Screen Actors Guild voters are hard to predict sometimes when it comes to the top prize of Best Film Ensemble. Will they go for an all-star cast like last year's "The Help," a small group like "Sideways," or even a mostly unknown ensemble like "Slumdog Millionaire"?
This year's top contenders appear to be "Argo" (with Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston), "Django Unchained" (with Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christoph Waltz), "Les Miserables" (with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway), "Lincoln" (with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones), "The Master" (with Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams), and "Silver Linings Playbook" (with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro).
Other well-known large ensembles include "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (with Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, and Maggie Smith), "Cloud Atlas" (with Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Susan Sarandon), "The Dark Knight Rises" (with Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine), "Hitchcock" (with Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson), "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (with Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, and Andy Serkis), "The Hunger Games" (with Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland), "Moonrise Kingdom" (with Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, and Frances McDormand), and "To Rome with Love" (with Alec Baldwin, Jesse Eisenberg, and Penelope Cruz).
Some other possibilities could be "Anna Karenina" (with Keira Knightley and Jude Law), "Bernie" (with Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine), "Great Expectations" (with Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter), "Hope Springs" (with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones), "Hyde Park on Hudson" (with Bill Murray and Laura Linney), "The Impossible" (with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor), "Promised Land" (with Matt Damon and John Krasinski), "Quartet" (with Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay), "The Sessions" (with John Hawkes and Helen Hunt), "Smashed" (with Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul), "Stand Up Guys" (with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken), and "Zero Dark Thirty" (with Jessica Chastain and Kyle Chandler).