‘Doubt’ leads with five SAG noms

Posted by · 7:54 am · December 18th, 2008

Amy Adams in Doubt(Apologies for the delay getting these up this morning.  I had technical difficulties signing in and had to scoot shortly after the announcement.  Here are the belated nominees with commentary.)

The Screen Actors Guild didn’t have much up its sleeve this morning for its heavily anticipated nominations announcement.  No left-field zingers, no “3:10 to Yuma” or “Station Agent” surprises, just a slick rundown of the season’s favorites so far.

Looking deeper into the categories, we can point to a number of things.  The fact that “Doubt” leads the way is no surprise, since all four principles from the cast were nominated and, therefore, the film landed a nod for Best Ensemble.  But praise for the acting, even if that represents the biggest branch of the Academy, isn’t necessarily enough.  Will the other branches be on board for this as a “film,” or will they simply see it for what it is: a photographed play with no creative bridge to the screen?

Dev Patel’s nomination for Best Supporting Actor is the boost he needed for Oscar, though it should be noted that the SAG likes to nominate younger actors.  Dakota Fanning, Jamie Bell, etc.  Also, it’s worth noting that Taraji P. Henson received three nominations this morning, two for her performance in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (supporting actress and ensemble) and one as part of the “Boston Legal” ensemble on the TV side of things.  Congratulations to one sweetheart of a girl.

The absence of Sally Hawkins is a bit distressing, however.  Especially when you consider the fact that the actress categories tend to go five-for-five with the Academy.  That could of course change this year as both fields are more competitive than usual, but seemingly a sure-thing after her critics awards bonanza, it seems the lovely Hawkins is back on the bubble.

“Revolutionary Road” is, sad to say, officially on life-support, if the night nurse hasn’t already tripped on the chord and yanked it from the wall entirely.  One nomination for Kate Winslet, nothing for Leonardo DiCaprio, nothing for the brilliant Michael Shannon.  The industry doesn’t seem to be responding to this film.  So I think the likely five have finally slid into place, and “Doubt” remains the spoiler.

The nominees after the jump.

Best Actor
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road”

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin, “Milk”
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Best Ensemble
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Stunt Ensemble
“The Dark Knight”
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army”
“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
“Iron Man”

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  • 1 12-18-2008 at 11:35 am

    Emma said...

    Angie sucks!

  • 2 12-18-2008 at 11:56 am

    Marcus said...

    La Winslet reigns!

  • 3 12-18-2008 at 12:17 pm

    Doyle said...

    Happy to see Angelina Jolie and Kate Winslet on the list (two of my most favorite ladies) ……..
    Hell Yeah !

  • 4 12-18-2008 at 12:34 pm

    eurofilmlover said...

    I was really disappointed with this years SAG. I mean they are actors and do have to recognize good performances, don’t they?

    no nomination for Kristin Scott Thomas, an outstanding performance, or Sally Hawkins? Oh but yes Streep has to get her Xth nomination for it is Streep. And Jolie, well, we need press and all that stuff. And Winslet. Well she definately has better performances and her Rev. R. one most certainly is not better than Scott Thomas and Hawkins. Any film lover has to admit it despite loving Kate.

    Shame on you SAG, shame on you

  • 5 12-18-2008 at 12:54 pm

    Kip Mooney said...

    I’d say these will be the acting nominees at the Oscars, though I think (unfortunately) Richard Jenkins, Dev Patel, and Amy Adams will be left out.

    Who will take their place? Clint Eastwood, James Franco, and Rosemarie DeWitt, respectively. Perhaps.

  • 6 12-18-2008 at 1:12 pm

    Hugo said...

    SAG disappointment, lousy not recognize Marisa Tomei, Sally Hawkins ……..

    I don’t understand , for they know not recognize a great performance.

    SAG, ignorant

  • 7 12-18-2008 at 1:23 pm

    Diego(uruguay) said...

    Angelina was fantastic as Collins!

  • 8 12-18-2008 at 1:36 pm

    AdamL said...

    No love for KST in this either.

    Come one people – get a grip – it’s the best performance of the year by anyone save Ledger!

    I’ll be personally gutted if she misses an Oscar nom. Having had only 1 to date is bad enough, but this would be criminal.

  • 9 12-18-2008 at 1:56 pm

    Pauley said...

    To say that the SAG doesn’t recognize a great performance is a little bit off the mark, especially considering they are actors themselves. Going over various reviews on Rottentomatoes, Metacritic and BFC, all of the performances received outstanding reviews (even if the films didn’t).

    Obviously people have their own personal favorites (and prejudices). Seeing reviews that actually say Jolie and Winslet give the performances of their careers by legitimate critics, reinforces the fact that all nominations are based on a subjective viewpoint agreed on in a democratic fashion. Just because Hawkins or Scott-Thomas missed out, doesn’t mean their respective performances weren’t as good, it just means that more people recognized the work of the above as affecting them more.

    I personally agree with all of the nominees (having seen quite a few of the performances, and basing the rest on reviews I’ve read over a wide spectrum of reviewers).

    Personally, for the win I would go for:

    Actor – Penn or Langella (both flawless)
    Actress – Winslet (comparable to Elizabeth Taylor in Whose afraid of Virginia Woolf)
    Supporting Actor – Ledger (what can one say)
    Supporting Actress – Cruz (while I don’t personally like the idea of her being an Oscar winner, considering her career, she did give a brilliant performance)
    Cast – Milk or Doubt

  • 10 12-18-2008 at 2:48 pm

    Craig said...

    Happy to see Melissa Leo recognized. This year’s competition amongst the ladies is the most heated in recent memory. It would be great if SAG and the Academy award strong, stellar performances from smaller, independent films. Who cares about star power?– let the acting be the sole determinate for nominations.

  • 11 12-18-2008 at 3:42 pm

    Helena said...

    After having read numerous reviews that highly praise both Leo and Kate, as well as, finally have a chance to see the film, I would definitely substitute Pitt or Jenkins for Leo.

  • 12 12-18-2008 at 3:44 pm

    Helena said...

    I would definitely prefer Leo for the slot presently held by Pitt or Jenkins.

  • 13 12-18-2008 at 3:46 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    @Pauley: You’ve got me interested in “Revolutionary Road” again. I just read the novel, and it’s an overhyped dud: the character April Wheeler is simply not interesting on the page. Your comparing Winslet to Elizabeth Taylor in “Who’s [not Whose] Afraid of Virginia Woolf” places the movie back on my radar screen.

    Can you explain what you mean when you say you won’t be happy to see Penelope Cruz win because of her career? She was terrific in “All About My Mother” and “Volver,” to name just two highlights of her career.

  • 14 12-18-2008 at 4:30 pm

    Questar said...

    I was really upset by these nominations, although I’m beginning to see a bit of a pattern here. I think that KST and Hawkins were left out of best actress because SAG being an American organization needs to nominate as many Americans in these major categories as possible. Imagine having three of the five as British? I hate the fact that they nominated Dev Patel at all. The boy can’t act and Slumdog is a very over-hyped film. I think SAG’s purpose is to recognize a lot of the actors who they feel are going to be snubbed by the more glamorous awards. I’m sorry, but Angelina and Streep should not even be on the list/ I think in the end, the Oscars will recognize a lot of those who’ve made an impact internationally and domestically and that’s where KST and Hawkins will come into play. If anything, amongst the strong Oscar contenders, only KST has actually won a major award-Best Actress at the European Film Awards. I still think she is a strong contender for Oscar because she is internationally well-known, and her performance was internationally heralded.

  • 15 12-18-2008 at 4:34 pm

    Pauley said...

    Don’t get me wrong, she shes is definitely beginning to impress me. However, unfortunately, I suffer from the same prejudice I talked about in the previous post. The two films you cite are definitely great films with fine performances, but this is counter balanced by Sahara, Blow (film was alright but her performance was not), Vanilla Sky Captain Corelli’s Mandolin etc. She is definitely redeeming herself in my eyes, hence me saying she should win the Oscar this year. But this is my own issue.

  • 16 12-18-2008 at 4:44 pm

    Lance said...

    Anyone who likes Patel in “Slumdog” should watch “Skins” on BBC America. He’s one of the weakest actors on the show and he just seems to do this wide eyed look over and over again.

  • 17 12-18-2008 at 7:02 pm

    Hugo said...

    Hawkins should be nominated for an Oscar, won the Berlin festival this year and almost 70% of the critical awards and a satisfactory performance for a difficult role in a movie even more complex than the Kristin Scott Thomas.

  • 18 12-18-2008 at 9:36 pm

    JAB said...

    I loved slumdog millionaire, but for reasons other than Dev Patel. His spot will probably go to Michael Shannon or James Franco.
    I am not shocked by Kristen Scott Thomas’s omission, it seems like you either really like that movie or feel like you should’ve liked it more. I happened to be the latter.

  • 19 12-19-2008 at 5:40 am

    slayton said...

    I think Sally Hawkins will be nominated – it isn’t often an actor wins the same prize from both LAFCA and NYFCC and doesn’t get nominated for the Oscar. Plus, she’s a lock to win the Globe for Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Not to mention, she gives the best performance of the year by far.

    If Angelina Jolie gets in over Hawkins, I will kidnap and murder all six of her children… maybe then she’ll be able to give a more convincing “grieving mother” performance.

  • 20 12-19-2008 at 5:51 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    That second paragraph is not funny, Slayton. Careful.

  • 21 12-19-2008 at 6:40 pm

    Douglas said...

    Can somebody please tell me why Dev Patel is in the supporting actor category!
    “Slumdog Millionaire” basically rvolves around him. I’m not saying he deserves a Best actor nomination I’m just wondering why he is not classified as one