Actors Guild: SAG Awards Offers Second Annette Bening vs. Hilary Swank Rematch

by S. Montgomery
Actors Guild SAG Awards: The King's Speech Helena Bonham Carter Colin FirthScreen Actors Guild nominations: The King's Speech received four SAG Award nods, including Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter and Best Actor for Colin Firth. Although not a fool-proof Academy Award bellwether, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are a solid indicator of which way Oscar voters will lean – at least when it comes to the acting categories. The King's Speech is also in the running for Best Cast and Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush).

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:

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:

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.

Actors Guild pits Hilary Swank Conviction vs Annette Bening for 3rd timeScreen Actors Guild nominations – for the third time – have pitted Hilary Swank, a surprising Best Actress nominee for Conviction, against Annette Bening, an awards season favorite for her performance as a lesbian wife and mother in The Kids Are All Right. Despite the support of the Screen Actors Guild for both actresses, only one of them – Bening – will likely be shortlisted for the Oscars.

Screen Actors Guild Awards: Nominations


Best Actor
Colin Firth – The King's Speech as King George VI.
Jeff BridgesTrue 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.

Best Actress
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 AdamsThe 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 SwanVincent 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 QuaidThe Special Relationship as Bill Clinton.
Edgar Ramírez – Carlos as Carlos the Jackal.
Patrick StewartMacbeth 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 OrmondTemple 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 HammMad 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 SedgwickThe 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 ColferGlee as Kurt Hummel.
Ed O'Neill – Modern Family as Jay Pritchett.

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Betty WhiteHot in Cleveland as Elka Ostrovsky.
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie as Jackie Peyton.
Tina Fey30 Rock as Liz Lemon.
Jane Lynch – Glee as Sue Sylvester.
Sofia Vergara – Modern Family as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett.

Best Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire.
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.
The Closer.
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.
Mad Men.
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
Modern Family.
Ed O'Neill. Sofía Vergara. Julie Bowen. Ty Burrell. Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Eric Stonestreet. Sarah Hyland. Rico Rodriguez. Ariel Winter. Nolan Gould.
30 Rock.
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.
The Office.
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.

Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
Ernest Borgnine.

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Green Zone.
Robin Hood.

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
True Blood.
Burn Notice.


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.

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lol -

I believe that either will win the SAG. I believe that SAG will go to either to Natalie, Jennifer or Nicole

AnneBennett -

As someone who was on the SAG nominating committee this year, I can tell you that all SAG nominating committee members are not given access to screen all movies up for consideration. Therefore, the vote tends to be biased to the Hollywood and New York office who have access to all the films. Moreover, the SAG nominating committee do not select the actor for TV. I cannot tell you how that is even done since we are given a booklet which lists all the actors for six catergories only: Best Leading Male, Best Leading Female, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Ensemble and Best Stunt. It is highly disappointing.


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