The best actress category went largely as expected when the
nominations were announced Wednesday. The category is heavy on veterans, with a mix of prior nominees and winners, and looks to include the names likely to be mentioned most during the rest of this awards season.
Making the cut were
Blanchett was recognized for her role as an emotionally unstable fallen socialite in
Bullock's role in "Gravity" finds her largely on-screen all by herself, as an astronaut stranded in space by an accident. She has two SAG Awards, one for her performance in "The Blind Side" and another as part of the cast of "Crash." Bullock also won an Oscar for "The Blind Side."
Dench was nominated for her part in "Philomena," the real-life story of Philomena Lee, a woman who went searching for the son she had not seen in 50 years. Dench has previously won an individual SAG Award for "Chocolat," and another as part of the cast of "Shakespeare in Love." She too has one Oscar.
Streep was nominated for her role as the hardened matriarch at an embattled family reunion in the adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play “August: Osage County.” Streep has two SAG Awards, for “
Thompson was nominated for her role as P.L. Travers, author of "Mary Poppins," in "Saving Mr. Banks." Thompson is a four-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee but has never won. She has two Oscars, one for her screenplay of "Sense and Sensibility" and another for acting in "Howard's End."
On the outside looking in were presumably competitive performances from actresses such as
The SAG Awards and the Oscars don’t usually line up exactly, and all hopefuls will get another grab at the brass ring Thursday with the
The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be given out on Jan. 18, 2014.