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Actor Award: SAG Winners Include Five-Decade Veteran & Surprise Best Actress

Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
* The Help – Jessica Chastain. Viola Davis. Bryce Dallas Howard. Allison Janney. Chris Lowell. Ahna O'Reilly. Sissy Spacek. Octavia Spencer. Mary Steenburgen. Emma Stone. Cicely Tyson. Mike Vogel
The Artist
Bérénice Bejo. James Cromwell. Jean Dujardin. John Goodman. Penelope Ann Miller
Bridesmaids
Rose Byrne. Jill Clayburgh. Ellie Kemper. Matt Lucas. Melissa McCarthy. Wendi McLendon-Covey. Chris O'Dowd. Maya Rudolph. Kristen Wiig
The Descendants
Beau Bridges. George Clooney. Robert Forster. Judy Greer. Matthew Lillard. Shailene Woodley
Midnight In Paris
Kathy Bates. Adrien Brody. Carla Bruni. Marion Cotillard. Rachel McAdams. Michael Sheen. Owen Wilson

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
* Jean Dujardin – The Artist as George Valentin
Demián Bichir – A Better Life as Carlos Galindo
George Clooney – The Descendants as Matt King
Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar as J. Edgar Hoover
Brad Pitt – Moneyball as Billy Beane

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
* Viola Davis – The Help as Aibileen Clark
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs as Albert Nobbs
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin as Eva Khatchadourian
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn Monroe

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
* Christopher Plummer – Beginners as Hal Fields
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier
Armie Hammer – J. Edgar as Clyde Tolson
Jonah Hill – Moneyball as Peter Brand
Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
* Octavia Spencer – The Help as Minny Jackson
Bérénice Bejo – The Artist as Peppy Miller
Jessica Chastain – The Help as Celia Foote
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids as Megan Price
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs as Hubert Page

SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (UNIVERSAL PICTURES)

COWBOYS & ALIENS (UNIVERSAL PICTURES)

* HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PARAMOUNT PICTURES)

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (20TH CENTURY FOX)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

DEXTER (SHOWTIME)

* GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

SOUTHLAND (TNT)

SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA (STARZ)

TRUE BLOOD (HBO)

 

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Screen Actors Guild Awards 48th Annual Life Achievement Award

MARY TYLER MOORE

 

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Thurgood Marshall - THURGOOD (HBO)

* PAUL GIAMATTI / Ben Bernanke - TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO)

GREG KINNEAR / Jack Kennedy - THE KENNEDYS (REELZ CHANNEL)

GUY PEARCE / Monty Beragon - MILDRED PIERCE (HBO)

JAMES WOODS / Richard Fuld - TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

DIANE LANE / Pat Loud - CINEMA VERITE (HBO)

MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham - DOWNTON ABBEY (PBS)

EMILY WATSON / Janet Leach - APPROPRIATE ADULT (Sundance Channel)

BETTY WHITE / Caroline Thomas - HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE (CBS)

* KATE WINSLET / Mildred Pierce - MILDRED PIERCE (HBO)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

PATRICK J. ADAMS / Mike Ross - SUITS (USA)

* STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch Nucky Thomson - BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)

KYLE CHANDLER / Eric Taylor - FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DirecTV)

BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - BREAKING BAD (AMC)

MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan - DEXTER (Showtime)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

KATHY BATES / Harriet Korn - HARRY'S LAW (NBC)

GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes - DAMAGES (DirecTV)

* JESSICA LANGE / Constance - AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX)

JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)

KYRA SEDGWICK / Dept. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson - THE CLOSER (TNT)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

* ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - 30 ROCK (NBC)

TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy - MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott - THE OFFICE (NBC)

JON CRYER / Alan Harper - TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)

ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker - MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy - MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - NURSE JACKIE (Showtime)

TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - 30 ROCK (NBC)

SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

* BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky - HOT IN CLEVELAND (TV Land)

Michael C. Hall, Dexter, serial killer
Michael C. Hall, Dexter

Ensemble/Drama Series

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)

STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch Nucky Thompson

DOMINIC CHIANESE / Leander Cephas Whitlock

ROBERT CLOHESSY / Ward Boss Jim Neary

DABNEY COLEMAN / Louis Kaestner

CHARLIE COX / Owen Sleater

JOSIE & LUCY GALLINA / Emily Schroeder

STEPHEN GRAHAM / Al Capone

JACK HUSTON / Richard Harrow

ANTHONY LACIURA / Eddie Kessler

HEATHER LIND / Katy

KELLY MACDONALD / Margaret Schroeder

RORY & DECLAN McTIGUE / Teddy Schroeder

GRETCHEN MOL / Gillian Darmody

BRADY & CONNOR NOON/ Tommy Darmody

KEVIN O'ROURKE / Mayor Edward Bader

ALEKSA PALLADINO / Angela Darmody

JACQUELINE PENNEWILL / Lilian

VINCENT PIAZZA / Lucky Luciano

MICHAEL PITT / Jimmy Darmody

MICHAEL SHANNON / Agent Nelson Van Alden

PAUL SPARKS / Mickey Doyle

MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Arnold Rothstein

PETER VAN WAGNER / Isaac Ginsburg

SHEA WHIGHAM / Elias Thompson

MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS / Chalky White

ANATOL YUSEF / Meyer Lansky

BREAKING BAD (AMC)

JONATHAN BANKS / Mike

BETSY BRANDT / Marie Schrader

RAY CAMPBELL / Tyrus Kitt

BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White

GIANCARLO ESPOSITO / Gus Fring

ANNA GUNN / Skyler White

RJ MITTE / Walter White, Jr.

DEAN NORRIS / Hank Schrader

BOB ODENKIRK / Saul Goodman

AARON PAUL / Jesse Pinkman

DEXTER (Showtime)

BILLY BROWN / Chicago Mike

JENNIFER CARPENTER / Debra Morgan

JOSH COOKE / Louis

AIMEE GARCIA / Jamie Batista

MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan

COLIN HANKS / Travis Marshall

DESMOND HARRINGTON / Joey Quinn

MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY / Sonya

RYA KIHLSTEDT / Michelle

C.S. LEE / Vince Masuka

EDWARD JAMES OLMOS / Professor Gellar

JAMES REMAR / Harry Morgan

LAUREN VELEZ / Maria LaGuerta

PETER WELLER / Liddy

DAVID ZAYAS / Angel Batista

GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

AMRITA ACHARIA / Irri

MARK ADDY / King Robert Baratheon

ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy

JOSEF ALTIN / Pypar

SEAN BEAN / Lord Eddard Ned Stark

SUSAN BROWN / Septa Mordane

EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen

NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Jaime Lannister

PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister

RON DONACHIE / Ser Rodrik Cassel

MICHELLE FAIRLEY / Lady Catelyn Stark

JEROME FLYNN / Bronn

ELYES GABEL / Rakharo

AIDEN GILLEN / Littlefinger Petyr Baelish

JACK GLEESON / Joffrey Baratheon

IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont

JULIAN GLOVER / Grand Maester Pycelle

KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow

LENA HEADEY / Queen Cersei Lannister

ISAAC HEMPSTEAD WRIGHT / Bran Stark

CONLETH HILL / Lord Varys

RICHARD MADDEN / Robb Stark

JASON MAMOA / Kahl Drogo

RORY McCANN / Sandor Clegane

IAN McELHINNEY / Barristan Selmy

LUKE McEWAN / Rast

ROXANNE McKEE / Doreah

DAR SALIM / Qotho

MARK STANLEY / Grenn

DONALD SUMPTER / Maester Luwin

SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark

MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark

THE GOOD WIFE (CBS)

CHRISTINE BARANSKI / Diane Lockhart

JOSH CHARLES / Will Gardner

ALAN CUMMING / Eli Gold

MATT CZUCHRY / Cary Agos

JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick

CHRIS NOTH / Peter Florrick

ARCHIE PANJABI / Kalinda Sharma

GRAHAM PHILLIPS / Zach Florrick

MAKENZIE VEGA / Grace Florrick

 

Ensemble/Comedy Series

30 ROCK (NBC)

SCOTT ADSIT / Pete Hornberger

ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy

KATRINA BOWDEN / Cerie

KEVIN BROWN / Dotcom

GRIZZ CHAPMAN / Grizz

TINA FEY / Liz Lemon

JUDAH FRIEDLANDER / Frank Rossitano

JANE KRAKOWSKI / Jenna Maroney

JOHN LUTZ / Lutz

JACK MCBRAYER / Kenneth Parcell

TRACY MORGAN / Tracy Jordan

MAULIK PANCHOLY / Jonathan

KEITH POWELL / Toofer

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS)

MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler

KALEY CUOCO / Penny

JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter

SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz

KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali

JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper

MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski

GLEE (FOX)

DIANNA AGRON / Quinn Fabray

CHRIS COLFER / Kurt Hummel

DARREN CRISS / Blaine Anderson

ASHLEY FINK / Lauren Zizes

DOT MARIE JONES / Coach Beiste

JANE LYNCH / Sue Sylvester

JAYMA MAYS / Emma Pillsbury

KEVIN McHALE / Artie Abrams

LEA MICHELE / Rachel Berry

CORY MONTEITH / Finn Hudson

HEATHER MORRIS / Brittany Pierce

MATTHEW MORRISON / Will Schuester

MIKE O'MALLEY / Burt Hummel

CHORD OVERSTREET / Sam Evans

LAUREN POTTER / Becky Johnson

AMBER RILEY / Mercedes Jones

NAYA RIVERA / Santana Lopez

MARK SALLING / Noah Puckerman

HARRY SHUM, JR. / Mike Chang

IQBAL THEBA / Principal Figgins

JENNA USHKOWITZ / Tina Cohen-Chang

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS / Lily

JULIE BOWEN / Claire

TY BURRELL / Phil

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell

NOLAN GOULD / Luke

SARAH HYLAND / Haley

ED O'NEILL / Jay

RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny

ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron

SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria

ARIEL WINTER / Alex

THE OFFICE (NBC)

LESLIE DAVID BAKER / Stanley Hudson

BRIAN BAUMGARTNER / Kevin Malone

CREED BRATTON / Creed Bratton

STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott

JENNA FISCHER / Pam Beesly Halpert

KATE FLANNERY / Meredith Palmer

ED HELMS / Andy Bernard

MINDY KALING / Kelly Kapoor

ELLIE KEMPER / Erin Hannon

ANGELA KINSEY / Angela Martin

JOHN KRASINSKI / Jim Halpert

PAUL LIEBERSTEIN / Toby Flenderson

B.J. NOVAK / Ryan Howard

OSCAR NUÑEZ / Oscar Martinez

CRAIG ROBINSON / Daryll Philbin

JAMES SPADER / Robert California

PHYLLIS SMITH / Phyllis Lapin-Vance

RAINN WILSON / Dwight Schrute

ZACH WOODS / Gabe Lewis

Dexter wallpaper: Showtime

Mildred Pierce image: HBO

Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, The Help
Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, The Help

The Screen Actors Guild will announce its nominees in a few hours. Here are a few last-minute predictions in the following motion picture categories: Best Cast, Best Actor, Best Actress (or Best Female Actor), Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

For Best Cast – which isn't really an equivalent to Best Picture regardless of what some people say – the most likely contenders in our view are the following:

  • Alexander Payne's The Descendants (George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Robert Forster, Judy Greer)
  • Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist (Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, James Cromwell)
  • Tate Taylor's The Help (Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cicely Tyson, Mary Steenburgen)
  • Martin Scorsese's Hugo (Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law)
  • J.C. Chandor's Margin Call (Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Stanley Tucci)

Other strong possibilities include Bennett Miller's Moneyball (Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill), Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks), Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn), and Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow).

Also, Steven Spielberg's War Horse (Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddleston), Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn (Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne), Mike Mills' Beginners (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent), and Paul Feig's Bridesmaids (Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy).

In addition to Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard), Roman Polanski's Carnage (Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly), Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar (Leonardo DiCaprio, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts, Armie Hammer), and even David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint).

The Help photo: Dale Robinette / DreamWorks / Disney Enterprises

Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Moneyball

For Best Actor, the top five contenders are Michael Fassbender (Shame), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), George Clooney (The Descendants), and Ryan Gosling (Drive). Runners-up: Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), and Woody Harrelson (Rampart).

For Best Actress, the top five are Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Viola Davis (The Help), and … This is a tough one. Much like last year, the list of potential Best Actress contenders is both longer and generally more interesting than the list of potential Best Actors. We'll go for Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs merely because the SAG voters tend to prefer bigger names than, say, the National Society of Film Critics – or even the Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Close, however, has so far been all but ignored by US-based critics' groups.

Runners-up for Best Actress include Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Emma Stone (The Help), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), Sandra Bullock (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).

Moneyball photo: Melinda Sue Gordon / Columbia TriStar

Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, The Help
Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, The Help

Best Supporting Actor shoo-ins are Albert Brooks (Drive) and Christopher Plummer (Beginners). The other three slots will possibly go to Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Nick Nolte (Warrior), and Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn). Runners-up include John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Jeremy Irons (Margin Call), Christoph Waltz (Carnage), and Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is a shoo-in – in Nick Nolte's slot, if actors opt to ignore the “performance capture” technology inextricably tied to Serkis' work.

The list of potential Best Supporting Actress nominees is nearly as long as the cast of The Help. Narrowing it down to five: Jessica Chastain (The Help or The Tree of Life), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), and Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs). That leaves out the just-as-likely contenders Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) and Carey Mulligan (Shame), and the not-to-be-discarded Sissy Spacek and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster (Carnage), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Marion Cotillard (Midnight in Paris), and Judi Dench (J. Edgar). We'd say that Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus) has a better chance at the Oscars than at the SAG Awards. But we could be wrong.

The Help photo: Dale Robinette / DreamWorks / Disney Enterprises


         
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