2012 Oscar Watch: The SAG Nominations Make Things Interesting

The Screen Actors Guild announced their nominations today and leading the pack with four is “The Help”. Well, that certainly makes the Oscar Best Picture race more interesting. Surprisingly shut out was Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” which was considered to be a frontrunner along with “The Artist”. With the SAG making up the biggest branch of Academy voters, their nominations speak volumes. It’s also worth nothing that “Bridesmaids” was honored in the SAGs “Outstanding Cast” category. This is the guild’s equivalent to Best Picture.

The Best Picture field wasn’t the only race that saw a shakeup. In the Best Actor category, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt continued on their journey to Oscar glory, while Ryan Gosling saw his chances diminish. This poor guy just can’t get a break with the Screen Actors Guild. Once again he was snubbed by them. Last year, he was shut out as well but his “Blue Valentine” co-star Michelle Williams received some love.

Speaking of which, Williams once again was honored for her work at this year’s race. She along with Meryl Streep and Viola Davis received nods. Earlier I thought it was a Streep/Williams two-way race but with Davis and “The Help” picking up steam, it’s looking like a three-way race. With Tilda Swinton scoring back-to-back nods with the previously announced BFCAs, she’s looking like a lock for an Oscar nomination. Glenn Close who was snubbed by several precursors, finally saw a glimmer of hope in her Oscar campaign. The actress was recognized for her work in “Albert Nobbs“. With her in, Charlize Theron and Elizabeth Olsen were pushed to the side. See who else the SAG honored below.

SAG Movie Nominations

Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Movie

  • Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
  • Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
  • Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
  • Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
  • Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Outstanding Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Movie

  • Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
  • Armie Hammer, “J. Edgar”
  • Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
  • Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
  • Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Outstanding Female Actor in a Lead Role in a Movie

  • 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 Male Actor in a Lead Role in a Movie

  • Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”
  • George Clooney, “The Descendants”
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”
  • Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
  • Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

Outstanding Cast in a Movie

  • “The Artist”
  • “Bridesmaids”
  • “The Descendants”
  • “The Help
  • “Midnight in Paris”

SAG Television Nominations

In addition to film, the SAGs honor outstanding work in television as well. Leading the pack is “Modern Family” with five nominations. Comedy “30 Rock” was close behind with three nods.

Outstanding Female Actor in a TV 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 Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries

  • Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood”
  • Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail”
  • Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys”
  • Guy Pierce, “Mildred Pierce”
  • James Woods, “Too Big to Fail”

Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Comedy Series

  • Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
  • Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
  • Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
  • Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
  • Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Outstanding Male Actor in a TV 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 Ensemble in a TV Comedy Series

  • “30 Rock”
  • “The Big Bang Theory”
  • “Glee”
  • “Modern Family”
  • “The Office”

Outstanding Female Actor in a TV Drama Series

  • Matt

    Actually, I think Davis is the one to beat. Entertainment Weekly runs a weekly meta-analysis of all the critics’ awards, lists, etc. and ranks the top contenders in every category, and Davis has ranked #1 for the past month or so, with no signs of slowing down. I agree with you, it’s well deserved.