SAG Awards Nominations: The Nominees' Reactions
UPDATED: Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Damian Lewis, Naomi Watts and others sound off on their noms.
Nominees for the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced early Wednesday morning, with Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln topping the film contenders with four nominations a piece. In television, Modern Family led the pack, with multiple recognitions for 30 Rock, Homeland and Downton Abbey.
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone -- outstanding lead actress in a film
“My publicist called me to tell me the news. I’m in Paris and was on my way to see a children’s play, Pinocchio, with my son! I’m super happy, and it’s really something I share with people who worked on that movie, especially our director Jacques Audiard and my amazing costar Mattias Schoenaerts. Recognition by SAG is really important for an actor; it’s really one of the greatest nominations an actor can receive. I’m very very happy. And the play was good too! Though I spent most of the time watching the little kids in the audience. They were so cute.” - Stacey Wilson
Damian Lewis, Homeland -- outstanding actor in a TV drama
Homeland's Damian Lewis was shopping in London for a picture frame for a family portrait when he learned of his first SAG Awards nomination for his role as terrorist/CIA informant Nicholas Brody on Showtime's Homeland. After being shut out by the actors branch last year, Lewis told THR that he was "delighted" the series received recognition not only for himself and co-star Claire Danes but for its "terrific" ensemble. "It feels fantastic, really great," he said of the three noms. "Complexities are fun to play and when characters are well-written like this one, it's a gift and it's yours to screw up," he said of the role. "You just hope you can rise to meet the writing and add a little bit on top if you can." While he claims to have PTSD and little to no recollection of Sunday's upcoming season two finale, Lewis said he hopes Brody can now make a decision which side of the law he falls on "before someone puts a bullet in his head." "The head count is high on Homeland; any of us could tumble at any moment and he might not get a chance."As for his plans to celebrate, those remain on hold until he returns to Los Angeles, but the immediate future will see the Emmy winner celebrate with a bottle of wine after reading to his kids Wednesday night. - Lesley Goldberg
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook -- outstanding lead actor in a film
“Being recognized by your peers is something I could only dream of happening and to be included in this group of actors is not only humbling but quite frankly, surreal. But the greatest gift, was to be a part of an ensemble that was nominated and the cast, which spans more people than are noted--Jacki Weaver, Chris Tucker, Shea Whigham, Julia Stiles, Dash Mihok, Anupam Kher, Brea Bee, Jon Ortiz and all of the local actors from Phili who showed up and knocked it out of the park.”
Naomi Watts, The Impossible -- outstanding lead actress in a film
"I could not be more excited. The recognition from your peers is beyond valuable. I'm truly thrilled. It's an honor to be a part of Maria Belon's story and of course the countless others whose lives were so profoundly affected by the tsunami."
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire -- outstanding actor in a TV drama
"The continued support from fellow actors has really meant a lot to me and the cast."
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn -- outstanding actress in a TV movie-miniseries
“This acknowledgement from my peers means everything to me. I love acting. I love actors. This has absolutely floored me. Thank you so much!”
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln -- outstanding lead actor in a film
"What a lovely thing for myself, Sally, Tommy, and the entire cast to be nominated by our guild.”
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals -- lead actress in a made for TV movie
“Thank you fellow SAG Members. It means so much to me to be recognized by my peers. Political Animals was very dear to my heart and it’s a great honor to receive this kind of recognition.”
Javier Bardem, Skyfall -- outstanding supporting actor in a film
"It is a real honor to be recognized by my peers for what was a truly wonderful working experience - Sam Mendes created such a great environment, and is a master at his craft. It´s been an enormous privilege and lesson being able to work with such amazing fellow actors as Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, along with the wonderful cast of Skyfall. Barbara Broccoli and Michael J. Wilson have been the leaders of this team, always supporting Sam and all of us on set. “Skyfall” was as fun to make as it is to watch. I truly thank to my fellow actors for recognizing my participation in such a fantastic movie."
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