'Wild' leads pack among SAG Award noms

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UPDATED 8:08 p.m. PT Dec. 20, 2007
UPDATED 7:54 a.m. PT Dec. 20, 2007


"Into the Wild," Sean Penn's study of a young man who ditches civilization for a life on the road, dominates the film nominations for the 14th annual SAG Awards, which were announced Thursday morning.

It scored four noms, including shout-outs for its ensemble cast, Emile Hirsch as best actor, Hal Holbrook as best supporting actor and Catherine Keener as best supporting actress.

In the category of outstanding performance by a cast of a motion picture, "Wild" faces off against "3:10 to Yuma," "American Gangster," "Hairspray" and "No Country for Old Men." SAG appears to favor films that have spent weeks, if not months, in release, ignoring such titles as "Atonement," "Sweeney Todd" and "The Great Debaters," which are just hitting theaters.

On the TV side, "30 Rock," "The Sopranos" and "Ugly Betty" lead the pack with three nominations apiece.

"30 Rock" and "Ugly Betty" were nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, where they will compete with "Desperate Housewives," "Entourage" and "The Office." In addition to "The Sopranos," the nominees for best dramatic ensemble are "Boston Legal," "The Closer," "Grey's Anatomy" and rookie series "Mad Men."

Because the WGA has granted its union ally SAG a waiver to produce the awards show -- which will be broadcast Jan. 27 by TNT and TBS from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles -- the SAG Awards promise to be one of the few untroubled spots in an embattled awards season.

"Wild," a Paramount Vantage release, was left in the dust when the nominations for Golden Globes were announced last week -- it picked up just two mentions for its score and Eddie Vedder's song "Guaranteed" -- but it roared back to life Thursday as Jeanne Tripplehorn and Terrence Howard announced the SAG picks at a predawn news conference at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

"Wild's" Hirsch, who appears to starve himself in the film as he confronts a harsh Alaska winter, scored his first SAG nom and will compete for best dramatic film actor with George Clooney, who plays a troubled legal fixer in "Michael Clayton"; Daniel-Day Lewis, a ruthless oil baron in "There Will Be Blood"; Ryan Gosling, who romances a real, not-so-live doll in "Lars and the Real Girl"; and Viggo Mortensen, who goes mano a mano with the Russian mob in "Eastern Promises."

For dramatic film actress, the SAG nominating panel of 2,100 guild members stayed loyal to Cate Blanchett for again presiding over Elizabethan England in the sequel "Elizabeth: The Golden Age." Blanchett, who now has been nominated for SAG Awards 11 times, was first nominated in 1999 for "Elizabeth." She also was nominated this year for supporting actress for making like Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There."

In the best actress heat, Blanchett is surrounded by Julie Christie, who drifts off into Alzheimer's in "Away From Her"; Marion Cotillard, who embodies Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose"; Angelina Jolie, who plays another real-life woman, Mariane Pearl, in "A Mighty Heart"; and Ellen Page, who stars as a wisecracking pregnant teen in "Juno."

The best supporting male lineup consists of Holbrook, who appears as a lonely retiree in "Wild"; Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones, who represent opposite sides of the law in the same film, "No Country for Old Men"; Casey Affleck, who has a love-hate relationship with a celebrated outlaw in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; and Tom Wilkinson, who suffers a breakdown in "Michael Clayton."

Keener, who teaches Hirsch's character some hard-learned lessons about life on the road in "Wild," is nominated for supporting actress along with Blanchett; Ruby Dee, who plays the crime lord's mom in "American Gangster"; Amy Ryan, who plays another mom caught up in a crisis in "Gone Baby Gone"; and Tilda Swinton, a manipulating corporate attorney in "Michael Clayton."

On the TV side, James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, who each have won two SAG Awards as best dramatic actor and actress for their work in "The Sopranos," are again nominated in those categories for the mob series' cut-to-black final season.

Gandolfini is nominated along with Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Hugh Laurie ("House") and James Spader ("Boston Legal").

Falco's fellow nominees are Glenn Close ("Damages"), Sally Field ("Brothers & Sisters"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace") and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer").

Comedy series actors nominated are Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Steve Carell ("The Office"), Ricky Gervais ("Extras"), Jeremy Piven ("Entourage") and Tony Shalhoub ("Monk").

The comedy series actress lineup will see on-air foils America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams from "Ugly Betty" in a contest that also includes Christina Applegate ("Samantha Who?"), Tiny Fey ("30 Rock") and Mary-Louise Pensarker ("Weeds").

Two fellow castmates -- Oliver Platt and John Turturro -- were nominated for ESPN's Yankees tale "The Bronx Is Burning" in the category of outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries. Other nominees in the category are Michael Keaton ("The Company"), Kevin Kline ("As You Like It") and Sam Shepard ("Ruffian").

The best actress in a TV movie or miniseries resulted in a tie that yielded six nominees: Ellen Burstyn ("Mitch Albom's For One More Day"), Debra Messing ("The Starter Wife"), Anna Paquin ("Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"), Queen Latifah ("Ana") -- who also received a nom as part of the "Hairspray" cast -- Vanessa Redgrave ("The Fever") and Gena Rowlands ("What If God Were the Sun?").

This year, SAG is introducing two new awards for stunt ensembles.

Nominated for best stunt ensemble in a motion picture are "300," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "I Am Legend," "The Kingdom" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End."

The TV stunt nominees are "24," "Heroes," "Lost," "Rome" and "The Unit."

Charles Durning will receive SAG's Life Achievement Award.

Go to the next page for a complete list of film and TV nominees:



FILM

Male actor in a leading role
George Clooney, "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage)
Ryan Gosling, "Lars and the Real Girl" (Sidney Kimmel Entertainment)
Emile Hirsch, "Into The Wild" (Paramount Vantage)
Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises" (Focus Features)

Female actor in a leading role
Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (Universal Pictures)
Julie Christie, "Away From Her" (Lionsgate)
Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose" (Picturehouse)
Angelina Jolie, "A Mighty Heart" (Paramount Vantage)
Ellen Page, "Juno" (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Male actor in a supporting role

Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men" (Miramax Films)
Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage)
Tommy Lee Jones, "No Country for Old Men" (Miramax Films)
Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Female actor in a supporting role
Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There" (The Weinstein Co.)
Ruby Dee, "American Gangster" (Universal Pictures)
Catherine Keener, "Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage)
Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone" (Miramax Films)
Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton" (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Ensemble cast in a motion picture
"3:10 to Yuma" (Lionsgate): Christian Bale, Russell Crowe, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol, Dallas Roberts, Vinessa Shaw, Ben Foster, Alan Tudyk, Logan Lerman

"American Gangster" (Universal Pictures): Armand Assante, Josh Brolin, Russell Crowe, Ruby Dee, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Cuba Gooding Jr., Carla Gugino, John Hawkes, Ted Levine, Joe Morton, Lymari Nadal, John Ortiz, RZA, Yul Vasquez, Denzel Washington

"Hairspray" (New Line Cinema): Nikki Blonsky, Amanda Bynes, Paul Dooley, Zac Efron, Allison Janney, Elijah Kelley, James Marsden, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah, Brittany Snow, Jerry Stiller, John Travolta, Christopher Walken

"Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage): Brian Dierker, Marcia Gay Harden, Emile Hirsch, Hal Holbrook, William Hurt, Catherine Keener, Jena Malone, Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn

"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax Films): Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Garrett Dillahunt, Tess Harper, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly MacDonald

Stunt ensemble in a motion picture
"300" (Warner Bros.)
"The Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal)
"I Am Legend" (Warner Bros.)
"The Kingdom" (Universal)
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

PRIMETIME TELEVISION

Male actor in a television movie or miniseries
Michael Keaton, "The Company (TNT)
Kevin Kline, "As You Like It" (HBO)
Oliver Platt, "The Bronx Is Burning" (ESPN)
Sam Shepard, "Ruffian" (ABC)
John Turturro, "The Bronx Is Burning" (ESPN)

Female actor in a television movie or miniseries

Ellen Burstyn, "Mitch Albom's For One More Day" (ABC)
Debra Messing, "The Starter Wife" (USA)
Anna Paquin, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (HBO)
Queen Latifah, "Life Support " (HBO)
Vanessa Redgrave, "The Fever" (HBO)
Gena Rowlands, "What If God Were the Sun?" (Lifetime)

Male actor in a drama series

James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" (HBO)
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" (Showtime)
John Hamm, "Mad Men" (AMC)
Hugh Laurie, "House" (FOX)
James Spader, "Boston Legal" (ABC)

Female actor in a drama series

Glenn Close, "Damages" (FX)
Edie Falco, "The Sopranos" (HBO)
Sally Field, "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC)
Holly Hunter, "Saving Grace" (TNT)
Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" (TNT)

Male actor in a comedy series

Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" (NBC)
Steve Carell, "The Office" (NBC)
Ricky Gervais, "Extras" (HBO)
Jeremy Piven, "Entourage" (HBO)
Tony Shalhoub, "Monk" (USA)

Female actor in a comedy series

Christina Applegate, "Samantha Who?" (ABC)
America Ferrera, "Ugly Betty" (ABC)
Tina Fey, "30 Rock" (NBC)
Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds" (Showtime)
Vanessa Williams, "Ugly Betty" (ABC)

Ensemble in a drama series
"Boston Legal" (ABC): Rene Auberjonois, Candice Bergen, Julie Bowen, Saffron Burrows, Christian Clemenson, Taraji P. Henson, John Larroquette, William Shatner, James Spader, Tara Summers, Mark Valleym Gary Anthony Williams, Constance Zimmer

"The Closer" (TNT): G.W. Bailey, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Tony Denison, Robert Gossett, Gina Ravera, Corey Reynolds, Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Tenney

"Grey's Anatomy" (ABC): Justin Chambers, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight, Chyler Leigh, Sandra Oh, James Pickens Jr., Ellen Pompeo, Sara Ramirez, Elizabeth Reaser, Brooke Smith, Kate Walsh, Isaiah Washington, Chandra Wilson

"Mad Men" (AMC): Bryan Batt, Anne Dudek, Michael Gladis, Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Robert Morse, Elisabeth Moss, Maggie Siff, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton

"The Sopranos" (HBO): Gregory Antonacci, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Dan Grimaldi, Robert Iler, Michael Imperioli, Arthur Nascarella, Steven Schirripa, Matt Servitto, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico. Aida Turturro, Steven Van Zandt, Frank Vincent

Ensemble in a comedy series

"30 Rock" (NBC): Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Keith Powell, Lonny Ross

"Desperate Housewives" (ABC): Andrea Bowen, Richardo A. Chavira, Marcia Cross, Dana Delany, James Denton, Nathan Fillion, Lyndsay Fonseca, Teri Hatcher, Zane Huett, Felicity Huffman, Kathryn Joosten, Brent Kinsman, Shane Kinsman, Joy Lauren, Eva Longoria Parker, Kyle MacLachlan, Shawn Pyfrom, Doug Savant, Dougray Scott, Nicolette Sheridan, John Slattery, Brenda Strong

"Entourage" (HBO): Rhys Coiro, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier, Rex Lee, Jeremy Piven, Perrey Reeves

"The Office" (NBC): Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Melora Hardin, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Angely Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson

"Ugly Betty" (ABC): Alan Dane, America Ferrera, Christopher Gorham, Mark Indelicato, Ashley Jensen, Judith Light, Eric Mabius, Becki Newton, Ana Ortiz, Tony Plana, Rebecca Romijn, Kevin Sussman, Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams
 
Stunt ensemble in a television series
"24" (Fox)
"Heroes" (NBC)
"Lost" (ABC)
"Rome"(HBO)
"The Unit" (CBS)

Life achievement award

Charles Durning
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