Shailene Woodley and George Clooney speak onstage during the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS from the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. Clooney and Woodley introduced their film, Alexander Payne’s family drama The Descendants, up for the SAG Award for Best Cast. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.)
The nominated The Descendants’ cast consisted of: Robert Forster, George Clooney, Matthew Lillard, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, and veteran Beau Bridges, who starred opposite Melina Mercouri in Norman Jewison’s Gaily, Gaily back in 1969. Additionally, Clooney was a Best Actor nominee. As it happened, Clooney lost to The Artist’s Jean Dujardin. His other competitors were Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz’s A Better Life, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller’s Moneyball, and Leonardo DiCaprio for Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.
As for the Descendants cast, they lost to the cast of Tate Taylor’s The Help, which included two of the evening’s SAG Award winners: Best Actress Viola Davis and Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer. The other Best Cast contenders were Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, etc.), Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist (Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, etc.), and Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids (Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Jill Clayburgh, etc.).