The SAG Awards gave Oscar momentum to many films, such as “Lincoln” and “Argo,” at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
“Argo” won the statuette for Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture, which is a hint that it could be on its way to a best picture win at the Oscars in February.
Daniel Day-Lewis won for his performance in "Lincoln," beating out Bradley Cooper, John Hawkes, Denzel Washington, and the other favorite, Hugh Jackman, for his turn in "Les Misérables." Day-Lewis said he felt a duty to play President Lincoln considering that his assassin, John Wilkes Booth, was a well-known stage actor.
"Therefore it is only fitting that it is an actor who every now and then tries to bring him back to life again," he said.
Jennifer Lawrence, who also received a Golden Globe for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook,” won the award for Best Actress, and in her speech, she thanked MTV, which helped her earn her SAG card when she was 14.
"I did an MTV promo for 'My Super Sweet 16,' and I remember getting it in the mail," she said. "I remember it being the best day of my entire life because it officially made me a professional actor, which put me in the category with all of you."
The evening was as much about honoring the performances as it was about celebrating the merger of SAG and AFTRA. This was the first SAG Awards ceremony since the merger of both unions in March 2012, and organizers were eager to show a united front in Los Angeles and around the country.
Sixteen SAG-AFTRA locals nationwide hosted viewing parties to watch the telecast. And during the show, several performers expressed their happiness with the merger. Kate Flannery from NBC's "The Office" tweeted from the event: "#SAG-AFTRA #OneUnion #SAGAwards #UnionPride." And Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Freeman, and Justin Timberlake appeared in a video recapping the history of both SAG and AFTRA.
"Thank you for letting me in this union," Tina Fey said after taking the stage to receive her award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.
The Actor statuette for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series went to “Modern Family,” which pulled off a three-peat in this category. After saluting the other nominees for "setting the bar so high," Jesse Tyler Ferguson said, "We love being actors."
The Awards voters, who are 100,000 active members of SAG-AFTRA, made amends for their oversight of "Homeland" last year, by handing the award to Claire Danes, who was up against two of the cast members of "Downton Abbey," Michelle Dockery and Maggie Smith, in addition to veteran performers Jessica Lange, of “American Horror Story: Asylum," and Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife."
"Downton Abbey" wasn't forgotten though. The 22-member cast won for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Alec Baldwin, who awarded Dick Van Dyke the Life Achievement Award, took home his seventh consecutive award in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series.
Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway took home the first statuettes of the night for supporting actor honors for their work in "Lincoln" and "Les Misérables," respectively.
And while the star of Sarah Palin may be waning, Julianne Moore took home an award for her performance as the former Alaska governor in HBO's “Game Change." Moore credited her performance to "being on a wonderful acting team.”
Bryan Cranston made a similar acknowledgement of his co-stars when he won for his performance on AMC's “Breaking Bad.” "Thank you for making me a better actor," he said, before saluting Sharon Bialy, the shows casting director.
Before the awards show got underway, the SAG Awards announced the stunt performers and coordinators from “Skyfall” and “Game of Thrones” would be recipients of 2013's Honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles.
The full list of winners is below
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis, ”Lincoln”
Outstanding Ensemble in a Motion Picture