Screen Actors Guild nominations: 'The King's Speech' & 'The Fighter' top picks
The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations have been announced. Tom Hooper's period drama The King's Speech and David O. Russell's boxing drama The Fighter, both inspired by real-life stories, topped the feature film categories with a total of four nominations each.
They were followed by Lisa Cholodenko's family comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right and Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama/thriller Black Swan, with three nods apiece.
David Fincher's The Social Network, the film to beat at the 2011 Oscars, earned a relatively modest two nods.
All five aforementioned titles were shortlisted in the Screen Actors Guild Awards' Outstanding Cast category, which some pundits (erroneously) see as SAG's Best Picture equivalent. (Full list of the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations further below.)
Few surprise nominees
In the feature film categories, the vast majority of nominees were expected names:
- Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo for The Kids Are All Right.
- Natalie Portman for Black Swan.
- Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, and Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech.
- Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network.
- James Franco for 127 Hours.
- Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole.
- Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone.
A handful of Screen Actors Guild nominees were “likely” possibilities, e.g.:
- Jeremy Renner for The Town.
- Mila Kunis for Black Swan.
Besides, Winter's Bone John Hawkes was a possibility in the Screen Actors Guild Awards' Best Supporting Actor category, albeit not exactly a strong one.
Hilary Swank vs. Annette Bening rematch
As for Hilary Swank's surprising inclusion for the critical and box office disappointment Conviction, that can only be explained in case Screen Actors Guild members (the minority selecting the nominees) have a bizarre sense of humor and/or a secret desire to annoy Annette Bening.
In the feature film categories (individual nods), Bening has been shortlisted twice for the Screen Actors Guild Awards: in 1999 for American Beauty and in 2004 for Being Julia.
Both times, Swank was Bening's competitor: in 1999 for Boys Don't Cry and in 2004 for Million Dollar Baby.
Bening took home SAG's Best Female Actor trophy in 1999; Swank in 2004. At the Oscars, Swank was chosen Best Actress both times.
Television's movie stars
The 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards' television categories feature an array of movie personalities. These include:
- Academy Award winners Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, 1995) and Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman, 1992) for You Don't Know Jack.
- Two-time Oscar nominee Winona Ryder (The Age of Innocence, 1993; Little Women, 1994) for When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.
- Multiple Oscar nominee Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, 1987; Dangerous Liaisons, 1988; etc.) for the TV series Damages.
Additionally, Edgar Ramírez is a contender for Olivier Assayas' Carlos. Ramírez may not be exactly an international movie star, but to date Carlos has received (big-screen) awards season recognition from a couple of U.S.-based film critics groups.
Screen Actors Guild Award omissions: From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jacki Weaver
Among those missing from the Screen Actors Guild Awards' feature film shortlists, whether in the lead or supporting categories, were the following:
- Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception, Shutter Island).
- Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right).
- Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
- Matt Damon (True Grit).
- Ben Affleck (The Town).
- Andrew Garfield & Armie Hammer (The Social Network).
- Barbara Hershey (Black Swan).
- Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter).
- Lesley Manville (Another Year).
- Dale Dickey (Winter's Bone).
- Sam Rockwell (Conviction).
- Michelle Williams & Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine).
- Naomi Watts & Sean Penn (Fair Game).
- Helen Mirren (The Tempest).
- Halle Berry (Frankie and Johnny).
- Dianne Wiest (Rabbit Hole).
- Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack).
- Javier Bardem (Biutiful).
- Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom).
- Michael Douglas (no sympathy vote for him for A Solitary Man or Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps).
A little-known performer in the U.S. and featured in a foreign (Australian) production, Jacki Weaver was ignored despite the kudos she has received from U.S.-based critics' groups, in addition to a Golden Globe nomination. But that's nothing new when it comes to the generally Hollywood-centered Screen Actors Guild Awards.
As for our Screen Actors Guild Awards' predictions posted just a couple of hours ago, we got most – though certainly not all – of the nominees right.
Screen Actors Guild Awards: Nominations
Colin Firth – The King's Speech as King George VI.
Jeff Bridges – True Grit as Rooster Cogburn.
Robert Duvall – Get Low as Felix Bush.
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network as Mark Zuckerberg.
James Franco – 127 Hours as Aron Ralston.
Natalie Portman – Black Swan as Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen.
Annette Bening – The Kids Are All Right as Dr. Nicole “Nic” Allgood.
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole as Becca Corbett.
Jennifer Lawrence – Winter's Bone as Ree Dolly.
Hilary Swank – Conviction as Betty Anne Walters.
Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Fighter as Dicky Eklund.
John Hawkes – Winter's Bone as Teardrop Dolly.
Jeremy Renner – The Town as Jem Coughlin.
Mark Ruffalo – The Kids Are All Right as Paul Hatfield.
Geoffrey Rush – The King's Speech as Lionel Logue.
Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo – The Fighter as Alice Ward.
Amy Adams – The Fighter as Charlene Fleming.
Helena Bonham Carter – The King's Speech as Queen Elizabeth.
Mila Kunis – Black Swan as Lily / The Black Swan.
Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit as Mattie Ross.
Best Cast in a Motion Picture
The King's Speech – Anthony Andrews. Claire Bloom. Helena Bonham Carter. Jennifer Ehle. Colin Firth. Michael Gambon. Derek Jacobi. Guy Pearce. Geoffrey Rush. Timothy Spall.
Black Swan – Vincent Cassel. Barbara Hershey. Mila Kunis. Natalie Portman. Winona Ryder.
The Fighter – Amy Adams. Christian Bale. Melissa Leo. Jack McGee. Mark Wahlberg.
The Kids Are All Right – Annette Bening. Josh Hutcherson. Julianne Moore. Mark Ruffalo. Mia Wasikowska.
The Social Network – Jesse Eisenberg. Andrew Garfield. Armie Hammer. Max Minghella. Justin Timberlake.
Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Al Pacino – You Don't Know Jack as Jack Kevorkian.
John Goodman – You Don't Know Jack as Neal Nicol.
Dennis Quaid – The Special Relationship as Bill Clinton.
Edgar Ramírez – Carlos as Carlos the Jackal.
Patrick Stewart – Macbeth as Macbeth.
Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Claire Danes – Temple Grandin as Temple Grandin.
Catherine O'Hara – Temple Grandin as Aunt Ann.
Julia Ormond – Temple Grandin as Eustacia Grandin.
Winona Ryder – When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story as Lois Wilson.
Susan Sarandon – You Don't Know Jack as Janet Good.
Best Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi – Boardwalk Empire as Nucky Thompson.
Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad as Walter White.
Michael C. Hall – Dexter as Dexter Morgan.
Jon Hamm – Mad Men as Don Draper.
Hugh Laurie – House as Gregory House.
Best Actress in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife as Alicia Florrick.
Glenn Close – Damages as Patty Hewes.
Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Det. Olivia Benson.
Elisabeth Moss – Mad Men as Peggy Olson.
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer as Det. Brenda Leigh Johnson.
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock as Jack Donaghy.
Ty Burrell – Modern Family as Phil Dunphy.
Steve Carell – The Office as Michael Scott.
Chris Colfer – Glee as Kurt Hummel.
Ed O'Neill – Modern Family as Jay Pritchett.
Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Betty White – Hot in Cleveland as Elka Ostrovsky.
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie as Jackie Peyton.
Tina Fey – 30 Rock as Liz Lemon.
Jane Lynch – Glee as Sue Sylvester.
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett.
Best Ensemble in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi. Michael Pitt. Kelly MacDonald. Michael Shannon. Shea Whigham. Aleksa Palladino. Michael Stuhlbarg. Stephen Graham. Vincent Piazza. Paz de la Huerta. Michael Kenneth Williams. Gretchen Mol. Paul Sparks. Anthony Laciura. Erik Weiner. Dabney Coleman.
Kyra Sedgwick. J. K. Simmons. Corey Reynolds. Robert Gossett. G. W. Bailey. Tony Denison. Michael Paul Chan. Raymond Cruz. Jon Tenney.
Michael C. Hall. Julie Benz. Jennifer Carpenter. C. S. Lee. Lauren Velez. David Zayas. James Remar.
The Good Wife.
Julianna Margulies. Josh Charles. Archie Panjabi. Matt Czuchry. Christine Baranski. Chris Noth. Graham Phillips. Alan Cumming.
Jon Hamm. Elisabeth Moss. Vincent Kartheiser. January Jones. Christina Hendricks. Jared Harris. Aaron Staton. Rich Sommer. Kiernan Shipka. Robert Morse. John Slattery.
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Ed O'Neill. Sofía Vergara. Julie Bowen. Ty Burrell. Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Eric Stonestreet. Sarah Hyland. Rico Rodriguez. Ariel Winter. Nolan Gould.
Tina Fey. Tracy Morgan. Jane Krakowski. Jack McBrayer. Scott Adsit. Judah Friedlander. Alec Baldwin.
Max Adler. Dianna Agron. Chris Colfer. Jane Lynch. Jayma Mays. Kevin McHale. Lea Michele. Cory Monteith. Heather Morris. Matthew Morrison. Mike O'Malley. Chord Overstreet. Amber Riley. Naya Rivera. Mark Salling. Harry Shum Jr. Iqbal Theba. Jenna Ushkowitz.
Hot in Cleveland.
Valerie Bertinelli. Jane Leeves. Wendie Malick. Betty White.
Leslie David Baker. Brian Baumgartner. Creed Bratton. Steve Carell. Jenna Fischer. Kate Flannery. Ed Helms. Mindy Kaling. Ellie Kemper. Angela Kinsey. John Krasinski. Paul Lieberstein. B.J. Novak. Oscar Nuñez. Craig Robinson. Phyllis Smith. Rainn Wilson. Zach Woods.
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
Screen Actors Guild Awards website.
Image of Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth in the Screen Actors Guild Awards' multiple nominee The King's Speech: The Weinstein Company.
Image of surprising Screen Actors Guild Awards' nominee Hilary Swank in Conviction: Fox Searchlight Pictures.
“Actors Guild: SAG Awards Offers Second Annette Bening vs. Hilary Swank Rematch” last updated in May 2018.