The ensembles of “The Artist,” “Bridesmaids,” “The Descendants,” “The Help” and “Midnight in Paris” have been nominated for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding cast in a motion picture.
The SAG nominations, which honor performances in both film and television, were announced Wednesday morning. And while a few surprises were sprinkled in — Nick Nolte for Best Supporting Actor for the film “Warrior”? Patrick J. Adams for USA’s “Suits” as outstanding male in a TV drama? — the majority of the nominees fell in the “expected” category.
Who was recognized, and who got shut out? Let’s start with the movie side of the playing field.
George Clooney (“The Descendants”), Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“J. Edgar”) and Jean Dujardin, who plays the silent film star in “The Artist,” all were recognized in the best actor field. The one surprise was Demian Bichir, the Mexican actor who starred in “A Better Life,” a drama about an illegal immigrant struggling to provide for his father.
The female actor category, naturally, included Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” as well as Viola Davis of “The Help.” Michelle Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”), Tilda Swinton (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”) and Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”) round out the category.
Neither the cast nor any actor from “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” made the cut, presumably because most SAG members have not yet seen the 9/11-themed film. Also overlooked: Michael Fassbender for “Shame,” the cast of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” and the films “Drive” and “50/50,” which were snubbed entirely.
The TV nominations were even more predictable, with a few notable exceptions. The aforementioned Adams was nominated for his role in “Suits,” which suggests we may hear his name again Thursday when the Golden Globe Award nominees are announced. (The Hollywood Foreign Press, which last year nominated Piper Perabo for her work on the series “Covert Affairs,” has established a precedent for recognizing USA network shows.)
Jessica Lange was recognized in the best female actor in a drama for her role as the dastardly Constance on “American Horror Story.” And Kyle Chandler, Emmy winner this year for playing Coach Taylor on “Friday Night Lights,” received his first SAG nomination in the best actor in a drama category. Connie Britton, who starred on both “Friday Night Lights” and is about to give birth to a demon child Wednesday night on “American Horror Story,” was passed over.
According to SAG’s voting members, the best dramatic ensembles on TV are the casts of “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Good Wife.” The contenders for comedy ensemble include “30 Rock,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “The Office.”
Here’s the full list of nominees. The awards will be given out Jan. 29 during the flurry of wintertime trophy ceremonies and will be broadcast on TNT and TBS.
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