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'12 Years a Slave' and 'Breaking Bad' lead the 2014 SAG nominations

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Nominations by SAG/AFTRA for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning from the Silver Screen Theatre at the Pacific Design Center on Dec. 11, 2013, in West Hollywood, Calif. The Screen Actors Guild Awards honor the best actors in film and television. Announcing the nominees this morning were the SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, actress Sasha Alexander ("Rizzoli & Isles) and actor Clark Gregg ("The Avengers.") Announcing the nominees for the stunt ensemble honors were SAG Awards Committee Vice Chair Daryl Anderson and Committee Member Woody Schultz.

As expected "12 Years a Slave" led the film nominations with four nominations. "Lee Daniels' The Butler", "Dallas Buyers Club" and "August: Osage County" followed with three nominations each. Of the Best Cast in a Motion Picture category, the biggest surprise was the nomination for "Dallas Buyers Club," which has not been recognized yet as a possible best film.

The nominations for Best Actor were fairly predictable with Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave," Matthew McConaghey for "Dallas Buyers Club," Bruce Dern for "Nebraska," Tom Hanks for "Captain Phillips" and Forest Whitaker for "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Perhaps the biggest surprise is the omission of Robert Redford for "All is Lost."

Cate Blanchett continues her path towards Oscar with another nomination for Best Actress in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Meryl Streep picked up another nomination (her 13th SAG nomination) for her performance in "August: Osage County." Emma Thompson received a nomination for "Saving Mr. Banks," Sandra Bullock was honored for her stellar performance in "Gravity" and Judi Dench grab the last nomination for her subtle, yet powerful performance in "Philomena."

The biggest surprise in all the film nominations was for Daniel Brühl for his work in Ron Howard heart-thumping thriller "Rush." The film has been completely ignored so far, and as the nomination for Brühl is great, it seems misplaced in the supporting category.

"Breaking Bad" led in the television nominations. The fan-crazed series was nominated in four categories, including: Best Drama Ensemble, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston, Best Actress and Best Stunt Ensemble. See below for a complete list of all the nominees.


Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

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

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

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

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Lupita Nyong'o for "12 Years a Slave"
  • June Squibb for "Nebraska"
  • Oprah Winfrey for "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
  • Jennifer Lawrence for "American Hustle"
  • Julia Roberts for "August: Osage County"

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture


Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:

  • "Breaking Bad"
  • "Downton Abbey"
  • "Homeland"
  • "Boardwalk Empire"
  • "Game of Thrones"

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:

  • "Big Bang Theory"
  • "Modern Family"
  • "30 Rock"
  • "Veep"
  • "Arrested Development"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Anna Gunn for "Breaking Bad"
  • Maggie Smith for "Downton Abbey"
  • Jessica Lange for "American Horror Story: Coven"
  • Claire Danes for "Homeland"
  • Kerry Washington for "Scandal"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad"
  • Jeff Daniels for "The Newsroom"
  • Kevin Spacey for "House of Cards"
  • Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire"
  • Peter Dinklage for "Game of Thrones"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Eddie Falco for "Nurse Jackie"
  • Julie Bowen for "Modern Family"
  • Mayim Bialik for "The Big Bang Theory"
  • Tina Fey for "30 Rock"
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:

  • Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory"
  • Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock"
  • Jason Bateman for "Arrested Development"
  • Don Cheadle for "House of Lies"
  • Ty Burrell for "Modern Family"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

  • Angela Bassett for "Betty and Coretta"
  • Helena Bonham Carter for "Burton and Taylor"
  • Holly Hunter for "Top of the Lake"
  • Helen Mirren for "Phil Spector"
  • Elisabeth Moss for "Top of the Lake"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:

  • Michael Douglas from for "Behind the Candelabra"
  • Matt Damon from for "Behind the Candelabra"
  • Jeremy Irons for "The Hollow Crown"
  • Rob Lowe for "Killing Kennedy"
  • Al Pacino for "Phil Spector"

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series:

  • "Game of Thrones"
  • "Homeland"
  • "Boardwalk Empire"
  • "Breaking Bad"
  • "The Walking Dead"

Screen Actors Guild Awards Lifetime Achievement Award:

Rita Moreno

The SAG awards are voted on by over 100,000 SAG/AFTRA members across the nation. The Awards Show will be held at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on Jan. 18, 5 P.M. Pacific Time and will be broadcast on TNT and TBS.

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