×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Oscar Nominations Backed Up by SAG Choices

Thursday’s Academy Award nominations underlined the continued reliability of SAG voters in forecasting Oscar nods.

Seventeen of the 25 SAG feature nominations landed Oscar mentions — an impressive record that’s in line with historical performance. The SAG winners will be announced Saturday in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Three of the five SAG Ensemble nominations showed up Thursday in the Oscar Best Picture  category with “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle” and “Dallas Buyers Club” while the Academy overlooked “August: Osage County” and “The Butler.”

Most of the divergences between Oscar and SAG nominations in the individual categories stemmed from “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” not having been in theaters when SAG voters were casting their ballots. The SAG noms were announced on Dec. 11.

In the lead actor category, Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”) followed up SAG nods with Oscar noms; SAG nominees Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”) and Forest Whitaker (“Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler'”) were excluded in favor of Christian Bale (“American Hustle”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street”).

Oscar nominations matched SAG’s in the lead actress category with Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), Judi Dench (“Philomena”) and Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”). The Academy selected Amy Adams (“American Hustle”) for the fifth slot while SAG had opted for Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”).

The supporting actor race saw Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”) and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) follow their SAG nominations with an Oscar nom. SAG nominees Daniel Bruhl (“Rush”) and the late James Gandolfini (“Enough Said”) were overlooked by Oscar in favor of Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle”)  and Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street”).

Four of SAG supporting actress nominations matched Oscar nominations with Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”), Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”), June Squibb (“Nebraska”) and  Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County”). But Oprah Winfrey did not receive her second Oscar supporting actress nomination despite being nominated for a SAG Award for  “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler.” Instead, Sally Hawkins received an Oscar nom for “Blue Jasmine.”

The winner of the SAG ensemble trophy has matched the best pic Oscar winner in nine of the last 18 years including “Argo” last year.

The performers union served as a strong indicator in the Oscar acting categories last year with 14 of its 20 nominees going on to receive Oscar noms. Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) won both the Oscar and SAG lead acting trophies and Anne Hathaway won both awards for supporting actress for “Les Miserables” while Tommy Lee Jones won the SAG supporting actor trophy for “Lincoln” and Christoph Waltz won the supporting actor Oscar for “Django.”

The entire SAG-AFTRA membership of about 150,000 is eligible to cast ballots for the winners. Actors constitute the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with 1,176 active members or about 20%.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Leonardo Dicaprio Once Upon a Time

    Leonardo DiCaprio's Earth Alliance Commits $5 Million to Amazon Fires

    Earth Alliance, an environmental initiative backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, has committed $5 million toward the preservation of the Amazon rain forest following an alarming surge in wildfires. After launching Sunday, the organization’s emergency Amazon Forest Fund is working to support local partners and indigenous communities in their efforts to protect the sensitive habitats within the [...]

  • (from left) Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson)

    Box Office: 'Hobbs & Shaw' Scores $102 Million Debut in China, Nears $600 Million Globally

    Universal’s “Hobbs & Shaw” returned to first place on the international box office charts, thanks to a massive $102 million debut in China. The “Fast & Furious” spinoff, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, collected another $120 million overseas, boosting its foreign tally to $441 million. “Hobbs & Shaw” is nearing the $600 million mark [...]

  • Angel Has Fallen

    Box Office: 'Angel Has Fallen' Rises to No. 1 With $21 Million Debut

    “Angel Has Fallen,” the third chapter in Lionsgate and Millenium’s action franchise starring Gerard Butler, had a stronger opening weekend than expected, collecting $21.25 million during its first three days of release. Those ticket sales were enough to top domestic box office charts, bumping last weekend’s champ, Universal’s comedy “Good Boys,” to second place. Starring [...]

  • Amanda

    ‘Amanda’ Takes Home Best Int’l Film at 15th Sanfic

    SANTIAGO, Chile    French director Mikhael Hers’ “Amanda” scooped up the Best Int’l Film award Saturday (Aug. 24) at the 15th Santiago Int’l Film Fest (Sanfic), which reported a 20% audience uptick in the past two years and continues to grow its reputation as the most vibrant and prominent film festival in Latin America’s Southern [...]

  • disney d23

    Cruella, Kit Harington and Black Panther's Return: Everything We Learned at D23 Day Two

    Not to be outdone by the avalanche of series orders and casting announcements bolstering the new streaming series Disney Plus, Walt Disney Studios showed off its film wares in a marathon presentation at D23 on Saturday. The Anaheim, Calif. expo brought star power, if perhaps fewer surprises than Friday’s presentation, as fans in princess and [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift'The

    Taylor Swift Downplays Association With Harvey Weinstein

    Taylor Swift’s association with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was among the topics the singer addressed in a revealing new interview with The Guardian. Weinstein held producer credits for the movies “One Chance” and “The Giver,” both of which featured Swift — in the former, a song, and in the latter, a supporting role. She [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content