LOS ANGELES -- The Civil War saga "Lincoln," the musical "Les Miserables" and the comic drama "Silver Linings Playbook" boosted their Academy Awards prospects Wednesday with four nominations apiece for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

All three films were nominated for overall performance by their casts. Also nominated for best ensemble cast were the Iran hostage-crisis thriller "Argo" and the British retiree adventure "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Directed by Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln" also scored individual nominations for Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role as best actor, Sally Field for supporting actress as Mary Todd Lincoln and Tommy Lee Jones for supporting actor as abolitionist firebrand Thaddeus Stevens.

"Les Miserables," from "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper, had nominations for Hugh Jackman for best actor as Victor Hugo's long-suffering hero Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway for supporting actress as a woman fallen into prostitution, plus a nomination for its stunt ensemble.

"Silver Linings Playbook," made by "The Fighter" director David O. Russell, also had lead-acting nominations for Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as lost souls who find a second chance at love and Robert De Niro for supporting actor as a football-obsessed dad.

Besides Lawrence, best-actress nominees are Jessica Chastain as a CIA analyst pursuing Osama bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty"; Marion Cotillard as a woman who finds romance after tragedy in "Rust and Bone"; Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock's strong-willed wife in "Hitchcock"; and Naomi Watts as a woman caught in the devastation of a tsunami in "The Impossible."


Joining Cooper, Day-Lewis and Jackman in the best-actor field are John Hawkes as a polio victim aiming to lose his virginity in "The Sessions" and Denzel Washington as a boozy airline pilot in "Flight."

SAG nominees are almost all familiar names in Hollywood's awards season. Eighteen of the 20 film acting contenders are past Academy Awards nominees and 13 have won Oscars, among them five two-time winners. Only Cooper and Jackman have never before earned Oscar nominations.


One of the year's most-acclaimed films, Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master," earned only one nomination, supporting actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman as a mesmerizing cult leader. The film was snubbed on nominations for ensemble, lead actor Joaquin Phoenix and supporting actress Amy Adams.

Other individual performances overlooked by SAG voters include Anthony Hopkins in the title role of "Hitchcock," Keira Knightley in the title role of "Anna Karenina," Bill Murray as Franklin Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on Hudson" and "Argo" director Ben Affleck, who also starred in the film.

The SAG Awards will be presented Jan. 27. The guild nominations are one of Hollywood's first major announcements on the long road to the Feb. 24 Oscars Awards, whose nominations will be released Jan. 10.

Nominations for the Golden Globes, the second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, come out today.

Maggie Smith had four individual and ensemble nominations. Along with sharing the ensemble honor for "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Smith joined the cast of "Downton Abbey" among TV ensemble contenders and had nominations for supporting film actress as a cranky retiree in "Marigold Hotel" and TV drama actress for "Downton Abbey."

Kidman and Cranston

Nicole Kidman earned two individual nominations, as supporting film actress as a woman smitten with a prison inmate in "The Paperboy" and best actress in a TV movie or miniseries as war correspondent Martha Gellhorn in "Hemingway & Gellhorn."

Bryan Cranston had three overall nominations, as best actor in a TV drama for "Breaking Bad," an ensemble honor for that show and a film ensemble honor for "Argo."

Along with "Breaking Bad" and "Downton Abbey," best TV drama ensemble contenders are "Boardwalk Empire," "Homeland" and "Mad Men." TV comedy ensemble nominees are "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie" and "The Office."

The Nominees: 


Actor: Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"; John Hawkes, "The Sessions"; Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"; Denzel Washington, "Flight."

Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"; Marion Cotillard, "Rust and Bone"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Helen Mirren, "Hitchcock"; Naomi Watts, "The Impossible."

Supporting actor: Alan Arkin, "Argo"; Javier Bardem, "Skyfall"; Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"; Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln."

Supporting actress: Sally Field, "Lincoln"; Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"; Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"; Nicole Kidman, "The Paperboy"; Maggie Smith, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

Cast: "Argo," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," "Les Miserables," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook."

Stunt ensemble: "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Bourne Legacy," "The Dark Knight Rises," "Les Miserables," "Skyfall."


Actor in a movie or miniseries: Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"; Woody Harrelson, "Game Change"; Ed Harris, "Game Change"; Clive Owen, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"; Bill Paxton, "Hatfields & McCoys."

Actress in a movie or miniseries: Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"; Julianne Moore, "Game Change"; Charlotte Rampling, "Restless"; Sigourney Weaver, "Political Animals"; Alfre Woodard, "Steel Magnolias."

Actor in a drama series: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"; Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"; Jeff Daniels, "The Newsroom"; Jon Hamm, "Mad Men"; Damian Lewis, "Homeland."

Actress in a drama series: Claire Danes, "Homeland"; Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey"; Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Asylum"; Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"; Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey."

Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"; Ty Burrell, "Modern Family"; Louis C.K., "Louie"; Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"; Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family."

Actress 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."

Drama series cast: "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Homeland" and "Mad Men."

Comedy series cast: "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office."

Stunt ensemble: "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," "Game of Thrones," "Sons of Anarchy," "The Walking Dead."

♦ Lifetime Achievement: Dick Van Dyke.