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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 12/12/2012

SAG Award nomination surprise: Nicole Kidman for ‘The Paperboy’


Kidman in “The Paperboy.” (Millennium Entertainment)
The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. And among those nominees stands a suggestively-dressed, sexually charged Nicole Kidman.

Kidman was nominated as best female actor in a supporting role in a motion picture for her work in “The Paperboy.” Yes, that is the movie in which she urinates on Zac Efron. And yes, that nomination may have been the one true surprise among a field of contenders most saw coming several Hollywood blocks away.

The movies that landed the most nominations — “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Les Miserables,” each with four out of the six film-related categories — have been widely praised for their performances, which is the guild awards’ focus. That's why “Zero Dark Thirty” walked away Wednesday with just one nod, for Jessica Chastain as lead female actor. That film is being celebrated more as a triumph of filmmaking than across-the-board ensemble acting even though the cast is uniformly strong.

But back to that Kidman/“Paperboy” nomination, which was, at least in this writer’s view, an unexpected but not an undeserved one.

Related: SAG Award TV nominations

“The Paperboy”may have been, as previously established, a nonstop parade of retro-noir, breaded-and-fried weirdness. But it was a movie in which Kidman demonstrated full, compelling commitment to her role as an insecure, screwed-up seductress who has unashamed telepathic sex with John Cusack. The fact that her colleagues chose to salute her for doing so allowed the Aussie star to join the very British Dame Maggie Smith as one of this year’s dual film/television SAG nominees. Kidman also was nominated for best actress in a TV movie for “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” while Smith received nods for her convincingly judgmental work on “Downton Abbey” and in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Both “Downton” and “Marigold” were recognized in their respective ensemble categories as well.

Before sharing the complete list of nominations, a few snubs also must be noted.

— Joaquin Phoenix was not nominated for “The Master.” It appears he was edged out by Denzel Washington in “Flight” and/or Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Whether this snub occurred because of Phoenix’s candid comments about awards season we may never know. Either way, everyone is probably going to lose to Daniel Day-Lewis in ”Lincoln,” so it’s all sort of moot.

— On the TV side, the comedy ensemble category swelled from five to six nominees due to a nomination tie. But “Parks and Recreation” still wasn’t in the mix. Both “Glee” and “The Office,” however, were.

— No McConaughey?!?!

Here’s the full list of SAG Award nominees. The awards will be presented Jan. 27, in a ceremony that airs live on TNT and TBS.

FILM

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role

Alan Arkin, Argo

Javier Bardem, Skyfall

Rober De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Denzel Washington, Flight

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Mirren, Hitchcock

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture

Argo

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Les Miserables

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture

The Amazing Spiderman

The Bourne Legacy

The Dark Knight Rises

Les Miserables

Skyfall

TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

Ty Burrell, Modern Family 

Louis CK, Louie

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series

30 Rock

The Big Bang Theory

Glee

Modern Family

Nurse Jackie

The Office

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn

Julianne Moore, Game Change

Charlotte Rampling, Restless

Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries

Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys

Woody Harrelson, Game Change

Ed Harris, Game Change

Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

Bill Paxton, Hatfields and McCoys

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series

Claire Danes, Homeland

Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Downton Abbey

Homeland

Mad Men

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series

Boardwalk Empire

Breaking Bad

Game of Thrones

Sons of Anarchy

The Walking Dead

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