2013 SAG nominations announced: WTF, Nicole Kidman for ‘The Paperboy’?!?!

Good God, doesn’t it feel WAY too early to be announcing the Screen Actors Guild nominations? Most of the films that will be competing for all of the major awards aren’t even out in wide release yet!! Still, the SAG noms dropped today after a few weeks of steady WTF-ery from the critics’ awards. No one is in agreement. No one is a lock. No one is going to walk away with it at this point. Of course we’ll probably be at a different point next month, but for now, it’s anyone’s guess. I should say that I consider (as do most people) the SAGs to be the best “harbinger” or predictor of where the Oscars will go. The Globes are fine, of course, but the SAGs are a better indicator of where the Academy voters are. You can see the full list of TV and film SAG noms here, and here are the big ones:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – “LINCOLN”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel – “ARGO”
TOMMY LEE JONES / Thaddeus Stevens – “LINCOLN”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
SALLY FIELD / Mary Todd Lincoln – “LINCOLN”

Outstanding Cast:
ARGO, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables, Lincoln and The Silver Linings Playbook

For best actor, I’m glad that Jackman is being recognized, and it’s always nice to see John Hawkes get some love. But as many are saying, “Where’s Joaquin Phoenix for The Master?” A month ago, Phoenix was a lock. Not so much anymore. It’s nice to see Chastain, Cotillard and J-Law for Best Actress, but I feel like Naomi Watts and Helen Mirren are very “soft” choices. I don’t understand how Javier Bardem gets a nom for Skyfall – admittedly, he was awesome in the villain role – but Judi Dench’s work as M was ignored. Tommy Lee Jones is going to be nominated for everything (he was incredible) but God, I wanted to see Ewan McGregor get a nomination. AND WTF TO NICOLE KIDMAN?!!? That has to be “soft” right? She’s not going to get an Oscar nom for her crazy performance, right?

Also: no Django Unchained! No Dark Knight Rises (which isn’t that big of a surprise). No ensemble nomination for Zero Dark Thirty. And WTF to The Exotic Marigold Hotel? I guess the Hollywood Establishment just loves old British actors, but if that were true, why didn’t Judi Dench get nominated for Skyfall?!?!?

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  1. Rll says:

    B coop and not Joaquin Phoenix.. Ok

    • Mira says:

      Joaquin hasn’t bothered to campaign. Guess SAG took his words seriously. Regardless his performance is one of a kind. At least he isn’t constantly BS-ing about the weight loss and physical transformation he went through to play Freddie like a certain Hathaway or JLaw. Anyway, I don’t think Joaquin’s hurting over this. Plus, it’s DDL’s year, imo.

  2. Becky says:

    Where is the Marion Cotillard picture from? what dress is that?

  3. carrie says:

    Django was been shown too late
    according to many peoples and journalists,Phoenix deserved to be nod
    are there some stunts in Les Mis?

  4. littlestar says:

    I think Nicole Kidman was probably nominated because she’s a fantastic actor, despite her jacked up face. I haven’t seen The Paperboy yet, but she must have been decent in it to get a nod. She is definitely one of my favourite actors of all time (even with her crazy face fillers). She just has this ability to completely transform herself into the character she is playing. She’s no Jennifer Aniston – each of the characters Kidman plays is so different from one another.

    • Bowers says:

      I like her too, and believe she’s underrated.

    • Bubulle says:

      She has been campaining hard behind the scene, calling members for instance, I also heard Marion Cotillard wrote letters.

    • forfor says:

      I saw “The Paperboy” and I’m not exaggerating when I say this: It was the worst movie of 2012. And Nicole’s role was embarrassing. Her nom is for sure a What. The. F$@^.

      • jess says:

        I havent seen the movie but I’ll take your word on it. You know whats sad is that Kristen Stewart got better reviews for On the Road then Nicole did for this movie. This is why I never pay any attention to award shows anymore. Its all about power and popularity. I feel like once you win or get nominated for an Oscar, doesnt matter how bad your movie or performance is , you will still get recognized for it by the academy. Remeber when The Tourist and Burlesque(that lame Christina Aguilera movie) got nominated for Golden Globes? These award shows are a joke.

      • forfor says:

        Award shows are simply a piece of the marketing pie. Harvey Weinstein has perfected the modern art of campaigning. The last example was “The Queen” winning Best Picture Oscar. That movie was wonderful, yes, but not Best Picture. That Harvey…shrewd and connected.

      • .. says:

        SAG Award Nominations 2013 – Kidman is by far the most surprising choice of the bunch, considering her film (The Paperboy) has garnered only a 39% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has grossed less than $1 million since it opened in October.

        “This acknowledgment from my peers (of my constant, behind-the-scenes, pleading phone calls) means everything to me,” Kidman said in a statement. “I love (fame) acting. I love actors (myself). This has absolutely floored me (because my ruthless campaigning actually paid off). Thank you so much!”

      • Flo says:

        Well clearly I’m in the minority because I thought Nicole Kidman was amazing in The Paperboy. Uh-mazing. Seriously.
        And I liked the Paperboy (and I was one the few people back then who hated Precious). Nicole Kidman completely deserves that nomination imo.

    • .. says:

      Kidman is a mediocre talent. Always has been. She cunningly chooses from a broad range of film genres, to give the illusion there is diversity and skill, but in fact it’s mostly just kidman playing kidman …

  5. LAK says:

    Every other award show is announcing early because the oscars changed their schedule to an earlier nominations announcement date. If I remember correctly, it will come before or day of Golden globes.

    So everyone is playing an anticipation game at this point because they don’t have the usual lead time into the Oscars nominations.

    Next year will be predictable because everyone will have adjusted.

  6. lower-case deb says:

    every time I read Javier Bardem’s review, it smacks of oh Silva is like the lovechild that Heath Ledger’s Joker & Christoph Waltz’s Landa never had.

    but I didn’t see it.

    was I watching an entirely different film?

  7. Vivian says:

    I thought Rachel Weisz did her best performance to date in The Deep Blue Sea but since it was on super limited release and way earlier in the year, she is forgotten or simply not seen. Sigh.

    • Amelia says:

      I’m a bit miffed on her behalf too, she really was brilliant in that.
      And WHERE is Judi Dench? FFS.
      Although, Exotic Marigold Hotel is quite a good film. And funnily enough, she was in that, so I suppose she’s included in the ensemble award …. Grumble.
      I’m glad Cotillard got nominated, Rust and Bone destroyed me.

    • j.eyre says:

      I agree – I think that whole movie deserved more recognition than it got. The acting from everyone was some of the best I have seen.

      And no Ewan for best actor. I have not seen the movie so I don’t know if he deserves it. I was just hoping…

    • ViktoryGin says:

      I suppose that I was one of the few that did not care for her performance nor this film in general, despite my love for Tom Hiddleston.

      My issue is not so much Rachel Weisz so much as Davies’ thematic focus and the way that he rendered the character. I just found her inexplicabaly maudlin and depressive to the point of pretentiousness. Perhaps, on some level it’s just that I ideologically challenge Davies’ notions of love and his choice to treat it something tantamount to an all-consuming death.

  8. Christina says:

    ”She’s not going to get an Oscar nom for her crazy performance, right?”

    Why not? The Academy seem to like her. And, sadly, lots of actresses are rewarded by the academy for mediocre performances – I’m thinking Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman and lots of others. Kidman is actually a pretty decent actress, but I can’t comment on her performance in this film as I haven’t seen it.

  9. Kate says:

    The Kidman nomination doesn’t surprise me much. Her performance was lauded by a lot of critics.

  10. Kate says:

    I thought Sally Field was really over-the-top and not in a good way in Lincoln. I know she gets nominated every time she sneezes because of who she is, but seriously, her performance was not worthy. I didn’t see Nicole Kidman’s movie, but the lady who played the mother in Silver Linings Playbook was great. Way better than Sally Field.

    • Apples says:

      100% agree with you.
      Sally Field drives me crazy with her overacting. Why does she get so much love?! She must be well liked…?

      Kidman’s face filling is too bad. But, her acting emotionally crushed me in a 30 sec clip that aired on some talk show a few years ago. I was amazed that she could bring me from a good mood to crushed with a clip!

  11. dcypher1 says:

    DDL will win all the awards this year because he basically turned into lincoln.

  12. Aside from Notes on a Scandal, Harvey Weinstein helped give Judi Dench all of her nods.

    Nicole Kidman campaigned hard at the last minute, so it’s not that much of a surprise. Her work, both on and off screen, paid off.

    And, there are still locks. Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway have been winning their races for months now.

  13. smiley says:

    and why bradley cooper?i hope its a joke

    • Lizie says:

      Actually, have you seen Silver Linings Playbook. I am in no way a Bradley Cooper fan girl and have not usually thought much of him, but he is really really good in a very tricky part that could have easily lost it’s ground with realism. I am a huge awards movie fan and buff, and I came out the movie blown away by his performance and hoping for him to be a dark horse this season.

      • j.eyre says:

        I will agree with everything Lizie said. I have been consistently underwhelmed by Mr. Cooper and never thought he could pull off this role and he did a very good job. I have not seen the Master yet so I do not know if he is more deserving than Joaquin but I am happy he got recognized.

      • smiley says:

        @ lizzie yes i have, ur right ,in this movie he does the role justice ,he could have made it into a comedy but he made it worthwile,but if i compare it to phoenix’s “master” i would still say phoenix deserved the nom moreover ;btwn them they both play men with deep psychological issues ,phoenix comes out stronger

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Ugh yeah seriously!

  14. aims says:

    I honestly think that Daniel Day Lewis is going to take it all this year. His acting in Lincoln was flawless. He’s almost at Meryls level of acting, and we all know, she in untouchable. He really is an artist in every way.

  15. Chatcat says:

    Oh God the SAG’s and coverage of it already? UGH…can I just petition for Kaiser to do a Fassdong story as an early Christmas gift? You know, with not only the suit pictures but the not-a-stitch-on pictures that are edited for PG rated CB.

  16. A says:

    No Amy Adams? Blasphemy. Especially when you consider that SAG is more indicative of the Oscars than the GGs and others. If Amy isn’t nominated for an Oscar, the. I give up on award shows.

  17. Mia 4S says:

    Kidman over Amy Adams and the absense of Phoneix increase my suspicion that a lot of people pretended to like the Master because they thought they should.

    Les Mis for stunts is interesting, hell of a fight at the barracades? I like that stunts are acknowledged, they’re an overlooked group of professionals. I’d say it is between the Dark Knight and Skyfall with an edge to the Dark Knight for that opening with people actually hanging from the airplane. That was insane!

  18. cmc says:

    What about Beasts of a Southern Wild?!? Absolutely my favorite movie of the year. The little girl in that movie has forced me to consider having children because she straight up broke my heart. “WHERE ARE HER NOMINATIONS?!” is what my womb is sobbing right now…

    • A says:

      My favorite film of the year. Beasts doesn’t qualify as the actors and actresses are not part of SAG :( . However, they are eligible for GG and the Oscars…plus the little girl has nabbed a few awards from various critics groups.

    • JustaGirl says:

      That movie is terrific! I agree – that little girl deserves every nom she can get.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I really wanted to see that one but missed it at the theaters. Will have to Netflix it.

    • melior says:

      Question: I just checked this movie’s profile on imdb and to my surprise I discovered that one of the lead actors was actually the owner of a bakery from across the filming set. That’s crazy, right? I find it insulting to the acting trade to just pick up anyone from the street and hand them a script. Isn’t there any legislation to protect training in this profession?

      • Guest says:

        The bakery owner was very convincing playing the father. He can easily become a character actor.
        I did not like the movie although the performances from the father/daughter were amazing in beasts of southern Wild.

      • L says:

        Insulting to the craft? Really? It’s a indie film and they are all non-SAG actors. “protect training” Please.

        There was a article in the Smithsonian and the director goes into detail about the audition process. If the guy did the best job at the audition, he gets the part. Period.

      • LAK says:

        you realise how many film actors get their start that way or who are untrained?

        Marlon Brando, Sean Penn, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster, Joaquin Pheonix are untrained, and yet considered great actors. Cate Blanchett and Jessica Chastain, who did train, should be insulted to be considered a part of this group.

        The good news about acting is you don’t need training, although it helps.

      • melior says:

        Wow I really didn’t realize all these actors were untrained. I guess it’s difficult for me to fathom the logic in this field since in mine (and most others I presume) the training process is so long and requirements so precise. So, when you add up lack of professional training and their enormous salaries you realize how the entertainment business creates these ego monsters totally disconnected from the reality of their own work’s value. And their massive commercial fanbase only makes things worse. This is one of the reasons I like European entertainment. Actors are trained and their salaries are not kick in other people’s faces. Plus, the movies goers are more critical and don’t hunt down ‘celebrities’. Entertainment shouldn’t have to equal highly overestimated salaries and overall mass lobotomy.

  19. Miss M says:

    I didn’t see PaperBoy, but every person that i talked to at NYFF said Nicole did a great job.

    I loved The Exotic Marigold Hotel, but no nomination for Beasts of a Southern Wild?! shocking!

    I think J.Phoenix is paying with his mouth…Also, I don’t think Bardem should be nominated, but I may be part of the minority who doesn’t get art. *sigh*

    ps: B.Cooper was fine, but I don’t think he should get a nom over Phoenix.

  20. Lucy2 says:

    I’d put money on DDL. Genius performance in an award-bait film. Tommy Lee Jones was great in it too.
    I hated the Master but appreciated the acting- shocked Joaquin isn’t listed.

    • lucy2 says:

      Replying to myself to add that I’m sad my beloved Justified and Timothy Olyphant got snubbed yet again, and there’s nothing for Parenthood, which has some great acting.
      Also REALLY puzzled by the TV comedy ensembles – no Parks & Rec, Community or New Girl, but Glee and The Office? GLEE????

  21. Jen says:

    I wanted Jude Law to get a nom for Anna Karenina, his mild mannered and restrained performance is simply incredible.

  22. Miss You Enclave24 says:

    I just want to know what happened to Nicole’s lovely, naturally curly, moisture rich red hair.

  23. Jayna says:

    After reading the posts on here, you guys have given me some great-sounding movies to check out. Thanks.

  24. ShakenNotStirred says:

    Jeezus. I’ve watched both The Paperboy and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Kidman deserved the nom as dld Marigold. As for Beasts of the Southern wild, I loved it, but one of the actors were union. That’s why none are nominated. Kinda glad Zero Dark Thirty got the shaft, the last 45 minutes was AMAZING but the first hour was too data heavy and there really wasn’t enough character development. Django was screened late.

  25. I Choose Me says:

    Not going to throw shade on Bradley Cooper’s nom as I haven’t seen the movie but disappointed at the lack of Joaquin. Guess he was serious about not campaigning. Oh well, not winning awards does not diminish his talent in anyway.

  26. Oyn says:

    Actors dont actually campaign for these SAG awards at all. It isnt like the GG (this one is such a farce!) or the Academy awards.
    Nicole is a phenomenal actor. She really works at it. Have not seen her in this yet.

    • TC says:

      Kidman works even harder at self-promotion.

      • lily says:

        Kidman got raves reviews for her performance in “The Paperboy”, in fact it’s one of the most praised performances this year.

        The film could’nt have been received any worse with critical lambasting immediately after its premiere and them reveling when it bombed in the box office. There’s no hype , no talk for Kidman and except for one screening for SAG and media interviews, Nicole was off to Europe for filming.

        And Im not even sure what’s so wrong about fighting for recognition; that’s the way the game is played by almost everyone who gets within a mile to an Oscar nomination.

  27. normades says:

    Just goes to show you that the hWood community did not appreciate JP’s little year long “art stunt”. I bet he and Casey regret that now big time.

    I love JP with all my heart, but I think those “Awards are crap” comments were in the heat of the momment and he’s probably feeling a bit hurt right now.