Awards Season Frenzy: Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Nominations

15 Dec

This past week the Screen Actors Guild announced nominees for its annual awards, and the Hollywood Foreign Press followed suit with Golden Globe nods. It’s been a busy time, what with finals and lingering snow days. I didn’t think it would take me this long to file a report.

Okay, first the SAGs, which have a bit more credibility to me because they are voted on by members of the industry (a significant number of which are also Academy members); the Globes are fun, but they’re really more of a party than anything else, and with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler back on board as hosts, that’s fine too.

Supporting Male

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)


    ^ Abdi

  • Daniel Brühl (Rush)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • James Gandolfini (Enough Said)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Look closely. You won’t see a nod here for James Franco (Spring Breakers), who tied with Leto for honors during voting for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association over the weekend, but Leto is still in good company.  Barkhad Abdi, in the role of Captain Phillip’s chief tormentor, has garnered nothing but raves for his film debut. By the way, he was born in Somalia though he moved to the U.S. when he was in his teens. Another strong candidate is the late, great James Gandolfini who co-starred with Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the summer’s well-reviewed Enough Said. On one hand, I do believe that voters most definitely want to honor the much liked Gandolfini; however, positioning him as a supporting player, when he’s clearly the male lead in a middle-aged romance, smacks of studio politics–a way to score an “easy” win. Oh, and where the heck is any and all recognition for Sam Rockwell (The Way, Way Back)?

Supporting Female


^ Squibb

  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels‘ The Butler)

A lot of star power here, what with the likes of Lawrence, Roberts, and Winfrey, but something tells me that Nyong’o or Squibb has the edge as they are true supporting players.   Octogenarian Squibb definitely makes the race more interesting.

Leading Male


^ Ejiofor

  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Tom Hanks  (Captain Phillips)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels‘ The Butler)

Finally, a little love for Chiwetek Ejiofor, but what a powerful lineup. At this point I’m pulling for either Ejiofor or McConaughey. I’m glad to see that Forest Whitaker’s understated work in Lee Daniels’ The Butler has not been forgotten. Still, with competition this steep, there’s bound to be a few disappointments and that includes Robert Redford (All is Lost) , Joaquin Phoenix (Her), and Idris Elba, who’s currently earning solid notices for his portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Leading Female


^ Dench

  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Okay, sure, at this point I’m still rooting for transcendant Sandra Bullock in Gravity, but the fact based Philomena is on my list, and Saving Mr. Banks will be soon enough. Of course, I aim to see Streep in Tracy Lett’s award winning August: Osage County.  That noted, I still wish more love was being shown to Julia Louis Dreyfus in Enough Said, and I keep hearing wonderful things about Lake Bell in In a World, which she  also wrote and directed. So far, Bell has not been singled out for her performance in this indie about the wonderful world of voiceover artists, but she’s currently up for a “Spirit” award for her script, and earlier in the year she was won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance.

Cast in a Motion Picture

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • August: Osage County
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Lee Daniels‘ The Butler

Okay, now the Golden Globes, which don’t forget, divide major races into Drama/Comedy categories in order to accommodate big ticket Hollywood studios and to encourage more and more nominated stars to come out, get drunk, and act like fools at the big televised party. Ouch! Did I really write that?

Best Picture, Drama

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • Philomena
  • Rush

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • American Hustle
  • Her
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress, Drama


Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said. Yay! She’s in the race. She’s also competing in the Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her work in Veep.

  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
  • Kate Winslet (Labor Day)

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy

  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Julie Delpy (Before Midnight)
  • Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Best Actor, Drama


Barely a week since the passing of Nelson Mandela, actor Idris Elba is nominated for a Golden Globe for portraying the late leader; however, Elba is not the only actor to play Mandela in a 2013 release as Terrence Howard had the honor earlier in the year opposite Jennifer Hudson in Winnie Mandela, filmed a few years ago. Of course, Morgan Freeman earned an Oscar nod for his performance as Mandela in 2009’s Invictus.

  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave ) 
  • Idris Elba (Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom)
  • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Robert Redford (All Is Lost)

Best Actor, Comedy

  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Her)

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Daniel Brüel (Rush)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

In Blue Jasmine, Sally Hawkins plays “Stella” to Cate Blanchett’s “Blanche,” that is, Jasmine. Hawkins has never been Oscar nominated though five years ago, she won a Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy, per Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. A few years later she made a splash in the fact-based Made in Dagenham, but it wasn’t made for Oscar.

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Official Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globes site:


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