Dec 122013

The first of the guilds, the Screen Actors Guild have announced their nominees for their annual awards, which will be handed out on January 18, 2014. As expected, 12 Years A Slave features prominently with nominations for ensemble, lead actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Michael Fassbender) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o). American Hustle picks up an ensemble nomination, along with a supporting actress nod for Jennifer Lawrence, who in my opinion, is about the only reason the film is worth seeing. Somewhat surprisingly Forest Whitaker has picked up a nomination for The Butler, which also received an ensemble nomination and a much-deserved nomination for supporting actress, Oprah Winfrey.

The best actress nominees for the Academy Awards almost seem a lock, with Dench, Streep, Bullock, Thompson and Blanchett all receiving nominations. I’m yet to see Saving My Banks so I can’t comment on Thompson, but I wouldn’t have Dench in my line up. She’s good (i mean, she always is), but it wasn’t a memorable performance. Brie Larson for Short Term 12 would be my dream surprise nominee. The McConaughssance continues with Matthew McConaughey receiving a lead actor nomination for Dallas Buyers Club, which also received a nod for ensemble and supporting actor for Jared Leto. Tom Hanks receives a nomination for Captain Phillips, but not for Saving Mr Banks. I have to admit to being surprised to see Daniel Brühl nominated for Rush. He was good, but I can’t say his performance has stuck with me. Ditto for Gandolfini in Enough Said.

The surprise omissions? Surely Robert Redford for All Is Lost, who has been touted as a potential Oscar winner by many. Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer have both been talked about for Fruitvale Station, but neither gets a look in here. No acting nominations for any of the cast from HerWolf of Wall Street or Inside Llewyn Davis.

The SAGs are a good indicator of Academy Award nominees, as usually most nominated for SAGs are also nominated for Academy Awards. There’s always still a chance for surprises though.

The full list of nominees are after the jump.


Ensemble In A Motion Picture
“12 Years A Slave”
“American Hustle”
“August: Osage County”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

Female Lead Actor In A Motion Picture
Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”
Judi Dench – “Philomena”
Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County”
Emma Thompson – “Saving Mr Banks”

Male Lead Actor In A Motion Picture
Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years A Slave”
Tom Hanks – “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club”
Forest Whitaker – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Female Supporting Actor IN A Motion Picture
Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years A Slave”
Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County”
June Squibb – “Nebraska”
Oprah Winfrey – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Male Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl – “Rush”
Michael Fassbender – “12 Years A Slave”
James Gandolfini – “Enough Said”
Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club”

Female Actor TV Movie Or Mini Series
Helen Mirren – “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss – “Top Of The Lake”
Angela Bassett – “Betty & Corretta”
Helena Bonham Carter – “Burton & Taylor”
Holly Hunter – “Top Of The Lake”

Male Actor TV Movie Or Mini Series
Matt Damon – “Behind The Candelabra”
Michael Douglas – “Behind The Candelabra”
Jeremy Irons – “The Borgias”
Rob Lowe – “Killing Kennedy”
Al Pacino – “Phil Spector”

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
“All Is Lost”
“Fast & Furious 6”
“Lone Survivor”
“The Wolverine”

Ensemble Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game Of Thrones”

Ensemble Comedy Series
“30 Rock”
“Arrested Development”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”

Female Actor Drama Series
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Anna Gunn – “Breaking Bad”
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story”
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Kerry Washington – “Scandal”

Male Actor Drama Series
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
Peter Dinklage – “Game Of Thrones”
Kevin Spacey – “House Of Cards”

Female Actor Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen – “Modern Family”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”

Male Actor Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
Jason Bateman – “Arrested Development”
Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”
Don Cheadle – “House Of Lies”
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”