12 Years a Slave Dominates SAG Awards Nods Gets 4 nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Dec 11, 2013 9:19 AM CST 2 comments Comments This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk) (Newser) – SAG Awards nominations have been announced, and leading the pack is 12 Years a Slave. The film received four nods: lead actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Michael Fassbender), supporting actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and the biggest trophy of all, cast ensemble (often a bellwether for Best Picture at the Oscars). Next up were August: Osage County, The Butler, and Dallas Buyers Club with three nominations each, including cast ensemble. The final nominee for cast ensemble: American Hustle. Winners will be announced Jan. 18; see Variety for the full list of nominations. It's definitely awards season. More recent news: 12 Years a Slave is also on the American Film Institute's list of the top 10 movies of the year. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named two best pictures: Gravity and Her. But the New York Film Critics Circle went with American Hustle for best picture. Her was also named the year's best movie by the US National Board of Review. The Gotham Independent Film Awards gave the top honor to Inside Llewyn Davis. 12 Years a Slave was also nominated for a leading seven Spirit Awards.