'Lincoln,' 'Les Miz,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' lead SAG nominations

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LOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg’s historical biography “Lincoln,” the musical epic “Les Miserables” and the quirky romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” dominated the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations Wednesday, receiving four nominations apiece.

“Lincoln” scored nominations in the lead actor category for Daniel Day-Lewis, supporting actress for Sally Field, supporting actor for Tommy Lee Jones and best ensemble in a motion picture. “Les Miserables” earned nominations for lead actor Hugh Jackman, supporting actress Anne Hathaway, for best acting ensemble and best stunt ensemble.

And “Silver Linings Playbook” picked up nominations for lead actor Bradley Cooper, actress Jennifer Lawrence, supporting actor Robert De Niro and best ensemble.

Arguably the biggest winner of the day, however, was 77-year-old Maggie Smith. The two-time Oscar-winning British actress scored the most SAG nominations Wednesday — four in all. She picked up two nods — best supporting actress and ensemble — for the feature film “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” a dramedy about a group of British retirees who move to a hotel in India. She also picked up best supporting and ensemble nods for playing the officious dowager in “Downton Abbey.”

With the SAG nods, the three films and their stars are instantly positioned as front-runners in the race for Academy Award nominations and possibly Oscar gold.

Also honored Wednesday with ensemble nominations were the casts from “Argo” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “Argo” also received a nomination for supporting actor Alan Arkin.

UK police: Jimmy Savile is suspect in 199 crimes

LONDON — The late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile is a suspect in 199 crimes recorded so far, including dozens of cases of rape, British police said Wednesday. They described the level of sexual abuse allegations against Savile as “unprecedented in the U.K.”

The accusations against Savile, who died last year at age 84, grew after five women said during a TV program broadcast in October that they had been sexually abused by the presenter. The claims triggered a scandal that rocked the BBC, which has been accused of failing to report allegations against Savile while making shows praising him.

Police said they are putting together a report on Savile’s activities based on the alleged victims’ evidence, expected to be published early next year. On Wednesday, police published an update on the probe with the following details:

—199 crimes have been recorded in 17 police force jurisdictions in which Savile is a suspect.

—31 rape allegations have been recorded against the disgraced children’s television presenter.

—450 people have come forward with information relating to Savile, mainly alleging sexual abuse.

—Some 140 other people also have reported information relating to Savile acting with others, or others acting alone.

Most of those people who came forward were women who alleged sexual abuse when they were young, police said.

A broader police investigation into sex abuse spurred by the claims against Savile has so far detained seven suspects for questioning. They included former pop star Gary Glitter, 68, whose real name is Paul Gadd, and well-known publicist Max Clifford.

No criminal charges have been filed.

The BBC has also announced several investigations into the abuse claims and the network’s polices during Savile’s career.

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