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SAG Nominations 2012: Surprises Include Kidman, Mirren, Bardem; 'Django Unchained,' Phoenix, Knightley, Adams, Weaver, McConaughey Snubbed UPDATED

by Anne Thompson
December 12, 2012 9:15 AM
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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.

Supporting Actor:

Alan Arkin "Argo"

Javier Bardem "Skyfall"

Robert De Niro "Silver Linings Playbook"

Philip Seymour Hoffman "The Master"

Tommy Lee Jones "Lincoln"

'Les Miserables'
Supporting Actress:

Sally Field "Lincoln"

Anne Hathaway "Les Miserables"

Helen Hunt "The Sessions"

Nicole Kidman "Paperboy"

Maggie Smith "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"


Fox Searchlight Helen Hunt and John Hawkes Star in "The Sessions"

Bradley Cooper "Silver Linings Playbook"

Daniel Day Lewis "Lincoln"

John Hawkes "The Sessions"

Hugh Jackman "Les Miserables"

Denzel Washington "Flight"

Female Actor:

Jessica Chastain "Zero Dark Thirty"

Marion Cotillard "Rust and Bone"

Jennifer Lawrence "Silver Linings Playbook"

Helen Mirren "Hitchcock"

Naomi Watts "The Impossible"

'Silver Linings Playbook'



"Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"

"Les Miserables"


"Silver Linings Playbook"

The telecast airs live on Sunday January 27 on TNT and TBS.


  • bella | December 13, 2012 3:19 PMReply

    Wut? No KStew? Thompson's campaign didn't pay off it seems. lol

  • robtard | December 13, 2012 3:57 PM

    disgusting little hater.move on.

  • jp | December 12, 2012 1:06 PMReply

    I wanted John Goodman to be nominated for The Flight, because he completely stole the show. Alan Arkin always gives the same cantankerous acting performance, why nominate him ? Anne Hathaway gives the best performance in her category. I hope she wins. I happy Naomi Watts got some love, because she is consistently good. Nicole Kidman's nomination is beyond laughable.

  • Canary | December 12, 2012 11:25 AMReply

    OH my GOD! NICOLE KIDMAN made it, I loved the Paperboy and was amazing in it.

  • shot | December 13, 2012 3:59 PM

    frankly ,paparboy was embarrassing.

  • Rebel | December 12, 2012 9:43 AMReply

    What planet is SAG on - No Emanuelle Riva? OMG - It's a stunning performance! It will be noticed at Oscar time -

  • May | December 12, 2012 3:50 PM

    The fact that Marion Cotillard is nominated and Emanuelle Riva not shows how much this is about stardom. I like Marion Cotillard and I appreciate her performance in "Rust and Bone" but Emanuelle Riva was as good if not even better than her

  • Felipe | December 12, 2012 9:23 AMReply

    Yeah!!! Marion Cotillard was nominated!!!!!!!!!

  • volume | December 13, 2012 4:03 PM

    Marion Cotillard is amazing in Rust and Bone . the real joke is the fact that lawrence is nominated and Emanuelle Riva not .

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