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SAG Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

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The 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning by previous SAG Award winners Sandra Oh and Elijah Wood. There were a few surprises that snuck in as well as some major snubs.The Brad Pitt/Cate Blanchett film Babel garnered the most nominations out of all the motion pictures, with three nods – one being for Best Ensemble. HBO drama The Sopranos dominated the television categories with three nominations, more than any other series – including a Best Ensemble nod, as well as nods for both lead actors, Edie Falco and James Gandolfini. There was a tie in the Female Actor In A Comedy Series category, so there are six nominees there instead of the normal five.



Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio / BLOOD DIAMOND – Archer – Warner Bros. Pictures
Ryan Gosling / HALF NELSON – Dan Dunne – THINKFilm
Peter O’Toole / VENUS – Maurice – Miramax Films
Will Smith / THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS – Chris Gardner – Sony Pictures
Forest Whitaker / THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND – Idi Amin – Fox Searchlight Pictures

Thoughts: Unlike at the Golden Globes where his two performances will probably split his votes, Leo might actually have a chance of a win here. This is a tough category, so it honestly could go to any of these actors – except probably Ryan Gosling. His nomination was the win here – and a big one considering he's a young actor. He probably kept Sacha Baron Cohen from being nominated, and probably will do so at the Oscars as well.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Penelope Cruz / VOLVER – Raimunda – Sony Pictures Classics
Judi Dench / NOTES ON A SCANDAL – Barbara Covett – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Helen Mirren / THE QUEEN – The Queen – Miramax Films.
Meryl Streep / THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Miranda Priestly – 20th Century Fox
Kate Winslet / LITTLE CHILDREN – Sarah Pierce – New Line Cinema

Thoughts: These nominations here seem to be a lock for these five ladies, but once again I think Kate Winslet will be left empty-handed. Mirren, Streep, and Cruz probably have the most chance of winning, with Dench possibly pulling out a win if the votes are split. This, and the Best Actor race will be the most competitive here, and at Oscar time.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin / LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Grandpa Fox Searchlight Pictures
Leonardo DiCaprio / THE DEPARTED – Billy Warner Bros. Pictures
Jackie Earle Haley / LITTLE CHILDREN – Ronnie J. McGorvey New Line Cinema
Djimon Hounsou / BLOOD DIAMOND – Solomon Warner Bros. Pictures
Eddie Murphy / DREAMGIRLS – James “Thunder” Early Paramount Pictures

Thoughts: I think DiCaprio has a better chance of winning here than he does in the leading category, but his main competition will be Eddie Murphy. People love an underdog, and they love a comeback. Not to mention Dreamgirls will most likely be seen my more people than The Departed.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Adriana Barraza / BABEL – Amelia – Paramount Vantage
Cate Blanchett / NOTES ON A SCANDAL – Sheba Hart – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Abigail Breslin / LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Olive – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Jennifer Hudson / DREAMGIRLS – Effie White – Paramount Pictures
Rinko Kikuchi / BABEL – Chieko – Paramount Vantage

Thoughts: The Babel women are two people many pundits have been pulling for.  Unfortunately, they'll cancel each other out, paving the way for Cate Blanchett, or the more likely winner Jennifer Hudson to grab the statue. Great to see Breslin get a nomination here, as the sub-par Beyonce Knowles stole her nomination at the Golden Globes. 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BABEL – Paramount Vantage
Adriana Barraza – Amelia
Cate Blanchett – Susan
Gael García Bernal – Santiago
Rinko Kikuchi – Chieko
Brad Pitt – Richard
Kôji Yakusho – Yasujiro

BOBBY – The Weinstein Company
Harry Belafonte – Nelson
Joy Bryant – Patricia
Nick Cannon – Dwayne
Emilio Estevez – Tim Fallon
Laurence Fishburne – Edward Robinson
Brian Geraghty – Cooper
Heather Graham – Angela
Anthony Hopkins – John Casey
Helen Hunt – Samantha
Joshua Jackson – Wade
David Krumholtz – Phil
Ashton Kutcher – Fisher
Shia LaBoeuf – Jimmy
Lindsay Lohan – Diane
William H. Macy – Paul
Svetlana Metkina – Lenka Janacek
Demi Moore – Virginia Fallon
Freddy Rodriguez – José
Martin Sheen – Jack
Christian Slater – Timmons
Sharon Stone – Miriam
Jacob Vargas – Miguel
Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Susan Taylor
Elijah Wood – William

THE DEPARTED – Warner Bros. Pictures
Anthony Anderson – Brown
Alec Baldwin – Ellerby
Matt Damon – Colin
Leonardo DiCaprio – Billy
Vera Farmiga – Madolyn
Jack Nicholson – Costello
Martin Sheen – Queenan
Mark Wahlberg – Dignam
Ray Winstone – Mr. French

DREAMGIRLS – Paramount Pictures
Jamie Foxx – Curtis Taylor, Jr.
Danny Glover – Marty Madison
Jennifer Hudson – Effie White
Beyoncé Knowles – Deena Jones
Eddie Murphy – James “Thunder” Early
Keith Robinson – C.C. White
Anika Noni Rose – Lorrell Robinson

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Alan Arkin – Grandpa
Abigail Breslin – Olive
Steve Carell – Frank
Toni Collette – Sheryl
Paul Dano – Dwayne
Greg Kinnear – Richard

Thoughts: This is a tough one because I think all of the casts are deserving, minus maybe Dreamgirls which really has no chance of winning here. Most critics are labelling the film "The Jennifer Hudson Show," and that's pretty much what it is. Little Miss Sunshine, The Departed, and Bobby will most likely battle it out for the win. Bobby has the advantage of having more stars in it than the sky itself, and The Departed has the advantage of mega-box office gold. 


Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Thomas Haden Church / BROKEN TRAIL – Tom Harte – AMC
Robert Duvall / BROKEN TRAIL – Print Ritter – AMC
Jeremy Irons / ELIZABETH I – Earl of Leicester – HBO
William H. Macy / NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES – Clyde Umney – TNT
Matthew Perry / THE RON CLARK STORY – Ron Clark – TNT

Thoughts: I think here it's between Jeremy Irons and Robert Duvall. Matthew Perry's nomination is charity, and Macy was nominated on his name alone. In the end, I think Irons will take the statue. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Annette Bening / MRS. HARRIS – Jean Harris – HBO
Shirley Jones / HIDDEN PLACES – Aunt Batty – Hallmark Channel
Cloris Leachman / MRS. HARRIS – Tarnower’s Sister – HBO
Helen Mirren / ELIZABETH I – Elizabeth I – HBO
Greta Scacchi / BROKEN TRAIL – Nola Johns – AMC

Thoughts: Two words – Helen Mirren. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
James Gandolfini / THE SOPRANOS – Tony Soprano – HBO
Michael C. Hall / DEXTER – Dexter Morgan – Showtime
Hugh Laurie / HOUSE – Dr. Gregory House – FOX
James Spader / BOSTON LEGAL – Alan Shore – ABC
Kiefer Sutherland / 24 – Jack Bauer – FOX

Thoughts: It was lovely to see Michael C. Hall nominated for his excellent portrayal of Dexter on Showtime's new hit series, especially since he never got the accolades he deserved for his work on Six Feet Under. However, I don't think he has much chance of winning. This will be a steel cage match between Hugh Laurie and Kiefer Sutherland.  I'm hoping the former comes out on top. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette / MEDIUM – Allison Dubois – NBC
Edie Falco / THE SOPRANOS – Carmela Soprano – HBO
Mariska Hargitay / LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT – Det. Olivia Benson – NBC
Kyra Sedgwick / THE CLOSER – Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson – TNT
Chandra Wilson / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Miranda Bailey – ABC

Thoughts: I think Chandra Wilson is one of the most overrated actresses in television, and I think there are other actresses from her show that deserve the nod more than she does. With that said, I don't think she'll win anyway, and I don't think her co-stars would've won either, so it's irrelevant. Every other actress besides Wilson deserves a win in this category, but my vote goes to Arquette who is probably the most genuinely real talent on television. I'd love to see Sedgwick finally win something for The Closer, but I just don't see it happening. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin / 30 ROCK – Jack Donaghy – NBC
Steve Carell / THE OFFICE – Michael Scott – NBC
Jason Lee / MY NAME IS EARL – Earl Hicke – NBC
Jeremy Piven / ENTOURAGE – Ari Gold – HBO
Tony Shalhoub / MONK – Adrian Monk – USA

Thoughts: If Tony Shalhoub wins again I just might puke all over my television screen. Yes, he's good as Monk, but honestly, let's move on. Any of the actors in this category would be deserving if they won, but I'd love to see either Steve Carell or Jeremy Piven take the statue this year. Jason Lee and Alec Baldwin are maybes. 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera / UGLY BETTY – Betty Suarez – ABC
Felicity Huffman / DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – Lynette – ABC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus / THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE – Christine Campbell – CBS
Megan Mullally / WILL & GRACE – Karen Walker – NBC
Mary-Louise Parker / WEEDS – Nancy Botwin – Showtime
Jaime Pressly / MY NAME IS EARL – Joy – NBC

Thoughts: Please, please, please do not give this to Megan Mullally YET again. I'm still fuming over the fact that Marcia Cross has been disgustingly snubbed once again by an award show, but I could rant about that forever, so let's move on.  I have a feeling either Mary-Louise Parker or Julia Louis-Dreyfus will win this year. America Ferrera is great, but I see her in the same boat as Ryan Gosling.  She should be happy for the nomination. 

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
24 – FOX
Jayne Atkinson – Karen Hayes
Jude Ciccolella – Mike Novic
Roger Cross – Curtis Manning
Gregory Itzin – Charles Logan
Louis Lombardi – Edgar Stiles
James Morrison – Bill Buchanan

Glenn Morshower – Aaron Pierce
Mary Lynn Rajskub – Chloe O’Brian
Kim Raver – Audrey Raines
Jean Smart – Martha Logan
Kiefer Sutherland – Jack Bauer

Rene Auberjonois – Paul Lewiston
Candice Bergen – Shirley Schmidt
Craig Bierko – Jeffrey Coho
Julie Bowen – Denise Bauer
William Shatner – Denny Crane
James Spader – Alan Shore
Mark Valley – Brad Chase

Jim Beaver – Ellsworth
Powers Boothe – Cy Tolliver
Sean Bridgers – Johnny Burns
W. Earl Brown – Dan Dority
Dayton Callie – Charlie Utter
Brian Cox – Jack Langrishe
Kim Dickens – Joanie Stubbs
Brad Dourif – Doc Cochran
Anna Gunn – Martha Bullock
John Hawkes – Sol Starr
Jeffrey Jones – A.W. Merrick
Paula Malcomson – Trixie
Gerald McRaney – George Hearst
Ian McShane – Al Swearengen
Timothy Olyphant – Seth Bullock
Molly Parker – Alma Garret
Leon Rippy – Tom Nuttall
William Sanderson – E.B. Farnum
Brent Sexton – Harry Young
Bree Seanna – WallSofia Metz
Robin Weigert – Calamity Jane
Titus Welliver – Silas Adam

Justin Chambers – Alex Karev
Eric Dane – Mark Sloan
Patrick Dempsey – Derek Shepherd
Katherine Heigl – Isobel “Izzie” Stevens
T.R. Knight – George O’Malley
Sandra Oh – Cristina Yang
James Pickens, Jr. – Richard Webber
Ellen Pompeo – Meredith Grey
Sara Ramirez – Callie Torres
Kate Walsh – Addison Montgomery Shepherd
Isaiah Washington – Preston Burke
Chandra Wilson – Miranda Bailey

Sharon Angela – Rosalie Aprile
Lorraine Bracco – Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Max Casella – Benny Fazio
Dominic Chianese – Corrado “Junior” Soprano
Edie Falco Carmela – Soprano
James Gandolfini – Tony Soprano
Joseph R. Gannascoli – Vito Spatafore
Dan Grimaldi – Patsy Parisi
Robert Iler – Anthony Soprano, Jr.
Michael Imperioli – Christopher Moltisanti
Steven R. Schirripa – Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri
Jamie Lynn Sigler – Meadow Soprano
Tony Sirico – Paulie “Walnuts” Gaultieri
Aida Turturro – Janice Soprano-Baccalieri
Steven Van Zandt – Silvio Dante
Frank Vincent – Phil Leotardo

Thoughts: This will go to Grey's Anatomy and anyone who disagrees needs their head examined. Next!

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Andrea Bowen – Julie Mayer
Mehcad Brooks – Matthew Applewhite
Ricardo Antonio Chavira – Carlos Solis
Marcia Cross – Bree Hodge
James Denton – Mike Delfino
Teri Hatcher – Susan Mayer
Josh Henderson – Austin McCann
Zane Huett – Parker Scavo
Felicity Huffman – Lynette Scavo
Kathryn Joosten – Mrs. McCluskey
Nashawn Kearse – Caleb Applewhite
Brent Kinsman – Preston Scavo
Shane Kinsman – Porter Scavo
Joy Lauren – Danielle Van De Kamp
Eva Longoria – Gabrielle Solis
Kyle MacLachlan – Orson Hodge
Laurie Metcalf – Carolyn Bigsby
Shawn Pyfrom – Andrew Van De Kamp
Doug Savant – Tom Scavo
Dougray Scott – Ian Hainsworth
Nicollette Sheridan – Edie Britt
Brenda Strong – Mary Alice Young
Kiersten Warren – Nora
Alfre Woodard – Betty Applewhite

Kevin Connolly – Eric Murphy
Kevin Dillon – Drama
Jerry Ferrara – Turtle
Adrian Grenier – Vincent Chase
Rex Lee – Lloyd
Debi Mazar – Shauna
Jeremy Piven- Ari Gold
Perrey Reeves – Mrs. Ari

Leslie David Baker – Stanley Hudson
Brian Baumgartner – Kevin Malone
Steve Carell – Michael Scott
David Denman – Roy Anderson
Jenna Fischer – Pam Beesly
Kate Flannery – Meredith Palmer
Melora Hardin – Jan Levinson
Mindy Kaling – Kelly Kapoor
Angela Kinsey – Angela Martin
John Krasinski – Jim Malpert
Paul Lieberstein – Toby Flenderson
B.J. Novak – Ryan Howard
Oscar Nunez – Oscar Martinez
Phyllis Smith – Phyllis Lapin
Rainn Wilson – Dwight Schrute

Alan Dale – Bradford Meade
America Ferrera – Betty Suarez
Mark Indelicato – Justin
Ashley Jensen – Christina
Eric Mabius – Daniel Meade
Becki Newton – Amanda
Ana Ortiz – Hilda
Tony Plana – Ignacio
Kevin Sussman – Walter
Michael Urie – Marc
Vanessa Williams – Wilhelmina Slater

Martin Donovan – Peter Scottson
Alexander Gould – Shane Botwin
Justin Kirk – Andy Botwin
Romany Malco – Conrad Shepard
Kevin Nealon – Doug Wilson
Mary-Louise Parker – Nancy Botwin
Hunter Parrish – Silas Botwin
Tonye Patano – Heylia Jones
Elizabeth Perkins- Celia Hodes

Thoughts: This category isn't as strong as its dramatic counterpart, but there are some serious contenders here.  Two-time winners, the cast of Desperate Housewives, have a good chance of winning this for their third time in a row. However, the newcomers, the cast of Ugly Betty, or the cast of The Office could quite possibly steal it from them. 

Screen Actors Guild Awards 43rd Annual Life Achievement Award
Julie Andrews

Thoughts: Well come on, she's a legend.

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  • Looks like Little Miss Sunshine and Dreamgirls tied with Babel for 3 nominations each.

    The Departed could practically fill the male leading and supporting categories by itself. DiCaprio is clearly in a leading role, so I don’t understand SAG’s reasoning. Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson gave two of the very best supporting performances of the year. And Matt Damon, excellent in both The Departed and The Good Shepherd, had the bad luck to have those roles during such a competitive year.

  • duane

    Yet more awards …

    Those entertainers must be doing some fine entertainment work to be handing out entertainment awards to entertainers every two weeks or so.

    I note that the entertainment award presentation ceremonies are themselves often considered entertainment, so why not extend the entertainment award season and have entertainment awards for the best entertainment award shows. It could be hosted by entertainers and be very entertaining, with the entertainers getting all dressed up and interviewed by other entertainers on the red carpet. etc. Yeah, there’s an idea.

  • Grace

    I’d like to see DEADWOOD and HUGH LAURIE win.
    Both AMAZING!!

  • bri

    the fat guy from Borat seems to be escaping all recognition. Come on folks, this guy deserves a shot.

  • Dreamgirls deserved it’s nominations. It was extremely well done and the whole cast did a great job. I’ve never seen the Broadway production but I know Jennifer Hudson’s voice made me sit up and take notice! If you’d like to talk more about the movie please check out the official movie boards by clicking on my URL!