12 Years A Slave Tops SAG Nominations List
Steve McQueen's historic saga 12 Years A Slave has topped the nominations list for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, cementing it as a solid Academy Awards prospect with four nominations.
John Wells' dysfunctional family adaptation August: Osage County, which hits theatres on December 25 and features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, also picked up awards season momentum with three nominations, including outstanding performance for the cast.
The SAG nominations are one of Hollywood's first major announcements on the long road to the March 2 Oscars. Also key are the Golden Globe nominations, which will be revealed on Thursday.
Noticeably absent from Wednesday's SAG line-up were Spike Jonze's futuristic computer love story Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Ethan and Joel Coen's folk scene-focused dark comedy Inside Llewyn Davis, Richard Linklater's raw and romantic Before Midnight, and Martin Scorsese's stockbroker story The Wolf Of Wall Street, which features performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.
Joining the SAG list for outstanding cast performance were Jean-Marc Vallee's AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club and White House servant tale Lee Daniels' The Butler. Both films topped the list with three nominations each.
Also nominated for cast performance was David O Russell's 1970s con-artist romp American Hustle. The film scored an individual supporting nomination for Jennifer Lawrence.
Among TV ensemble contenders were HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Game Of Thrones, AMC's Breaking Bad, PBS's Downton Abbey and Showtime's Homeland for drama.
NBC's 30 Rock, Netflix's Arrested Development, CBS's The Big Bang Theory, ABC's Modern Family and HBO's Veep were nominated in the comedy category.
The SAG Awards will be presented on January 18 in Los Angeles.
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