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The nominees have been announced for the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the focus of this year's awards show -- airing Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, on TNT and TBS -- is somewhat surprising. Films like Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln, as well as TV shows like Modern Family and Downton Abbey, were put at the forefront, but critical darlings like Zero Dark Thirty and Game of Thrones were barely recognized, if they were nominated at all.
Zero Dark Thirty is shaping up to be a major Oscar contender this year, but that could be just on the production side judging by the single acting nomination it received by SAG. Jessica Chastain took a well-deserved best actress nod, but there was no sign of the similarly deserving Jason Clarke on this list. Considering the controversial torture scene he conducts in the film, we figure he deserves at least a best supporting actor nomination.
At the same time, it was exciting to see Javier Bardem get that nod instead. He was honored for his work as Silva in Skyfall -- sadly for 007 fans, this was the only nomination that movie received from the Screen Actors Guild. It was also a nice surprise to see that Nicole Kidman earned some props for her work in The Paperboy by receiving a best supporting actress nomination for her spicy role as a seductress in the South. On the night of the awards, the Aussie will be hoping to score two gongs -- she's also up for outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries for playing Martha Gellhorn in HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn.
Another star who is hoping to pick up double honors on Jan. 27, is Jennifer Lawrence. Sure, she played tough chick Katniss Everdeen in this year's The Hunger Games, but the role that has rightfully received the critics' praise this year is her take as Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook. In addition to a best actress nod, Lawrence, along with the movie's cast, received a nomination for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. Her costars, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, also picked up solo awards, for best actor and best supporting actor, respectively.
When it comes to the small screen, all the usual players were given recognition. Homeland, Modern Family, Downton Abbey and Breaking Bad all got their dues, but where was the love for Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead this year? It's likely because the SAG Awards only recognize the main actors in a comedy or drama TV series with awards, but Peter Dinklage and Andrew Lincoln are definitely deserving of some attention.
After being snubbed at the Emmys, Glee is up for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, a category the cast has been in the runnning for every year since 2010. There are some newbies in the pool of nominees this time around, such as Amy Poehler, who finally got a best actress nod for Parks and Recreation, and Louis C.K., who is hoping to pick up a gong for Louie to place next to his shiny new Emmy from this year.
C.K. is up against some stiff competition in the best actor in a comedy series category, including Alec Baldwin, Ty Burrell, Jim Parsons and Eric Stonestreet, but we'd argue that he's the most deserving of the bunch this year.
In film, the SAG Awards recognize the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best cast of the year. The same goes for TV, where the Screen Actors Guild nominated those who they think were the best actor, best actress and best cast in a drama; best actor, best actress and best cast in a comedy and best actor and best actress in a television movie or miniseries. You can see the full list of nominees here.