An outstanding night for The Help and actress Viola Davis last night at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The drama won three prizes including best actress for Viola Davis, supporting actress for Octavia Spencer and the guild's ensemble award, the equivalent of a best-picture prize.
"I’ve come to these awards with no expectations," Davis told Access Hollywood. "I’m just always pleasantly surprised and knowing that really, at the end of the day, I got to go back to work. I got to get back to being an actor. It’s been so wonderful."
The SAG Award wins increase the actors' prospects for the same honors at the Feb. 26 Academy Awards, notes the AP. "The winners at the SAG ceremony typically go on to earn Oscars. All four acting recipients at SAG last year later took home Oscars —Colin Firth for The King's Speech, Natalie Portman for Black Swan and Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for The Fighter."
Veteran actor Christopher Plummer won for supporting actor as an elderly father who comes out as gay in Beginners. Plummer would become "the oldest actor ever to win an Oscar at age 82, two years older than Jessica Tandy when she won best actress for Driving Miss Daisy," noted AP.
Brava and congratulations to Ms. Davis, who is a terrific LGBT ally. You may recall that the actress made some powerful remarks on homophobia when she received her first Oscar nomination for her tour de force role in Doubt.