‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Fighter’ lead SAG Awards nominations

“The King’s Speech” solidified its frontrunner status while “The Fighter” continued its ascent as both films earned four Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations Thursday. They contend for Best Ensemble — against “Black Swan,” “The Kids Are All Right” and “The Social Network” — and three actors in each received individual nominations. “Black Swan” and “Kids” had two performers recognized while critics darling “The Social Network” managed just one.

All five of these films — which figure prominently in our pundits predictions of Oscar nominees — also contend at the Globes, with “Inception” being the only Globe Drama nominee not in the running at SAG while “The Kids Are All Right” is the only Globe Comedy/Musical in play here.

Competing for Best Actor are three of the Golden Globe Drama nominees — critics choice Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”), James Franco (“127 Hours”) and Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) — against Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”) and Robert Duvall (“Get Low)”.  Missing from the list: “The Fighter” actor/producer Mark Wahlberg and “Blue Valentine” co-star Ryan Gosling. Our panel of pundits have the five SAG nominees as the leading men at the Oscars as well.

The Best Actress contenders pit three of the Globe Drama contenders — Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”),  Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”) and Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”) — against Globe Comedy/Musical nominee Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Hilary Swank (“Conviction”). All but Swank figure in our pundits picks for the Oscars with our fifth slot taken by Lesley Manville (“Another Year”) who was also snubbed by the Globes. Globe Drama nominees Halle Berry (“Frankie & Alice”) and Michelle Williams (“Blue Valentine”) were left off the SAG list.

The Supporting Actor SAG race includes our two frontrunners for the Oscars — Globe nominees Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) and Geoffrey Rush (“The King’s Speech”) — as well as John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone”), Gotham champ Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are All RIght”) and Globe nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town”). Among those overlooked — Globe contenders Michael Douglas (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”), Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) as well as Matt Damon (“True Grit”).

The Supporting Actress slate at SAG includes four of our five expected Oscar nominees — with Amy Adams and Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”), Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech”) and Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”)  joined by Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”). Critics choice and Globe nominee Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”) was snubbed.

The 17th edition of these kudos are on Jan. 30 and will air live on both TBS and TNT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Photo: Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG)

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