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
“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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