Well, shit. Things are starting to gear up for awards season already, and I haven’t even seen half of the movies on the list.
This morning, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominations were announced. If you don’t know what SAG is, it’s basically a worldwide labor union for film and television performers. Even more confusing, they recently combined with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to become SAG-AFTRA. Yes, I know…shop talk. But the whole system is very interesting because it can get political. By political, of course, I mean that the SAG Awards nominations are submitted by the very artists within the union, so it’s a bunch of actors patting (or stabbing) each other’s backs.
And yet, it’s actually a better predictor of who will be nominated for the Academy Awards than the Golden Globes. But hey, there’s still a lot of time left before the Academy Awards. Most of the nominations below for the SAG Awards could get completely written off.
Any way, let’s check them out! Also, I’ve linked the few films I have reviewed from this list.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (Basically, it’s “Best Picture”…)
- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Les Miserables
- Silver Linings Playbook
Snubs? Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained haven’t been fully released yet, which means they’ve only been shown at specific film festivals and haven’t had enough time to pander for nominations. Nevertheless, Zero Dark Thirty received Best Picture and Django Unchained made the list of the Top Ten Films of 2012 at the New York Film Critics Awards, so it’s not like they aren’t possible Oscar contenders. Somehow, Zero Dark Thirty managed to get Jessica Chastain a nomination for Best Actress (below) while Django Unchained got snubbed entirely, despite being predicted by all of the major news outlets to be nominated for at least three Oscars this year.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
- Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
- John Hawkes, The Sessions
- Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
- Denzel Washington, Flight
Snubs? Joaquin Phoenix with a leading actor nod for The Master. I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I’m shocked about his snub because I heard he was brilliant. Then again, he kind of shot himself in the foot with that whole “I don’t want this carrot” interview.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
- Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
- Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
- Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
- Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Snubs? Quvenzhane Wallis with a leading actress nod in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Again, I haven’t seen this movie yet, but from all of the uproar I’ve been reading today on the major news outlets, it sounds like she gave a pretty epic performance. And she’s a child actor, which always goes over well with the Academy. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets an Academy Award nomination despite the lack of a SAG Award nomination.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
- Alan Arkin, Argo
- Javier Bardem, Skyfall
- Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
- Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
- Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Snubs? Ewan McGregor with a supporting actor nod for The Impossible. From what I’m hearing about that movie (God, I’ve got to find it on DVD or something because it’s not playing anywhere near me), he and Naomi Watts were tear-jerkingly fantastic. She obviously got the leading actress nod, but he got snubbed. I really think he should’ve gotten in over Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones. I’ve seen both of their performances, and although they were good, they’re not exactly worthy performances of award nominations. Also, I’ll just go ahead and say that I’m disappointed Andy Serkis will once again get overlooked for his portrayal of Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (He didn’t get nominated for The Two Towers or The Return of the King either). Seriously, have you watched any of the behind-the-scenes features of the LOTR trilogy? Gollum might be CGI-ed, but Serkis is running around the set in a little CGI suit (I don’t know what they’re called) doing all of the expressions and movements for Gollum while also delivering his lines in an endearing yet disturbing schizophrenic manner.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
- Sally Field, Lincoln
- Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
- Helen Hunt, The Sessions
- Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
- Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Snubs? Amy Adams with a supporting actress nod for The Master. What the literal f*** on this one? Nicole Kidman got in for in The Paperboy—one of the worst reviewed movies of this year—and Amy Adams didn’t, even though her performance was well-reviewed? The Academy likes Amy Adams though, as she’s been previously nominated for her performances in Junebug, Doubt, and The Fighter. I wouldn’t be surprised if she makes in on that list. This one isn’t as big of a snub as Amy Adams, but I’ll include Judi Dench with a supporting actress nod for Skyfall. If anyone should’ve gotten an award nomination for Skyfall, it should’ve been Judi Dench. Just saying.
This isn’t the end of the road for nominations though. This is only the beginning of a very long and meticulous campaign for the Oscars (Yes…actors, actresses, directors, etc. totally campaign for nominations). And trust me, all of these actors will be campaigning HARD for the next few months, especially if they want to continue making the nomination lists leading to the Academy Awards.
As of right now, I haven’t seen The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Sessions, Silver Linings Playbook, Rust and Bone, Hitchcock, The Impossible, Les Miserables, or Flight yet, as they are either not yet released in my theaters or they were too limited a release for me to find in theaters. But I’ve read (and heard) only good things about all of them. Looks like I have some catching up to do.
Also, Golden Globe nominations will be out tomorrow, so we’ll talk about those and compare!
The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be live Sunday, Jan. 27th on TNT and TBS at 8pm E/7pm C.