‘Fighter’ and ‘King’s Speech’ lead SAG nominations

Posted by · 6:11 am · December 16th, 2010

Well, we got ourselves a surprise or two, after all. If you predicted Hilary Swank’s out-of-nowhere Best Actress nomination for “Conviction,” go out and buy yourself a congratulatory drink. (While you’re at the bar, buy a commiserative one for Nathaniel Rogers too.)

I doubt the nomination will launch her into the Academy’s five (unless story-mongers really are desperate to see another round in the Swank vs. Bening grudge match), but it does demonstrate how up for grabs that fifth slot is. Lesley Manville and Michelle Williams, the ball is still in your court.

Nothing on the list matches that nomination for sheer unexpectedness, but I suspect a fair few people didn’t see “Winter’s Bone” star John Hawkes coming in the Best Supporting Actor category — much less at the expense of the season’s nominal frontrunner, “The Social Network.” I wrote in my predictions last night that I wasn’t sure how fully SAG would warm to the film’s young, non-insider cast: while I predicted a snub for Jesse Eisenberg, it was actually Andrew Garfield who got the shaft.

(He’s in distinguished company, at least: joining him on the sidelines are Jacki Weaver, Ryan Gosling and his aforementioned “Blue Valentine” co-star, all of whom I can easily imagine overcoming this roadblock a month from now.)

Though Mark Wahlberg didn’t repeat his Golden Globe coup from earlier this week, “The Fighter” still lived up to its reputation as the season’s potential late-breaking spoiler, joining “The King’s Speech” in the top spot with four nominations. Just behind, with three, are “The Kids Are All Right” — rallying nicely after a couple of early misses on the precursor trailer — and “Black Swan.” Darren Aronofsky’s film just goes from strength to strength: with nods from the BFCA, the Globes and now SAG, one-time longshot Mila Kunis is looking a mighty threat for an Oscar spot. Nice.

All four of those titles landed in SAG’s ostensible Best Picture category, Best Ensemble, with “The Social Network,” of course, rounding out the list. I see a number of our readers already fussing over “Inception”‘s absence from the list (well, save for Best Stunt Ensemble), to which I can only say that a large ensemble doesn’t count for much when the film isn’t much of actor’s piece.

Check out the full list of film nominees at The Circuit.

[Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures]

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  • 1 12-16-2010 at 4:46 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    I feel more and more like The Fighter has been building the potential to be a late season spoiler for Best Picture. We shall see.

  • 2 12-16-2010 at 7:03 pm

    PaulH said...

    Kevin K….God help us… :)

  • 3 12-16-2010 at 7:12 pm

    Tyler said...

    The Other James D.: I looked it up and there doesn’t seem to be any talk on the topic, but I was thought there was a rule that one had to be a SAG member in order to be eligible, and, considering Weaver is an Aussie, that may not be the case for her specifically.

    Seems like this is not the case though, after reading the eligibility rules.

  • 4 12-16-2010 at 8:05 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    Haha I haven’t seen the film so I have no idea how I would feel about that happening. But as I always say about awards season, it’s about who will win, not who we want to win. All I know is that if Bale bags both the globe and the SAG award, he has his Oscar finally, and that, along with a long overdue director nomination for Christopher Nolan, are the only two things I really care about anymore this season.

  • 5 12-16-2010 at 8:14 pm

    John said...

    So for those of us that like the action movies… GREEN ZONE and ROBIN HOOD? I suppose they were good, but SALT or UNSTOPPABLE provided a little more bang for the buck.

  • 6 12-16-2010 at 9:03 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    I’d say The Town had a better stunt ensemble than Salt or Unstoppable. Green Zone was almost nonstop action, so I feel like a stunt ensemble nomination is worthy, even if the film lacked the impact of the Bourne films or United 93.

  • 7 12-17-2010 at 5:29 am

    Glenn said...

    Not too worried about Jacki Weaver tbh. I reckon SAG voters weren’t exactly aware that “this is a must-see performance” at the time of voting. She’s surely well and truly on Oscar’s radar though after all the critics prizes + golden globe.

  • 8 12-17-2010 at 7:36 pm

    Ed said...

    The only actress who can beat Annette Benning for TKAA is Natalie Portman. My bet is still with Bening for Best Actress. Watch TKAA and you’ll see how she commands every scene.

  • 9 1-08-2011 at 7:09 pm

    Anon said...

    Critics are a spiteful Hilary Swank. And she is beautiful, sexy and talented.

  • 10 1-08-2011 at 7:12 pm

    Regina said...

    As for the television awards Mariska Hargitay’s Olivia Benson with his fantastic and deserved the nomination. I hope she wins.