’12 Years a Slave’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Lead 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations

By December 11, 2013

20th SAG Awards - Noms Promo

We’re in the thick of awards season for the filmmaking world, and while we won’t cover all of the accolades doled out from various organizations, critics circles and more, we will cover some of the major awards events. Today we have the nominations for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which are decided by the guild made up of the same faces we see on the big and small screen every year.

This year, 12 Years a Slave is leading the pack in the feature film world, and “Breaking Bad” landed a few nominations on the TV side of things. We’ll have some analysis on the nominees and snubs below, but first, here’s the entire list of nominees:

Ensemble In A Motion Picture
“12 Years A Slave”
“American Hustle”
“August: Osage County”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

Female Lead Actor In A Motion Picture
Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”
Judi Dench – “Philomena”
Meryl Streep – “August: Osage County”
Emma Thompson – “Saving Mr Banks”

Male Lead Actor In A Motion Picture
Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years A Slave”
Tom Hanks – “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club”
Forest Whitaker – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Female Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
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”

Male Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl – “Rush”
Michael Fassbender – “12 Years A Slave”
James Gandolfini – “Enough Said”
Jared Leto – “Dallas Buyers Club”

Ensemble Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Game Of Thrones”

Ensemble Comedy Series
“30 Rock”
“Arrested Development”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”

Female Actor Drama Series
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Anna Gunn – “Breaking Bad”
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story”
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Kerry Washington – “Scandal”

Male Actor Drama Series
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
Peter Dinklage – “Game Of Thrones”
Kevin Spacey – “House Of Cards”

Female Actor Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik – “The Big Bang Theory”
Julie Bowen – “Modern Family”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”

Male Actor 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”

Female Actor TV Movie Or Mini Series
Helen Mirren – “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss – “Top Of The Lake”
Angela Bassett – “Betty & Corretta”
Helena Bonham Carter – “Burton & Taylor”
Holly Hunter – “Top Of The Lake”

Male Actor TV Movie Or Mini Series
Matt Damon – “Behind The Candelabra”
Michael Douglas – “Behind The Candelabra”
Jeremy Irons – “The Borgias”
Rob Lowe – “Killing Kennedy”
Al Pacino – “Phil Spector”

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
“All Is Lost”
“Fast & Furious 6″
“Lone Survivor”
“The Wolverine”

Outstanding Action Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Game Of Thrones”
“The Walking Dead”

There’s no doubt 12 Years a Slave deserves to lead the pack with some of the best performances the big screen has seen this year. However, we’re not really sure why the heavy-handed, melodramatic film Lee Daniels’ The Butler is getting SAG’s equivalent of the Best Picture nomination. Most of the ensemble cast is barely in the film, and few of them turn in award worthy performances.

As far as other films left out in the cold, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis and Her were all left out of this year’s nominations, and that seems like madness. Meanwhile, other films that seemed like less likely Oscar contenders like August: Osage County landed a key nomination, though the film hasn’t been getting much acclaim as a whole.

All is Lost - Robert Redford

Individually, it’s frustrating that Robert Redford didn’t get a nomination for All is Lost, a performance that this writer feels is more deserving that Forest Whitaker’s turn in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Meanwhile, on the Supporting Actor side of things, Will Forte was robbed of a nomination for Nebraska, a performance that will be a game-changer for his career, and is far superior to James Gandolfini’s turn in Enough Said. Obviously, many are saddened that we lost the actor too soon this year, but that performance does not warrant a nomination.

On the TV side of things, this writer is satisfied, however, the continued recognition of “The Big Bang Theory” is getting old. I’ve already talked about the relic of television that is the single camera sitcom with a laughtrack, and the faux-geek pandering of the show is the definition of that problem with TV today. A show like “Parks & Recreation” deserves more accolades than that nonsense.

Anyway, stay tuned as the Golden Globe nominations will arrive very soon. Otherwise, The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

What do you think of the SAG Awards nominations?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.