DiCaprio nabs SAG noms for 'Diamond,' 'Departed'

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Leonardo DiCaprio was a triple threat in SAG Award nominations Thursday, when he was recognized for his leading role in "Blood Diamond" and supporting turn in "The Departed" and also figuring in a cast nomination for the latter, star-laden mob movie.

In the category of outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role, DiCaprio is joined by Ryan Gosling for "Half Nelson," Peter O'Toole for "Venus," Will Smith for "The Pursuit of Happyness" and Forest Whitaker for "The Last King of Scotland."

Nominations in the leading actress category are Penelope Cruz for "Volver," Judi Dench for "Notes on a Scandal," Helen Mirren for "The Queen," Meryl Streep for "The Devil Wears Prada" and Kate Winslet for "Little Children."

Other pictures figuring in the cast category are "Babel," "Bobby," "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine."

Meanwhile, HBO's "The Sopranos" and the AMC miniseries "Broken Trail" topped nominations in the TV categories with three apiece. Steve Carell -- a member of the nominated "Sunshine" cast -- also figured in two TV slots, drawing a comedy series acting nomination for NBC's "The Office," which numbered among comedy ensemble noms.

Mirren also drew a nomination for her performance in HBO's "Elizabeth I." Alec Baldwin, among the cast of "The Departed," and William H. Macy, in the "Bobby" cast, drew noms for TV performances in "30 Rock" and "Nightmares & Dreamscapes," respectively.

"The SAG Awards always seem like a celebration of what we do and not just sheer competition," SAG president Alan Rosenberg said. "I am proud of the diversity of age and culture and race, which have always been a hallmark of SAG and also of the big ensemble casts. It appears that more writers are writing for bigger casts with varied characters, and that's always good for our members."

DiCaprio's nomination for Warner Bros. Pictures' "Diamond" follows a decision to push his leading role in the gritty African drama and place his work in "Departed," also a Warners picture, in the SAG Awards' supporting actor category. DiCaprio is nominated for a Golden Globe as a lead actor for both pictures, and Oscar ballot rules allow members to nominate actors in either lead or supporting categories.

For now, DiCaprio's forceful presence in the SAG Awards' supporting actor category seems to have squeezed out "Departed" castmates like Jack Nicholson, who turned in a widely praised performance as the leader of an Irish mob in Boston. Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg also numbered among nine actors in the SAG-nominated "Departed" cast.

Others nominated in the supporting actor category are Alan Arkin for "Sunshine," Jackie Earle Haley for "Little Children," Djimon Hounsou for "Blood Diamond" and Eddie Murphy for "Dreamgirls."

Sacha Baron Cohen represented another interesting exclusion, with his starring comedic role in "Borat" nominated for a Globe but absent from the SAG Award noms.

Paramount Vantage's "Babel" -- whose toplining Brad Pitt figured only in the cast's nomination -- drew two noms in the category of outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role, for Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi. Other category nominees are Cate Blanchett for "Notes on a Scandal," Abigail Breslin for "Sunshine" and Jennifer Hudson for "Dreamgirls."

"Babel," "Dreamgirls" (Paramount Pictures) and "Sunshine" (Fox Searchlight) topped theatrical tallies by figuring in three nominations apiece. "Diamond," "Departed," "Little Children" (New Line Cinema) and "Notes" (Fox Searchlight) each figured in two noms.

Fox Searchlight topped all film labels with six nominations, followed by Warners with four. Paramount Pictures and Paramount Vantage drew three noms apiece.

HBO led TV networks with 10 nominations, while ABC and NBC topped broadcast nets with eight apiece. AMC, Fox, Showtime and TNT each figured in three noms.

Winners in all categories will be announced at the 13th annual SAG Awards, set for Jan. 28 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. Julie Andrews will receive a lifetime achievement award at the kudofest, which will be simulcast at 8 p.m. EST on TNT and TBS.

A complete list of nominees follows.

Motion pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond"
Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson"
Peter O'Toole, "Venus"
Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"
Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Penelope Cruz, "Volver"
Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"
Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"
Kate Winslet, "Little Childre"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Departed"
Jackie Earle Haley, "Little Children"
Djimon Hounsou, "Blood Diamond"
Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Adriana Barraza, "Babel"
Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal"
Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"
Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel"

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
"Babel"
"Bobby"
"The Departed"
"Dreamgirls"
"Little Miss Sunshine"

Television

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Thomas Haden Church, "Broken Trail"
Robert Duvall, "Broken Trail"
Jeremy Irons, "Elizabeth I"
William H. Macy, "Nightmares & Dreamscapes"
Matthew Perry, "The Ron Clark Story"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Annette Bening, "Mrs. Harris"
Shirley Jones, "Hidden Places"
Cloris Leachman, "Mrs. Harris"
Helen Mirren, "Elizabeth I"
Greta Scacchi, "Broken Trail"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter"
Hugh Laurie, "House"
James Spader, "Boston Legal"
Kiefer Sutherland, "24"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
Edie Falco, "The Sopranos"
Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit"
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"
Chandra Wilson, "Grey's Anatomy"

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock"
Steve Carell, "The Office"
Jason Lee, "My Name Is Earl"
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage"
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk"

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty"
Felicity Huffman, "Desperate Housewives"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "The New Adventures of Old Christine"
Megan Mullally, "Will & Grace"
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"
Jaime Pressly, "My Name is Earl"

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
"24"
"Boston Legal"
"Deadwood"
"Grey's Anatomy"
"The Sopranos"

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
"Desperate Housewives"
"Entourage"
"The Office"
"Ugly Betty"
"Weeds"

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