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Award Watch :: SAG Awards surprises and snubs

by Robert Nesti
EDGE National Arts & Entertainment Editor
Wednesday Dec 14, 2011
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The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced today with some surprising omissions - namely Albert Brooks, who has been winning critics’ awards after critics’ awards for his homicidal gangster in "Drive," Michael Fassbender for the sex-addicted yuppie in "Shame" and Shailene Woodley as George Clooney’s teenage daughter in "The Descendants."

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (aka the Actors), which will be given out on January 29, 2012 and broadcast on TNT, are considered a good barometer of the Oscar nominations since the Guild members make up the majority of Oscar voters.

A surprise amongst this year’s nominations is Mexican-born actor Demain Bichir in "A Better Life," not because he isn’t deserving (he’s been cited by a number of critics’ groups), but because the film was so little seen.


The usual suspects

Another little seen, but deserving nominee is Nick Nolte as an alcoholic trainer in the fight drama "Warrior." He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Otherwise, the nominations were pretty much the usual suspects, with the Best Actress award pitted between Viola Davis "The Help," Meryl Streep "The Iron Lady," Glenn Close "Albert Nobbs," Michelle Williams "My Week With Marilyn" and dark-horse Tilda Swinton "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Best Actor has Bicher up against George Clooney "The Descendants," Brad Pitt "Moneyball," Leonardo DiCaprio "J. Edgar," and Jean Dujardin "The Artist."

Joining Nolte in the Supporting Actor category are Christopher Plummer "Beginners," Jonah Hill "Moneyball," Armie Hammer "J. Edgar" and Kenneth Branagh "My Week With Marilyn."


McCarthy - a big surprise

The big surprise in the Supporting Actress category is Melissa McCarthy for her scene-stealing turn in "Bridesmaids." The film also got a surprise Best Ensemble nomination (that is the equivalent to the Oscar Best Picture.) Also up for Supporting Actress are Berenice Bejo "The Artist," Jessica Chastain "The Help," Janet McTeer "Albert Nobbs" and Octavia Spencer "The Help."

The Best Ensemble nominees are "The Artist," "Bridesmaids," "The Descendants," "The Help" and "Midnight in Paris."

Missing are such touted films as "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," "Hugo," "The War Horse," "Carnage," "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" and "Melancholia."

The perpetually snubbed DiCaprio did get a nomination for "J. Edgar," along with his co-star Armie Hammer; but conspicuously missing is Ryan Gosling, who was in three films worth considering: "Drive," "Crazy, Stupid Love" and "The Ides of March." Charlize Theron, widely thought of as a possible Oscar nominee for her dark turn in "Young Adult," is also conspicuously missing, as is Kirsten Dunst for "Melancholia" and Gary Oldman for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy."


’Homeland’ snubbed

Another big surprise in the television nominees is newbie Patrick J. Adams from USA’s "Suits" who was nominated in the best dramatic TV actor category.

Also, kudos to Jessica Lange for being cited for her striking turn on "American Horror Story."

Oddly McCarthy got a supporting nomination for a film, but was overlooked on the television side for her Emmy-winning performance on "Mike and Molly" for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series.

Also overlooked on the television medium is the critically acclaimed Showtime series "Homeland," which received no nominations.

That show’s star Claire Danes was snubbed as was Zooey Deschanel "New Girl," Laura Linney "The Big C" and Laura Dern "Enlightened."

Male television actors that didn’t make the cut include Damian Lewis "Homeland," Timothy Olyphant "Justified," Neil Patrick Harris "How I Met My Mother," Peter Dinklage "Game of Thrones" and Jim Parsons "The Big Bang Theory."

Below are the nominations:


Motion Picture

Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
"Bridesmaids," 
"The Artist," "The Descendants," 
"The Help," 
"Midnight in Paris."

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
George Clooney, "The Descendants,"
 Demian Bichir, "A Better Life," 
Leonardo DiCaprio, "J. Edgar," 
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist,"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball."

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 Male Actor In A Supporting Role
Nick Nolte, "Warrior," 
Kenneth Branagh, "My Week With Marilyn," 
Armie Hammer, "J. Edgar," 
Jonah Hill, "Moneyball,"
 Christopher Plummer, "Beginners."

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 Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture

"The Adjustment Bureau,"
 "Cowboys & Aliens," 
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II,"
 "Transformers: Dark of the Moon,"
 "X-Men: First Class."


Television

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, "Thurgood,"
 Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail,"
 Greg Kinnear, "The Kennedys,"
 Guy Pearce, "Mildred Pierce,"
 James Woods, "Too Big to Fail."

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries
Diane Lane, "Cinema Verite,"
 Maggie Smith, "Downtown Abbey,"
 Emily Watson, "Appropriate Adult,"
 Betty White, "The Lost Valentine,"
 Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce."



Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams, "Suits,"
 Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire," 
Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights,"
 Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad,"
 Michael C. Hall, "Dexter."

Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series
Kathy Bates, "Harry’s Law,"
 Glenn Close, "Damages,"
 Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story,"
 Julianna Margules, "The Good Wife,"
 Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer."

Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock,"
 Ty Burrell, "Modern Family,"
 Steve Carell, "The Office,"
 Jon Cryer, "Two and a Half Men,"
 Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family."

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
"Boardwalk Empire,"
 "Breaking Bad,"
 "Dexter,"
 "Game of Thrones,"
 "The Good Wife."

Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series
"30 Rock,"
 "The Big Bang Theory,"
 "Glee,"
 "Modern Family,"
 "The Office."

Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series
"Dexter,"
 "Game of Thrones,"
 "Southland,"
 "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena,"
 "True Blood."


Robert Nesti can be reached at rnesti@edgemedianetwork.com.

This article is part of our "Award Watch 2012" series. Want to read more? Here's the full list»

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