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The Screen Actors Guild really enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook and the hot TV comedies of three years ago

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The annual Screen Actors Guild Awards offers the opportunity for actors to get all glammed up, convene before cameras, and congratulate each other on their craft—an opportunity that, in these months, is as special as your local Subway offering the chance to see genuine sandwich artists at work. However, in SAG's case, it does so without any writers or crew people, freeing actors to offer platitudes to each other without any pale, surly creatures scurrying about looking for discarded bones to gnaw on. It also does so without any regard for or influence on the Oscars, liberating them to recognize performances like Nicole Kidman's in The Paperboy that might otherwise have gone ignored because they are hilariously stupid.

There are a few other deviations from the increasingly accepted norm, including nods for Javier Bardem in Skyfall and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock, somewhat surprising attention for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (up for the body's Best Picture-equivalent prize of Best Ensemble), and an almost total disregard for The Master beyond Philip Seymour Hoffman. Not so much on the TV side, which in the case of the comedy category reads like the Emmys of several years ago: Modern Family, Nurse Jackie, The Office, Glee, 30 Rock, and The Big Bang Theory are all over the place—ditto another obligatory nomination for Betty White in Hot In Cleveland—while nothing newer or less predictable such as Community or Veep or New Girl or Happy Endings or hell, even Girls registered. Consider Louis CK's nomination a small victory, then remind yourself that, even in the vacuum of industry self-congratulation, the SAG Awards are particularly meaningless.


The complete list [via IndieWire]:

Best Ensemble
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Male Actor In A Leading Role
Denzel Washington, Flight
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
John Hawkes, The Sessions

Best Female Actor In A Leading Role
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook
Javier Bardem, Skyfall

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Maggie Smith, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Sally Field, Lincoln
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Helen Hunt, The Sessions


Best Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Bourne Legacy
The Dark Knight Rises
Les Miserables

Best Ensemble In A Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Mad Men

Best Actor In A Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Best Actress In A Drama
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Claire Danes, Homeland
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story Asylum

Best Ensemble In A Comedy
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office

Best Actor In A Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Louis CK, Louie
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Actress In A Comedy
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

Best Actor In A Miniseries
Ed Harris, Game Change
Woody Harrelson, Game Change
Bill Paxton, Hatfields & McCoys
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn

Best Actress In A Miniseries
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Charlotte Rampling, Restless
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Best Stunt Ensemble - Television
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game Of Thrones
Sons Of Anarchy
The Walking Dead