The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced today and brought a sigh of relief to all those keeping up with awards season news. After the Golden Globes released their strange nomination list on Tuesday, the SAGs were able to bring us back from Wonderland (shameless allusion intended).
Few of the nominations were surprising: The Social Network, The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Fighter, and The Kids Are All Right, grabbed nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, the SAGs version of Best Picture.
The Best Actor category held the usual names. This year’s three constant nominees Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), and James Franco (127 Hours), were joined by Robert Duvall (Get Low) and last year’s awards season golden boy Jeff Bridges (True Grit). This, unfortunately, left Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine) with no love.
It’ll be interesting to see how closely the Oscar’s supporting role nominations will reflect the SAGs. Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), for instance, who was garnering lots of love early in the awards season, including one of the more legitimate Golden Globe nominations, was snubbed by the SAGs. However, Mila Kunis (Black Swan), and The Fighter duo (Amy Adams and Melissa Leo) are one step closer to the golden statuette with their SAG nominations.
I still think Christian Bale (The Fighter) is almost a lock for Best Supporting Actor come February, but Jeremy Renner (The Town) and Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) might give him a run for his money with their continued nominations. I have a feeling that The Social Network’s Andrew Garfield’s absence from ballot may be a fatal blow toward his hopes of securing an Oscar nom.
Natalie Portman (Black Swan) is continuing to strengthen her bid for Best Actress glory, though she has Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) to deal with. The biggest surprise in this category was Hilary Swank (Conviction) who might be making a last minute run at the big prize. She does have a pretty solid track record with the Academy.
My only complaint is the lack of love that Inception keeps getting, having only received a single nomination (for Stunt Ensemble) from the SAGs. I know it didn’t have the most brilliant individual performances, but I still maintain that it boasted one of the best ensembles of 2010. Anyone with me?