CREAM OF THE CROP: Huge surprises and snubs mark the class of 2013/14.
The 2014 Screen Actors' Guild nominations were announced on Wednesday morning, a week after the Gotham Independents and the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) bestowed honours on their chosen few -- and they all have an unsurprising amount in common: the slavery-era drama 12 Years A Slave continues to score highly among voters, earning multiple nods, while the likes of Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) remain the swaggering toast of the season thus far.
Yet the snubs, I'm afraid, are too glaring to overlook, with the Sundance darling Fruitvale Station, All Is Lost's Robert Redford and Christian Blake (American Hustle) (among several others) landing among the notable omissions. Still, there's much to look forward to when the awards are handed out next month, in the run-up to the feverishly anticipated Oscar night (March 2). Voted on by their peers, the SAG winners will be announced during a ceremony to be broadcast live on TNT and TBS. Check out the lists of contenders in the five major categories below:
Ensemble Cast: 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, August: Osage County, Dallas Buyers Club, The Butler
Lead Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
Lead Actor: Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Chiwetel Ejiofore (12 Years A Slave), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Forest Whitaker (The Butler)
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years A Slave), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska), Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)
Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Daniel Buhi (Rush), Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave), James Gandolfini (Enough Said), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club).