All the Goss from the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013
Someone up there must love Ben Affleck! Never mind that Oscars snub, the Argo director's picking up awards left, right and centre and being super-cool along the way. We loved Ben's funny, happy, enthusiastic and, dare we say it, inspiring speech at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 on 27 January where his film picked up Best Ensemble cast!
Ben said, "I can’t believe I’m standing in the same place where Daniel Day-Lewis just was. Maybe I’ll be a better actor just for the radiation. I am really amazed and stunned. There are so many great actors here and this is voted on by our brothers who are actors. There’s a hundred and some thousand people in SAG Aftra. Some of them never get to come to a place like this and they vote from home. First I want to thank my wife and kids who I love. And Warner Brothers who I love, not quite as much, but I do love. You know, there are so many people who are actors, who want to be actors. I got a SAG in 1986 and I always wanted this. To me, this has nothing to do with me. This has to do with the incredible people who are in this movie. The people you see on stage." Oscars' loss, we think!
He's pretty much set to take home Best Actor at the Academy Awards and Lincoln star Daniel Day-Lewis got the acceptance speech practise going along nicely at the Screen Actors Guild Awards when he observed that "it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln," and so it only made sense that the work of an actor brought him back to life! Nicely put!
Getting more of a Brit invasion vibe going were the gang from Downton Abbey, who beat out fave Homeland for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. We love both shows but what an upset! And how hilarious was Phyllis Logan's line after Downton's win, "Shut the French windows!"
We also loved how 30 Rock's Tina Fey praised her BFF on stage saying, "Amy [Poehler], I've known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham!"
Les Miserables stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were pretty funny too, describing their movie as "Wolverine getting chased by Gladiator with some input by Catwoman." If that doesn't make the guys want to watch this, we don't know what will.
The SAGs this year were also high on below-the belt jokes, right from Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston bringing up being "well endowed" with the trophy and Homeland winner Claire Danes describing herself as a "brand spankin'...or Spanx-ing new mom".
We were expecting a naughty line or two from Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence (she who yelled about beating Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes and wondered who Harvey Weinstein killed to get her up on stage) but she kept it clean mostly... except for an observation that the trophy was naked. Well spotted, Jen.
Jennifer also had an almost wardrobe malfunction when she stood up
to walk to the stage to pick up her award and the bottom half of her Christian Dior dress detached
and slipped down, leaving her thighs on display. The
embarrassing moment was caught on camera, but the star just smiled as she
adjusted the gown to spare her blushes before taking to the stage.
The always super-cute Dick Van Dyke, who won a Lifetime Achievement award, thanked his "lord and savior" Carl Reiner and co-star Mary Tyler Moore, before praising the stars at the show, saying that they'd raised the standard of acting and were fine, engaged activists. Love!
And we've got to mention Justin Timerlake, who presented Anne Hathaway with her award, and looked amazeballs in his suit and tie! JT totally made our day!