It was a night of upsets and absentee wins at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards as the cast of Downtown Abbey — or at least Lady Mary, Mrs. Hughes and a handful of the servants — accepted the Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, besting odds-on favorite, Homeland.
Argo continued its trophy-laden path to the Oscars with a win for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture, while Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis picked up the top acting prizes for Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln, respectively.
Anne Hathaway managed to keep it together, more or less, while accepting her Best Supporting Actress award for Les Misérables but we were all sadly deprived of the comedy stylings of Tommy Lee Jones as he was not present to receive Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Lincoln.
Also noticeably absent, everyone in the Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries category. Literally, no one showed up (not like anyone cared). Perhaps it was the flu epidemic that kept Kevin Costner from accepting his award for Hatfields & McCoys. Thankfully Julianne Moore was on hand to snatch her thousandth award for Game Change, walking away with Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries.
30 Rock celebrated its final season with Alec Baldwin picking up his seventh consecutive SAG Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and Tina Fey received her fourth for Best Actress. Modern Family, however, denied them the top prize for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series for the third year in a row.
Rounding out the list of winners, Claire Danes took home the Best Actress in a Drama Series for Homeland and Bryan Cranston won his first Best Actor in a Drama Series SAG for Breaking Bad.
The real highlight of the night was national treasure Dick Van Dyke receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award. “I’m looking at the greatest generation of actors in the history of acting,” the visibly moved 87-year-old told those in attendance. “This very heavy object here means that I can refer to you as my peers. I’m a happy man.”
Then he tripped over an ottoman.