The Screen Actors Guild nominations--which actually do have some impact on the Oscar race, given that Academy actors are so dominant in the voting--were announced Thursday morning. The SAG equivalent of best picture is the ensemble award; the five nominees could well be considered the top five contenders at the Oscars as well. The King's Speech and The Fighter led the fray with four noms each, followed by Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right and The Social Network. Left off the best cast list but grabbing two acting nominations each were True Grit, which had been ignored by the Golden Globes, and Winter's Bone. Blue Valentine was shut out, with no noms for Ryan Gosling or Michelle Williams.
While there were no surprises among the five best actors, who are likely to be the final Oscar five--Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Robert Duvall (Get Low), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and James Franco (127 Hours)--there were plenty of other surprises on SAG nominations morning. The list of movie nominations is below; the full list is at indieWIRE.
Among the actors, if Javier Bardem had a shot for Biutiful, this was his chance to get included; he wasn't.
Four of the five best actresses are now clearly defined as well: Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan). The surprise fifth is Oscar perennial Hilary Swank, nominated for Conviction. The Academy could still go for Lesley Manville for Oscar fave Mike Leigh's Another Year or The Kids Are All Right's Golden Globe nominee Julianne Moore. Also left out was Diane Lane of Secretariat.
Winter's Bone did surprisingly well, with not only Lawrence but John Hawkes landing a supporting actor nomination. This could make him an Oscar contender. Sam Rockwell of Conviction and Andrew Garfield of The Social Network were omitted by SAG. Among the supporting actresses, while both The Fighter's Melissa Leo and Amy Adams made the cut, critics' fave Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) did not.
The 17th Annual SAG Awards will air live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at 8 p.m. (ET) from the Shrine Exposition Center in L.A. Voters come from two panels–one for television and one for film–each made up of 2,100 randomly selected Guild members from across the United States. All 100,000 active members of the Guild will vote on all the categories, either online or via paper ballots, due by noon on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011.
17th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
JEFF BRIDGES / Rooster Cogburn – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)
ROBERT DUVALL / Felix Bush - "GET LOW” (Sony Pictures Classics)
JESSE EISENBERG / Mark Zuckerberg - "THE SOCIAL NETWORK" (Columbia Pictures)
COLIN FIRTH / King George VI - "THE KING’S SPEECH" (The Weinstein Company)
JAMES FRANCO / Aron Ralston - "127 HOURS" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
ANNETTE BENING / Nic - "THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
NICOLE KIDMAN / Becca – “RABBIT HOLE” (Lionsgate)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Ree Dolly – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
HILARY SWANK / Betty Anne Waters – “CONVICTION” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
JOHN HAWKES / Teardrop – “WINTER’S BONE” (Roadside Attractions)
JEREMY RENNER / James Coughlin – “THE TOWN” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
MARK RUFFALO / Paul – “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” (Focus Features)
GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
AMY ADAMS / Charlene Fleming – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth – “THE KING’S SPEECH” (The Weinstein Company)
MILA KUNIS / Lily – “BLACK SWAN” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward – “THE FIGHTER” (Paramount Pictures)
HAILEE STEINFELD / Mattie Ross – “TRUE GRIT” (Paramount Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BLACK SWAN (Fox Searchlight Pictures) VINCENT CASSEL / Thomas Leroy BARBARA HERSHEY / Erica Sayers MILA KUNIS / Lily NATALIE PORTMAN / Nina Sayers WINONA RYDER / Beth Macintyre
THE FIGHTER (Paramount Pictures) AMY ADAMS / Charlene Fleming CHRISTIAN BALE / Dicky Eklund MELISSA LEO / Alice Ward JACK MCGEE / George Ward MARK WAHLBERG / Micky Ward
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Focus Features) ANNETTE BENING / Nic JOSH HUTCHERSON / Laser JULIANNE MOORE / Jules MARK RUFFALO / Paul MIA WASIKOWSKA / Joni
THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Company) ANTHONY ANDREWS / Stanley Baldwin HELENA BONHAM CARTER / Queen Elizabeth JENNIFER EHLE / Myrtle Logue COLIN FIRTH / King George VI MICHAEL GAMBON / King George V DEREK JACOBI / Archbishop Cosmo Lang GUY PEARCE / King Edward VIII GEOFFREY RUSH / Lionel Logue TIMOTHY SPALL / Winston Churchill
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Columbia Pictures) JESSE EISENBERG / Mark Zuckerberg ANDREW GARFIELD / Eduardo Saverin ARMIE HAMMER / Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss MAX MINGHELLA / Divya Narendra JOSH PENCE / Tyler Winklevoss JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE / Sean Parker