LOS ANGELES -- The CIA thriller Argo continues to steamroll through awards season, winning the top honor for overall cast performance at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
SAG's lead-acting honors Sunday went to Jennifer Lawrence for her role as a troubled widow in Silver Linings Playbook and Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War epic Lincoln.
Anne Hathaway of Les Miserables and Tommy Lee Jones of Lincoln won the supporting-acting honors.
"It occurred to me -- it was an actor that murdered Abraham Lincoln," said Day-Lewis, a solid front-runner to join an exclusive list of three-time acting Oscar winners. "And therefore, somehow it is only so fitting that every now and then an actor tries to bring him back to life again."
It was a brisk, businesslike and fairly bland evening as the actors union handed out honors to a predictable lineup of winners who generally had triumphed at earlier ceremonies or past SAG shows.
The SAG cast win came a day after Argo claimed the top honor from the Producers Guild of America, whose winner often goes on to claim the Best Picture Academy Award. Argo also was a surprise victor two weeks ago at the Golden Globes, where it won best drama and director for Ben Affleck.
The awards momentum positions Argo for a rare feat at the Feb. 24 Oscars, where it could become just the fourth film in 85 years to be named Best Picture without a nomination for its director.
"To me this has nothing to do with me. It has to do with the incredible people who were in this movie," Affleck said.