12 Years A Slave & Breaking Bad Lead 2014 SAG Nominations

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The Golden Globes announce their nominations tomorrow. Today, it was the Screen Actors Guild honoring the best. While the Globes earn all the headlines, the SAGs are what you need to pay attention to if you want to win your Oscar pool. By far, they have the best track record when it comes to the acting categories. With that being said, anyone not nominated today can still crash the Oscar party. There’s still a little over a month left before the Academy announce their nominations. Plenty of time to campaign SLASH suck up.

Leading the pack on the film side was 12 Years A Slave with four nods. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o each nabbed a nomination, along with joining their fellow cast members for best ensemble. The historical epic is looking unstoppable at this point. Coming in strong in second place were both August: Osage County and Dallas Buyers Club. Both scored three nods including best ensemble. On the flip side Leonardo Dicaprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Robert Redford’s All Is Lost were snubbed. The former was undoubtedly hurt by late screenings and lack of screeners sent out.

On the television side, the guild rewarded both Breaking Bad and 30 Rock for their swan songs. Other notable nominations include Matt Damon and Michael Douglas for Behind The Candelabra, Homeland, Modern Family and Kerry Washington for Scandal. Check out all the honorees below. The SAG Awards ceremony will take place on Sat. Jan. 18, with a live broadcast on TBS and TNT.

2014 SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS

FILM

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE

  • 12 Years A Slave
  • American Hustle
  • August: Osage County
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler

The Best Motion Picture category at the Oscars can accommodate as many as ten films. All hope is not lost for The Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Mr. Banks, Captain Phillips, Her and Inside Llewyn Davis. It’ll just be a major uphill battle.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
  • Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

By far, the most notable snub is Robert Redford for his quite yet powerful performance in All Is Lost. If there was anyone vulnerable here, it would be Forest Whitaker. If he misses out on an Oscar nod, expect Leonardo Dicaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Joaquin Phoenix (Her), Christian Bale (American Hustle) or Redford to sneak in.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
  • Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Out of all the categories, this looks like the surest lock for the Academy to duplicate. Unfortunately, that’s bad news for Amy Adams (American Hustle) and Kate Winslet (Labor Day).

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Daniel Bruhl, Rush
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
  • James Gandolfini, Enough Said
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Some might say that Tom Hanks was overlooked for Saving Mr. Banks, but I say spread the wealth. He already has a Best Actor nomination. Bradley Cooper and Will Forte might be feeling a bit snubbed for American Hustle and Nebraska respectively, but it doesn’t matter. Whomever is nominated, this is Jared Leto’s to lose.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska
  • Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

I would’ve loved it if the SAGs gave Scarlett Johansson a nomination for Her, seeing that the Globes ruled her ineligible for her purely vocal performance. Overall, I’m happy with this group. However, if Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) made the cut, I wouldn’t have been upset.

OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE MOTION PICTURE

  • All is Lost
  • Fast and Furious 6
  • Lone Survivor
  • Rush
  • The Wolverine

TELEVISION

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • 30 Rock
  • Arrested Development
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Modern Family
  • Veep

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Kerry Washington, Scandal

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES

  • Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
  • Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
  • Jeremy Irons, The Hollow Crown
  • Rob Lowe, Killing Kennedy
  • Al Pacino, Phil Spector

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES

  • Angela Bassett, Betty and Corretta
  • Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
  • Holly Hunter, Top of the Lake
  • Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
  • Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

OUTSTANDING ACTION PERFORMANCE BY STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A TELEVISION SERIES

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • The Walking Dead