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Pimping for Oscars; SAG Nominees Make Picking Winners Tough Call

Nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Bruce Dern, James Gandolfini and Oprah Winfrey are sentimental favorites for the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards but sentiment may not fly this year, given the rich field of nominees like Forest Whitaker, Cate Blanchett, Judy Dench, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts and oh yes, did we mention Meryl Streep?

The SAG awards derive most of their importance as a possible indicator of Academy Award nominees and winners, because SAG members also vote for Oscars.

But so many top stars and previous winners have been nominated for SAG awards this year, it may be difficult to handicap the Academy Awards judging solely by the newly released list.

Certainly sentiment will play a part. Gandolfini is up for a supporting actor award posthumously for his role in “Enough Said.” The burly late-actor stars in one of his final film roles.

Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees
Best Actor
Bruce Dern, ‘‘Nebraska”;
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”;
Tom Hanks, ‘‘Captain Phillips”;
Matthew McConaughey, ‘‘Dallas Buyers Club”;
Forest Whitaker, ‘‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler.’’

Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett, ‘‘Blue Jasmine”;
Sandra Bullock, ‘‘Gravity”;
Judi Dench ‘‘Philomena”;
Meryl Streep, ‘‘August: Osage County”;
Emma Thompson, ‘‘Saving Mr. Banks.’’

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, ‘‘Captain Phillips”
Daniel Bruhl, ‘‘Rush”

Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
James Gandolfini, “Enough Said”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Best Supporting Actress
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.”

Outstandin Cast:
“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“August: Osage County”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Best Stunt Ensemble:
“All is Lost”
“Fast & Furious 6”
“Lone Survivor”
“Rush”
“The Wolverine”

Oprah is also taking a sentimental journey. Her nomination for supporting actress in the moving film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” is her first since she last appeared in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 classic “The Color Purple.”

She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, but did not win for her role as distraught housewife, Sofia. The award went to Anjelica Huston for “Prizzi’s Honor.” Now at 59, has her time finally arrived?

She’ll have to top the likes of Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence for “American Hustle,” Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave,” Oscar winner Roberts for “August: Osage County” and June Squibb for “Nebraska.” Tough odds almost from start to finish.

Dern, 77, has starred in 80 feature films, was nominated once for an Oscar for 1978 drama, “Coming Home,” and won the Best Actor award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in May for his role in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.”

The best actor category also includes Oscar winners Whitaker (“Last King of Scotland,” 2006) and two-time Oscar winner, Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” 1993 and “Forest Gump,” 1994).

Also delivering powerful performances this year are Matthew McConaughey in the “Dallas Buyers Club” and Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave.”

But the best actress category maybe the most competitive of all. Blanchett is up for Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock for “Gravity,” Dench for “Philomena, Streep for “August: Osage County” and Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks.” Are all previous Oscar winners.

In the Outstanding Cast category, equivalent to best picture, five outstanding, Oscar worthy films are competing” “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “August: Osage County,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” It’s anyone’s guess which will win.

Check out the list of Nominees below, let is know your thoughts and follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest SAG awards updates.


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