2011 Screen Actors Guild SAG Award Nominations Contain Numerous Surprises

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The disconnect between critics groups and industry groups was prevalent last year with the Social Network/King’s Speech split that confounded Oscar watchers. This year that split appears to continue with some significant variations between the Critics Choice Award nominations and today’s Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

Here are some quick highlights of how the Screen Actors Guild Awards surprised us:

  • Albert Brooks of Drive did not receive a Best Supporting Actor nod, despite leading with critics groups.
  • Michael Fassbender of Shame did not receive a Best Actor nod, despite leading with critics groups.
  • Damien Belchir of A Better Life earned a Best Actor nod over Michael Shannon, Michael Fassbender, and Ryan Gosling.
  • Jonah Hill and Armie Hammer received Best Supporting Actor nods over Albert Brooks.
  • Glenn Close of Albert Nobbs received a Best Actress nomination despite being snubbed by most critics groups.

I had suspected that Drive and Shame would not play as well with industry groups and the Academy as it had with critics and it is no surprise that both films were completely snubbed. The Artist continues its dominance with three nominations, proving that the actors love it as much as the other branches. The Help leads with four nominations, which does not necessarily prove anything. It could simply be the type of film that the actors branch enjoys more than any other.

In previous years, the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations have matched the Oscar nominations pretty closely. Last year the two groups matched up 4 out of 5 in every category except Supporting Actor where they matched 5 out of 5. There may be no other group that reflects the Academy’s mindset on the acting races better than the Screen Actors Guild, which is largely due to significant overlap between the two organizations. Do these nominations indicate a strong shift in the Oscar race?

Screen Actors Guild
Award Nominations 2011

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Help”
“Midnight in Paris”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Demián 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 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 Supporting Role

Kenneth Brangah, “My Week with Marilyn”
Armie Hammer, “J. Edgar”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jassica Chastain “The Help”
Melissa McCaethy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

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  • I am happy that Glenn Close is getting recognition here, which means that she still has a pretty good chance at getting nominated for an Oscar.

  • I’m not sure if this indicates a strong shift in the Oscar race, but it definitely indicates that they have bad taste.

    No Albert Brooks and instead Armie Hammer and Jonah Hill. Really?

    I also find it interesting that Midnight in Paris was nominated for Best Cast, but nothing else.

    • I think that ‘Midnight in Paris’ is a great argument for the Best Ensemble category at the Oscars. There isn’t really one specific standout in the film because the entire cast is solid across the board.

  • mads

    Yeah, but leaving out Corey Stoll (MIP’s main draw in my book) is ignorant and really quite shocking! It questions the legitimacy of the SAG, because that is just plain stupid. I don’t know what rule could cause this…?? That he is not mentioned in the opening credits or…?

    • There is no rule. The film’s producers send in a list of actors they want listed as part of the ensemble. They must have simply not included Stoll. The blame lies with Sony Pictures Classics for that omission, not SAG.

  • Jose

    I think that with Serkis not getting any recognition from SAG his Oscar chances are greatly diminished.

  • no one from Young Adult and no Shailene Woodley ???? that is sad. i am happy for Nick Nolte, the only think apart from the last 50 minutes of movie that i like was his performance. They certainly do have a bad taste overall as i am seeing some very not to good nominees.

    • I saw ‘Young Adult’ last night and I’m not terribly surprised it was snubbed. Charlize was great, but not a showy performance.

  • Genadijus

    Interesting SAG nominations. I haven’t seen “A Better Life” yet, but I’m lucky about Demian Bichir. Best Male actor category looks very strong, there are about 5 actors who left out of the top5: G. Oldman, M. Fassbender, W. Harrelson, R. Gosling, J. Lewwit…

    Best actress category looks pretty the same as it was predicted and I’m very sure it will be probably the same for Oscar nominations. I looks that chances Ch. Theron and R. Mara are decreased as it was predicted.

    People say that Jessica Chastain is mentioned two times for Best supporting actress for tommorows Golden Globes nominations. It can be real, for sure. This is her year.

    and my personal note… Michelle Williams deserved a nomination for Best supporting actress in “Shutter Island” last year and L. di Caprio as well. Maybe they’ll meet on the stage as Best actress and actor winners this year. Who knows..?

    • I have to ask…who is J. Lewwit?

      • Jose

        Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

  • Jose

    I can’t help but ask, is Glenn Close really deserving? Albert Nobbs has a ton of bad reviews, and a lot of people are saying she’s only getting the acclaim because she’s Glenn Close.

    • i know i have seen the movie and didn’t liked it at all … there wasn’t something great about her performance. i don’t think she deserves a nomination at all but yeah …. she is Glenn Close.

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