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From studio hits to indie darlings, a wonderful year for cast performances
Everyone had a keen eye on this morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations because, as ever, the group's Best Ensemble category can be highly indicative of where the Best Picture Oscar race might be heading. But i's also a unique opportunity for actors to spotlight their own through recognition of a movie's cast, something critics often do on the precursor circuit but the Academy hasn't taken to yet.
Unfortunately, more often than not, that merely translates to a slew of SAG notices for big, sprawling casts full of movie stars. That's doubly unfortunate in a year such as 2013, which has been an exemplary study in brilliant ensemble work, from studio productions to indie players and all points in between. So it seemed our own spotlight was in order.
Analyzing SAG's big day
The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards and the big winners were "12 Years A Slave," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
HitFix's Daniel Fienberg and I took some time to chat about the nominations and whether they can really have an impact on this year's Oscar race. You can watch our conversation in the video embedded at the top of this post.
'12 Years a Slave' shut out after leading nominations
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The San Diego Film Critics Society has just announced "Her" as the year's best film. Spike Jonze's latest picked up three awards total, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Score. "12 Years a Slave" led the way with Tuesday's nominations announcement, but was ultimately shut out of the winning pool entirely. Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") won top acting honors, while Matthew McConaughey received a special prize for his body of work in 2013. Check out the full list of winners below, and as always, keep track of the season via The Circuit.
Oscar-nominated writer is awarded Morgan Cox Award for service to Guild
Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda in "The China Syndrome."
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The late screenwriter Thomas S. Cook, who passed away in January aged 65, will be honored with the Morgan Cox Award for Guild service at the Writers' Guild Awards in February, it was announced today. Cook was best known for co-writing the 1979 issue thriller "The China Syndrome," for which he shared in an Oscar nomination and a WGA Award. (He and his co-writers lost the former to Steve Tesich for "Breaking Away.")
Plus: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and more
This year's SAG Awards nominees took out their humble card Wednesday morning to thank their peers for the recognition and we're guessing a majority of their reactions were not written by their personal publicists. A few others? Well, judge for yourself.
To check out reactions from Jennifer Lawrence, Jared Leto, Tom Hanks and more, check out the embedded gallery below.
Who's happy and who's sad after this morning's announcement?
I've offered my take on this morning's SAG Awards announcement. Guy has given his thoughts on snubs and surprises on the movie side of things and Alan has analyzed things on the TV side. The nominations brought with them a number of winners and losers in both the worlds of film and television, so to which side of the line did your favorites fall? Click through the gallery story below to get Team HitFix's thoughts on who's happy and who's sad now that the actors have had their say.
Who missed out -- and who hit big -- in this morning's nominations
Robert Redford in "All is Lost."
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The name "Christoph Waltz" can provide some cold comfort to any actor left out of this morning's SAG nominations. Omitted from last year's Best Supporting Actor lineup, he rallied with an Oscar nomination and ultimately took the win. Admittedly, his SAG miss probably had much to do with scheduling, but the point stands: as Marcia Gay Harden proved before him, a SAG nomination isn't a prerequisite for Oscar glory.
But it certainly helps. Make no mistake: the studios and publicists behind certain films and players absent from this morning's nominations will be feeling very glum indeed, while those behind some unexpected inclusions are turning cartwheels right now. (Maybe not literally, though I'd like to see Harvey Weinstein have a go.) For better or worse, the SAG slate is a significant preview of what we can expect when the Academy announces their nominations in a little over a month's time -- three years ago, lest we forget, 19 of 20 SAG-nominated performances repeated at the Oscars.
A few unruly races finally settled a little bit
Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of 'Dallas Buyers Club"
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This morning's Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations announcement wasn't going to have a lot of surprises. At this stage, most of the players are known. It's a dense race, however, so the only question was, who was going to get squeezed out?
'12 Years A Slave' and 'Breaking Bad' lead with 4 nods each
The Screen Actors Guild announced this year's nominees for the 2014 SAG Awards. The winners will be announced during a live telecast on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 18. The nominees are as follows...
Also: R.I.P. Eleanor Parker, and Disney's self-referencing awards campaign
For your consideration: Oscar Isaac and cat in "Inside Llewyn Davis."
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It happens pretty much every year: some adorable animal in one of the year's major awards titles charms critics enough that its "performance" places in various year-end polls, while others make irony-laced calls for awards recognition. Two years ago it was that craven red-carpet whore Uggie; this year, it's the cat/s of "Inside Llewyn Davis" that has surfaced in the Indiewire critics' poll for Best Supporting Performance. Joe Reid, albeit with his own tongue fairly far in cheek, is tired of the joke: "Handing an Academy Award to your cat is something to do when you're eight years old and holding pretend Academy Awards in your bedroom, because you're an only gay child who just wants to re-enact the Whoopi Goldberg-hosted 1998 Oscars, and the cat makes a better Gwyneth Paltrow than you do." The old Billy DeWolfe song "Don't Dress Your Cat in an Apron" comes to mind. [The Wire]