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2012 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

Some surprises may be shaking up the ranks

2012 Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) nominations
Photo: Screen Actors Guild

This morning at 6 AM, Judy Greer and Regina King announced the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards nominations in five film and eight television categories and there were a few surprises as the actors decided to slip a few unexpected names into the mix.

It starts in the lead actor category as Demian Bichir was nominated for A Better Life, a push Summit made early in the Oscar season and it appears to have paid off. The Actors Guild was obviously impressed by J. Edgar having nominated both Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer, the latter being one of two bigger surprises in the Supporting Actor category as Nick Nolte was also nominated for Warrior, but Drive's Albert Brooks, who has been sweeping up critical awards lately, went without a nomination as did Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) and Ben Kingsley (Hugo).

One last surprise on the men's side is a pleasant one as Jonah Hill was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Moneyball.

On the ladies side the Actors Guild was obviously impressed with the performances in The Help and Albert Nobbs as Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Glenn Close and Janet McTeer were all nominated and it appears there may be a battle brewing in the lead category for the rest of the season as Tilda Swinton has found herself gaining a lot of steam for her excellent performance in We Need to Talk about Kevin. Charlize Theron's performance in Young Adult is the notable omission.

Another name on the lady's side that is gaining steam is Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids. Any chance there is something to her current run? Can she get an Oscar nomination for the role?

The ensemble category isn't too surprising, though I was happy to see Midnight in Paris get a nom, one of the omissions from yesterday's Critics Choice Award nominations that bothered me a little.

The 2012 SAG Awards will be handed out on Sunday, January 29, 2012 and will be simulcast live coast to-coast on TNT and TBS starting at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

MOTION PICTURE NOMINEES

Actor
  • Demian Bichir, A Better Life
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Actress
  • 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
Supporting Actor
  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Supporting Actress
  • Berenice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help
Ensemble Cast
  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • The Descendants
  • The Help
  • Midnight in Paris
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Cowboys & Aliens
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • X-Men: First Class

The television nominees are on the next page...

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  • Bradley

    Does the lack of nominations for "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" suggest it isn't that great or is it due to not being screened in time for the 2000+ members of the Screen Actors Guild?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      My guess is the latter.

      • Bradley

        When is the embargo getting removed? When are we going to hear about "Extremely Loud"?!

        • Evengan

          To be completely honest, they are doing a terrible marketing campaign for "Extremely Loud". Every important awards show is snubbing it for the obvious reasons of a late release. They can't complain.

          • Bradley

            Can the film sneak into the Oscar race though? It's been very late for Critics screenings etc but does it have enough time, if it's good , to get recognition from the Academy. Also if this is how it pans out, are we looking at nominations for Bullock and von Sydow, Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay? The word on Thomas Horn's performance is also incredibly strong with Stephen Daldry believeing "it (Horn's performance) may be one of the greatest performances by a young performer in the history of cinema" Who knows. This is becoming incredibly intriguing!

  • Nick

    No Fassbender, Theron, Brooks? I can understand the absence of Oldman or Rooney Mara since they haven't registered well even with the critics, but that's just disappointing. Brooks in particular, I guess Plummer is pretty much locked for the Oscar now.

  • Travis

    The lack of "Shame nominations shocks me. This has made me decide to cut Max Von Sydow. I'll probably look into other choice (Ben Kingsley, perhaps?) As well, Elizabeth Olsen is now looking to take down Rooney. And I now may have to look into Melissa McCarthy, and see if she can take down Carey Mulligan (which I would hate to do-I love Carey) for the final supporting actress nomination, now that this Vanessa Redgrave fuss seems to be over. The Golden Globes will decide everything for me tomorrow

  • daniel

    No nominations for ELaEC, I'm shocked! Looking forward to know what thought of ELaEC on Friday.

  • Evengan

    I must say that Jessica Lange has the award in her pocket already. Also, I'm surprised TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY received no nominations whatsoever.

  • Winchester

    Is there potential now for Melissa McCarthy to sneak into the BSA list, I wonder?

  • Grissom

    These nominations are almost as bad as last year's Golden Globes. Oh yes, i went there. Snubs all around to favoritize a comedy with no chance in hell of scoring anything outside of a GG. Brooks, von Sydow are obvious frontrunenrs for supporting actor. McCarthy? A nomination for a woman who can't tell the difference between a fart and a queef? WHICH END RIPPLED! That's how you can tell.

    • Grissom

      On the light side, Breaking Bad is getting it's due. Hope it wins

    • Travis

      Von Sydow doesn't have a chance in hell. I'm sorry that your favorites like Jackson Rathbone and Booboo Stewart weren't nominated, but McCarthy gave a good performance, and just because you don't like the film doesn't mean 95% of the population didn't love it

      • Grissom

        Well excuse me for not really liking bad comedy. Von Sydow does have a chance, Rudom's just doing a poor job of promoting it

  • Arturo

    I've always enjoy your picks for your predictions I just always thought Nolte's work in Warrior was underrated. I think Plummer will take the Oscar, but I think Nolte at least deserves a nomination. Could he be moving up the ladder in the predictions as he also made the BFCA nominees.

    • maja

      Amen. Nolte did an incredible job in Warrior and it's nice that it's getting some recognition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Vazquez/1114800043 Michael Vazquez

    I've read the reactions of Hill's nod, Either people don't like Jonah Hill's nod or just don't really like him. I like him, i love his comedic roles but he's also underappreciated with serious roles like Cyrus and Moneyball, he's actually surprisingly good at these serious roles. Moneyball is one of my fave flicks of the year not because i'm a HUGE basball fan and it's a baseball movie (which is not entirely true) but because of Hill & Pitt's chemistry. I loved Hill's Sabermetic scenes with Pitt, his deadpan looks were hilarious & again the chemistry between him & Pitt. I do think he deserved the nod but definitely should not win.

    I thought Armie Hammer was good but come on, a nod?? I'm glad Dicaprio got the nod, he was excellent as far as winning, I doubt it. I thought Naomi Watts was really good in J. Edgar and should have gotten a nod maybe Golden Globes & Oscars could sneak her in a slot.

    I love that Jessica Chastain is getting lots of attention for her performance in The Help and I'm very happy that Bridesmaids getting lots of awards attention as well. Happy for McCarthy, hopefully Wiig gets that Best Actress In A Comedy/Musical nod at Golden Globes. Viola Davis is my front-runner but still have to see Streep in The Iron Lady.

    I like to see Bryce Dallas Howard get some attention for her role in The Help, always thought she was a decent actress: she was very good in The Village, decent in Lady In The Water, good in her small role in Hereafter & one of the many good things in The Help.

  • Stiggy

    I'm suprised that Harvey Wienstein hasn't been campaigning John Goodman for a supporting nod in The Artist.

  • Creighton

    I hope the Oscar noms look nothing like this horrible list. No Drive, Shame, or Dragon Tattoo? Fassbender and Brooks should have been locks. I also adore Mulligan and thought she was the best supporting of the year in Shame. I really thought Mara would get in best as well.

  • hugizz145

    this list is certainly infamous and highly ridiculous, the lack of nominations to Shame, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy, and even Drive makes this simply stupid, i thought Gary Oldman, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara were potential contenders to get at least a nom, the 3 of them seemed a sure nod to me; and i cant believe Elizabeth Olsen wasnt nominated either, Ryan Gosling was ignored as well, Carey Mulligan has always been on the top of my predictions for best supporting actress and she was also forgotten, but the worst part came when those powerhouse performances were replaced with some unstable and opaque performances like Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs, Jonah Hills in Moneyball, Jessica Chastain in The Help, Armie Hammer in J.Edgar or Demian Bichir in A Better Life. im so disappointed

  • Steve J

    Getting the feeling this will be the toughest Oscar picking in years. You ask 10 people what the best movie was, you will get 10 different answers.

    • Steve J

      And has any women dominated Movies and TV this year more then Jessica Lange in American Horror Story. She is scary as heck.

    • Arturo

      Agree Steve, sounds like it will be fun. Lots of debate.

  • Matt

    I'm genuinely surprised that Brooks and Shailene Woodley were snubbed in the supporting categories, and that J. Edgar received two nominations. But I'm thrilled for the Bridesmaids nominations, especially McCarthy.

    On the TV side of things, I'm very happy to see Jessica Lange nominated. She's fantastic on American Horror Story.

    • http://borovnia.blogspot.com Adriano

      The Jessica Lange nomination was the only good thing on the TV department. No nominations for Parks & Recreation and Homeland? Ridiculous.

  • Ian

    This is a pretty bad list overall. I'm really not happy with the Bridesmaids and J. Edgar love, and the most glaring omission to me is Melissa McCarthy replacing Shailene Woodley. I saw The Descendants again this weekend and not only did I solidify it as one of the best films of the year, it might actually be my #1 right now. I don't see McCarthy getting an Oscar nomination, but you never know. And like it or not, J. Edgar is still a serious contender. It wasn't well received but it's just the type of film these people love.

    But as far as all the complaints about Drive and (especially) Dragon Tattoo getting snubbed: wake up people. Sure it's disappointing that Brooks didn't get nominated, but I still think he's close to a lock for the Oscars. It has no chance in any other major category. And neither does Dragon Tattoo. That's my most anticipated film left this year by far, and the reviews are only amping that anticipation up more. But it is not a film that will appeal to the Academy in any way whatsoever. It's NOT getting nominated for Best Picture, Fincher is NOT getting nominated for Best Director, and Mara is NOT getting nominated for Best Actress. I guarantee that none of those will come to pass. Cinematography, editing, and score are the only categories where it has any real chance.

    • Trent

      If McCarthy is receiving ANY Oscar buzz, i'm gonna jump off a bridge.

  • Adam

    I think Kirsten Dunst should've been nominated for Melancholia. I think the director screwed her chances of being noticed because of his Hitler comments at Cannes though.
    I'm also waiting and hoping that Eva Longoria finally gets love for her work on Desperate Housewives. I think it's time she finally get rewarded for how funny she still makes that show after all these years.
    I was also surprised that Shailene Woodley was missing from the Supporting Actress category.
    I'd love it if Melissa McCarthy gained enough steam to get an Oscar nod for Bridesmaids too.