Michelle Dockery, the program's lead actress, shared an anecdote: “We were out one evening in New York and ran into some fans,” she said. “We were in jeans and leather jackets, and they could barely look at us because they were appalled that we were in modern clothes instead of fancy dresses.”
Daniel Day-Lewis, a winner for his lead performance in the biopic “Lincoln,” seemed strangely bashful in the backstage press area. When a reporter noted that he seemed very well poised to take home an Oscar next month after cleaning up at the Golden Globes and now the SAG Awards, Day-Lewis could only smirk and say: “Well, I could also not!”
The actor was more jovial in the lobby of the Shrine prior to the ceremony getting underway Sunday. Day-Lewis smiled and nodded, shaking hands and smiling some more. He was one of a host of A-listers who, having just walked the red carpet, were in various states of relief, triumph or irritation.
“Mad Men” leading man John Hamm arrived, visibly annoyed, his strong jaw clenched. Sally Field, dressed in purple, seemed as though she might be about to cry — her mouth set in a small frown. Justin Timberlake, dressed in a bold checked suit, rubbed his hands together for warmth and rushed away, waving off fans and offerings of water.
After the show, taking the podium in the press room, one person whose cheer seemed boundless was Ben Affleck. The star, producer and director of “Argo,” described just how much the SAG Award meant to him.
“I've been around long enough to deeply appreciate this kind of thing,” said Affleck. “They don't come around often — it's really nice to have awards in the sense that they encourage artists and I'm really encouraged by this."