Before I even publish the television nominees (which matter), the film nominees are a big deal, and prove something far more interesting, the Oscar race is on!
I think the Supporting Actor race is once again the most interesting, I am not entirely certain Gandolfinni will score an Oscar nomination, but I predicted his nomination here. This category was probably filled with more "surprises" than any other Tom Hanks, and Bradley Cooper the bigger stars snubbed for Barkhad Adbi in Captain Phillips and Daniel Bruhl in Rush. Abdi has the Oscar nomination.
I went 5 for 5 in Supporting Actress I knew they would buy Julia Robert category fraud, her celebrity also helped her out like Nicole Kidman's in The Paperboy last year. The other four nominees are locks in this category watch out for that elusive fifth person to knock Robert out, maybe Octavia Spencer.
In a surprise move Jennifer Lawrence was the only cast member to nominated from American Hustle, which is surprising because the film has so many actors, and this is where most of the support for the film would come come from, but as stated above no Cooper, and no Amy Adams in Lead Actress. The lead actress race looks locked up with five veterans, Streep, Bullock, Blanchett, Dench, and Thompson.
The Best Actor thud heard round the world is no Robert Redford in All is Lost, Tom O'Neil from goldderby.com is going to go crazy. Redford hosts Sundance, but is kind an outside, whereas Whitaker and Hanks are pretty present, and two of the more popular films of the season, their nominations make sense.
Who predicted Dallas Buyers Club getting a nomination in Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture? I will buy you a shot, this was not on anyone's list, just proving the film has legs, and could sneak into the Best Picture race. The rest of the nominees in this category were predictable, with 12 years a Slave leading the pack with 4 nominations. August: Osage County and Lee Daniel's The Butler received and Dallas Buyer's Club all received 3 nominations while American Hustle has 2.
You may be asking where is The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, and some other late surging films? Wolf did screen for as many members like Django Unchained last year, which did not get nominated at SAG, but then went on to score 5 nominations and 2 wins at the Oscars. Look for films like Her, and Wolf to still show up at the Oscars.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
12 Years a Slave
August: Osage County
Dallas Buyers Club
Lee Daniel's The Butler
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Lead Role
Chiwetel Ejiofor-12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks-Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey-Dallas Buyer's Club
Forrest Whitaker-Lee Daniel's The Butler
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role
Cate Blanchett-Blue Jasmine
Emma Thompson-Saving Mr. Banks
Meryl Streep-August: Osage County
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi-Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender-12 Years a Slave
James Gandolfini-Enough Said
Jared Leto-Dallas Buyer's Club
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Jennifer Lawrence-American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o-12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts-August: Osage County
Oprah Winfrey-Lee Daniel's The Butler