To date, four film organizations have revealed their nominations for the 2012 movie season: New York Film Critic’s Circle, LA Film Critics Awards, The Critic’s Choice Awards, and as of today, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
Astonishingly, all four have given heavy recognition to several different films: NYFCC favored Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty & Spielberg’s Lincoln; LAFCA leaned towards Amour, Beast of the Southern Wild, Holy Motors, and The Master; Critic’s Choice ran down the middle of everyone’s expectations, nominating Life of Pi, Silver Linings, Django Unchained, Argo, Moonrise Kingdom, The Master & several others for Best Film; and SAG stirred up the pot as Silver Linings tied Lincoln in nominations, and The Master was left in the cold.
SAG’s Bystanders – ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ & ‘The Master’
As noted above, every critics group seemed to take a liking to several films in general: Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook in particular. However, not all are on the same page about Zero Dark Thirty and The Master.
Bigelow’s war drama has seen at least two nominations from every major award organization, but this time SAG left the cast out of Best Ensemble, and the wonderful crew from Best Exotic Marigold Hotel slipped in for the fifth nomination in the category, standing alongside Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln and Les Miserables. Jessica Chastain’s performance is Zero Dark Thirty‘s only representation at SAG.
“I think it’s bullshit,” he said. “I think it’s total, utter bullshit, and I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it [...] It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other. It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world.”
“It was one of the most uncomfortable periods of my life when Walk the Line was going through all the awards stuff and all that. I never want to have that experience again. I don’t know how to explain it – and it’s not like I’m in this place where I think I’m just above it – but I just don’t ever want to get comfortable with that part of things.”
Despite his comment, both Phoenix and his co-star Amy Adams won awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress at LAFCA two days ago for The Master. However, SAG and several others were not as generous, leaving the two off the list completely.
Is it to say that if Phoenix had not voiced his opinion, which he had the right to do so, that the film would’ve garnered more nominations? The answer to that is up in the air; I’m sure some felt as if there truly were better performances out there this year. SAG did give The Master one nomination thought: Philip Seymour Hoffman in Best Supporting Actor.
We’ve seen several outstanding performances from Hollywood’s leading actresses and actors, but this year much could be said about many supporting actors and actresses who nearly stole the show. I’m referring to Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy) and Javier Bardem (Skyfall).
After seeing Skyfall, many were impressed by Judi Dench and Daniel Craig’s performances as the returning actors found new life in characters they’ve now played for years. However, it was the film franchise’s newcomer, Javier Bardem, that received much of the audience’s praise long after the ending credits rolled.
Javier’s portrayal of the devilish mastermind Bond villain Silva coined him as one of the best Bond villains brought to film to date. And today, the actor received a nomination from SAG for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, placing him against the talents of Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln, Alan Arkin for Argo, Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master and Robert DeNiro for Silver Linings Playbook.
Even more shocking is who SAG nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role; standing alongside the performances of Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables, Maggie Smith in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Helen Hunt in The Sessions, and Sally Field in Lincoln is The Paperboy‘s trash-talking, leg-opening Charlotte Bless, whom, by the way, Kidman portrayed brilliantly. Not only did she command the attention of her man friends in the film, but Kidman yet again went to a whole new level.
Chances are from SAG’s nominations and Golden Globe’s nominations, which are due out tomorrow, many will be able to predict at least which films and performances the Academy will nominate for Best Film, Best Actress and Best Actor. But still, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw at least three nominations from The Academy that will have us very excited.
SAG Award 2013 Nominations
“Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
Best Male Actor In A Leading Role
Denzel Washington – “Flight”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
Best Female Actor In A Leading Role
Helen Mirren – “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
Marion Cotillard – “Rust & Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Robert DeNiro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Javier Bardem – “Skyfall”
Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Maggie Smith – “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Nicole Kidman – “The Paperboy”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Best Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
“The Amazing Spider-Man”
“The Bourne Legacy”
“The Dark Knight Rises”
Best Ensemble In A Drama
Best Actor In A Drama
Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
Damian Lewis – “Homeland”
Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
Best Actress In A Drama
Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”
Claire Danes – “Homeland”
Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story Asylum”
Best Ensemble In A Comedy
“The Big Bang Theory”
Best Actor In A Comedy
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory”
Louis CK – “Louie”
Ty Burrell – “Modern Family”
Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”
Best Actress In A Comedy
Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
Betty White – “Hot in Cleveland”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”
Edie Falco – “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”
Best Actor In A Miniseries
Ed Harris – “Game Change”
Woody Harrelson – “Game Change”
Bill Paxton – “Hatfields & McCoys”
Kevin Costner – “Hatfields & McCoys”
Clive Owen – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Best Actress In A Miniseries
Julianne Moore – “Game Change”
Nicole Kidman – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Sigourney Weaver – “Political Animals”
Charlotte Rampling – “Restless”
Alfre Woodard – “Steel Magnolias”
Best Stunt Ensemble – Television
“Game of Thrones”
“Sons Of Anarchy”
“The Walking Dead”