Modern Family, Silver Linings Playbook up for SAG Awards
Acclaimed TV show ensembles, casts of new movie dramas up for acting honours
Posted: Dec 12, 2012 10:02 AM ET
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2012 1:51 PM ET
TV favourites like Modern Family, Downtown Abbey and Breaking Bad joined the likes of David O. Russell's film Silver Linings Playbook and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln on the list of Screen Actors Guild nominees, announced early Wednesday morning.
Administered by the performer's union, the annual awards are considered a significant precursor to further honours — including the Oscars, with actors comprising one of the largest voting blocks within the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Key nominees, announced by actors Taye Diggs and Busy Philipps from Los Angeles, include:
- TV comedy ensemble: 30 Rock; The Big Bang Theory; Glee; Modern Family; Nurse Jackie; The Office (there are six nominees due to a tie).
- TV drama ensemble: Boardwalk Empire; Breaking Bad; Downton Abbey; Homeland; Mad Men.
- Motion picture cast: Argo; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Misérables; Lincoln; Silver Linings Playbook.
The SAG nominees for outstanding cast of a film are often considered key frontrunners for the Oscars. Last year, four of the five SAG film-cast nominees (The Help, The Artist, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris) were subsequently contenders for the Academy Award for best picture.Daniel Day-Lewis has earned much praise for his turn as Abraham Lincoln in the film Lincoln. (David James/Twentieth Century FoxDreamWorks/Associated Press )
Three of this fall's most high-profile films tied with a leading four nominations: Spielberg's presidential portrait Lincoln, the star-studded musical theatre epic Les Misérables and Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, which was the People's Choice winner at the Toronto International Film Festival and lauded for its nuanced portrayal of people struggling with mental health issues and their families.
Daniel Day-Lewis has been universally acclaimed by critics for his remarkable turn in Lincoln as the 16th president. For the SAG best actor trophy, his rivals are Silver Linings' Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman of Les Mis, John Hawkes for the sex-surrogate drama The Sessions and Denzel Washington as a troubled airline pilot in Flight.
Cooper's Silver Linings co-star Jennifer Lawrence is up for the best actress honour, though she faces serious competition from four acclaimed peers: Helen Mirren (nominated for Hitchcock), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible).
Veteran actress Maggie Smith was also a leading SAG nominee on Wednesday, with four nods due to her roles on both TV and film. She's a contender for best supporting actress in a film for the surprise movie comedy pick The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was also nominated for its ensemble cast. Among the small screen nominees, the British actress is vying for the title of best actress in a TV drama for her portrayal of a dowager countess on Downton Abbey and also shares in the popular period piece's best TV drama ensemble nomination.
Bryan Cranston was similarly acknowledged. He earned three nominations: one for being an ensemble cast member of the Iran hostage thriller Argo and two (including actor, TV drama and TV drama ensemble) for his role as a chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin in Breaking Bad.
Remaining acting nominees include:
- Supporting actor, film: Alan Arkin, Argo; Javier Bardem, Skyfall; Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook; Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln.
- Supporting actress, film: Sally Field, Lincoln; Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables; Helen Hunt, The Sessions; Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy; Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
- Stunt ensemble, film: The Amazing Spider-Man, The Bourne Legacy, The Dark Knight Rises, Les Misérables, Skyfall.
- Actor, TV drama: Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom; Jon Hamm, Mad Men; Damian Lewis, Homeland.
- Actress, TV drama: Claire Danes, Homeland; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey; Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey.
- Actor, TV comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock; Ty Burrell, Modern Family; Louis C.K., Louie; Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory; Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family.
- Actress, TV comedy: Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Betty White, Hot in Cleveland.
- Actor, TV movie or miniseries: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys; Woody Harrelson, Game Change; Ed Harris, Game Change; Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn; Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys.
- Actress, TV movie or miniseries: Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn; Julianne Moore, Game Change; Charlotte Rampling, Restless; Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals; Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias.
- Stunt ensemble, TV: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead.
The guild also revealed that actor Dick Van Dyke, whose roles over the past six decades have spanned lighthearted fare such as Mary Poppins to the TV procedural Diagnosis: Murder, will receive its lifetime achievement honour.
The 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on Jan. 27, 2013.Taye Diggs, left, and Busy Philipps announced the nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards early Wednesday. Maggie Smith, onscreen at right, is nominated in four categories. (Jason Redmond/Reuters)
- 3 for FRIDAY: Fast and Furious 6, Epic and Picture Day by Eli Glasner May. 24, 2013 6:05 PM Eli Glasner takes a quick look at three new films: Picture Day with rising star Tatiana Maslany, the audaciously entertaining Fast and Furious 6 and a nature-themed cartoon for the kids called Epic.
Top News Headlines
- 3 more suspects arrested in slaying of U.K. soldier
- British police investigating the savage killing of an off-duty soldier in London have arrested three more suspects. more »
- Hockey Canada votes to ban bodychecking in peewee hockey
- Hockey Canada's board of directors voted to eliminate bodychecking from peewee-level hockey on Saturday in Charlottetown. more »
- Neil Macdonald: How serious is Obama about curbing the drone surge?
- In a key speech this week, the U.S. president set out a host of supposed new safeguards for America's controversial practice of remote-controlled rough justice. But as Neil Macdonald writes, the underlying rationale for drone use has not fundamentally changed. more »
- Ontario man lost in Australian mountains has survival skills
- The sister of an Ontario man who disappeared in Australia's Snowy Mountains nearly two weeks ago says she remains hopeful he will be found, partly because of his training as a Canadian Forces reservist. more »
Latest Arts & Entertainment News Headlines
- Rolling Stones to rock with Mississauga choir
- The Rolling Stones take to the stage in Toronto Saturday night, accompanied by a Mississauga high school choir, for the first of three hotly anticipated Canadian concerts. more »
- Robert Bateman Centre to promote more than artist's work
- Celebrated Canadian nature artist Robert Bateman is opening a new gallery in Victoria this weekend, but the artist says the aim is to do much more than showcase his work. more »
- FILM REVIEW: The Hangover Part 3
- In a final outing with the wolf pack, the joke's on us, says Eli Glasner. The Hangover Part 3 is a strangely serious and laugh-free sequel in the popular, offensive and raunchy series. more »
- Fast and Furious 6, Epic and Picture Day
- PM Eli Glasner takes a quick look at three new films: Picture Day with rising star Tatiana Maslany, the audaciously entertaining Fast and Furious 6 and a nature-themed cartoon for the kids called Epic. more »
- Dan Brown's bizarre rituals May. 24, 2013 5:15 PM The author discusses his new novel, Inferno, and the ritual he performs when launching another book.
- David Sedaris on why having a mean dad might just be the key to success May. 24, 2013 2:42 PM
- McDonald's CEO chastised by 9-year-old B.C. girl
- Will Rob Ford's supporters leave Ford Nation?
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies using crack cocaine
- Dog snared on baited hooks near Vancouver's Grouse Grind trail
- Washington police blame bridge collapse on Alberta trucker
- 3 more suspects arrested in slaying of U.K. soldier
- Wallin may be forced to repay thousands in travel expenses
- Canada ranks 3rd last in paid vacations
- Toronto mayor's brother says he never dealt drugs