By now in the lead up to the Academy Awards, we’ve been seeing the same names over and over, and frontrunners are becoming apparent. Members of the Screen Actors Guild, somewhat understandably, prefer to nominate members of the Screen Actors Guild for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. So anyone expecting recognition for the incredible efforts of Emmanuelle Riva, Deanie Ip, Nadezhda Markina, Jean-Louis Trintignant, or Anders Danielson Lie should a) be very disappointed, and b) revise their expectations about what the SAG awards are meant to accomplish.
I don’t normally like it when critics declare an entire ceremony invalid because of one one nomination or oversight, but the lack of recognition for Joaquin Phoenix is a bit difficult to take seriously. The names I listed above are not, to my knowledge, members of SAG or AFTRA, but Phoenix definitely is, and gave an immensely vulnerable, balls-out performance. Well, maybe I should take my own advice and b) revise my expectations about what the SAG awards are meant to accomplish.
Anyway, the nominees are:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
BRADLEY COOPER as Pat in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS as Abraham Lincoln in LINCOLN
JOHN HAWKES as Mark in THE SESSIONS
HUGH JACKMAN as Jean Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES
DENZEL WASHINGTON as Whip Whitaker in FLIGHT
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JESSICA CHASTAIN as Maya in ZERO DARK THIRTY
MARION COTILLARD as Stephanie in RUST AND BONE (!)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE as Tiffany in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
HELEN MIRREN as Alma Reville in HITCHCOCK
NAOMI WATTS as Maria in THE IMPOSSIBLE
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
ALAN ARKIN as Lester Siegel in ARGO
JAVIER BARDEM as Silva in SKYFALL
ROBERT DE NIRO as Pat, Sr. in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN as Lancaster Dodd in THE MASTER
TOMMY LEE JONES as Thaddeus Stevens in LINCOLN
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
SALLY FIELD as Mary Todd Lincoln in LINCOLN
ANNE HATHAWAY as Fantine in LES MISÉRABLES
HELEN HUNT as Cheryl in THE SESSIONS
NICOLE KIDMAN as Charlotte Bless in THE PAPERBOY
MAGGIE SMITH as Muriel Donnelly in THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
THE BOURNE LEGACY
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Notice how the stunt team is up for ‘Best ACTION Performance.’ A very necessary qualifier, that.
There are awards for television as well, but this website isn’t Television Misery, is it? Still, for those interested, those nominations can be found at the SAG website. All you really need to know about the TV side of things is that Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Louie are well-represented, and SAG seems as unimpressed with Lena Dunham’s reign of terror as I am.
The only Awards I really want to say anything about right now are the Lead Acting ones: right now, I’d say those are Day-Lewis’s and Chastain’s to lose. I can’t seriously contemplate anyone else winning in either category. But I’ll update these predictions as the day turn into weeks, and months, and the long, cold winter of Awards Season slogs ever onward.