By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood December 15, 2011 at 9:29AM
Yesterday, the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced. Both The Help and Bridesmaids scored best ensembles nominations (which is their top award) which could be an indicator of potential Oscar love because the actors (a percentage of the SAG members pick these nominees) are the largest voting branch in the Academy. The Help actually scored the most nominations with four including both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain in the supporting category.
Maybe being a movie about women won't hurt The Help, and the Bridesmaids nod along with the rising Melissa McCarthy makes me think it could potentially sneak in with a best picture nod because both men and women really love this movie. (As they should.)
Other things of note - Tilda Swinton continues to hold on to Oscar hopes with her nomination, Glenn Close got a nomination for film and TV, and Betty White scored two TV noms. I also noticed that we happily have a wide diversity of ages in the nominees and a lot women over 40. In the TV drama category, Julianna Margulies is the youngest and she's 45.
Here are the females nominated:
Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture : Bridesmaids ; The Help
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role : Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn; Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs ; Viola Davis, The Help; Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady ; Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role; Octavia Spencer, The Help ; Berenice Bejo, The Artist ; Jessica Chastain, The Help; Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids ; Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries: Diane Lane, Cinema Verite; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey; Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult ; Betty White, The Lost Valentine; Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series ; Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law ; Glenn Close, Damages; Jessica Lange, American Horror Story; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife ; Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family; Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie ; Tina Fey, 30 Rock; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family; Betty White, Hot In Cleveland
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
: The Good Wife
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series: 30 Rock