“Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “Les Miserables” are the top nominees for film at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, receiving four nominations apiece, including Best Film Ensemble. (See full list of nominees here and read report on shocking snubs here.)
The nominations were decided by two randomly selected panels of 2,100 SAG members, and the winners will be determined by the guild’s full membership, totalling approximately 100,000.
The nominations were not without their surprises, including Javier Bardem, who earned a Supporting Actor bid for his villainous work in the acclaimed James Bond film “Skyfall.” “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” performed better than expected with a pair of bids: Ensemble and Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith).
“The Master” was the most notable snub. The acclaimed film by Paul Thomas Anderson was left out of the Best Ensemble race, while actors Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams failed to receive nods for their performances. Only supporting actor Philip Seymour Hoffman made the cut.
Nominated for Supporting Actress is Nicole Kidman for “The Paperboy,” a critically drubbed film that heretofore had not been a factor on the awards circuit. She received an additional nomination for her work in the HBO made-for-TV movie “Hemingway and Gellhorn.”
The SAG Awards have become a reliable barometer of Academy tastes since their inception in 1994. Likely due to the overlap of members between SAG and the Academy — the actors’ branch is the Academy’s largest — nominees and winners at the SAG Awards often predict the Oscars. Last year, of the 20 Oscar nominees for acting, 17 were nominated by SAG, and in the last five years, only four individual SAG winners failed to repeat at the Oscars.
SAG and Oscar overlap less when it comes to their top races. SAG honors a film’s ensemble cast, and only eight of its 18 winners have won the Oscar for Best Picture, though SAG did foreshadow upset wins by “Shakespeare in Love” and “Crash.”
The awards will be handed out live on Sunday, January 27, on TNT and TBS.