The Screen Actors Guild award nominations were released today. As is typical with most guild awards, the SAG nominations strayed from this season’s trends a bit. This is likely due, at least in part, to the strict criteria that prevent some potential nominees from being eligible.
Notable absentees include Michael Fassbender (Shame) and Albert Brooks (Drive), both of whom have already received numerous awards for their respective performances this year.
The Help led the way with four nominations: Viola Davis for Best Actress, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast, which is the SAG equivalent to Best Picture.
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), who has been conspicuously missing from most awards thus far, finally scored a significant Best Actress nomination for her cross-dressing period piece.
Everyone’s favorite summer comedy, Bridesmaids, landed two nominations, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast. Melissa McCarthy continues to make a strong Oscar bid, with another Supporting Actress nod.
Four of the five Supporting Actor nominees are relatively surprising. Christopher Plummer (Beginners) has been a consistent presence this season, but Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Armie Hammer (J. Edgar), and Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn) haven’t received much love yet. Maybe things will pick up for one or several of them.
The SAG awards show will air on January 29, 2012.
You can see a complete list of the nominees here.