Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Argo win at Screen Actors Guild Awards
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A directing nomination at the Oscars usually goes hand in hand with a best-picture win. When Affleck was snubbed for a directing slot, awards analysts initially were counting "Argo'' out for the best-picture Oscar, along with Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty'' and Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables,'' which also missed out on directing nominations.
Only once in modern times has a film won best picture without a directing nomination, with 1989's "Driving Miss Daisy.'' The other two times came in the show's early years, at the first Oscars in 1929 with "Wings'' and for 1932's "Grand Hotel.''
But "Argo'' has proven a resilient crowd-pleaser, dominating at awards shows since then over Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln,'' which leads the Oscars with 12 nominations.
The cast prize at SAG adds some weight to the Oscar prospects for "Argo,'' though the guild honor has a spotty record at forecasting eventual best-picture winners. Only eight of 17 times since the guild added the category has the cast winner gone on to take the best-picture Oscar. "The Help'' won the guild's cast prize last year, while Oscar voters named "The Artist'' as best picture.
The next playoff round before the Oscars is Saturday's Directors Guild of America Awards, where Affleck, Bigelow, Spielberg and Hooper all are nominated, along with Ang Lee for "Life of Pi.'' The winner there typically goes on to triumph with directing and best-picture Oscars, but only Spielberg and Lee are nominated for both the Directors Guild and Oscar prizes this time, throwing the awards picture into a muddle.
Sunday's acting prizes solidify those categories, though. "Silver Linings'' star Lawrence won a Golden Globe and has become one of Hollywood's hottest talents, with part two of her blockbuster franchise, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,'' due out in November.
"Now I have this naked statue that means some of you even voted for me, and that is an indescribable feeling,'' Lawrence said after explaining she earned her SAG card at age 14 by filming a spot for MTV.