Shailene Woodley and George Clooney photo: SAG Awards
Shailene Woodley and George Clooney speak onstage during the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast held Jan. 29, '12, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Clooney and Woodley introduced their film, Alexander Payne's family drama The Descendants, up for the SAG Award for Best Cast.
The nominated The Descendants cast consisted of:
Additionally, Clooney was a Best Actor nominee. As it happened, he lost to French actor Jean Dujardin for his performance as a Douglas Fairbanks-ish Hollywood silent film star in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist.
Best Cast SAG Award nominees
As for The Descendants' cast, they lost to the cast of Tate Taylor's The Help, which included Sissy Spacek, Mike Vogel, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson, and two of the evening's SAG Award winners: Best Actress Viola Davis and Best Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer.
The other Best Cast contenders were:
- The Artist.
Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, etc.
- Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, etc.
- Paul Feig's Bridesmaids.
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Jill Clayburgh, etc.
George Clooney and Shailene Woodley photo: John Shearer / WireImage.
Brad Pitt: SAG Awards Red Carpet
Brad Pitt, perhaps recognizing some old buddy among the group of photographers outside the Shrine Auditorium, is pictured above while arriving at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Pitt was in the running in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture category for his performance in Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball, also featuring Jonah Hill and Robin Wright.
Best Actor competition
Pitt lost to Jean Dujardin, who plays a John Gilbert-like silent film star whose career goes downhill with the advent of talking pictures. Pitt and Dujardin's fellow SAG Award nominees were:
- George Clooney for Alexander Payne's family drama The Descendants.
- Demián Bichir as an undocumented Mexican immigrant living in Los Angeles in Chris Weitz's A Better Life.
- Leonardo DiCaprio as the all-powerful FBI honcho J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's poorly received J. Edgar, also featuring Judi Dench and Best Supporting Actor SAG Award nominee Armie Hammer. (Hammer lost to Beginners' old-timer Christopher Plummer.)
Accompanying Brad Pitt at the SAG Awards 2012 ceremony was Angelina Jolie, who wasn't in the running for anything. Yet Jolie did get a Golden Globe nomination (in the Best Foreign Language Film category) for her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, set during the Bosnian War. Jolie's film also won the Producers Guild of America's Stanley Kramer Award.
Brad Pitt photo: Jordan Strauss / WireImage.
Screen Actors Guild Awards website.