Wednesday, 11 December 2013


Few surprises at SAG nominations, which until last year were among the most accurate predictors for their corresponding categories at the Oscars among award groups. They're this year's first guild to announce their nominations. In highly competitive leading categories, Robert Redford and Amy Adams failed to find any footing, while supporting categories included a posthumous nomination for James Gandolfini, and a discouraging bout of category fraud in an encouraging nomination for Daniel Bruhl. It's a month until they announce their winners in a televised ceremony on Saturday the 11th of January.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bruce Dern – ‘Woody Grant’ (Nebraska)
Chiwetel Ejiofor – ‘Solomon Northup’ (12 Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks – ‘Capt. Richard Phillips’ (Captain Phillips)
Matthew McConaughey – ‘Ron Woodroof’ (Dallas Buyers Club)
Forest Whitaker – ‘Cecil Gaines’ (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett – ‘Jasmine’ (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock – ‘Ryan Stone’ (Gravity)
Judi Dench – ‘Philomena Lee’ (Philomena)
Meryl Streep – ‘Violet Weston’ (August: Osage County)
Emma Thompson – ‘P.L. Travers’ (Saving Mr. Banks)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi – ‘Muse’ (Captain Phillips)
Daniel Brühl – ‘Niki Laud’ (Rush)
Michael Fassbender – ‘Edwin Epps’ (12 Years a Slave)
James Gandolfini – ‘Albert’ (Enough Said)
Jared Leto – ‘Rayon’ (Dallas Buyers Club)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence – ‘Rosalyn Rosenfeld’ (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o – ‘Patsey’ (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts – ‘Barbara Weston’ (August: Osage County)
June Squibb – ‘Kate Grant’ (Nebraska)
Oprah Winfrey – ‘Gloria Gaines’ (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Paul Herman, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Peña, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Röhm and Shea Whigham (American Hustle)
Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Meryl Streep and Misty Upham (August: Osage County)
Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Live Schreiber, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams and Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams and Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave)
Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Denis O’Hare, Dallas Roberts and Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
All Is Lost
Fast & Furious 6
Lone Survivor
The Wolverine


  1. Redford miss is glaring one. Thought SAG would just embrace him of all the groups. Still think he's in there, if not yet bagged and tagged.

    12 Years a Slave is, ofcourse, the frontrunner. Fassebender finally gets in. They got it right this time.
    SAG are having this infamous record of leaving one of great performance out of the top 5, lately. Fassbender '11, Phoenix '12. And always seem to come too early, makes 'em look quite immature. Their date should be extended to reflect all the movies.

    Didn't expect Dallas Buyers Club's ensemble nom. Wowsers. But have a hard time imagining it could conjure anything more than McConaughey and Leto nom, the latter is looking more and more promising.

    Weinstein back in the land of his jurisdiction swiftly taking August Osage County and Lee Daniels' The Buttler to noms across all boards. No surprise.

    Wolf of Wall Street's late entry meant it wasn't gonna be big in the SAG. It certainly is a missed opportunity. Never rely on early reception. The movie is more divisive than the apparent American Hustle which seems to be enjoying quite a good run with critics groups. So, what's the next award worthy role for Lawrence with Russell? And word from Josh Wells is that Pheonix and San Diego Critics did watch Wolf of Wall Street but it didn't show up in any of the categories. NY/LA already passed over. What does that say? It isn't overwhelmingly +ve contrary to the glorious early reception. Being an ardent fan of DiCaprio and Scorcese worshipper, it is disappointing. Its an uphill task for Wolf group to catch up. And DiCaprio, whom people have varied reservations shall never be the Critics' favorite. And naysayers will get another chance to jibe at tomorrow's Globe nom(He should be able to make it) calling him just the popular actor. Hurtful.

    Am glad that Bruhl got in even though its clearly a category fraud. Its a very well-earned nom.

    Finally, missed too much action on SOS, lately. Couldn't chime in during the various announcements. Damn me. To agree with you, Online Critics Group chose some very wise contenders. Miyazaki for the win. Her has become unstoppable with Critics' groups. BFCA willl take care of Jonze and his Her imo, will the Guilds, too?

    1. Mmm yeh OFCS are right at the top of my Christmas card list!

      No wonder August: Osage County and The Butler did well here, being films with big, beloved casts. That was always gonna happen. But I don't think anyone saw Dallas Buyers Club coming. Maybe it's a serious contender for Best Picture, and perhaps some other awards besides Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.

      I'm not so sure about Robert Redford, but I think he could still be nominated, and I'd probably include him in my predictions. A win, though, seems unlikely now, certainly what with no SAG nomination.