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Without lively performances or even a host, the SAG Awards are known for being more staid than its awards season siblings. While it may not be the most exciting television of the year, it is the most recent -- and an important! -- stop on that long red carpet that leads to the Oscars. On Sunday night, Hollywood's film and television elite glammed up and gathered for the ceremony, in which the winners are determined by members of the Screen Actors Guild (the actors' union).
There were a lot of predictable wins -- Modern Family picked up the actor for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for the third consecutive year, Anne Hathaway won for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for Les Miserables and Daniel Day Lewis took home a well-deserved statuette for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for Lincoln. But there were also some surprises -- notably, Argo beat out Lincoln for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, making its odds for the best picture Oscar suddenly look pretty good.
Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston received his first SAG award, edging out the presumed winner for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series, Homeland's Damian Lewis. Finally, Jennifer Lawrence picked up the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role for her much-celebrated part in Silver Linings Playbook, beating out Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, as the two Hollywood favorites prepare to square off for the best actress Oscar. Below, ten more moments worth mentioning from the star-studded event.
1. Darren Criss and Sofia Vergara save the awkward opening minutes: Whose idea was it to have a bunch of random actors make speeches that end with the words "I am (NAME), and I am an actor"? Do awards shows really need to be more like AA meetings? It was a pretty lazy gimmick for opening the show, but thankfully, the actors worked their hardest to get laughs -- particularly Glee's Criss, who pretended to say "acorn" instead of "actor" out of nervousness, and Modern Family's Vergara, who joked about her "hooker" looks.
2. Justin Timberlake made a strategic choice when dressing for the red carpet: Presenter Justin Timberlake wore three clashing patterns, guaranteeing that everyone would be talking about his "suit and tie" -- which also happens to be the name of his new single with Jay-Z. We see what you did there, J.T. -- and we still think you looked pretty sexy!
3. Daniel Day-Lewis proved he is the male Meryl Streep for the 789th time: Like Meryl, his awards speeches are as reliably entertaining as his performances. While accepting his award, the actor struck exactly the right balance between self-deprecating, funny and sincere. In a classy gesture, he paid tribute to The Master's Joaquin Phoenix, who was overlooked for a nomination. He even had a good line saved up for the occasion: "It was an actor that murdered Lincoln, and so it's terribly fitting that an actor try to bring him back to life now and then."
4. Jennifer Lawrence spilled the beans on her first acting gig: Turns out that the Silver Linings Playbook star got her SAG card by starring in some ridiculous promo spots for MTV's My Super Sweet 16. After she mentioned it in her speech, a video immediately began circulating on Twitter -- sit back, and enjoy it below!
5. J-Law also gave us the night's most unexpected wardrobe malfunction: While lifting her dress up to climb to the podium, Lawrence accidentally hiked the upper half of her floor-length skirt, flashing her stockings from the knees up. And there we were, waiting for the very cleavage-y Julianne Moore to have a nip slip.
6. Tina Fey delivered the night's best joke (obviously): While accepting her sixth SAG award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series for 30 Rock, Fey chose to dedicate the win to her longtime friend, Golden Globes cohost and fellow nominee. "I share this with my sweet friend Amy Poehler," said Tina. "I've known you since you were pregnant with Lena Dunham."
7. Claire Danes showed Anne Hathaway a thing or two about acceptance speeches: When Danes realized she forgot to thank her husband and baby in her speech, she jumped back to the mic and squeezed it in -- which reminded us of Hathaway stealing the mic from the Les Miz producers at the Golden Globes, a much more obnoxious way of accomplishing the same thing. We hope Hathaway has her thank-you list actually memorized come Oscar time.
8. The Downton Abbey cast reminded us that they are adorable in the 21st Century: The British period drama unexpectedly took home the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, and the actors were positively giddy. "Shut the French windows!" star Phyllis Logan shouted into the mic. Unfortunately, Downton Abbey fans weren't able to share in the victory, since they were watching a new episode airing simultaneously on PBS.
9. Dick Van Dyke showed Hollywood that he can still laugh at himself: The well-deserving Life Achievement Award winner said he was proud to be "world famous for my Cockney accent" -- referring to his notoriously awful British accent in Mary Poppins. He also revealed that he mispronounced the name of his iconic TV character, The Dick Van Dyke Show's Rob Petrie, for the entire run of the show -- because creator Carl Reiner never bothered to tell him it was supposed to be "PEET-rie."