SAG Award noms revealed

'Basterds,' 'Precious,' 'Up in the Air' lead nominees

The "Up in the Air" troika of George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick all received nominations for the 16th annual SAG Awards, announced Thursday morning.

Paramount's frequent awards flyer shared the spotlight with the Weinstein Co./Universal's World War II saga "Inglourious Basterds" and Lionsgate's inner-city drama "Precious." All three movies copped a trio of nominations apiece.

But "Up in the Air" was left out of the list of movies receiving nominations for their ensemble casts, SAG's equivalent of a best picture award. Instead, the SAG nominating committee opted for "Basterds" and "Precious" along with Sony Pictures Classics' British period drama "An Education," Summit's Iraq War tale "The Hurt Locker" and the Weinstein Co.'s Roman holiday of a musical "Nine."

On the television side, SAG also spread the love around, doling out three noms apiece to NBC's "30 Rock," TNT's "The Closer" and Showtime's "Dexter," and recognizing three freshmen series with best cast noms: ABC's "Modern Family," Fox's "Glee" and CBS' "The Good Wife."

"Hurt Locker's" Jeremy Renner, who was overlooked for his performance as a U.S. Army bomb-defusal expert when the Golden Globe Awards nominations were announced Tuesday, made the list of motion picture lead actor nominees.

Clooney, who has won four SAG Awards as part of the "ER" television ensemble, scored a nomination for his wandering businessman in "Up in the Air." Also on the list are Jeff Bridges for his struggling country singer in "Crazy Heart," Colin Firth for his grieving gay widower in "A Single Man" and Morgan Freeman, who picked up a SAG Award for Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby," returning with a nom for his performance as Nelson Mandela in Eastwood's "Invictus."

Among the leading ladies, Sandra Bullock, Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe were gifted with their first individual SAG nominations for "The Blind Side," "Education" and "Precious," respectively. Helen Mirren (who took home two SAG Awards for "The Queen" and television's "Elizabeth I" in 2007) was nominated for playing Sofya Tolstoy in "The Last Station," and Meryl Streep, who won last year for "Doubt," earned a return engagement for the confection "Julie & Julia."

As an awards-season consensus is beginning to form, the SAG nominations for male actor in a supporting role mirrored this week's Globe nominations, with slots going to Matt Damon ("Invictus"), Woody Harrelson ("The Messenger"), Christopher Plummer ("The Last Station"), Stanley Tucci ("The Lovely Bones") and Christoph Waltz ("Basterds").

For supporting female, SAG followed the Globe lead in four instances: Penelope Cruz ("Nine"), "Up in the Air's" Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick and Mo'nique ("Precious"). But instead of including Julianne Moore, who earned a Globe nom for "A Single Man," SAG opted for Diane Kruger, who plays a double agent in "Basterds."

SAG also honors stunt ensembles, and for film it nominated "Public Enemies," "Star Trek" and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Among distributors, Paramount and the Weinstein Co. claimed six nominations each.

In TV drama, SAG cited as best ensemble nominees "The Closer," "Dexter" and AMC's "Mad Men" -- all three also were on last year's list -- as well as "Good Wife" and HBO's "True Blood."

"Glee" and "Modern Family" made the list of nominated comedy ensembles along with "30 Rock," HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and NBC's "The Office." ("30 Rock" and "Office" were the two repeats from last year.)

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A tie resulted in six actresses being nominated for TV drama series. Julianna Margulies made the cut for "Wife" alongside awards-circuit regulars Patricia Arquette (NBC's "Medium"), Glenn Close (FX's "Damages"), Mariska Hargitay (NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Holly Hunter (TNT's "Saving Grace") and Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer").

The men nominated for TV drama series include first-time nominees Simon Baker (CBS' "The Mentalist") and Bryan Cranston (AMC's "Breaking Bad") as well as Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and 2009 winner Hugh Laurie (Fox's "House").

Alec Baldwin, who has taken home a SAG for each of the past three years as best comedy actor for "30 Rock," was nominated again along with Steve Carell ("The Office"), Larry David ("Curb"), Tony Shalhoub (USA Network's "Monk") and Charlie Sheen (CBS' "Two and a Half Men.")

The two noms for "Curb" and the mention for Cranston come on the heels of their surprising snub by the Golden Globes earlier this week, which also overlooked veterans Shalhoub and Sheen.

"30 Rock's" Tina Fey, who has picked up the best comedy actress award for the past two years, also will make a return engagement as she contends against Christina Applegate of ABC's long-gone "Samantha Who?" Toni Collette (Showtime's "United States of Tara"), Edie Falco (Showtime's "Nurse Jackie") and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine").

The TV movie/miniseries category sees Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore nominated for their mother-daughter act as Big and Little Edie Beale in HBO's "Grey Gardens." They will face off against Joan Allen (Lifetime's "Georgia O'Keeffe"), Ruby Dee (Lifetime's "America") and Sigourney Weaver (Lifetime's "Prayers for Bobby").

"O'Keeffe" also secured a nomination for Allen's co-star, Jeremy Irons. Other contenders on the male side for TV movie/miniseries are Kevin Bacon (HBO's "Taking Chance"), Cuba Gooding Jr. (TNT's "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story"), Kevin Kline (PBS' "Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac") and Tom Wilkinson (HBO's "A Number").

The TV stunt ensembles earning nominations are Fox's "24," "The Closer," "Dexter," NBC's "Heroes" and CBS' "The Unit."

With eight noms, NBC led the network count, followed by CBS and HBO with seven.

As announced, Betty White will be honored with SAG's 46th annual Life Achievement Award when the SAG Awards are held Jan. 23 at a ceremony at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, which will be broadcast live by TNT and TBS.

Actors Michelle Monaghan and Chris O'Donnell joined SAG president Ken Howard on Thursday morning to announce the nominations.

Click here for a list of SAG nominees.