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.
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
SAG Awards nominations predictions: From Annette Bening to Jeremy Renner – and perhaps a handful of ‘little-known’ non-U.S. contenders?
Below are our predictions for the 2010 SAG Awards in the Best Actress – or Best Female Actor – category:
- Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right.
- Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole.
- Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone.
- Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right.
- Natalie Portman, Black Swan.
- Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice.
- Anne Hathaway, Love & Other Drugs.
- Lesley Manville, Another Year.
- Helen Mirren, The Tempest.
- Noomi Rapace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
- Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine.
- Naomi Watts, Fair Game.
Jennifer Lawrence & Julianne Moore
Here’s one example of our many Can’t Go Wrong predictions: Jennifer Lawrence – a young performer seen in Debra Granik’s small, independently made Winter’s Bone – managed to nab a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress Drama. It’s hard to believe that the Screen Actors Guild’s nominating committee will bypass the chance to have the year’s Cinderella shortlisted.
And here’s one of our few Can Go Wrong predictions: The Kids Are All Right costar Julianne Moore – in case she has been submitted in the Best Actress category – would be the wild card. In the acting department, most of the awards season chat about Lisa Cholodenko’s family comedy-drama has focused on Annette Bening.
Ultimately, Moore could end up getting a nomination if SAG’s voting committee really liked Cholodenko’s movie. Else, Blue Valentine actress Michelle Williams is the most likely candidate to take Moore’s place in the Best Actress Predictions list above.
British actress Lesley Manville: Better chance at the Oscars
For her work in Mike Leigh’s Another Year, 2010 National Board of Review Best Actress winner Lesley Manville stands a better chance at the (somewhat) more international-cinema-friendly Oscars. Even so, a SAG Award nomination for Manville wouldn’t be impossible.
After all, Brenda Blethyn was shortlisted back in 1996 for Leigh’s own Secrets & Lies, while Jane Horrocks received a nomination two years later for Mark Herman’s Little Voice. Both were independently made British productions.
But then again, apart from Marion Cotillard for Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en Rose in 2007, Blethyn and Horrocks are the only two “lesser-known” performers – in the United States – to be nominated for a Best Actress SAG Award for their work in non-U.S. productions.
SAG Awards’ little love for non-English speakers
I should add that actors in foreign-language films hardly ever get any love from the SAG Awards’ nominating committee.
Marion Cotillard and Penélope Cruz (for Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver, 2006) are the two exceptions in the Best Actress category. Well, unless you include Catalina Sandino Moreno in the U.S.-financed Maria Full of Grace (2004).
That’s why The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace may also have better luck at the Oscars.
And finally, that’s also why 2010 Los Angeles Film Critics Best Actress winner Kim Hye-ja doesn’t stand a chance, even in case Bong Joon-ho’s well-received Mother is eligible for the SAG Awards.
Predictions for the 2010 Best Actor SAG Award:
- Jeff Bridges, True Grit.
- Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network.
- Colin Firth, The King’s Speech.
- James Franco, 127 Hours.
- Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter.
- Javier Bardem, Biutiful.
- Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception.
- Michael Douglas, A Solitary Man.
- Robert Duvall, Get Low.
- Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole.
- Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine.
- Jake Gyllenhaal, Love & Other Drugs.
- Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack.
Wild card Mark Wahlberg & Leonardo DiCaprio likely to be snubbed again
This is a crowded field. Although he has the title role in David O. Russell’s sleeper hit The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg is the wild card here; either Blue Valentine‘s Ryan Gosling or Get Low‘s Robert Duvall may take his place.
Leonardo DiCaprio, for his part, has been snubbed before – most glaringly for James Cameron’s Titanic back in 1997 and for Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road in 2008.
DiCaprio will quite possibly be snubbed again this year despite the critical and financial success of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
Best Supporting Actress
For the 2010 Best Supporting Actress SAG Award, here are our predictions:
- Amy Adams, The Fighter.
- Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech.
- Melissa Leo, The Fighter.
- Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit.
- Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom.
- Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone.
- Rebecca Hall, The Town.
- Barbara Hershey, Black Swan.
- Catherine Keener, Please Give.
- Mila Kunis, Black Swan.
- Dianne Wiest, Rabbit Hole.
Lesser-known movie performers’ most welcoming SAG Awards category
The SAG Awards’ Best Supporting Actress category has included many more newcomers and/or lesser-known film performers than their Best Supporting Actor shortlists. For instance, in recent years: Rinko Kikuchi and Adriana Barraza (Babel), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Viola Davis (Doubt), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), and Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air).
That bodes well for the likes of Hailee Steinfeld and Jacki Weaver, and possibly Mila Kunis and Dale Dickey.
Jacki Weaver out?
On the other hand, working against Jacki Weaver is that, as mentioned earlier in this post, non-American productions featuring lesser-known players in the United States usually don’t fare well at all with the SAG Awards’ nominating committee. Critical acclaim or no, Weaver is in contention for David Michôd’s crime drama Animal Kingdom – an Australian production.
In the Best Supporting Actress category, in the last decade the sole exception to the “non-U.S. & not well-known not welcome” rule has been (actually lead actress) Keisha Castle-Hughes’ nod for Niki Caro’s New Zealand-made drama Whale Rider back in 2003.
In case Jacki Weaver ends up out of the nominations shortlist, then Mila Kunis will most likely be in. Another possibility is that Hailee Steinfeld would be replaced by Kunis, who’s in the running for both the 2010 Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes (Steinfeld was snubbed by the Globes).
Best Supporting Actor
The 2010 SAG Award nominations will be announced in a few hours – at 9 a.m. ET (Dec. 16) to be exact. So, here are our last-minute Best Supporting Actor predictions:
- Christian Bale, The Fighter.
- Michael Douglas, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
- Andrew Garfield, The Social Network.
- Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right.
- Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech.
- Matt Damon, True Grit.
- John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone.
- Jeremy Renner, The Town.
- Sam Rockwell, Conviction.
Career awards for SAG Awards’ Best Supporting Actor winners
Since its inception in 1994, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor has usually gone to screen veterans, e.g., Martin Landau, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Eddie Murphy, Robert Duvall, Robin Williams.
Much like at the Oscars (think Caine, Freeman, Landau, Williams, Sean Connery, Alan Arkin), these wins can be seen as unofficial Career Awards.
Nominees, however, tend to be a varied bunch. Although veterans generally dominate the SAG Awards’ Best Supporting Actor shortlist as well, they not infrequently compete side by side with newcomers.
In 2008, Robert Downey Jr. was up against Dev Patel. In 2004, James Garner and Morgan Freeman were up against Freddie Highmore. In 1999, you had Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment vying for the very same award.
In 2010, you may very well find veterans Michael Douglas, Christian Bale, and Geoffrey Rush competing with future Spider-Man Andrew Garfield. And Mark Ruffalo, too.
Wild card Jeremy Renner
Jeremy Renner is the big wild card here. Renner did get a Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nomination for The Town and he was a Best Actor SAG Award nominee last year for Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker.
Also on Renner’s side, Ben Affleck’s crime thriller will quite likely get a SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble. Thus, Renner could easily replace either Garfield or Ruffalo – or even Michael Douglas, who should be getting the sympathy vote.
Predictions for Best Cast (or Best Ensemble) at the 2010 SAG Awards:
- Black Swan.
- The Kids Are All Right.
- The King’s Speech.
- The Social Network.
- The Town.
- Fair Game.
- The Fighter.
- Love & Other Drugs.
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
- Winter’s Bone.
Golden Globe nominations or no, we don’t believe The Tourist or Burlesque stand a chance.
‘The Fighter’ among SAG Awards’ five nominees?
With the exception of David Fincher’s The Social Network – more because of its prestige than because of its cast – The Fighter, which may well land three or even four individual nominations, could easily replace any of the other shortlisted movies for Best Cast.
Now, which one? And how could we not have listed The Fighter if it’ll likely get several individual nods?
Well, the SAG Awards have made some inane Outstanding Performance by a Cast choices. “Inane” not because we disagree with them; whether or not one approves of SAG’s choices is irrelevant here. They’ve been inane at times merely because they don’t match SAG’s choices in the individual acting categories.
‘Inane’ Best Cast nomination picks & the George Clooney Curse
For instance, in 2009 Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air received three individual SAG Award nominations: Best Actor for George Clooney, and Best Supporting Actress for Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick – more than any other movie that year. Yet Up in the Air failed to be shortlisted for Best Cast.
In 2007, James Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma and Adam Shankman’s Hairspray had their casts shortlisted despite the fact that none of the actors in question landed a single individual nomination.
That same year, Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton earned three individual nods: George Clooney for Best Actor, Tom Wilkinson for Best Supporting Actor, and Tilda Swinton for Best Supporting Actress. Yet Michael Clayton failed to be shortlisted for Best Cast.
Whether or not this can be explained as a George Clooney SAG Award curse, it’s all quite absurd.
Back to our 2010 SAG Awards’ predictions: 127 Hours, Blue Valentine, and Rabbit Hole, no matter how well-liked by Screen Actors Guild members, stand little chance of landing a Best Performance by a Cast nomination. That’s because these movies don’t quite have what you’d call an extensive list of “important” characters.
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.
Image of shoo-in Best Actress SAG Awards’ nominee Annette Bening and potential nominee Julianne Moore as a lesbian couple in likely Best Cast nominee The Kids Are All Right: Suzanne Tenner / Focus Features.
Image of SAG Awards’ potential Best Actor nominee Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter: Paramount Pictures.
Image of SAG Awards’ wild card Jeremy Renner in The Town: Claire Folger / Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros.
Image of Claire Bloom in (just about) shoo-in Best Cast SAG Award nominee The King’s Speech: The Weinstein Company.
Jacki Weaver Animal Kingdom image: Sony Pictures Classics.
“Actors Guild: SAG Awards Offers Second Annette Bening vs. Hilary Swank Rematch” last updated in May 2018.