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Hollywood weighs in on Oscar race with Screen Actors Guild awards

Published on Jan 28, 2013 7:38 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Hollywood actors name their picks for the best performances of 2012 in film and television at the annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday in a ceremony that will likely define some of the top Oscar races in four weeks time.

Lincoln, about United States President Abraham Lincoln's battle to end slavery, French revolution musical Les Miserables, and comedy Silver Linings Playbook, about a bipolar man's unlikely romance, head into Sunday's show with four nominations apiece, including the top prize of best ensemble cast.

Joining them with two nominations each are the cast of Iranian hostage drama Argo and British comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel about a group of seniors who retire to a ramshackle hotel in India and featuring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy.

The Screen Actors Guild ceremony is among the most-watched during Hollywood's awards season because actors make up the largest voting group when the Oscars come around on Feb 24.

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