Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Screen Actor's Guild Awards...nominees eclectic! Clooney, Pitt & Glenn Close score with thespians!











When actors vote for their own, the public tends to sit up and take notice; after all, shouldn't industry folks been keen on what their "craft" is all about?

Of course, thespians are notorious for being jealous of their fellow actors, so it may be necessary to take the criticism with a grain of salt (or take an up-close gander at the underbelly of Tinseltown to fathom how the scoundrels ended up in the winner's circle this time 'round).

The SAG Award has never been up there alongside the "Oscar" or the Golden Globe Awards in respect to actual prestige in the industry - but, it is still touted - because it is a vote of respect and confidence from one's peers.

With that in mind, the Screen Actors Guild has managed to rustle up a roster of deserving nominees without exception.

For example, male actors given the nod for Best Actor for the coveted SAG Award (the ugliest trophy in town, by the way) include Demian Bichir (A Better Life), George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), and Brat Pitt (Moneyball).

The competition will be tough for the ladies, too, in the leading dramatic acting category.

Glenn Close has been nominted for her stellar performance in "Albert Nobbs" (in which she credibly inpersonates a man at the turn-of-the-century) which has been garnering rave reviews, for example.

But, come awards evening, Viola David (The Help), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Tilda Swinton (Eva), or Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) may cause an upset and head up to the podium to snatch up the prize instead.

Can't wait, can you?

Here is a run-down of the Guild's choice for best-of-the-best for 2011:

THEATRICAl RELEASE

Male actor in a supporting role

KENNETH BRANAGH / Sir Laurence Olivier - "MY WEEK WITH MARILYN"
ARMIE HAMMER / Clyde Tolson - "J. EDGAR"
JONAH HILL / Peter Brand - "MONEYBALL"
NICK NOLTE / Paddy Conlon - "WARRIOR"
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal - "BEGINNERS"

Female actor in a supporting role

BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy - "THE ARTIST"
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote - "THE HELP"
MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan - "BRIDESMAIDS"
JANET McTEER / Hubert Page - "ALBERT NOBBS"
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson - "THE HELP"

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture

"THE ARTIST"
"BRIDESMAIDS"
"THE DESCENDANTS"
"THE HELP"
"MIDNIGHT IN PARIS"

TELEVISION

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series

PATRICK J. ADAMS / Mike Ross - "SUITS"
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch "Nucky" Thomson - "BOARDWALK EMPIRE"
KYLE CHANDLER / Eric Taylor - "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - "BREAKING BAD"
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan - "DEXTER"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series

KATHY BATES / Harriet Korn - "HARRY'S LAW"
GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes - "DAMAGES"
JESSICA LANGE / Constance - "AMERICAN HORROR STORY"
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - "THE GOOD WIFE"
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dept. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson - "THE CLOSER"

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series

ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - "30 ROCK"
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy - "MODERN FAMILY"
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott - "THE OFFICE"
JON CRYER / Alan Harper - "TWO AND A HALF MEN"
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker - "MODERN FAMILY"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series

JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy - "MODERN FAMILY"
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - "NURSE JACKIE"
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - "30 ROCK"
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - "MODERN FAMILY"
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky - "HOT IN CLEVELAND"

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series

"BOARDWALK EMPIRE"
"BREAKING BAD"
"DEXTER"
"GAME OF THRONES"
"THE GOOD WIFE"

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series

"30 ROCK"
"THE BIG BANG THEORY"
"GLEE"
"MODERN FAMILY"
"THE OFFICE"

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries

LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Thurgood Marshall - "THURGOOD"
PAUL GIAMATTI / Ben Bernanke - "TOO BIG TO FAIL"
GREG KINNEAR / Jack Kennedy - "THE KENNEDYS"
GUY PEARCE / Monty Beragon - "MILDRED PIERCE"
JAMES WOODS / Richard Fuld - "TOO BIG TO FAIL"

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or Miniseries

DIANE LANE / Pat Loud - "CINEMA VERITE"
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham - "DOWNTON ABBEY"
EMILY WATSON / Janet Leach - "APPROPRIATE ADULT"
BETTY WHITE / Caroline Thomas - "HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE"
KATE WINSLET / Mildred Pierce - "MILDRED PIERCE"







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