The Civil War saga Lincoln, the musical Les Miserables and the comic drama Silver Linings Playbook boosted their Academy Awards prospects Wednesday with four nominations apiece for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
All three films were nominated for overall performance by their casts. Also nominated for best ensemble cast were the Iran hostage-crisis thriller Argo and the British retiree adventure The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln” also scored individual nominations for Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role as best actor, Sally Field for supporting actress as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones for supporting actor as abolitionist firebrand Thaddeus Stevens.
Les Miserables, from The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper, had nominations for Hugh Jackman for best actor as Victor Hugo’s long-suffering hero Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway for supporting actress as a woman fallen into prostitution, plus a nomination for its stunt ensemble.
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Silver Linings Playbook, made by The Fighter director David O. Russell, also had lead-acting nominations for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as lost souls who find a second chance at love and Robert De Niro for supporting actor as a football-obsessed dad.
Besides Lawrence, best-actress nominees are Jessica Chastain as a CIA analyst pursuing Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty; Marion Cotillard as a woman who finds romance after tragedy in Rust and Bone; Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock’s strong-willed wife in Hitchcock; and Naomi Watts as a woman caught in the devastation of a tsunami in The Impossible.
Joining Cooper, Day-Lewis and Jackman in the best-actor field are John Hawkes as a polio victim aiming to lose his virginity in The Sessions and Denzel Washington as a boozy airline pilot in Flight.
SAG nominees are almost all familiar names in Hollywood’s awards season. Eighteen of the 20 film acting contenders are past Academy Awards nominees and 13 have won Oscars, among them five two-time winners. Only Cooper and Jackman have never before earned Oscar nominations.
One of the year’s most-acclaimed films, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, earned only one nomination, supporting actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman as a mesmerizing cult leader. The film was snubbed on nominations for ensemble, lead actor Joaquin Phoenix and supporting actress Amy Adams.
Other individual performances overlooked by SAG voters include Anthony Hopkins in the title role of Hitchcock, Keira Knightley in the title role of Anna Karenina, Bill Murray as Franklin Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson and Argo director Ben Affleck, who also starred in the film.
The SAG Awards will be presented Jan. 27. The guild nominations are one of Hollywood’s first major announcements on the long road to the Feb. 24 Oscars Awards, whose nominations will be released Jan. 10
Nominations for the Golden Globes, the second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, come out Thursday.
Maggie Smith had four individual and ensemble nominations. Along with sharing the ensemble honor for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Smith joined the cast of Downton Abbey among TV ensemble contenders and had nominations for supporting film actress as a cranky retiree in “Marigold Hotel” and TV drama actress for Downton Abbey.
Nicole Kidman earned two individual nominations, as supporting film actress as a woman smitten with a prison inmate in The Paperboy and best actress in a TV movie or miniseries as war correspondent Martha Gellhorn in Hemingway & Gellhorn.
Bryan Cranston had three overall nominations, as best actor in a TV drama for Breaking Bad, an ensemble honor for that show and a film ensemble honor for Argo.
Along with Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey, best TV drama ensemble contenders are Boardwalk Empire, Homeland and Mad Men. TV comedy ensemble nominees are 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie and The Office.