2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards

The SAG Award nominees were announced today. Overall I am quite pleased the nominees; it’s a good mix and there are a few surprises: no nominations for Atonement, but four for Into the Wild. It’s actually exciting. This years Oscar contenders are not as obvious as they have been lately.

Here are the nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Ryan Gosling – Lars And The Real Girl
Emile Hirsch – Into The Wild
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away From Her
Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
Ellen Page – Juno

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men
Hal Holbrook – Into The Wild
Tommy Lee Jones – No Country For Old Men
Tom Wilksinson – Michael Clayton

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
Ruby Dee – American Gangster
Catherine Keener – Into The Wil
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

3:10 To Yuma
American Gangster
Hairspray
Into The Wild
No Country For Old Men

This is what Entertainment Weekly had to say about the nominees. From EW.com:

One good thing about this year’s crazy awards season? At least it’s not predictable. After being almost completely ignored by the Golden Globes last week, Into the Wild received the most Screen Actors Guild Award nominations this morning, picking up citations for best cast, actor (Emile Hirsch), supporting actor (Hal Holbrook), and supporting actress (Catherine Keener). No Country for Old Men and Michael Clayton followed with three nominations each, while American Gangster managed two.

But the lists were even more notable for who wasn’t on them: Sweeney Todd’s Johnny Depp and Gangster‘s Denzel Washington were overlooked, as was Charlie Wilson’s War scene-stealer Philip Seymour Hoffman. For Depp and Hoffman, it may be because SAG voters weren’t sent DVDs of their films, but it may not bode well for Washington’s Oscar chances. Meanwhile, two strong Best Picture contenders, Atonement and Juno, were left out of the Best Cast category (Juno‘s Ellen Page did score a best-actress nod, while Atonement was omitted entirely).

But before you now consider best-cast nominees Hairspray and 3:10 to Yuma (both great films) serious Oscar contenders, remember one thing: Last year, the SAG Awards nominated Bobby.

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