(AFP) The film “12 Years a Slave” directed by Steve McQueen topped nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) gongs announced Wednesday, as Hollywood’s annual awards season gets into gear.
The movie scored four nominations, followed by three each for “August: Osage County,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” while on the TV front cult series “Breaking Bad” leads the race.
“12 Years a Slave” tells the story of Solomon Northup, a black man in 19th century New York state who is abducted and sold into slavery to work in the cotton fields.
Its nominations include for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture–the SAG equivalent of best picture Oscar–as well as nods for best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o and best supporting actor for Michael Fassbender.
The other best film nominees are “American Hustle,” “August: Osage County,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
Best actress nominees are Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock for “Gravity,” Judi Dench for “Philomena,” Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County,” and Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks.”
In the best actor race, Ejiofor is up against Bruce Dern for “Nebraska,” Tom Hanks for “Captain Phillips,” Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Forest Whitaker for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
Hollywood’s awards season gets into full swing Thursday with the announcement of nominees for the Golden Globes, while nominations for the Oscars will be revealed on January 16.