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Just like a boxer getting off the canvas after a knockdown, Nicole Kidman has resurrected her chances of an Oscar for her sexually-charged performance in The Paperboy with two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations.

Kidman was given little chance of an Oscar nomination by film critics and award pundits, but that changed on Wednesday in Los Angeles when the SAG nominations were announced and Kidman, along with fellow Australians Hugh Jackman and Naomi Watts, received nods.

The SAG Awards are a bellwether for the Academy Awards.

Hugh Jackman plays escaped convict Jean Valjean in <i>Les Miserables</i>.

Hugh Jackman is nominated for best actor for his performance in Les Miserables.

The news was not so good for Jacki Weaver, Russell Crowe and Toni Collette who were all snubbed for SAGs and face the prospect of being forgotten in the hype leading up to the announcement of the Academy Award nominations on January 10.

Weaver, for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, and Collette, for Hitchcock, were considered better chances than Kidman of snaring SAG nominations in the supporting actress category.

Kidman will now mount a serious challenge to Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) for the supporting Oscar.

The Australian redhead not only received a SAG nomination for The Paperboy, but also picked up a nomination in the TV movie/miniseries category for the movie Hemingway & Gellhorn.

Naomi Watts in <i>The Impossible</i>.

Naomi Watts in The Impossible.

While Hemingway & Gellhorn is not eligible for the Academy Award because it debuted on TV, the double nomination will give Kidman plenty of positive publicity heading into the Oscars.

Her husband, Keith Urban, is also a great shot at an Oscar nomination in the original song category for For You.

The song was in the film Act of Valor and is on the Oscar shortlist.

Jackman's SAG lead actor nomination for his singing-acting tour de force performance in Les Miserables was expected and he will go toe-to-toe with fellow nominees Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays US president Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, and Bradley Cooper, in Silver Linings Playbook.

It also was not a surprise SAG voters honoured Watts' performance as a tsunami survivor in The Impossible with a nomination for lead actress.

Watts will compete for the SAG, and likely the best actress Oscar, with Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) and Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone).

The SAG Award nominations were not a total write-off for Crowe and Weaver.

The ceremony recognises ensembles - equivalent to the Academy Awards' best picture Oscar - and the cast of Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook both were nominated, giving Crowe and Weaver chances to walk away with a SAG trophy.

The casts from Argo, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Lincoln were also nominated.

The SAGs only celebrate actors, but the nomination ceremony also boosts Aussie director Ben Lewin's chances of scoring a direction Oscar nomination for The Sessions.

The two stars of his film, John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, received best actor and actress SAG nominations, an indicator the small, independent film is on Hollywood's radar.

Kidman, Jackman, Watts, Crowe, Weaver, Collette and Lewin have another chance on Thursday (US time) when the Golden Globes nominations are announced - also a major Oscar indicator.

The 19th Annual SAG ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on January 27.

The Oscar nominations will be revealed on January 10, while the Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 24.

Screen Actors Guild nominees

FILM

Outstanding performance by a cast

Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

Best actor

Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
John Hawkes - The Sessions
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Denzel Washington - Flight

Best actress

Naomi Watts - The Impossible
Helen Mirren - Hitchcock
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

Supporting actor

Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin - Argo
Javier Bardem - Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

Supporting actress

Nicole Kidman - The Paperboy
Sally Field - Lincoln
Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Maggie Smith - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

TELEVISION

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series

Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Homeland
Mad Men


Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie
The Office

Outstanding performance by an actor in a drama series

Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels - The Newsroom
Jon Hamm - Mad Men
Damian Lewis - Homeland

Outstanding performance by an 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

Outstanding performance by an 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

Outstanding performance by an 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

Outstanding performance by an actor in a telemovie or miniseries

Kevin Costner - Hatfields & McCoys
Woody Harrelson - Game Change
Ed Harris - Game Change
Clive Owen - Hemingway & Gellhorn
Bill Paxton - Hatfields & McCoys

Outstanding performance by an actress in a telemovie or miniseries

Nicole Kidman - Hemingway & Gellhorn
Julianne Moore - Game Change
Charlotte Rampling - Restless
Sigourney Weaver - Political Animals
Alfre Woodard - Steel Magnolias

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