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 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.
- Demian Bichir, A Better Life
- George Clooney, The Descendants
- Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
- Jean Dujardin, The Artist
- Brad Pitt, Moneyball
- 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
- Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
- Armie Hammer, J. Edgar
- Jonah Hill, Moneyball
- Nick Nolte, Warrior
- Christopher Plummer, Beginners
- Berenice Bejo, The Artist
- Jessica Chastain, The Help
- Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
- Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
- Octavia Spencer, The Help
- The Artist
- The Descendants
- The Help
- Midnight in Paris
- 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...