Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo - “A BETTER LIFE” (Summit Entertainment) GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King - "THE DESCENDANTS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. Edgar Hoover - "J. EDGAR" (Warner Bros. Pictures) JEAN DUJARDIN / George - "THE ARTIST" (The Weinstein Company) BRAD PITT / Billy Beane - "MONEYBALL" (Columbia Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role GLENN CLOSE / Albert Nobbs - "ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions) VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures) MERYL STREEP / Margaret Thatcher - “THE IRON LADY” (The Weinstein Company) TILDA SWINTON / Eva - “WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN” (Oscilloscope Laboratories) MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Marilyn Monroe - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role KENNETH BRANAGH / Sir Laurence Olivier - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company) ARMIE HAMMER / Clyde Tolson - "J. EDGAR" (Warner Bros. Pictures) JONAH HILL / Peter Brand - "MONEYBALL" (Columbia Pictures) NICK NOLTE / Paddy Conlon - “WARRIOR” (Lionsgate) CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal - “BEGINNERS” (Focus Features)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy - "THE ARTIST" (The Weinstein Company) JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures) MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan - “BRIDESMAIDS” (Universal Pictures) JANET McTEER / Hubert Page - "ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions) OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture THE ARTIST (The Weinstein Company) BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy JAMES CROMWELL / Clifton JEAN DUJARDIN / George JOHN GOODMAN / Al Zimmer PENELOPE ANN MILLER / Doris
BRIDESMAIDS (Universal Pictures) ROSE BYRNE / Helen JILL CLAYBURGH / Annie’s Mom ELLIE KEMPER / Becca MATT LUCAS / Gil MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan WENDI McLENDON-COVEY / Rita CHRIS O’DOWD / Rhodes MAYA RUDOLPH / Lillian KRISTEN WIIG / Annie
THE DESCENDANTS (Fox Searchlight Pictures) BEAU BRIDGES / Cousin Hugh GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King ROBERT FORSTER / Scott Thorson JUDY GREER / Julie Speer MATTHEW LILLARD / Brian Speer SHAILENE WOODLEY / Alexandra King
THE HELP (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures) JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD / Hilly Holbrook ALLISON JANNEY / Charlotte Phelan CHRIS LOWELL / Stuart Whitworth AHNA O’REILLY / Elizabeth Leefolt SISSY SPACEK / Missus Walters OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson MARY STEENBURGEN / Elaine Stein EMMA STONE / Skeeter Phelan CICELY TYSON / Constantine Jefferson MIKE VOGEL / Johnny Foote
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Sony Pictures Classics) KATHY BATES / Gertrude Stein ADRIEN BRODY / Salvador Dali CARLA BRUNI / Museum Guide MARION COTILLARD / Adriana RACHEL McADAMS / Inez MICHAEL SHEEN / Paul OWEN WILSON / Gil
While some of the snubs really are shocking (no Albert Brooks? really?), I appreciate the original thinking clearly on display here. Occasionally the SAG nominating committee will go its own way in those years when the committee gets the right mix of independent-minded thinkers who skew the nominees away from the status quo (ex: see past love for The Station Agent, or the ensemble nominees of 2007).
I am kicking myself for not sucking it up and predicting Demian Bichir -- I thought his best chance for recognition beyond the Spirits would be here, but I decided to play it safe and left him out of the category. I'm thrilled that Swinton landed a lead nomination, and that Jessica Chastain didn't cancel herself out. If/when she pops up in the Globe nominations tomorrow, then I will allow myself to breathe a little easier with respect to her Oscar nomination odds.
The snubs/surprise inclusions really throw a wrench into what we all thought was the status quo. Vanessa Redgrave missing here at the ACTORS' prize concerns me -- I thought she'd be able to get in here on legend status alone, regardless of whether voters watched Coriolanus. She's probably good to go at BAFTA, and Academy respect for her might still carry her to an Oscar nom, but I don't think she'll make a strong play for the win anymore. I'm still not convinced that DiCaprio is going to make it into the final 5 for Best Actor, though the nomination for Armie Hammer reveals some degree of industry respect for J. Edgar. I keep thinking of people like Russell Crowe or Zhang Ziyi, who were nominated for Globes AND SAGs for very traditional Oscar-bait performances in films that disappointed, and who were ultimately left off the Academy's list -- I suspect that exact situation will replay itself with DiCaprio. Is Melissa McCarthy going to follow Mila Kunis's path this year, or will the Academy go all the way and nominate her? Is Glenn Close's nomination a sign that things are heating back up for her, or was the SAG nominating committee just stacked with her fans (she somehow also managed to get nominated for Damages again, which NO ONE is watching)? What about Shailene Woodley? Can she find a way back in? I get worried when the younger actors miss at SAG, which is the award show most willing to nominate young performers. Andrew Garfield missing here last year was the first major sign that he'd be left out at the Oscars, and I really don't want that to happen for Woodley this year, she was just too good.
I find the continued nominations for McCarthy perplexing. It's a good performance, but if they were going to recognize a comedic one this year, I wish it was Ryan Gosling for Crazy, Stupid, Love. I think Kristen Wiig is the standout of the Bridesmaids ensemble, and I would almost rather see her nominated for Best Actress.
I'm very happy for Nick Nolte. I love his performance in Warrior, and I really hope he can score another Oscar nomination. He almost classes up that god-awful lineup. Stoll and Kingsley should've been here.
Kristen Wiig gave my favorite female performance of the year, but just because she isn't getting the rec she deserves doesn't mean we should hate on McCarthy, who is also deserving. And as we all know these awards venues are far more willing to nominate broad performance in supporting than lead.
Is Glenn Close's nomination a sign that things are heating back up for her, or was the SAG nominating committee just stacked with her fans (she somehow also managed to get nominated for Damages again, which NO ONE is watching)?
RJ is right; Damages got a zero point zero rating in the 18-49 demo. At least twice in its most recent season.
22 of the 25 nominations are from films that were released before December - the 3 that weren't were from two films (Alfred Nobbs and The Iron Lady) - and one of those films (Nobbs), like all the others, were available in plenty of time for the committee to watch. Only Streep overcame a possible issue with too late to be received/seen. It is possible to likely that the committee could only see War Horse, EC, Tattoo and other December releases on screen, not on screeners, which then would have hurt their chances.
Though 3D/2D issues shouldn't make a difference, Kingsley might have been hurt
by screeners being in 2D.
That earlier available nominees like Albert Brooks, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Shannon didn't make it despite being out for a long time is significant.
I assume they got Young Adult - WGA members have, so this is really bad news for Theron.
Variety had both surprises (Hammer, Bechir) included in their potential Oscar nominees, and missed no one.
Some of the surprised omissions (Redgrave, Fassbender), strong candidate (Oldman) were hurt by the lack of a Brit bloc here. That Swinton got in despite this really rodes well for her Oscar chances.