British comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which tells the story of a group of elderly Brits who retire to a ramshackle Indian Hotel, won two nominations at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) on Wednesday: best ensemble and best supporting actress for Dame Maggie Smith.
Dame Maggie was also nominated in SAG’s best actress on television category for her matriarchal role in the British period series Downton Abbey, which has also picked the a nomination for best ensemble and best actress for Michelle Dockery in TV drama.
Those with the most nods, however, were Steven Spielberg’s political drama Lincoln, Tom Hooper’s musical Les Miserables and David O’Russell’s comedy Silver Linings Playbook, each earning 4 nominations including best ensemble.
Lincoln, which follows US president Abraham Lincoln in his battle to outlaw slavery, gained nominations for lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis, and supporting actors Sally Field, who plays his wife, and Tommy Lee Jones, who plays a radical conservative congressman.
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, gained nominations in the best actor, best actress and best supporting actor categories respectively for their roles in the quirky Silver Linings Playbook.
Les Miserables’s lead Hugh Jackman earned a nomination for best actor, alongside his co-star Anne Hathaway who took a best supporting actress nomination.
Ben Affleck’s political thriller was last in the list of best ensemble nominations. The film took another nomination for Alan Arkin in the best supporting category.
John Hawkes, who plays a sex-craving disabled man in The Sessions, and Denzel Washington, who plays a drunkard pilot in Flight, each gained a nomination for best actor.
In the best actress category, Jennifer Lawrence will be competing against Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Dame Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Naomi Watts (The Impossible).
Joaquin Phoenix failed to gain a nomination for his role in the Master, but his co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman did get one in the best supporting actor category, alongside Javier Bardem (Skyfall), Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin and Tommy Lee Jones.
There were no surprises in the TV nominations. The best ensemble cast nomination in Drama were bestowed on former winners: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Homeland and Mad Men.
The rest of the nominations were dominated by the cast of the above shows. Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Damian Lewis (Homeland) each earned a nomination for best actor in a TV drama. They were joined by Jeff Daniels, who plays a news anchor in the new show The Newsroom.
Claire Danes (Homeland), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) will be competing against Dame Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in the best actress in drama category.
30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family, Nurse Jackie and The Office were the nominees in the Best Ensemble cast in a TV comedy.
Nicole Kidman, who gained a nomination for Supporting Actress in the film Paperboy, was also nominated for Best Actress for playing war reporter Gellhorn alongside Clive Owen in the TV movie Hemingway and Gellhorn. Owen was nominated for Best Actor for playing Hemingway.
The SAG nominations are a strong predictor of Academy Awards, because actors make up the largest voting group for the Oscars. SAG’s awards will be given out on Jan 27th in a live telecast on America’s TBS and TNT networks.