FILM/TV: 2012 SAG Award Nominees

Posted: December 14, 2011 in Film, Television

The nominees for the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on Wednesday morning in West Hollywood, CA.  These nominees must be taken with a grain of salt, but only a small grain. The rest of the industry is usually a lot more receptive to the thinking of critics and should align itself well with them — The Tree of Life, Drive, and Shame.Another thing to consider is all the late Oscar contenders (War Horse, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) that the actors probably haven’t got around to seeing since you know, they have jobs. That being said, no film in the past 15 years have won Best Picture without first winning Best Ensemble. NO FILM. This is terrible news for War Horse and Hugo, and fantastic news for The Artist. I cannot see the other four Best Ensemble nominees winning this by a long shot.

Before I get to the nominees, here are a few of my first reactions to the list:

***No Michael Fassbender (Shame)? Get of your high, pure horse and watch an NC-17 film. Losers
***Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)? Nice to see that she gets a nod of respect from a film she’s been working to get made since the early 90s
***Albert Brooks (Drive) gets snubbed. Huge news after winning critics award after critics award.
***Damian Bachir?! For a foreign film?! A hell of a pick! I’ll take it.
***No Dragon Tattoo? No Tinker Tailor? Were the titles too long for them?
***No Young Adult love, but love for Jonah Hill? Interesting….
***Who do I have to burn to get Andy Serkis a nomination for Rise of the Planet of the Apes?!??!
***The actors really like Clint Eastwood
***Melissa McCarthy getting love for Bridesmaids. Toilet humor, yay.
***I wish Community and Parks and Recreation got the same recognition that Modern Family keeps getting.
***Homeland snubbed. I guess not enough people subscribe to Showtime. Lame.

The full list of nominees are as follows.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Midnight in Paris

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Brangah, My Week with Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jassica Chastain The Help
Melissa McCaethy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Female Actor – Movie or Miniseries

Diane Lane, Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult
Betty White, The Lost Valentine
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Male Actor – Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, Thurgood
Paul Giamatti, Too Big To Fail
Greg Kinnear, The Kennedys
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce
James Woods, Too Big to Fail
Female Actor – Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
Male Actor – Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Steve Carell, The Office
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Ensemble – Comedy Series
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
The Office

Female Actor – Drama Series
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Male Actor – Drama Series
Patrick James Adams, Suits
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Ensemble – Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

The Adjustment Bureau
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

Game of Thrones
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
True Blood


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