Jennifer Lawrence picked up her biggest honor yet, best actress, for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
And Anne Hathaway’s tearful turn in “Les Miserables” won her best supporting actress.
But throwing a wild card into the pot was the best ensemble prize, which went to “Argo.”
That feels suspiciously like Oscar night — “Argo” best picture, Day-Lewis and Lawrence, Jones and Hathaway.
I have said several times since “The Town” that Affleck has been set up, at Warner Brothers, to be their new Clint Eastwood. The fact that there are people scratching their heads over all this “Argo” momentum suggests that has become true in more ways than one. He makes well-crafted, exciting prestige pictures that turn into hits. And he acts in them, and not badly. Give the guy his due. A nomination for best director (He didn’t deserve to crack that best actor field, though he was good in the film) would have been honor enough. Now it looks like he’s directed a best picture winner.
And the other thing I’ve said about “Argo” several times this Oscar season is this — In “Argo,” Hollywood saves the day. Hollywood gets the hostages out. You think Hollywood doesn’t love that version of history?
Alec Baldwin took yet another SAG award for his “30 Rock” work. Whatever his politics, whatever his place within the public heart, his peers just love this guy and respect his work.
Claire DAnes, Bryan Cranston, Julianne Moore and “Modern Family” took one of the other TV honors.