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SAG Award noms: '12 Years a Slave,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' have strong showings
Dec. 11, 2013, 9:38 AM EST
Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and Julia Roberts are among the big names that will vie for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards after nominations for the awards were announced Wednesday morning.
It was a list of contenders that included some surprising nominees such as "Rush" star Daniel Bruhl and "Enough Said" James Gandolfini, as well as shocking omissions such as "All is Lost" star Robert Redford, who has received ecstatic notices for his performance as a shipwrecked man. Martin Scorsese's "Wolf of Wall Street," which had earned some glowing notices and has been seen as a major awards contender, was completely shut out.
On the film front, "12 Years a Slave" showed considerable strength, scoring four noms including nominations for stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and its cast. Other films that were popular with SAG voters included "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "August: Osage County" all of which earned three nominations.
Nominees for outstanding cast included "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Lee Daniels the Butler," and "August: Osage County."
With Redford failing to make the cut, the Outstanding Actor award boils down to a race between Bruce Dern, for his role as a would-be sweepstakes winner in "Nebraska," Ejiofor, as a man tricked into slavery in "12 Years a Slave," Hanks as a heroic seaman in "Captain Phillips," and Forest Whitaker, as a morally upright manservant in "The Butler." Though Hanks was recognized for his star turn, his supporting work in as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks" failed to earn a nomination.
If the lead actor category included shake-ups, the Outstanding Actress race was positively sedate. The competition shaped up roughly as anticipated with Cate Blanchett scoring a nom for playing a manipulative trophy wife in "Blue Jasmine," Meryl Streep honored for her work as an acid-tongued matriarch in "August: Osage County," Sandra Bullock cited for her role as a stranded astronaut in "Gravity," Judi Dench recognized for playing a woman searching for her son in "Philomena," and Emma Thompson making the cut for her prickly performance as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers in "Saving Mr. Banks."
On the television front, "Breaking Bad" and its bloody final season was a favorite with voters, earning a leading four nominations for stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and its cast.
Other dramatic TV series nominated for ensemble nominations were "Boardwalk Empire," "Homeland," "Game of Thrones" and "Downton Abbey."
Voters also exhibited fond feelings for another show that rode off into the sunset this season, showering "30 Rock" with three nominations for stars Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey and for its ensemble cast. Other comedy series that were honored for their ensemble work included "Arrested Development," "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family" and "Veep."
Outstanding actors in a comedy series will be a race between Baldwin, Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), Ty Burrell ("Modern Family"), Don Cheadle ("House of Lies") and Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development"). In addition to Fey, outstanding female actors in a comedy series includes Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie") and Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep").
The awards are considered to be a key weathervane for determining an actor's Oscar chances. The ceremony will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, and takes place over a month before the Oscars are handed out on March 2, 2014.
Nominations for best film stunts went to "All Is Lost," "Fast & Furious 6," "Lone Survivor," "Rush," and "The Wolverine." Best television stunt work nominations included "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "The Walking Dead."