AUSTRALIA’S top actors have gone home empty handed from the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Los Angeles’ historic Shine Auditorium.
Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts both missed out on the best actor and actress awards respectively, sending a blow to their Oscar hopes.
Jackman, star of Les Miserables, missed out on the lead actor SAG to Daniel Day-Lewis, who won the award for Lincoln. Day-Lewis will no go into the February 24 Academy Awards as the red hot favourite.
Watts, who was nominated for The Impossible, was beaten by Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) for the best actress gong.
In a further blow to the Aussies, Nicole Kidman also failed to nab a trophy after missing out on two SAG awards.
The Australian was nominated for her role in the TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn, but the SAG went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of former US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in Game Change.
Kidman was also up for a supporting actress award for her sexually-charged performance in The Paperboy, but Anne Hathaway won for her role in Les Miserables.
On the television side, with 30 Rock ending its run, its stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin won the SAG awards for best comedy performers. It was Baldwin’s seventh-straight win, while Fey earned her fifth SAG prize.
Modern Family won for best overall cast in a TV comedy show.
Downton Abbey won the drama series award while the TV drama acting awards went to Claire Danes of Homeland and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad.