Below are the reactions for this year’s Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations. It was quite interesting with surprises coming from Janet McTeer nominated for Best Supporting Actress and the great Demian Bichir receiving a Best Actor nomination for his work in “A Better Life.” This will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demian Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
- In the brightest of moments in my day was hearing the name of Demian Bichir being recognized for his outstanding work in Chris Weitz’s “A Better Life.” Where he looked down and out, the actors came to the rescue. What’s sad is he was cited alongside Leonardo DiCaprio for Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar.” Along with the mention from the Broadcast Film Critics and his likely mention tomorrow from the Golden Globes, DiCaprio is looking set up to make the cut. Terrible. I think the fact that Shailene Woodley was left off in the Supporting Actress category for “The Descendants” shows a little chink in the armor for the film. I think Staff Writer Joey Magidson’s early prediction about Pitt coming out on top his about to come to fruition. Clooney is not far behind though and “The Artist” can go for a big sweep and take Dujardin along for the ride. It’s so sad to not see Michael Fassbender make the cut for “Shame” or Michael Shannon for “Take Shelter.” I don’t think Bichir will make the final Oscar cut in the end so I expect at least the former to be nominated. It’s a bad day for Gary Oldman. It just never seems like it’s going to happen for him.
Best 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
- Ladies and gentleman, I present the 2011 Best Actress nominees. Probably. Close was on life support for a little while but seemed to revive herself by being recognized by her peers. This scares me now. If Close is nominated alongside Viola Davis, I fear the acting branch to reward Close for an illustrious career but in an uneven production that doesn’t showcase the great talent that she is. If Close wins the SAG Award, it’s bad news for Viola or even Michelle Williams who is perhaps a close second. Swinton delivers one of the most polarizing performances of the year and the SAG and BFCA recognition is happening in a big way for her. She’s in.
Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
Armie Hammer – J. Edgar
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
- Albert Brooks was punched in the stomach today and so were any of the supporting players from “The Ides of March.” I don’t think any of the SAG voting members have seen “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” which would explain the snub for Max Von Sydow. Plummer has this award sewn up unless a big surge emerges for Nolte or Branagh but I don’t see it happening.
Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help
- Vanessa Redgrave is down and out (and for good reason). Shailene Woodley took a big hit here given SAG is notorious for recognizing young performers. None screeners in time would explain the omission of Sandra Bullock but I don’t expect her to make it anyway. That could be our final lineup give or take Janet McTeer who could get replaced by Woodley or even Carey Mulligan. I think Bejo or Chastain wins this awards with a surprise chance for McCarthy.
Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble
Midnight in Paris
- This shows the love for Woody Allen and the outside chance his film makes the Best Picture lineup. “Hugo,” “War Horse,” and “The Tree of Life” took a stumble but it can still happen for them. Can “Bridesmaids” make the final cut? That’s a big wish but I think it has an uphill climb for Original Screenplay. I think “The Help” wins this in a walk.