Date: 28th January 2013
Ben Affleck's drama Argo (2012) has won the best film drama prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles, in yet another boost for its prospects at next month's Oscars.
Steven Spielberg's top-tipped presidential drama Lincoln (2012) also scored successes with best actor for Daniel Day Lewis in the title role, and supporting actor Tommy Lee Jones.
British-Irish actor Day-Lewis, who also won the best actor Golden Globe for his role as America's 16th president, joked about having hesitated before accepting the role of such a political icon.
"It occurred to me it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln ... And therefore it's only fitting that every now and then an actor tries to bring him back to life again," he said, to laughter from his fellow acting professionals.
Asked backstage about his hopes for winning an Oscar this year - in what would be a record third best actor Academy Award for one person - he joked: "Members of the Academy (of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) love surprises."
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence took best actress for her role in romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook (2012), while Anne Hathaway took best supporting actress for her singing performance in musical Les MisÚrables (2012).
Source: Press Release