Nominations for the 7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced today in Los Angeles at L.A.'s Pacific Design Center.
The unique show, honoring performers from 13 movie and TV categories, will air on TNT, Sunday, March 11 from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
The nominations in the movie categories aren’t surprising, with frontrunners Russell Crowe’s from “Gladiator” and Golden Globe winner Julia Roberts from “Erin Brockovich” easily making the list. Golden Globe winners Tom Hanks for “Cast Away” and Kate Hudson for “Almost Famous” snag nominations as well.
Several nominees in the television categories are returning to try their luck again, namely James Gandolfini and Edie Falco from “The Sopranos,” who both won in their respective categories last year. Also, die-hard dramas, such as “ER” and “Law & Order,” are back for their superior ensemble cast performances. But the newest kid on the block, “The West Wing,” may give them a run for their money. Also, the fresh comedy series “Will & Grace” and “Sex in the City” makes a strong showing against other returning champs, such as “Fraiser” and “Ally McBeal.”
The 37th S.A.G. Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to longtime acting couple Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, for their acclaimed body of work and their philanthropic endeavors with their fellow actors.
Here is the complete list of nominations:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Lead Role
Jamie Bell -- “Billy Elliot”
Russell Crowe -- ”Gladiator”
Benicio Del Toro -- ”Traffic”
Tom Hanks -- ”Cast Away”
Geoffrey Rush -- ”Quills”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role
Joan Allen -- ”The Contender”
Juliette Binoche -- ”Chocolat”
Ellen Burstyn -- ”Requiem for a Dream”
Laura Linney -- ”You Can Count on Me”
Julia Roberts -- ”Erin Brockovich”
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jeff Bridges -- ”The Contender”
Willem Dafoe -- ”Shadow of the Vampire”
Albert Finney -- ”Erin Brockovich”
Gary Oldman -- ”The Contender”
Joaquin Phoenix -- ”Gladiator”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Judi Dench -- ”Chocolat”
Kate Hudson -- ”Almost Famous”
Frances McDormand -- “Almost Famous”
Julie Walters -- “Billy Elliot”
Kate Winslet -- ”Quills”
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture
For Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Alec Baldwin - “Nuremberg” (TNT)
Brian Cox - “Nuremberg” (TNT)
Brian Dennehy - “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman” (Showtime)
Danny Glover - “Freedom Song” (TNT)
John Lithgow - “Don Quixote” (TNT)
James Woods - “Dirty Pictures” (Showtime)
For Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Stockard Channing - “The Truth About Jane” (Lifetime)
Judi Dench - “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells” (HBO)
Sally Field - “David Copperfield” (TNT)
Elizabeth Franz - “Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman” (Showtime)
Vanessa Redgrave - “If These Walls Could Talk 2” (HBO)
For Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Tim Daly - “The Fugitive” (CBS)
Anthony Edwards - “ER” (NBC)
Dennis Franz - “NYPD Blue” (ABC)
James Gandolfini - “The Sopranos” (HBO)
Martin Sheen - “The West Wing” (NBC)
For Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson - “The X-Files” (Fox)
Edie Falco - “The Sopranos” (HBO)
Sally Field - “ER” (NBC)
Lauren Graham - “The Gilmore Girls” (WB)
Allison Janney - “The West Wing” (NBC)
Sela Ward - “Once and Again” (ABC)
For Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Robert Downey Jr. - “Ally McBeal” (Fox)
Kelsey Grammer - “Fraiser” (NBC)
Sean Hayes - “Will & Grace” (NBC)
Peter MacNicol - “Ally McBeal” (Fox)
David Hyde Pierce - “Frasier” (NBC)
For Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Calista Flockhart - “Ally McBeal” (Fox)
Jane Kaczmarek - “Malcolm in the Middle” (Fox)
Debra Messing - “Will & Grace” (NBC)
Megan Mullally - “Will & Grace” (NBC)
Sarah Jessica Parker - “Sex in the City” (HBO)
For Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“Law & Order”
“The West Wing”
For Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
“Sex in the City”
“Will & Grace”
Late-night TV host David Letterman underwent emergency multiple-bypass heart surgery in New York today, one day after revealing on his CBS program that he was to undergo tests to determine if he had arterial disease.
Letterman's prognosis for recovery was said to be excellent. CBS will air reruns of "The Late Show with David Letterman" until its titular host returns.
"Dave has the heart muscle of a 20-year-old,'' Letterman surgeon Dr. O. Wayne Isom told reporters following the surgery.
Still, it appears the entertainer also had blocked arteries. Some reports said Letterman underwent a quintuple bypass.
The comic was at work as late as Thursday, when during a taping he told guest Regis Philbin that was to undergo an angiogram today. That show will air tonight.
Letterman, 52, said he has high blood cholesterol and a history of heart disease in his family. Letterman's father Harry died of a heart attack in 1974 when he was in his 50s.
Earlier, Letterman spokesman Howard Rubenstein called the test precautionary only and said that the talk-show host could walk away with a clean bill of health.
BRING AN APPLE FOR OPRAH: Oprah Winfrey can do a lot of things well. She can act, produce movies, ward people off meat and make people cry. Now she's inspiring business students.
Winfrey, who taught a class called "Dynamics of Leadership" last fall at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, had such a good time and received such great reviews from her students that she's agreed to return next fall and teach again. She teaches the class with her boyfriend, businessman Stedman Graham.
"Students said she truly provided a class they learned something from," assistant dean Rich Honack told the Associated Press. Honack said Winfrey's reviews were among the best for any Northwestern professor. Winfrey, however, thinks she needs a little improvement.
"I gave myself a B and I'm coming back to get an A because I now know how to get it," Winfrey told the Daily Northwestern campus newspaper.
HANOI JANE, CHURCH LADY: Holy Communion, Batman! Jane Fonda has reportedly accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her personal savior.
Rumors are swirling on the Internet and in newspapers around the country that Fonda's recent split from husband and media mogul Ted Turner may have been prompted by her newfound, yet hush-hush, faith in God. Turner has been an outspoken critic of Catholicism and Christianity, which he has called a "religion for losers."
According to an article published Thursday in the Washington Times, Fonda, who has refused comment on her marital break-up, is "regularly attending church services and Bible studies in Atlanta."
The Rev. Gerald Durley, pastor of Providence Missionary Baptist Church, a predominantly black congregation where Fonda spends her Sunday mornings, told the newspaper: "I am extremely impressed with the genuineness and sincerity in [her] search for spirituality and wholeness. I think she's found a certain sense of peace among people who've found peace with Christianity."
Meanwhile, hubby Ted has said that, although he once accepted Christ as a boy at a Billy Graham crusade, he lost his faith after his sister's death.
In February 1999, at a symposium of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, Turner was asked what he would say to Pope John Paul II, who opposes abortion and artificial contraception. Turner responded with an ethnic joke: "Ever seen a Polish mine detector?" Turner said the pope should "get with it. Welcome to the 20th century." He also ridiculed the Ten Commandments. Later he recanted in front of an Atlanta-area Baptist congregation, saying, "From the bottom of my heart, I apologize for the things I said about Christians."
Long known for her left-wing political views, and for a series of fat-busting workout videos, Fonda has pretty much kept her opinions (and her exercise regimen) to herself since marrying Turner in 1991. She's won Oscars for the films "Klute" (1971) and "Coming Home" (1978) but is more remembered for her 1972 sojourn to communist North Vietnam, a trip that branded her as a traitor among U.S. service members and hardcore patriots. She was previously married to liberal California politician and former "Chicago Seven" war protester Tom Hayden for 17 years.
Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, told the Washington Times that Fonda may have been turned on to Christ by her chauffeur, who shared his faith with her while ferrying her about. "We should be kind and gracious and thoughtful and respectful," Baehr said.