SAG Nominations

The 2008 Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced today. Here are the film nominees:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button




Slumdog Millionaire

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn, Milk

Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Angelina Jolie, Changeling

Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Meryl Streep, Doubt

Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Josh Brolin, Milk

Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, Doubt

Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Viola Davis, Doubt

Taraji P. Hensen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Kate Winslet, The Reader

I haven’t seen most of the films nominated yet (that will change soon). But it is nice to see the attention that Mickey Rourke has received for his role in The Wrestler. The same goes for Sally Hawkins and Melissa Leo; it has been a very good year for indie films.

I’m actually getting excited about this years awards because unlike last year, there haven’t been any clear frontrunners for the big prizes. Then again, there is still a month until the Golden Globes and that’s usually when everything becomes painfully obvious.

The 15th Annual SAG Awards are on Sunday, January 25 at TNT/TBS.

Live-Blogging From the SAG Awards

7:05 PM: Now is the time to enjoy the SAG Awards, since it could be the only big award show of the year.
7:21 Angelina just tripped and almost had a nip slip. I personally like being reminded that I have something in common with Angelina since I trip and have almost nip-slips all the time.

8:00 The “I’m an Actor” segment is always my favorite part of every single award show.

8:08 James Gandolfini wins. Finally.

8:10 Zac Efron. My friend squeals. It’s moments like these that make me hate going to a women’s college.

8:12 Edie Falco. “I can’t even speak”. Well, you managed to make a lovely acceptance speech.

8:19 Friend: “Who is Blair Underwood” Me: “A very hot black actor.”
8:23 The Sopranos wins Best Drama Ensemble, and rightfully so.

8:27 Marion Cotillard is stunning. Javier Bardem is hilarious and so charming.

8:36 Tina Fey. You are the best person in Hollywood.

8:40 James Marsden presents an award. My friend squeals again. She really liked Enchanted.

8:43 There’s clearly a big difference between me and my friend. She squeals for James Marsden. I squealed when Ruby Dee introudced a clip from American Gangster.

8:46 As much as I love The Office, it doesn’t make sense that it won over 30 Rock. FYI, these are my two favorite shows on TV and it really sucks that I haven’t been able to enjoy them this year.
9:00 The tribute to Charles Durning was the best tribute to actor at the SAGs I’ve ever seen. That’s probably because that annoying little girl Dakota Fanning isn’t handing out the award this year.

9:23 Mickey Rooney is the cutest thing in the world. He delivered the best speech of the night and unintentionally provided the funniest line of the night. “Ms. Latifah could not be here tonight”.
9:40 This last hour has been the night of screen icons. I love that Ruby Dee won. Does this make her a front runner for the Oscar? I don’t think so because this was voted on by the actors. But it is still a great honor for her.

9:55 Daniel Day-Lewis is so humble. And so brilliant. He delivered a better tribute to Heath Ledger than the actual SAG Awards.

10:00 Julie Christie wins and continuing the tonight’s theme of amazing speeches, she had a nice acceptance speech.

10:02 No Country For Old Men wins Best Ensemble cast. This basically cements it as the most likely Best Picture winner. Josh Brolin (finally getting some love) gave a funny speech. “The Coen Brothers are freaky little people. And we made a freaky little film. Whether you like it or not.”

And that’s all folks. See you at the Oscars (maybe)

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
Into The Wild
No Country For Old Men

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

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.

SAG Awards Recap

Sorry for the late post. Today was the first day of second semester and I’ve been kind of preoccupied with multiple schedule kinks to work out.

But now, let’s recap last night’s SAG Awards!

Armed with a box of cheerios, I, Cinefille, sat down to watch the SAG Awards. Although it is easily one of the least important award shows of the season, the SAGs is still fun to watch with a few friends.

Just a warning. You are about to see exactly what I was thinking last night, beginning at 6:30 PM. Some things I will regret sharing once this has been posted and read by other.


6:30 PM – Red Carpet. This has taken me about two years to realize. Deciding whether to watch Ryan Seacreast and his irritating sidekick Guilana DePandi on E! or Joan Rivers and her irritating daughter, Melissa on TV Guide, is like deciding how you are going to commit suicide.

6:31 – Well, I’m already on E! and TBS is one channel below, so E! it is.

6:49 – Seacrest to Patricia Arquette: “Do you believe in ghosts?”. Thank you Seacrest for, once again, asking the questions we are all dying to know the answers to.

6:55 – Le sigh. If only Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe were still married. Nevermind! She looks gorgeous! [picture source]

7:05 – Props to Heather Graham for promoting strippers.

7:06 – “Wow… Felicity Huffman looks… Amish.” – said by Ruth

7:29 – You have to wonder. Did Eddie Murphy know he would be nominated for an Oscar when he signed on to do Norbit?

7:37 – “You can get goofy at the SAG Awards!” – Guiliana DePandi. Only 23 minutes until this torture is over.

7:53 – OKAY! This Red Carpet crap is really boring! Can you just start the show already?

7:57 – Why did I have so much dairy for dinner?

8:00 – THE SHOW BEGINS! “I’m blah, blah, blah, and I’m an actor.” Too bad I’ve only heard of William Shatner.

8:05 – Ashton Kutcher’s attempt at being serious. Why is he here?

Oh right. [source]

8:12 – Was I the only person very uncomfortable as Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera presented an award?

8:21 – TV… TV… more TV… Cinefille is BORED.

8:27MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW REUNION! That has made my day! Oh, and The Office wins Best Ensemble comedy. Yeah, I don’t watch that much T.V.

8:43 – A montage of the random actors that no one really cares about. Hey! It’s the movie trailer voice dude!

8:44 – Best Supporting Actor – Eddie Murphy. In a fake British accent: “I’ve been acting for some 25 years now and this is a tremendous honor to me. No, I’m sorry. It’s just when the British people come up and get the awards, it’s so smooth with their stuff. And I feel goofy up here ’cause I don’t be winning stuff.” [picture source]

8:58 – Tribute to Julie Andrews. I know this is probably inappropriate. But Dick Van Dyke is a hot 81-year old. [picture source]

9:17 – Chandra Wilson from Grey’s Anatomy wins!

“It’s about those 10 cast members sitting over there, and the other one in rehab.”

9:21 – Hugh Laurie wins! “He is so attractive.” – Amanda, followed by a conversation about why all men named Hugh are attractive.

9:36Grey’s Anatomy wins!! Ellen Pompeo should know her fellow cast mate’s names. Speaking of Grey’s. Did you see last week’s episode? OMG!

9:42 – Jennifer Hudson wins for Dreamgirls. “I just want to thank you for noticing little ol’ me, and for accepting me.” Abigail Breslin looks so sad. Thank God all child stars can’t be as precocious as Dakota Fanning. [picture source]

9:49 – Dear Forest Whitaker,

By this point you should realize that you are going to win an Academy Award. PLEASE START PREPARING ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES!

Love, Cinefille

9:53 – Helen Mirren wins. “When I did my costume fitting for The Queen, I walked in and saw all those sensible shoes and those tweed skirts, laid out in a row, and I cried. I thought, `I can’t play anyone who chooses to wear those clothes, I just can’t do it.’ I learned to love the person who chooses to wear those clothes.” [picture source]

9:56Little Miss Sunshine wins! Is it the Oscar favorite for Best Picture? Who knows? I certainly do not. [picture source]


Another award show! Another fun night!

The next big award shows are The Independent Film Spirit Awards and The Academy Awards. There may be more, but those are the only two I can think of being broadcast on TV.

After last night, the performance Oscar’s are basically settled. The only puzzle that remains unsolved is “What movie will win Best Picture?” And you know what? I really like the mystery.

See you at the Academy Awards.

Cinefille out.

(Oh crap. I really have been watching too much Ryan Seacrest.)