'King's Speech,' 'The Fighter' Lead SAG Award Noms With 4 Each
The Fighter and The King's Speech both came out punching as the nominations for the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Thursday morning.
Both movies scored four nominations, including noms for best film ensemble, SAG's closest equivalent of a best picture Oscar nomination. The other movies that also were cited for the ensemble prize are Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right and The Social Network.
Fighter, the boxing drama from Paramount and Relativity, did stumble in one category, though: It failed to score a nomination for its star Mark Wahlberg, even while the movie's Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo all earned noms in the supporting categories.
In the case of the Weinstein Co.'s Speech, the three principal actors were all embraced by SAG: Colin Firth was nominated as a male lead for his performance as the tongue-tied King George VI, while Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter took noms for their supporting turns.
True Grit, the Paramount Western which was shut out when nominations for the Golden Globe Awards were unveiled Tuesday, staged a comeback. Its star Jeff Bridges -- who won SAG honors last year for Crazy Heart -- was once again nominated for male lead for his performance as Rooster Cogburn, a role that proved an Oscar winner for John Wayne in the 1969 movie version of Charles Portis' novel. Newcomer Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for supporting actress.
A number of other performers who were also ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which votes the Globes, were treated to noms by the SAG nominating committee. Robert Duvall picked up his sixth SAG nom for his portrayal of an eccentric hermit in Get Low. Hilary Swank, a previous SAG winner for Million Dollar Baby, showed up in the best actress list for her performance as a crusading lawyer in Conviction. Mark Ruffalo from Kids and John Hawkes from Winter's Bone were both recognized in the supporting actor category.
In addition to Bridges, Duvall and Firth, the male lead nominees are Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network and James Franco, who portrayed another real-life figure, trapped hiker Aron Ralston, in 127 Hours.
Joining Swank in the best actress circle are Kids' Annette Bening, Rabbit Hole's Nicole Kidman, Bone's Jennifer Lawrence and Swan's Natalie Portman.
Portman's Swan costar Mila Kunis, who plays her rival in the movie, was nominated as supporting actress where she will contend against Adams and Leo, the two actresses from The Fighter, Steinfeld and Bonham Carter.
Along with Bale, Hawkes, Ruffalo and Rush, Jeremy Renner, who appears as a hot-headed street hood in The Town, was nominated for supporting actor.
Winona Ryder was the one actor who picked up both film and TV noms this year. She was included in Swan’s film ensemble nom for her appearance as a fading ballerina in that movie, and she was nominated for outstanding performance by a female actor in a TV movie or miniseries for playing the title role in CBS’ When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story.
Also earning noms for a female actor in a television movie or miniseries: Claire Danes, Catherine O'Hara and Julia Ormond for Temple Grandin and Susan Sarandon for You Don't Know Jack, which both aired on HBO.
You Don't Know Jack, the documentary based on "death doctor" Jack Kevorkian, also earned noms for John Goodman and Al Pacino in the outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries category. They'll compete against Dennis Quaid (The Special Relationship), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) and Patrick Stewart (Macbeth).
Up for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series is HBO freshmen series Boardwalk Empire, The Closer, which will go off the air after its seventh season, Dexter, The Good Wife and Mad Men.
Outstanding male drama performance nominees were earned by Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), and Hugh Laurie (House). The category mirrored the Golden Globe nominees, announced on Tuesday.
The female actor in a drama series noms: Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer).
Modern Family lead the list with four noms, including comedy series, for which 30 Rock, Glee, Hot in Cleveland, and The Office were also honored.
Family's Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell will go up against each other in the outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series category. Also nominated: Alec Baldwin, for his turn as Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel on Glee and Steve Carell, who is in his last season as Michael Scott on The Office.
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Jane Lynch (Glee), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Betty White (Hot in Cleveland) will go head-to-head for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series.
The SAG Awards will be handed out Jan. 30 during a live broadcast on TNT and TBS.