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The 2012 Screen Actors Guild nominations…


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It’s that time of year again. All of the bloggers, critics, entertainment writers, and gossip magazines will be making their predictions for the upcoming awards season. So if they’re doing it, why can’t I? Let’s start with the Screen Actors Guild awards. The SAG awards aren’t going to air until January 27th, but their nominations are out and it looks like a good start to the season.

So here’s the disclaimer: I haven’t seen all of the nominated films. I’m also going to avoid the television show awards since I don’t really watch television.

And the nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

BRADLEY COOPER / Pat – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Mark – “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight)
HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean – “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)
DENZEL WASHINGTON / Whip Whitaker – “FLIGHT” (Paramount Pictures)

Without having seen most of these movies yet, I’m going to go with Lincoln which is likely to be the favorite for a number of awards this season. Daniel Day-Lewis is a genius and this film is just going to further cement his legacy.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

JESSICA CHASTAIN / Maya – “ZERO DARK THIRTY” (Columbia Pictures)
MARION COTILLARD / Stephanie – “RUST AND BONE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
HELEN MIRREN / Alma Reville – “HITCHCOCK” (Fox Searchlight)
NAOMI WATTS / Maria – “THE IMPOSSIBLE” (Summit Entertainment)

I’m leaving this category alone until I get a chance to catch up on the films. Without having seen them I would be taking a shot in the dark. From what I’ve read, this might be the hardest category to predict anyhow.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel – “ARGO” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
JAVIER BARDEM / Silva – “SKYFALL” (Columbia Pictures)
ROBERT DE NIRO / Pat, Sr. – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” (The Weinstein Company)
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN / Lancaster Dodd – “THE MASTER” (The Weinstein Company)
TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)

I think this is another tough category, but based on the buzz I’m going to give this one to Javier Bardem for Skyfall. He took on an important position as one of the many memorable Bond villains, and he was amazing. Tommy Lee Jones was also awesome, but Bardem might have pulled this out with his incredible performance. I’m also not going to discount the other actors nominated, they’re all very talented. I’m also still working on seeing some of these films and I might come back with a different answer later on.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

SALLY FIELD / Mary Todd Lincoln – “LINCOLN” (Touchstone Pictures)
ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine – “LES MISÉRABLES” (Universal Pictures)
HELEN HUNT / Cheryl – “THE SESSIONS” (Fox Searchlight)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Charlotte Bless – “THE PAPERBOY” (Millennium Entertainment)
MAGGIE SMITH / Muriel Donnelly – “THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL” (Fox Searchlight)

Sally Field is the winner in this category for me. I haven’t even seen the other films in this category, but I’m convinced that she gave one of the best performances of her career. Lincoln needed a strong actor to play the part of the conflicted and troubled Mary Todd Lincoln, and Field did it all.

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Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

ARGO (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BEN AFFLECK / Tony Mendez
ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel
KERRY BISHÉ / Kathy Stafford
KYLE CHANDLER / Hamilton Jordan
RORY COCHRANE / Lee Schatz
BRYAN CRANSTON / Jack O’Donnell
CHRISTOPHER DENHAM / Mark Lijek
TATE DONOVAN / Bob Anders
CLEA DUVALL / Cora Lijek
VICTOR GARBER / Ken Taylor
JOHN GOODMAN / John Chambers
SCOOT McNAIRY / Joe Stafford
CHRIS MESSINA / Malinov

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (Fox Searchlight)
JUDI DENCH / Evelyn Greenslade
CELIA IMRIE / Madge Hardcastle
BILL NIGHY / Douglas Ainslie
DEV PATEL / Sonny Kapoor
RONALD PICKUP / Norman Cousins
MAGGIE SMITH / Muriel Donnelly
TOM WILKINSON / Graham Dashwood
PENELOPE WILTON / Jean Ainslie

LES MISÉRABLES (Universal Pictures)
ISABELLE ALLEN / Young Cosette
SAMANTHA BARKS / Eponine
SACHA BARON COHEN / Thénardier
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Madame Thénardier
RUSSELL CROWE / Javert
ANNE HATHAWAY / Fantine
DANIEL HUTTLESTONE / Gavroche
HUGH JACKMAN / Jean Valjean
EDDIE REDMAYNE / Marius
AMANDA SEYFRIED / Cosette
AARON TVEIT / Enjolras
COLM WILKINSON / Bishop

LINCOLN (Touchstone Pictures)
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln
SALLY FIELD / Mary Todd Lincoln
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT / Robert Todd Lincoln
HAL HOLBROOK / Preston Blair
TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens
JAMES SPADER / W.N. Bilbo
DAVID STRATHAIRN / William Seward

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (The Weinstein Company)
BRADLEY COOPER / Pat
ROBERT DE NIRO / Pat, Sr.
ANUPAM KHER / Dr. Cliff Patel
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany
CHRIS TUCKER / Danny
JACKI WEAVER / Dolores

This might be one of the harder categories to choose from this year. Like I’ve already stated, I haven’t seen all of these movies. I’m relying on the trusted sources who have to help me make some of these predictions. My gut says that this will be fought out between Argo and Lincoln. These two films are also likely to be the major players for many of the other award shows this season.

Alright, I’ve given you all a taste of the awards season and I hope you’re all as excited as I am. I’ll be following this up once I’ve seen a few more of the films. Let me know what your picks are this year. Make sure to watch PBS for the SAG Awards on January 27th, 2013.

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