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SAG nominee list has lots of surprise inclusions, omissions

12.14.2011

The Screen Actors Guild Awards might not be the most relevant of movie awards ceremonies, but that doesn't mean they count for nothing. And today, they've created quite a stir with their nominee list, which includes some surprises but is more interesting when you see what they've left out, as often times, these selections do mirror the Oscars.

Here are the nominees:

ACTOR:

Demián 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:

Bérénice Bejo - The Artist

Jessica Chastain - The Help

Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer - The Help

ENSEMBLE CAST:

The Artist - Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller

Bridesmaids - Rose Byrne, Jill Clayburgh, Ellie Kemper, Matt Lucas, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig

The Descendants - Beau Bridges, George Clooney, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Shailene Woodley

The Help - Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

Midnight in Paris - Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson

So, what's unusual? That THE HELP appears so often for one, and also to see J Edgar in there twice despite lukewarm review. I'd also say it's a surprise to see comedic sidekicks Jonah Hill and Melissa McCarthy get noms, but that's sort of cool if you ask me.

But what's very noticeable is the absence of a lot of "Oscar" type films like TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, HUGO, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREIDBLY CLOSE and of course THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Will they not show up at the Oscars as well?

Extra Tidbit: Apparently THE ARTIST is a frontrunner for an Oscar sweep now? I literally hadn't heard of it until all these places started announcing nominees.
Source: SAG

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9:24AM on 12/15/2011

Well...

The film Critic's and Golden Globes are acknowledging Fassbender's contribution so that's something. However I'm not seeing much if any for Shame's technical and directorial efforts which sadly is not surprising this side of he pond, given the frankness of the material.

Maybe it and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy will get some love from the BAFTAs.
The film Critic's and Golden Globes are acknowledging Fassbender's contribution so that's something. However I'm not seeing much if any for Shame's technical and directorial efforts which sadly is not surprising this side of he pond, given the frankness of the material.

Maybe it and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy will get some love from the BAFTAs.
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12:40AM on 12/15/2011
Viola Davis SHOULD win for every award she is nominated for. If not, it is a damn shame and true crime.
Viola Davis SHOULD win for every award she is nominated for. If not, it is a damn shame and true crime.
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8:05PM on 12/14/2011
The only thing that is gonna really remotely make that show watchable is gonna be ricky gervais. Im sure he will rip some of them a new one as they so rightly deserve.
The only thing that is gonna really remotely make that show watchable is gonna be ricky gervais. Im sure he will rip some of them a new one as they so rightly deserve.
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3:54PM on 12/14/2011
No love for Drive or 50/50. Boo!
No love for Drive or 50/50. Boo!
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4:27PM on 12/14/2011
As much as I love Drive, it was never going to be nominated for most Award show. I didn't make enough money for that. Movies like that will have a chance only if they bring back the dough, just like Pulp Fiction in 1994. Same thing is true for average drama. The Blind Side got nominated a couple of years ago because it made cash, same thing is happening with The Help.
As much as I love Drive, it was never going to be nominated for most Award show. I didn't make enough money for that. Movies like that will have a chance only if they bring back the dough, just like Pulp Fiction in 1994. Same thing is true for average drama. The Blind Side got nominated a couple of years ago because it made cash, same thing is happening with The Help.
6:36PM on 12/14/2011
Yeah Skellington, because The Artist, Warrior and A Better Life all opened to $ 50M ! Gosling and Brooks should've popped up. Happy about The Artist though
Yeah Skellington, because The Artist, Warrior and A Better Life all opened to $ 50M ! Gosling and Brooks should've popped up. Happy about The Artist though
3:52PM on 12/14/2011
Aren't the SAG Awards voted by the actors themselves?
Aren't the SAG Awards voted by the actors themselves?
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3:15PM on 12/14/2011
Fassbender, Emma Stone, and Gosling should be on some lists someplace as well in the near future.
Fassbender, Emma Stone, and Gosling should be on some lists someplace as well in the near future.
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1:32PM on 12/14/2011
It is what it is, but I wouldn't call Jonah Hill's role a "comedic sidekick"...he had a couple laughs, in an otherwise straightforward film....
It is what it is, but I wouldn't call Jonah Hill's role a "comedic sidekick"...he had a couple laughs, in an otherwise straightforward film....
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1:32PM on 12/14/2011
I really wanted to see Michael Parks get some love for Red State, but these elitist twats aren't going to give someone like Kevin Smith the time of day.

And, the acting wasn't the problem with J. Edgar, so I can live with Leo and Armie getting nods.
I really wanted to see Michael Parks get some love for Red State, but these elitist twats aren't going to give someone like Kevin Smith the time of day.

And, the acting wasn't the problem with J. Edgar, so I can live with Leo and Armie getting nods.
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4:23PM on 12/14/2011
Red State was garbage. Kevin Smith doesn't derserve anything, especially not the time of day.
Red State was garbage. Kevin Smith doesn't derserve anything, especially not the time of day.
1:25PM on 12/14/2011
I don't see any reason why The Help shouldn't be nominated as much as it has. A completely solid film just on its own, the acting was incredible even if some of the film bordered Hallmark mush at times (though I don't even completely agree with that).

Though she definitely has a lot of serious competition, I look forward to seeing Viola Davis sweep this year. And the same goes for Octavia Spencer. Just incredible.

The Jessica Chastain nomination can go either with me. I thought she
I don't see any reason why The Help shouldn't be nominated as much as it has. A completely solid film just on its own, the acting was incredible even if some of the film bordered Hallmark mush at times (though I don't even completely agree with that).

Though she definitely has a lot of serious competition, I look forward to seeing Viola Davis sweep this year. And the same goes for Octavia Spencer. Just incredible.

The Jessica Chastain nomination can go either with me. I thought she nailed her character in the movie; I just didn't feel as drawn to hers as I was with the others.
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1:19PM on 12/14/2011

Thought I read somewhere...

That Girl with the Dragon Tatoo wasn't reviewed in time by the group in order to be on this list. I might be mistaken, but thought I saw that somewhere.
That Girl with the Dragon Tatoo wasn't reviewed in time by the group in order to be on this list. I might be mistaken, but thought I saw that somewhere.
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1:19PM on 12/14/2011
Personally I'm thrilled Demian Bichir is getting recognized for A Better Life, as I was sure he would be overlooked amid all the awards bait. I am surprised Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy wouldn't garner even an ensemble nominee due to the weight of that cast. I'm surprised Jessica Chastain is getting notice when I'd have picked Bryce Dallas Howard (and they give her notice but not Fassbender, though both have been everywhere). I've yet to get enough of a feel for the landscape to have a very
Personally I'm thrilled Demian Bichir is getting recognized for A Better Life, as I was sure he would be overlooked amid all the awards bait. I am surprised Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy wouldn't garner even an ensemble nominee due to the weight of that cast. I'm surprised Jessica Chastain is getting notice when I'd have picked Bryce Dallas Howard (and they give her notice but not Fassbender, though both have been everywhere). I've yet to get enough of a feel for the landscape to have a very strong opinion about it. I am surprised GWTDT didn't receive anything. But I'm thrilled that The Artist is getting notice, so maybe it'll come to my neck of the woods.
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1:02PM on 12/14/2011

Brad Pitt?

I realize he's gonna make the lists no matter what, but was he all that spectacular in Moneyball? I thought it was an interesting film, and he was very good in it, but the role had little range, especially in comparison to some the other feature roles this year. (Jonah Hill seemed to delve much deeper into his role, showing surprising discipline and restraint -- this was a nice surprise.)

I haven't seen Shame, but I'm certain Fassbender is a major snub here. From the look of the trailers,
I realize he's gonna make the lists no matter what, but was he all that spectacular in Moneyball? I thought it was an interesting film, and he was very good in it, but the role had little range, especially in comparison to some the other feature roles this year. (Jonah Hill seemed to delve much deeper into his role, showing surprising discipline and restraint -- this was a nice surprise.)

I haven't seen Shame, but I'm certain Fassbender is a major snub here. From the look of the trailers, Gary Oldman completely submerges into his role in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Gosling was great in Drive, as well.. All disappointments..

Just kinda frustrated with Pitt here, as I was when he was nominated for Benjamin Button.. A tepid nom, IMO. Anyone else agree?
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12:39PM on 12/14/2011

Wow...crap list!

Albert Brooks and Gosling deserve nominations for DRIVE. Oh well, it's only the SAG's.
And no Fassbender for SHAME? He's been praised to the heavens for that role.
And that A BETTER LIFE flick has barely even been talked about.
Albert Brooks and Gosling deserve nominations for DRIVE. Oh well, it's only the SAG's.
And no Fassbender for SHAME? He's been praised to the heavens for that role.
And that A BETTER LIFE flick has barely even been talked about.
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12:37PM on 12/14/2011
Fassbender and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo GOT FUCKED
Fassbender and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo GOT FUCKED
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