the Golden Globes two weeks ago, there can no longer be any doubt that "Argo" is the clear Oscar favorite despite — or perhaps because of — director Ben Affleck's snub in the Academy's Best Director category.
In fact, while there was some mild drama outside of "Argo's" win, with Lawrence beating out "Zero Dark Thirty's" Jessica Chastain, everything else went more or less according to expectation, including "Les Miserables" star Anne Hathaway winning Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. Hathaway and Day-Lewis in particular can pretty much start writing their Oscar acceptance speeches right now.
Here's a full list of this year's SAG Award winners:
Ensemble Cast, Motion Picture: "Argo"
Actor, Motion Picture: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Actress, Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Supporting Actor, Motion Picutre: Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"
Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble, Motion Picture: "Skyfall"
Outstanding Ensemble Cast, Television Series, Drama: "Downton Abbey"
Actor, Television Series, Drama: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Actress, Television Series, Drama: Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Outstanding Ensemble Cast, Television, Comedy: "Modern Family"
Actor, Television Series, Comedy: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Actress, Television Series, Comedy: Tina Fey, "30 Rock"
Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries: Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"
Actress, TV Movie or Miniseries: Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble, Television Series: "Game of Thrones"
Lifetime Achievement: Dick Van Dyke