Tonight Argo stepped even closer to a Best Picture win at the Academy Awards. Argo has now won Best Picture at the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Golden Globes, Producer's Guild Awards, and here. At this very moment I can feel many film critics and Oscar pundits switching their Lincoln Best Picture win to Argo. One of the most intriguing things to me is if Argo wins Best Picture who wins Best Director? I will be theorizing that one for a while.
In the other film categories Lincoln picked up two trophies one for Best Lead Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), and one for Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones). Day-Lewis has the Best Actor prize in the bag, and Tommy Lee Jones has a strong shot at the Best Supporting Actor award, but he was not there to accept, so look for missing Christoph Waltz to be a spoiler.
Jennifer Lawrence made the Best Actress category more interesting tonight beating Jessica Chastain, this puts Lawrence out front, but never count out any surprises although with Harvey Weinstein behind her campaign she has the best chance. Anne Hathaway further proved that her dream she dreamt will come true winning Best Supporting Actress, and I like that she thanked her Dark Knight cast; she gave a much better speech.
On the television side the Comedy Winners remained as stale as day old bread. Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey whom I love won for Best Actor and Actress, and obviously it was as a parting gift for their great work on 30 Rock. Modern Family also won for a third year in a row, and while I love their ensemble there are so many other great ensembles out there. I guess I am just glad Betty White did not win this year or else they would have been the exact same winners as last year. Baldwin and Modern Family have won together for the last three years, sloppy!
In the mini-series or movie category rubber stamped winner Kevin Costner and Julianne Moore won. Costner was not present, but neither were any of his competition. I think this is the first time in all my years of watching award shows where not a single nominee in a category has shown up.
The drama categories finally shook things up for the television world. Best Actor went to Bryan Cranston he beat out front runner Damien Lewis. Claire Danes was not nominated last year, but won Best Actress last year. Downton Abbey won Best Ensemble, and I loved watching the actress who plays Mrs. Hughes accept for the cast; she was too precious.
One of the highlights of the evening was watching Dick Van Dyke get his lifetime achievement award. In watching his film reel, and hearing beautiful but brief acceptance of the award it was a great moment in one of the more boring award shows.