By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 12, 2012 at 9:15AM
SAG nominees for film were announced Wednesday morning. "Lincoln" and "Silver Linings Playbook" led the field with four nominations apiece. Big surprises: Nicole Kidman landed a supporting actress nom for "Paperboy," Javier Bardem scored a supporting nod for "Skyfall" while "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" landed both supporting actress (Maggie Smith) and best ensemble nominations.
Philip Seymour Hoffman made it for "The Master," but not Joaquin Phoenix or Amy Adams. Helen Mirren made it for "Hitchcock" but not Anthony Hopkins. Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence were nommed for "Silver Linings," also one of the ensembles, but not Jackie Weaver. (It's Cooper's first SAG nom.) Popular "Argo" made it into the coveted ensemble category with only one supporting actor nomination (for veteran Alan Arkin) while late-breaking "Zero Dark Thirty," with presumed frontrunner Chastain, did not.
The SAG nominees are read carefully for signs of where the much smaller but dominant actors branch of the Academy will eventually go. A nomination here is a sign of strength and likely forward momentum; an omission a suggestion of weakness and work to be done. Marion Cotillard needed to be included here for "Rust and Bone." So did "Anna Karenina" star Keira Knightley and Emannuelle Riva for "Amour," who were left out. Finally, Naomi Watts is in for "The Impossible," but not Ewan McGregor. "The Sessions" did boast support from the actors, if not critics groups thus far. While the New York Film Critics Circle boosted Rachel Weisz ("The Deep Blue Sea") and National Board of Review cited Ann Dowd ("Compliance"), both tiny indies were little seen. And Matthew McConaughey, who had earned some critics' praise for his stellar work in "Magic Mike" among other 2012 films, was snubbed.
What looks weak with actors at this point: "Django Unchained" came away with nothing, as did "Life of Pi," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Arbitrage," and "Anna Karenina." Notably, SAG deemed New Orleans indie "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which used non-pros, ineligible.
Alan Arkin "Argo"
Javier Bardem "Skyfall"
Robert De Niro "Silver Linings Playbook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones "Lincoln"
Sally Field "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway "Les Miserables"
Helen Hunt "The Sessions"
Nicole Kidman "Paperboy"
Maggie Smith "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
Bradley Cooper "Silver Linings Playbook"
Daniel Day Lewis "Lincoln"
John Hawkes "The Sessions"
Hugh Jackman "Les Miserables"
Denzel Washington "Flight"
Jessica Chastain "Zero Dark Thirty"
Marion Cotillard "Rust and Bone"
Jennifer Lawrence "Silver Linings Playbook"
Helen Mirren "Hitchcock"
Naomi Watts "The Impossible"
"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
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