SAG awards 2013: Argo's top prize boosts Oscar hopes

Iran hostage drama picks up best cast ensemble a day after winning Producers Guild award

The Iran hostage drama Argo has won its second big award in two days, boosting its chances of winning a best picture Oscar next month in a race that had been considered wide open.

Argo won best cast ensemble, the top prize, at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence took lead acting honours.

On Saturday, Argo won the Producers Guild award – a key measure of Hollywood sentiment – beating Lincoln, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook, which are all Academy Award best picture contenders.

"There was absolutely no way I thought we would win this award," the film's director and star, Ben Affleck, told reporters backstage after the SAG win. Argo is the true story of the rescue of Us diplomats stranded in Tehran after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Asked about his movie's Oscar chances,
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