Who’s in, who’s out at the SAG Awards in film

Category-by-category, here are the key inclusions and exclusions from the SAG Award nominations in film. Remember, last year, 17 out of 20 SAG acting nominees also earned Oscar noms:

Lead actor
Bradley Cooper (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”), John Hawkes (“The Sessions”), Hugh Jackman (“Les Miserables”), Denzel Washington (“Flight”)
Out: Jean-Louis Trintignant (“Amour”), Richard Gere (“Arbitrage”), Ben Affleck (“Argo”), Jack Black (“Bernie”), Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Jamie Foxx (“Django Unchained”), Liam Neeson (“The Grey”), Anthony Hopkins (“Hitchcock”), Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”), Tom Holland (“The Impossible”), Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master”), Matt Damon (“Promised Land”), Bill Murray (“Hyde Park on Hudson”), Alan Cumming (“Any Day Now”)
Surprise factor (1-10): 2. In a competitive category, there just wasn’t room for everyone. It would have been no less surprising had Phoenix and Trintignant made the list, however.

Lead actress
Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Marion Cotillard (“Rust and Bone”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Helen Mirren (“Hitchcock”), Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”)
Out: Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”), Keira Knightley (“Anna Karenina”), Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Middle of Nowhere”), Elle Fanning (“Ginger and Rosa”), Maggie Smith (“Quartet”), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Smashed”), Judi Dench (“The
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Anne Hathaway (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Leslie Mann (“This Is 40”)
Note: Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) was not eligible because the film wasn’t done under SAG auspices.
Surprise factor: 3. Mirren and Watts were solid favorites at one point, but Riva had gotten renewed attention of late. There was certainly some grass-roots hope for Corinealdi, though exposure of that film is certainly an issue.

Supporting actor
Alan Arkin (“Argo”), Javier Bardem (“Skyfall”), Robert De Niro (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Philip Seymour Hoffman (“The Master”), Tommy Lee Jones (“Lincoln”)
Out: Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Bryan Cranston and John Goodman (“Argo”), Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson and Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django Unchained”), Ewan McGregor (“The Impossible”), Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables”), Ezra Miller (“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”), Christopher Walken (“A Late Quartet”), Sam Rockwell (“Seven Psychopaths”), William H. Macy (“The Sessions”), Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Michael Pena (“End of Watch”), Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”)
Surprise factor: 4. Bardem is an inspired choice but also one that had to fight off a number of high-caliber performances. DiCaprio’s omission might be the biggest surprise in terms of combining substance and name value … perhaps “Django” screened too late to have an impact.The McConaughey freight train finally got slowed as well.

Supporting actress
: Sally Field (“Lincoln”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”), Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”), Nicole Kidman (“The Paperboy”), Maggie Smith (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”)
Out: Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”), Shirley MacLaine (“Bernie”), Kerry Washington (“Django Unchained”), Kelly Reilly (“Flight”), Amy Adams (“The Master”), Maggie Smith (“Quartet”), Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”), Jennifer Ehle (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Lorraine Toussaint (“Middle of Nowhere”), Ann Dowd (“Compliance”)
Surprise factor: 7. Kidman made it despite a movie whose reviews nearly took it out of the awards picture. Smith was superb, but “Best Exotic” had seemed to lose some heat — I’ll call their inclusion over actresses like Adams unexpected.


In: “Argo,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Les Miserables,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook”
Out: “Anna Karenina,” “Cloud Atlas,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Django Unchained,” “Flight,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Promised Land,” “Zero Dark Thirty”
Surprise factor: 2. If you’re looking for a way to include another film, “Silver Linings” has an obviously noteworthy quartet, but it doesn’t scream ensemble the way the other four nominees do or some of the omissions. 

Snapshot conclusions
Mostly low in surprises this year, the SAG Awards expose the vulnerability of “Zero Dark Thirty” winning best picture without the broad support of the influential actors branch, while doing the opposite for “Best Exotic.” “Lincoln” was unsurprisingly strong, while “Les Miserables” reasserted itself after some mixed reviews.

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