The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards announced this year’s nominees Wednesday, Dec. 11, with some upsets and surprises along the way. Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave leads the pack with four nomination, including Ensemble Cast, followed by The Butler, Dallas Buyers Club and August: Osage County, which each got three nominations of their own. The SAG Awards have been considered a good barometer for the Oscars as actors make up the largest group of Oscar voters.

SAG Awards include both film and television, and the nominations were announced early Wednesday morning by Sasha Alexander from Rizzoli & Isles and Clark Gregg of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Lead Actor category consists of more veteran actors, such as Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) and Forest Whitaker (The Butler), as does the Lead Actress category, with nominees Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Judi Dench (Philomena), Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks).

SAG Award Snubs

Perhaps most surprising is the exclusion of all members of the American Hustle cast other than Jennifer Lawrence, who has been nominated in the Supporting Actress category. Despite being nominated for Ensemble Cast, American Hustle failed to earn nominations for other lead actors, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams. Other snubs and surprises include Michael B. Jordan’s Lead Actor performance in Fruitvale Station, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now), who have all been nominated for other awards.

The television nominations were relatively predictable, with the category of Ensemble in a Drama dominated by cable television shows: HBO shows Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Homeland, AMC’s Breaking Bad and PBS’ Downton Abbey.

Netflix original programming also earned a fair share of nominations: Arrested Development was nominated for Ensemble in a Comedy and Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, star of the Netflix original series House of Cards, was nominated for Actor in a Drama Series. Though Netflix’s summer hit Orange is the New Black received zero nominations.

Also notably absent from the television nominees was Aaron Paul, who was not nominated alongside co-star Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad. Meanwhile Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven) shook things up in the Actress in a Drama Series category – the only nominees from their respective shows.

The Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries race could be an interesting one as it consists of illustrious nominees Matt Damon and Michael Douglas from Behind the Candelabra competing against Jeremy Irons (The Hollow Crown), Rob Lowe (Killing Kennedy) and Al Pacino (Phil Spector).

James Gandolfini received a postmortem nomination in the Supporting Actor category for his role in the romantic comedy, Enough Said – the only nomination for the film. And Rita Moreno (West Side Story) will receive the Life Achievement Award during the live broadcast Saturday, Jan. 18 on TBS and TNT.

Full List Of SAG Award Nominees

Ensemble Cast:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Dallas Buyers Club
The Butler

Lead Actor:
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Forest Whitaker (The Bulter)

Lead Actress:
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
James Gandolfini (Enough Said)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Ensemble – Drama:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones

Ensemble – Comedy:
30 Rock
Arrested Development
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Actor – TV Movie or Miniseries:
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)
Jeremy Irons (The Hollow Crown)
Rob Lowe (Killing Kennedy)
Al Pacino (Phil Spector)

Actress – TV movie or Miniseries:
Angela Bassett (Betty & Coretta)
Helana Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor)
Holly Hunter (Top of the Lake)
Helen Mirren (Phil Spector)
Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake)

Actor – Drama Series:
Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Actress – Drama Series:
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)

Actor – Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Actress – Comedy Series:
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep)

Television Stunt Ensemble:
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Walking Dead

Film Stunt Ensemble:
All Is Lost
Fast and Furious 6
Lone Survivor
The Wolverine

Life Achievement Award:
Rita Moreno

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