And just like that, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations catch me off-guard. It feels like I predicted last year’s awards yesterday. Man, does time fly! Perhaps I’m just so spaced out on this because I haven’t even had the chance to see half of the movies on this list (Most of them come out at the end of December). And holy crap, the Golden Globe nominations come out tomorrow, too. This month is about to get crazy for me.
But enough about me! Let’s review these nominations. (Quick reminder: Nominations are submitted by artists within the SAG-AFTRA union, but they’re good for predicting who will be nominated for the Academy Awards.)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
- 12 Years A Slave
- American Hustle
- August: Osage County
- Dallas Buyers Club
- Lee Daniels’ The Butler
I’m not really surprised to see any of these films here. It should be noted, however, that Fruitvale Station and The Wolf of Wall Street didn’t make the cut, and there’s some pretty significant talk about those films as well. From what I’m reading, they weren’t screened for SAG. Will we see them in Golden Globe nominations though?
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Bruce Dern, Nebraska
- Chitwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
- Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
- Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
- Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler
What a diverse nomination group, seriously. You’ve got two extremely seasoned actors (Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks), two black actors (Chitwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker), and Matthew McConaughey, who’s never won a major award. This, my friends, will be a tough category to call. I’m still leaning toward Ejiofor.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
- Sandra Bullock, Gravity
- Judi Dench, Philomena
- Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
- Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Well, besides Amy Adams’ snub for American Hustle, this is goddamn impressive. Blanchett, Bullock, Dench, Streep, and Thompson have all won Oscars, and they all have heavy-hitting roles this year.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
- Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
- Daniel Bruhl, Rush
- Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
- James Gandolfini, Enough Said
- Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Yay, Barkhad! I wanted him to get nominated so badly. He was awesome in Captain Phillips. Also, I don’t know what’s more surprising here—Bruhl’s “Huh?” nomination or Gandolfini’s posthumous nomination.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
- 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
Roberts and Winfrey are obvious. I’ve heard Lawrence is spectacular (yet again). I don’t know much about Squibb, but I love fellow Nebraskan Alexander Payne, so kudos to her. Nyong’o is the underdog and my favorite.
I didn’t include the entire list of nominations because they include television, and I only focus on the big film nominations with SAG. But if you’d like to see those, go here. Also, as I mentioned earlier, 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. 18th on TNT and TBS at 8pm E/7pm C.