Four or five days ago a journalist pal and I were kicking around the award-season prospects of August: Osage County, and I asked him, “No Margo Martindale for Best Supporting Actress?” And he said, “Doubtful — people want nothing to do with that movie. Unfairly, Julia is a better bet than Margo for supporting.” Well, he was right SAG-wise about Roberts being the Supporting Actress pick, but wrong about Osage County — the Weinstein Co, release won a SAG nomination for Best Ensemble and Meryl Streep was nominated for Best Actress.

Most journalists were shrugging their shoulders about this film after the initial Toronto screening, and now the actors have put it back in the game. There are two worlds, two planets, two separate realms around this time of year. There is the realm of the earnest, devotional, film-worshipping, infinity-regarding X-factor journalists and smarty-pants columnists like myself, and there is the realm of the guilds. The guilds don’t live on the other side of the canyon — they live in another state.

I’ve already riffed about the Robert Redford snub — I don’t want to talk about it. SAG members also ignored the stellar, world-class performances in Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street (they actually blew off Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill?) and Joel and Ethan Coen‘s Inside Llewyn Davis, which would be at the top of my list of Best Ensemble performances. SAG membership didn’t receive Wolf of Wall Street screeners but the Davis blow-off…c’mon. Think for two seconds about those Llewyn Davis performances…John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham, Carey Mulligan, the Garfeins, the guy who plays Mel…what is SAG? What is the membership made of? Who are they?

I admired Daniel Bruhl‘s performance in Rush. He seemed to get under the skin of Formula One race-car driver Niki Lauda, capturing a certain manic intensity mixed with an offbeat charm and determination, but I decided a long time ago that it probably wouldn’t make the final cut. Well, guess what? SAG approves! Fine, whatever, good for Bruhl.

Congratulations to Twelve Years a Slave or snagging four SAG Awards nominations — Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Michael bop-shoo-wop Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor, Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress plus an ensemble nomination.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler landed three nominations — Forest Whitaker for Best Actor, Oprah Winfrey for Best Supporting Actress and an ensemble award.

Congrats also to American Hustle‘s Jennifer Lawrence for landing a Best Supporting Actress nomination. David O’Russell‘s freewheeling period drama was also nominated for Best Ensemble.

Captain Phillips and Nebraska also received two nominations.

SAG also nominated the late James Gandolfini as Best Supporting Actor nom for his work in Enough Said.