Another week, another set of awards nominations. The Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press lent their voices to the already crowded awards season conversation last week with their lists of nominees for the best achievements in film for 2013. Leading the way with both groups was British auteur Steve McQueen’s harrowing slavery drama 12 Years a Slave which picked up four nods from the SAG and a whopping seven from the Globes. The large nomination tally firmly secures McQueen’s film as the one to beat on Oscar night. David O. Russell’s terrific dark comedy American Hustle also scored well, picking up 2 nods from the SAG and an equally impressive seven from the Globes.
Although both films are nominated for the SAG Ensemble award alongside Dallas Buyers Club (3 nominations) and the Weinstein Company’s shameless Oscar-baiting duo – August: Osage County and The Butler, they compete in separate categories at the Globes. 12 Years a Slave’s fellow finalists in the Globes’ Best Motion Picture – Drama category include Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips, Stephen Frears’ Philomena (also a Weinstein release) and Ron Howard’s largely overlooked sports drama Rush. In the Globes’ Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical category, Hustle goes up against Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska and Spike Jonze’s tender sci-fi romance Her.
SAG’s Best Actor lineup features 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, superstar Matthew McConaughy (Dallas Buyers Club) and three screen veterans: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Forest Whittaker (The Butler) and Bruce Dern (Nebraska). All but Whitaker made the cut at the Globes with Ejiofor, Hanks and McConaughey populating the Best Actor – Drama category with Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and Robert Redford (All is Lost). Dern finds himself in the Best Actor – Comedy/Musical category where he goes up against a pair of A-listers in Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Christian Bale (American Hustle) as well as enfant terrible Joaquin Phoenix (Her) and rising star Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis).
For Best Actress, the SAG went with an all previous Oscar-winners lineup: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Judi Dench (Philomena). Four of them are nominated in the Best Actress – Drama category at the Globes while Streep threatens to devour Amy Adams (American Hustle), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said) in the Best Actress – Comedy/Musical category.
In the always competitive supporting arena, the SAG went with Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Daniel Bruhl (Rush), newcomer Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and sentimental favorite James Gandolfini (Enough Said) for the Best Supporting Actor prize whereas the star-inclined Globes swapped out Gandolfini with American Hustle’s Bradley Cooper. The two groups also went four-for-five in the Supporting Actress category with Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), June Squib (Nebraska) and Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) all getting invites to both shows. The Globes filled their fifth spot with Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) while the more traditional-skewing SAG went with mega-billionaire and industry titan Oprah Winfrey (The Butler).
Since the SAG obviously only hand out awards in acting categories, it was up to the Globes to dish out nominees in non-acting categories. Best Director nominees were McQueen, Cuaron, Russell, Greengrass and Payne. Russell and Payne also earned screenplay nominations along with Jonze (Her), John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), and Steve Coogan (Philomena).
The Globes reveal their winners at a booze-fueled, star-studded show on January 12th, and the SAG follow suit the Sunday after that on January 18. Click on the links below to read the full slate of nominees (including Television) for both shows.