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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

SAG nominations announced; some Oscar hints?

Let’s discuss the Screen Actors Guild nominations, shall we? These awards are always an interesting foreshadowing of the Oscar acting nominations — far more so than, say, Golden Globe or critics’ groups votes — because there’s a lot of overlap in SAG and Academy memberships. Here are this year’s nominations in the main movie categories, announced this morning:
Best Actor:
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”
Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Best Actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”
Robert De Niro, “Silver LInings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Best Actress in a supporting role:
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”
Maggie Smith, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
A few thoughts: First, don’t read much into the absence of Quvenzhane Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” for best actress; SAG ruled the film ineligible due to union issues. (If the Academy chooses to honor Wallis, who’d fall off the ballot? My guess: Watts.) But more surprising is the absence of Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”) from the best actor list; maybe SAG took his complaints about awards seriously? Sorry to see that SAG declined to recognize my favorite female performance of the year, Rachel Weisz in “Deep Blue Sea”; perhaps not enough members saw it. Among the surprises: Nicole Kidman in “The Paperboy” — but I guess I can see how a group of actors would want to acknowledge a performance so on-the-edge. And, when’s the last time a Bond villain got an acting nomination? Ever? I think not. Well done, Mr. Bardem.
My favorite performances, of these nominations: Day-Lewis, Cotillard, Hoffman, Hathaway
My predictions to win: Day-Lewis, Chastain, Hoffman, Hathaway
And what do you think?

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