Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014: Nominees & Contenders (Analysis)

This years 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominees where announced in the early morning on Wednesday this week. The awards praise some of the years most remarkable performances of the year.

The leading nominee at this years SAG Awards is one of the most controversial contenders of this years season, 12 Years a Slave which scored four nominations including Best Lead Male Performance, Best Supporting Male Performance, Best Supporting Female Performance and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. One of 12 Years A Slave major computers is David O. Russell’s American Hustle which is nominated alongside 12 Years in two of its four nominations.

Despite the only recent announcement of the nominees, the SAG Awards have already taken a onslaught of criticism focused at this years nominees as the awards appear to be praising only previous winning actors despite this years remarkable breakthrough talent that have been recognized all over the awards and festival trail this year. One of this years major acting contenders after winning Best Film at the Gotham Awards, being nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, and being nominated for Best Picture at both the New York Film Festival and Spirit Awards, Inside Llewyn Davis has been all but snubbed from this years SAG nominations. The plot less feature has been collecting awards everywhere since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, although the picture received no nominations this year, despite the films lead Oscar Isaac receiving over three Breakthrough Performer and Best Lead actor awards since May.

Another acting frontrunner cut from this years prized nominees list, featuring breakthrough talent, is Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom which stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris which have both been honored for their breakthrough performances by The Hollywood Reporter and a variety of other media headliners and acting guilds.

The SAG nominees provide a rather clear look into the forthcoming Academy Awards as all several theatrical based, SAG categories are recognized by the Academy voters. The SAG Awards have previously honored features which have continued to Academy Awards Best Picture nominations, in previous years these have included last years master thriller ‘Argo’, underdog winner from 2008 ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, the silent ‘The Artist’ and Colin Firth’s monumental ‘The King’s Speech’ from 2010. This years awards have provided the first nominations to a selection of sensational pictures that have recently started to fall behind on the awards trail. The 20th SAG nominations have pumped awards hope back in to Lee Daniels’ The Butler, August: Osage County, Rush, Fast & Furious 6, The Wolverine and Lone Survivor.

One of SAG’s most notable categories is Best Acting which is certain to weigh heavily on Academy voters as the awards season progresses. This year more than most given that overwhelming amount of talent that have given career peaking performances in this years trending survival based features. One of the most likely to dominate the category is Robert Redford with his electrifying performance in All Is Lost, in which he provides complete dedication to the surprisingly silent role of a stranded sailor. Although All Is Lost faces fierce competition from the riveting performance by Sandra Bullock as Dr Ryan Stone in this years Visual Effects landmark, which is Gravity.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards take place on Saturday, January 18th and will be broadcasted live on TNT.

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James Rush is the Founding, News & Chief Editor of TFM.

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