Five black actors, ranging from a television superstar to a Somali-born newcomer, have earned
The movie that won the most film nominations was "12 Years a Slave."
In the male actor in a leading role category,
In the nominations announced Wednesday, the guild singled out Somali native Barkhad Abdi for male actor in a supporting role, for playing a pirate in
"It's really an honor," Abdi said in an interview about his nomination. "A negative light has been shed on Somalia for a long time, and this [nomination] will be a positive light.... I lived in Somalia. I lived through war. I put myself in the character's shoes. I put all that in my head."
The 20th SAG Awards nominations did little to clarify Oscar's best picture race. The guild's motion picture cast award is typically one of the more reliable early indicators of how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will vote on the
The other nominees in the category —
The SAG-AFTRA union has more than 165,000 members, but nominees for the awards are chosen by 2,100 voters.
In addition to the ensemble nomination and nods for Ejiofor and Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave" collected a supporting actor nomination for
Besides "Lee Daniels' The Butler," two other films — "August: Osage County" and "Dallas Buyers Club" — collected three nominations each. "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips" and
Awards handicappers analyzed the nominees for snubs and surprises.
The nominations for male actor in a leading role largely followed expectations, except for the exclusion of Robert Redford, whose performance as a resourceful sailor in J.C. Chandor's survival film "All Is Lost" had been critically praised. In addition to Ejiofor and Whitaker, SAG singled out
"I finally made the all-star team, and I've played a long time in this league," Dern said in an interview about earning his first SAG nomination at age 77. The actor's last trip to the Oscars was in 1979, when he was nominated for "Coming Home," "back when there were covered wagons," he said.
In the female actor in a leading role category, the field was stacked with previous Oscar winners over 40 — in addition to Thompson, the guild acknowledged
In the supporting actor category, in addition to Abdi and Fassbender, SAG rewarded a sentimental favorite,
"Dallas Buyers Club" is one movie that came out of the SAG Awards nominations looking stronger than it had — critics groups have tended to like its individual performances more than the film as a whole.
"It's been a very crowded landscape, and a lot of these nominations have been split," said "Dallas Buyers Club" producer Robbie Brenner. "Critics have been split.... Because it's such a crowded landscape we thought we'd be recognized in certain categories — Matthew and Jared have been getting recognized a lot. But it's a huge honor to be nominated [for cast].... Anything can happen. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but the outpouring of emotion is overwhelming."
Awards watchers will have more to debate when the
The SAG Awards will be handed out Jan. 18.
Times staff writers Jeffrey Fleishman, Amy Kaufman and Steven Zeitchik contributed to this report.
When: 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18