The nominations for this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards have been released and there are a few key surprises. In the acting category, Demian Bichir took one of the Best Leading Actor nominations for A Better Life, beating out Gary Oldman, Michael Fassbender, Michael Shannon and Ryan Gosling.
Another key surprise comes in the Best Supporting Actor category with Armie Hammer securing a nomination for his role in J. Edgar, as did Jonah Hill for Moneyball. Unfortunately though, Andy Serkis and Albert Brookes missed out on nominations, which was a bit of a shock.
The female categories are pretty much as expected, with the usual favourites Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer getting nominated in the Best Leading and Best Supporting actress categories.
Incredible absences from the list include Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, War Horse, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Ides of March. It should also be noted that in 15 years, no film has won Best Picture at the Oscars without a SAG nomination.
That’s bad news for Hugo, which up until now, seemed to be the front runner, with Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and War Horse sitting close behind. This now leaves The Artist as a probable favourite, and something tells me it has been a lot longer than 15 years since a silent film won Best Picture at the Oscars.
Bridesmaids was perhaps the biggest surprise though, with the film scoring a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category, as well as a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Melissa McCarthy.
In the television category the major nominations were for Boardwalk Empire for Drama and Modern Family for Comedy, which of course, was to be expected.
Check out the list on nominees below.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Midnight in Paris
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton, “We Need To Talk About Kevin”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Brangah, “My Week with Marilyn”
Armie Hammer, “J. Edgar”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain “The Help”
Melissa McCaethy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Female Actor – Movie or MiniseriesDiane Lane, “Cinema Verite”Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult”Betty White, “The Lost Valentine”Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”Male Actor – Movie or MiniseriesLaurence Fishburne, “Thurgood”Paul Giamatti, “Too Big To Fail”Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys”Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce”James Woods, “Too Big to Fail”Female Actor – Comedy SeriesJulie Bowen, “Modern Family”Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”Tina Fey, “30 Rock”Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”Male Actor – Comedy SeriesAlec Baldwin, “30 Rock”Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”Steve Carell, “The Office”Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”Ensemble – Comedy Series“30 Rock”“The Big Bang Theory”“Glee”“Modern Family”“The Office”Female Actor – Drama SeriesKathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”Glenn Close, “Damages”Jessa Lange, “American Horror Story”Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”Male Actor – Drama SeriesPatrick James Adams, “Suits”Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”Ensemble – Drama Series“Boardwalk Empire”“Breaking Bad”“Dexter”“Game of Thrones”“The Good Wife”
SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (UNIVERSAL PICTURES)
COWBOYS & ALIENS (UNIVERSAL PICTURES)
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PARAMOUNT PICTURES)
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (20TH CENTURY FOX)
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA (STARZ)
TRUE BLOOD (HBO)