Friday, December 16, 2011

SAG AND GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

The Screen Actors Guild and The Golden Globes have selected the nominees for their top prizes and both offer some unexpected choices.

First, SAG, in which the actors union nominate their peers, chose many of the high-profile names that have already won many critics awards but managed to throw in a couple of wild cards in two little-seen films with the nominations of Demian Bichir, who was very good in "A Better Life" playing a Mexican immigrant struggling to make a better life for his teenage son and Nick Nolte for his role as the father in the mixed martial arts flick, "Warrior". It's not very likely this will lead to Oscar nominations for the men but it may have people give their films a look.

The Golden Globes also made some surprising nominations but, as usual for that group, they are for questionable selections. While none of the nominees are not necessarily undeserving but the Globes tend to favor giving nominations to mediocre, star-driven fare such as, "The Ides of March", "The Skin I Live In" and "W.E." than to great, smaller independent films.

The 18th Annual SAG Awards will air on January 29th with Mary Tyler Moore being honored with the Life Achievement Award.

For the complete list of nominations, please go to:

SAG 2011

The 69th Annual Golden Globes will be telecast on January 15, 2012 with Ricky Gervais, surprisingly, returning as host and Morgan Freeman will receive this year's Cecil B DeMille Award.

For the complete list of nominations, check out:

GOLDEN GLOBES 2011


SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARD NOMINATIONS

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Help
Midnight In Paris

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer, J Edgar
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A STUNT ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

The Adjustment Bureau
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Transformers Dark of the Moon
X-Men First Class

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST PICTURE (DRAMA)

The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

BEST PICTURE (COMEDY or MUSICAL)

50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week With Marilyn

BEST DIRECTOR

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicus, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

BEST SCREENPLAY

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney and Grant Henslov, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
Steve Zaillain and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY or MUSICAL)

Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)

George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY or MUSICAL)

Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

BEST ANIMATED FILM

The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

The Flowers of War
In the Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid With a Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"Hello Hello" Gnomeo & Juliet
"The Keeper" Machine Gun Preacher
"Lay Your Head Down" Albert Nobbs
"The Living Proof" The Help
"Masterpiece" W.E.