Nominations announced for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show on January 18th

"12 Years a Slave" earns a leading 4 nominations

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - "12 Years a Slave" earned a leading four nominations Wednesday for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards and "Breaking Bad" topped the list of television nominees with four nods, including stunt
ensemble.
   
The Weinstein Company led the pack of studios with seven nominations.
   
The casts of "12 Years a Slave," "American Hustle," "August: Osage County," "Dallas Buyers Club," and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" were all nominated for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, the SAG equivalent of the Oscar for best picture. Relative newcomer Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in two of those films, "12 Years a Slave" and "August: Osage County."
   
Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips"), Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Forest Whitaker ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") received best actor nods, as did Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena"), Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County") and Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks").
   
On the television side, the casts of "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones" and "Homeland" were nominated for outstanding ensemble performances. The comedy nominations included the casts of "30 Rock," "Arrested Development," "Big Bang Theory," "Modern
Family" and "Veep."
   
Actor nods for performances in a television movie or miniseries went to the two male leads in "Behind the Candelabra": Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irons ("The Hollow Crown"), Rob Lowe ("Killing Kennedy") and Al Pacino ("Phil Spector").
   
Actresses nominated for their roles in movies or miniseries included Angela Bassett, for her role as Corretta King in "Betty & Coretta," Helena Bonham Carter ("Burton and Taylor"), Helen Mirren ("Phil Spector") and both Holly Hunter and Elisabeth Moss for their work in "Top of the Lake."
   
Drama series nominees for best actor included Bryan Cranston for his portrayal of Walter White in the final season of "Breaking Bad," Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom"), Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards").
   
Actresses with a chance to take home The Actor statuette for a leading dramatic role include Claire Danes ("Homeland"), Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"), Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story"), Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey") and Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), a group presenter Clark Gregg jokingly called "a murderers' row" based on the characters they play.
   
Sasha Alexander, who plays eccentric medical examiner Maura Isles on TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles," and Gregg, known to audiences as Agent Phil Coulson of "The Avengers" and ABC's series "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., presented the nominations along with Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of
Television and Radio Artists President Ken Howard.
   
Actress Rita Morena will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAG Awards, which will be presented on Jan. 18 at the Shrine Auditorium and aired live on TNT and TBS.

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