Tomorrow morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce its nominees for the Golden Globe Awards, but this morning it is all about peer recognition as the Screen Actors Guild announced its nominations for the 2013 SAG Awards.
These are two very different awards (and awards shows). The SAG awards are given by actors to actors, and many performers value this recognition more highly than any other award; it is recognition by their peers.
I've not seen all the nominated movies or television series. Some of the movies haven't yet opened in Chicago, and a girl (even a television journalist) can't watch (or cover) everything on television. I tend to watch (and cover) the scripted dramas and spend very little time on sitcoms, no matter how good they are. There's just no time. So I will comment on those categories in which I have an opinion, and leave to you the other categories to debate in the comment thread at the end of this article.
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Bradley Cooper Pat – Silver Linings Playbook
- Daniel Day-Lewis – Abraham Lincoln – Lincoln
- John Hawkes – Mark in The Sessions
- Hugh Jackman – Jean Valjean – Les Misérables
- Denzel Washington – Whip Whitaker – Flight
I have not yet seen some of thse films, so it's hard to say. I did see Lincoln, however, and Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable in it. Besides the makeup (which isn't his doing), he really becomes Lincoln as I would imagine him to have been. I really love all the other nominated actors in most of what they do, especially John Hawkes (who is always so interesting and quirky), and Denzel Washington who just exudes intelligence and cool no matter what role he plays. On the other hand, Denzel often plays Denzel, so that might go against him.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Marion Cotillard – Stephanie - Rust And Bone
- Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark 30
- Jennifer Lawrence – Tiffany - Silver Linings Playbook
- Helen Mirren – Alma Reville - Hitchcock
- Naomi Watts – Maria - The Impossible
Outstanding Performance By a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
- Alan Arkin – Lester Siegel – Argo
- Javier Bardem – Silva – Skyfall
- Robert De Niro – Pat, Sr. - Silver Linings Playbook
- Philip Seymour Hoffman – Lancaster Dodd – The Master
- Tommy Lee Jones – Thaddeus Stevens - Lincoln
Very tough category. Alan Arkin is fantastic, but he's really reprising a role he's done so many times before. It's still perfection, but... Tommy Le Jones is also fabulous in the sort of role he's noted for: tough, smart, folksy – all at the same time. Love the idea of Bardem winning for what is being touted as the best Bond movie of all time. But Hoffman is such a brilliant character actor, I'd love to see him get this.