If there is one Oscar precursor that is the most reliable, it’s hands down the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAGs). The acting guild represents the biggest voting block at the Academy Awards. Bar none when it comes to the acting categories the SAGs have the best record in recent years. If you’re planning to enter your Oscar office pool, I highly recommend you take note of the nominees and winners from this particular group. The SAGs honor outstanding work in both film and television. Since it’s all about the Oscars, I’m only focusing on the movie nominations.

While they don’t have a Best Picture category, they have an Outstanding Performance by a Cast as their big prize. What’s notable with the nominees in this category is the omission of Zero Dark Thirty. Long thought as an Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture, it’s snub have a few pundits scratching their heads. That isn’t the only surprise with the 2013 nominations. Check them all out below with my commentary for all the movie acting categories.

2013 SAG Film Nominations

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

  • Bradley Cooper (“Pat”) – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (“Abraham Lincoln”) – Lincoln
  • John Hawkes (“Mark”) – The Sessions
  • Hugh Jackman (“Jean Valjean”) – Les Misérables
  • Denzel Washington (“Whip Whitaker”) – Flight

The most shocking omission in this category is definitely Joaquin Phoneix’s turn in The Master. Perhaps his comments about the Oscars being BS really undermined his chances. Who wants to honor someone who thinks the whole process is a joke? Right? Otherwise, all the nominees are in line with what other precursors have been touting.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

  • Jessica Chastain (“Maya”) – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard (“Stephanie”) – Rust and Bone
  • Jennifer Lawrence (“Tiffany”) – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Mirren (“Alma Reville”) – Hitchcock
  • Naomi Watts (“Maria”) – The Impossible

HUGE HAND CLAP for Watts’ nod. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. That woman is fantastic in the tsunami flick. While not completely shocking, both Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) were omitted. They have far less star wattage power, and the two probably canceled each other out. The benefactor of that clearly was Helen Mirren. She’s been practically MIA during this awards season.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Alan Arkin (“Lester Siegel”) – Argo
  • Javier Bardem (“Silva”) – SKYFALL
  • Robert De Niro (“Pat, Sr.”) – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Lancaster Dodd”) – The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones (“Thaddeus Stevens”) – Lincoln

While Phoenix was snubbed in Best Actor, Seymour Hoffman earned a nod for his work in The Master. See Joaquin, that’s what happens if you play nice. Truth be told, I’m a little surprised Barden was nominated for a James Bond film. Missing from the list is Matthew McConaughey for his role in Magic Mike. While I would’ve never expected him to get a nod, his haul of accolades the past few weeks had me thinking he had a shot. Also missing from the list are Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained), Ewan McGregor (The Impossible) and to a lesser degree Russell Crowe (Les Miserables).

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Sally Field (“Mary Todd Lincoln”) – Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway (“Fantine”) – Les Misérables
  • Helen Hunt (“Cheryl”) – The Sessions
  • Nicole Kidman (“Charlotte Bless”) – The Paperboy
  • Maggie Smith (“Muriel Donnelly”) – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Say what??? Nicole Kidman earned a nomination for this critically-panned film? Also, Maggie Smith in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a bit of a head-turner. Not that she doesn’t deserve it, it’s just she hasn’t picked up any other precursor nods. Those two ladies bumped Amy Adams and Ann Dowd for The Master and Compliance respectively.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

  • Argo
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook

This is definitely Lincoln‘s award to lose. If there is an upset, it’s coming from Les Miserables and to a lesser extent 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
  • Les Misérables
  • Skyfall

2013 SAG TV Nominations

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

  • Steve Buscemi (“Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson”) – Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Bryan Cranston (“Walter White”) – Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Jeff Daniels (“Will McAvoy”) – The Newsroom (HBO)
  • Jon Hamm (“Don Draper”) – Mad Men (AMC)
  • Damian Lewis (“Nicholas Brody”) – Homeland (Showtime)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

  • Claire Danes (“Carrie Mathison”) – Homeland (Showtime)
  • Michelle Dockery (“Lady Mary Crawley”) – Downton Abbey (PBS)
  • Jessica Lange (“Sister Jude”) – American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
  • Julianna Margulies (“Alicia Florrick”) – The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Maggie Smith (“Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham”) – Downton Abbey (PBS)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Alec Baldwin (“Jack Donaghy”) – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Ty Burrell (“Phil Dunphy”) – Modern Family (ABC)
  • Louis C.K. (“Louie”) – Louie (FX)
  • Jim Parsons (“Sheldon Cooper”) – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Eric Stonestreet (“Cameron Tucker”) – Modern Family (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

  • Edie Falco (“Jackie Peyton”) – Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • Tina Fey (“Liz Lemon”) – 30 Rock (NBC)
  • Amy Poehler (“Leslie Knope”) – Parks and Recreations (NBC)
  • Sofia Vergara (“Gloria Delgado-Pritchett”) – Modern Family (ABC)
  • Betty White (“Elka Ostrovsky”) – Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Downtown Abbey (PBS)
  • Homeland (Showtime)
  • Mad Men (AMC)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Glee (FOX)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
  • The Office (NBC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Kevin Costner (“‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield”) – Hatfields & McCoys (History)
  • Woody Harrelson (“Steve Schmidt”) – Game Change (HBO)
  • Ed Harris (“John McCain”) – Game Change (HBO)
  • Clive Owen (“Ernest Hemingway”) – Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
  • Bill Paxton (“Randall McCoy”) – Hatfields & McCoys (History)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

  • Nicole Kidman “Martha Gellhorn”) – Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO)
  • Julianne Moore (“Sarah Palin”) – Game Change (HBO)
  • Charlotte Rampling (“Eva Delectorskaya”) – Restless (Sundance Channel)
  • Sigourney Weaver (“Elaine Barrish Hammond”) – Political Animals(USA)
  • Alfre Woodward (“Ouiser”) – Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

  • Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
  • Breaking Bad (AMC)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO)
  • Sons of Anarchy (FX)
  • The Walking Dead (AMC)

What do you think of the 2013 SAG nominations? Any surprises? Shocked someone didn’t make the cut? Who are you rooting for? Sound off below.