Best Supporting Actor nominee Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers: SAG Awards
Best Supporting Actor SAG Award nominee Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers arrive at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards held on Jan. 29 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.
A few days after having been arrested for marijuana possession in Texas – where police apparently have too much free time in their hands – Armie Hammer was also a SAG Awards ceremony presenter. Hammer got down to business without any cracks about the arrest.
Anyhow, the 25-year-old actor shouldn’t worry too much. Back in the 1940s, Robert Mitchum spent time in jail for marijuana possession. Even in those days, that had absolutely no damaging effect on Mitchum’s career; his credits range from film noir classics such as Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past (1947) and Edward Dmytryk’s Crossfire (1947) to the David Lean would-be epic Ryan’s Daughter (1970).
Moreover, Mitchum’s arrest did nothing to prevent either an increase in marijuana consumption or more pointless marijuana-related arrests.
SAG Award nomination
At the 2012 SAG Awards, Armie Hammer was a Best Supporting Actor nominee for playing the alleged (gay, of course) lover of Leonardo DiCaprio a.k.a. FBI honcho J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood’s box office misfire J. Edgar. Hammer lost to veteran Christopher Plummer, who plays Ewan McGregor’s gay father in Mike Mills’ Beginners.
This year’s other nominees were:
- Kenneth Branagh for playing actor/director Laurence Olivier in Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe.
- Nick Nolte for playing a former boxer in Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior.
- Jonah Hill for supporting Brad Pitt in Bennett Miller’s Moneyball.
Last year, Hammer was one of the performers shortlisted for the Best Cast SAG Award for David Fincher’s The Social Network. The other nominees were:
Jesse Eisenberg. Andrew Garfield. Max Minghella. Josh Pence. Justin Timberlake.
They lost to the cast of Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech (Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, et al.)
Armie Hammer movies
Prior to J. Edgar and The Social Network, Armie Hammer had been featured in about only half a dozen films, mostly in minor roles/bit parts and/or in little-seen fare. Titles include:
- The Last Hurrah (2009).
Director: Jonathan W. Stokes.
Cast: Zack Bennett. David Wachs. Jon Weinberg. Armie Hammer (minor role).
- 2081 (2009).
Director: Chandler Tuttle.
Cast: James Cosmo. Julie Hagerty. Tammy Bruce. Armie Hammer. James C. Burns. Narrator: Patricia Clarkson.
- Spring Breakdown (2009).
Director: Ryan Shiraki.
Cast: Amy Poehler. Parker Posey. Rachel Dratch. Amber Tamblyn. Seth Meyers. Sophie Monk. Missi Pyle. Jonathan Sadowski. Jane Lynch. Loretta Devine. Will Arnett. Armie Hammer (minor role).
- Billy: The Early Years (2008).
Director: Robby Benson.
Cast: Armie Hammer (as evangelist Billy Graham). Stefanie Butler. Martin Landau. Jennifer O’Neill. Abbi Butler. James DeForest Parker. Josh Turner. Lindsay Wagner.
Armie Hammer will next be seen as Prince Charming in Tarsem Singh’s comedy fairy-tale Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins as Snow White and Best Actress Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich, 2000) as the Evil Queen.
Curiously, another 2012 Snow White, Kristen Stewart (Twilight, On the Road), arrives in June via Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman. Stewart’s co-stars are Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), and Prince Charming Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).
Armie Hammer and wife Elizabeth Chambers photo: Jordan Strauss / WireImage.
Best Actress Jessica Lange: ‘American Horror Story’ SAG Awards’ success story
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story Best Actriess in a Drama Series SAG Award winner, poses in the press room during the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 29, ’12. Lange’s competitors were:
- Kathy Bates for Harry’s Law.
- Glenn Close for Damages.
- Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife.
- Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer.
Among the series’ directors are Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
SAG Award, Oscar nominations
Jessica Lange (born on April 20, 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota) had previously been nominated for two SAG Awards:
- Best Actress for Tony Richardson’s Blue Sky (1994), opposite Tommy Lee Jones.
Winner: Jodie Foster for Nell.
- Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Michael Sucsy’s Grey Gardens (2009), opposite Drew Barrymore.
Winner: Drew Barrymore for Grey Gardens.
Additionally, Lange has six Academy Award nominations to her credit. She won twice:
- Best Supporting Actress for Sydney Pollack’s Tootsie (1982), opposite Dustin Hoffman.
- Best Actress for Blue Sky.
Her other Oscar nominations, all of them in the Best Actress category, were for:
- Frances (1982), as troubled 1930s/1940s actress Frances Farmer (Come and Get It, South of Pago Pago).
Director: Graeme Clifford.
Cast:Kim Stanley. Sam Shepard.
- Country (1984).
Director: Richard Pearce.
Cast: Sam Shepard.
- Sweet Dreams (1985), as country singer Patsy Cline.
Director: Karel Reisz.
Cast: Ed Harris.
- Music Box (1989).
Cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl. Frederic Forrest.
American Horror Story Best Actress SAG Award winner Jessica Lange photo: Michael Buckner / WireImage.
‘To be an actor means everything’
Pictured above is American Horror Story Best Actress winner Jessica Lange while accepting her 2012 SAG Award. “To be an actor means everything to me,” Lange told the crowd at the Shrine Auditorium.
Luckily for her, in the last (almost) four decades she has found lots of opportunities to enjoy meaningful experiences.
Jessica Lange movies
In addition to the titles listed further up, among Jessica Lange’s more than 30 movie credits are the following:
- Wild Oats (2016).
Director: Andy Tennant.
Cast: Demi Moore. Jessica Lange. Jay Hayden. Shirley MacLaine. Billy Connolly. Judd Hirsch. Stephanie Beacham. Rebecca Da Costa. Matt Walsh.
- The Gambler (2014).
Director: Rupert Wyatt.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg. George Kennedy. Jessica Lange. Griffin Cleveland. Brie Larson. John Goodman. Andre Braugher.
- The Vow (2012).
Director: Michael Sucsy.
Cast: Rachel McAdams. Channing Tatum. Jessica Lange.
- Don’t Come Knocking (2005).
Director: Wim Wenders.
Cast: Jessica Lange. Sam Shepard. Eva Marie Saint. George Kennedy. Sarah Polley.
- Cousin Bette (1998).
Director: Des McAnuff.
Cast: Jessica Lange. Elisabeth Shue. Bob Hopkins. Hugh Laurie.
- Rob Roy (1995).
Director: Michael Caton-Jones.
Cast: Liam Neeson. Jessica Lange. Tim Roth.
- Cape Fear (1991), in the old Polly Bergen role.
Director: Martin Scorsese.
Cast: Robert De Niro. Jessica Lange. Nick Nolte. Juliette Lewis.
- Crimes of the Heart (1986).
Director: Bruce Beresford.
Cast: Sissy Spacek. Diane Keaton. Jessica Lange. Tess Harper. Sam Shepard. Hurd Hatfield.
- The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).
Director: Bob Rafelson.
Cast: Jack Nicholson. Jessica Lange.
- All That Jazz (1979).
Cast: Roy Scheider. Jessica Lange. Ann Reinking. Leland Palmer. Sandahl Bergman. Ben Vereen. Cliff Gorman. John Lithgow. William LeMassena. Gwen Verdon. Michael Tolan. Wallace Shawn.
- King Kong (1976).
Director: John Guillermin.
Cast: Jessica Lange. Jeff Bridges. Charles Grodin.
Besides American Horror Story, Jessica Lange has been featured in about 10 television productions, most notably as Maggie the Cat in Jack Hofsiss’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984), opposite Tommy Lee Jones, and as Blanche DuBois in Glenn Jordan’s A Streetcar Named Desire (1995), opposite Alec Baldwin.
She has been nominated for seven Emmy Awards, winning three times:
- Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Grey Gardens (2009).
- Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for American Horror Story (2011).
- Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for American Horror Story (2013).
On stage, she brought Blanche back to life in a 1992 revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway (reprising the role in London’s West End in 1996). At the West End in 2000, she was Mary Tyrone in a production of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night – a role previously tackled by the likes of Constance Cummings in the West End and Katharine Hepburn on film.
Partial Jessica Lange filmography updated in April 2016.
‘The Big Valley’ that never was
Back in 2012, Jessica Lange was supposed to have been featured in Daniel Adams’ big-screen version of the classic TV Western series The Big Valley. In the old Barbara Stanwyck role, Lange was to have taken over from the previously announced Susan Sarandon.
The Big Valley cast was also to have included Sarah Paxton, Richard Dreyfuss, Lee Majors (of the original series), Aidan Quinn, Bruce Dern, Josh Stewart, John Savage, Travis Fimmel, Buck Taylor, and Jason Alan Smith.
The project was derailed after director Daniel Adams was indicted for fraud in connection with his films The Golden Boys and The Lightkeeper.
Jessica Lange photo: John Shearer / WireImage.
Glenn Close: SAG Awards nominations in film & TV categories
Glenn Close, a double 2012 SAG Award nominee for the television series Damages and Rodrigo García’s indie movie Albert Nobbs, arrives at the 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium.
Close’s competition for the Best Actress SAG Award consisted of:
- Meryl Streep for Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady.
- Eventual winner Viola Davis for Tate Taylor’s The Help.
- Tilda Swinton for Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin.
- Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe) for Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn.
Glenn Close Oscar, SAG Award nominations
Like Jessica Lange, Glenn Close has also received six Academy Award nominations; Close, however, has never won.
Glenn Close has been nominated for a total of eight SAG Awards. She won for the television movie The Lion in Winter (2003), in which she plays Eleanor of Aquitaine – the role that earned Katharine Hepburn her third Best Actress Oscar back in early 1969. (Hepburn tied with Barbra Streisand for her performance as Fanny Brice in William Wyler’s Funny Girl.)
In the television categories, Close has a total of four nominations for Damages, in addition to nods for her lesbian military officer in Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) and for Christopher Reeve’s In the Gloaming (1997), as the mother of a young man (Robert Sean Leonard) dying of AIDS.
Albert Nobbs, in which Close plays a woman passing for a man in 19th-century Ireland, is Close’s sole SAG Award nomination in the motion picture categories.
Glenn Close photo: Kevin Mazur / WireImage.
More SAG Awards 2012
Here are a few more 2012 SAG Awards articles:
- George Clooney and 12-Time Also-Ran Kyra Sedgwick.
- Diane Lane and husband Josh Brolin photo.
- Dianna Agron & Emma Stone, Michelle Williams & Regina King Red Carpet photos.
Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski: SAG Awards
Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski are seen above as they arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Fey was a double nominee: Best Actress in a Comedy Series for 30 Rock, which was also up for Best Cast. Krakowski was another 30 Rock Best Cast nominee.
Additionally, Tina Fey was a presenter at the SAG Awards ceremony.
Tina Fey movies and television credits
Tina Fey’s film and TV credits include:
- The television series 30 Rock, with Alec Baldwin.
- The feature film Date Night, co-starring Steve Martin.
- The screenplay for Mark Waters’ comedy Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Amanda Seyfried.
Jane Krakowski movies
Although mostly a television performer (Another World, Ally McBeal), Jane Krakowski has been featured in about 15 motion pictures since her debut as Cousin Vicki in the Chevy Chase lowbrow comedy National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). Titles include the following:
- Alfie (2004).
Cast: Jude Law. Susan Sarandon. Marisa Tomei. Jane Krakowski. Sienna Miller. Omar Epps. Nia Long. Renée Taylor. Jeff Harding. Kevin Rahm.
- Mrs. Winterbourne (1996).
Director: Richard Benjamin.
Cast: Shirley MacLaine. Ricki Lake. Brendan Fraser. Loren Dean. Miguel Sandoval. Peter Gerety. Jane Krakowski. Debra Monk. Cathryn de Prume. Cameos: Paula Prentiss. Bobcat Goldthwait.
- Fatal Attraction (1987).
Director: Adrian Lyne.
Cast: Michael Douglas. Glenn Close. Anne Archer. Ellen Latzen. Stuart Pankin. Fred Gwynne. Ellen Foley. Lois Smith. Mike Nussbaum. Sam Coppola. Jane Krakowski (minor role).
SAG Awards’ presenters
Besides Armie Hammer and Tina Fey, other presenters at the 2012 SAG Awards included the following:
- Jean Dujardin (The Artist, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, Little White Lies).
- Kathy Bates (Midnight in Paris, Misery, Harry’s Law).
- Bérénice Bejo (The Artist).
- Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn, Henry V).
- Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Debt, Coriolanus, The Tree of Life, Texas Killing Fields).
- Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Flight).
- Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs, Damages, Dangerous Liaisons).
- George Clooney (The Descendants, The Ides of March, Michael Clayton, Syriana).
- Viola Davis (Doubt, The Help).
- Patrick Duffy (Dallas).
- Kevin Bacon (Jayne Mansfield’s Car, X-Men: First Class, The Woodsman, Footloose).
- Linda Gray (Hidden Moon, Dallas).
- Larry Hagman (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas, Primary Colors).
- Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Thor, No Strings Attached).
- John Krasinski (The Office).
- Brad Pitt (Moneyball, The Tree of Life).
- Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, Great Hope Springs, The Devil Wears Prada).
- Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins), who handed the SAG Life Achievement Award to Mary Tyler Moore.
- Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine).
- Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights).
- Shailene Woodley (The Descendants).
- Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Imogene).
- Regina King (Southland, Ray).
- Judy Greer (Love and Other Drugs, Playing the Field).
- Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids).
- Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, Grown Ups).
- Zoe Saldana (Avatar, The Words).
- Kyra Sedgwick (Man on a Ledge, The Closer).
- Octavia Spencer (The Help).
- Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris, Wedding Crashers).
- Ed Helms (The Hangover Part II).
- Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad).
- Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife).
- Ben Kingsley (Hugo, Gandhi).
- Screen Actors Guild President Ken Howard.
Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski photo: Kevin Mazur / WireImage.
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:
Robert Forster. George Clooney. Matthew Lillard. Shailene Woodley. Judy Greer. Veteran Beau Bridges, who starred opposite Melina Mercouri in Norman Jewison’s Gaily, Gaily back in 1969.
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.