LOS ANGELES – Steven Spielberg’s historical biography “Lincoln,” the musical epic “Les Miserables” and the quirky romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” dominated the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations Wednesday, receiving four nominations apiece.
“Lincoln” scored nominations in the lead actor category for Daniel Day-Lewis, supporting actress for Sally Field, supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones and best ensemble in a motion picture. “Les Miserables,” which opens Christmas Day, earned nominations for lead actor Hugh Jackman, supporting actress Anne Hathaway, for best acting ensemble and best stunt ensemble.
And “Silver Linings Playbook” picked up nominations for lead actor Bradley Cooper, actress Jennifer Lawrence, supporting actor Robert De Niro and best ensemble.
Arguably the biggest winner of the day was 77-year-old Maggie Smith. The two-time Oscar-winning British actress scored four SAG nominations Wednesday. She picked up two nods – best supporting actress and ensemble — for the feature film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” and also picked up best supporting and ensemble nods for playing the officious dowager in TV’s “Downton Abbey.”
With the SAG nods, the three films and their stars are instantly positioned as front-runners in the race for Academy Award nominations and possibly Oscar gold.
Also honored Wednesday with ensemble nominations were the casts from “Argo” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “Argo” also received a nomination for supporting actor Alan Arkin.
Also nominated in the lead actor category are John Hawkes for “The Sessions” and Denzel Washington for “Flight.”
Vying with Lawrence in the lead actress field are Marion Cotillard for “Rust and Bone,” Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Helen Mirren for “Hitchcock” and Naomi Watts for “The Impossible.”
Rounding out the supporting categories are Javier Bardem for “Skyfall,” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master,” Helen Hunt in “The Sessions” and Nicole Kidman for “The Paperboy.”
The SAG Awards also honor performances in TV dramatic and comedy series, as well as movies and miniseries. The casts of the dramas “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abby,” “Homeland” and “Mad Men” were honored with nominations. On the comedy side, there were six nominees due to a tie: “30 Rock,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie” and “The Office.”
The 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards presentation is to be carried live on TNT and TBS on Jan. 27 from the Shrine Auditorium & Exposition Center in Los Angeles.