Last night, the 18th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards broadcast, celebrating excellence in the performance of those harshly unappreciated figures of the film and television industry: actors. Following the pattern of award shows so far this year, SAG recognized The Help cast members, specifically Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, as outstanding performances among those of 2011. In terms of television, a couple of big wins came in for Boardwalk Empire, while actors from Modern Family, 30 Rock and Mildred Pierce were also recognized.
Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture
The Help [Nominees: Bridesmaids, The Artist, The Descendants, Midnight in Paris]
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Leading Role
Jean Dujardin—The Artist [Nominees: George Clooney—The Descendants, Demian Bichir—A Better Life, Leonardo DiCaprio—J. Edgar, Brad Pitt—Moneyball]
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role Viola Davis—The Help [Nominees: Michelle Williams—My Week With Marilyn, Glenn Close—Albert Nobbs, Meryl Streep—The Iron Lady, Tilda Swinton—We Need to Talk About Kevin]
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Supporting Role Christopher Plummer—Beginners, [Nominees: Nick Nolte—Warrior, Kenneth Branagh—My Week With Marilyn, Armie Hammer—J. Edgar, Jonah Hill—Moneyball]
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer—The Help [Nominees: Berenice Bejo—The Artist, Jessica Chastain—The Help, Melissa McCarthy—Bridesmaids, Janet McTeer—Albert Nobbs]
Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Motion Picture
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 [Nominees: The Adjustment Bureau, Cowboys & Aliens, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, X-Men: First Class]
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries Paul Giamatti—Too Big to Fail [Nominees: Laurence Fishburne—Thurgood, Greg Kinnear—The Kennedys, Guy Pearce—Mildred Pierce, James Woods—Too Big to Fail]
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Television Movie Or Miniseries Kate Winslet—Mildred Pierce [Nominees: Diane Lane—Cinema Verite, Maggie Smith—Downton Abbey, Emily Watson—Appropriate Adult, Betty White—The Lost Valentine]
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Drama Series
Steve Buscemi—Boardwalk Empire [Nominees: Patrick J. Adams—Suits, Kyle Chandler—Friday Night Lights, Bryan Cranston—Breaking Bad, Michael C. Hall—Dexter]
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Drama Series Jessica Lange—American Horror Story [Nominees: Kathy Bates—Harry’s Law, Glenn Close—Damages, Julianna Margules—The Good Wife, Kyra Sedgwick—The Closer]
Outstanding Performance By A Male Actor In A Comedy Series Alec Baldwin—30 Rock [Nominees: Ty Burrell—Modern Family, Steve Carell—The Office, Jon Cryer—Two and a Half Men, Eric Stonestreet—Modern Family]
Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series Betty White—Hot In Cleveland [Nominees: Julie Bowen—Modern Family, Edie Falco—Nurse Jackie, Tina Fey—30 Rock, Sofia Vergara—Modern Family]
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire [Nominees: Breaking Bad, Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife]
Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series Modern Family [Nominees: 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Glee, The Office]
Outstanding Performance By A Stunt Ensemble In A Television Series Game of Thrones [Nominees: Dexter, Southland, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, True Blood]
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who played maids in the period drama, picked up the night's Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress accolades, respectively, while they were also among the stars who triumphed with the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category.
The Artist's Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney to the Best Actor award, while Christopher Plummer was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as a dying gay father in Beginners.
Meanwhile, Modern Family and Boardwalk Empire were the big TV winners, claiming the night's Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Drama Series, respectively.
Individual TV awards also went to Kate Winslet, Alec Baldwin, Betty White, Paul Giamatti and Steve Buscemi, and Dick Van Dyke presented Mary Tyler Moore with the Screen Actors Guild’s highest honour - the 48th annual Life Achievement Award.
The complete list of recipients of the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards is:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Viola Davis (The Help)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Octavia Spencer ( The Help)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - The Help
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture - Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Paul Giamatti (Too Big To Fail)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series - Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series - Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Boardwalk Empire
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series - Game of Thrones
Life Achievement Award - Mary Tyler Moore
The movie will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris.
The film also earned nods in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Viola Davis, as well as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role thanks to Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.
Trailing with three nominations was silent film The Artist and receiving two mentions each was The Descendants, J. Edgar, My Week With Marilyn, Bridesmaids, Albert Nobbs and Brad Pitt's Moneyball.
The nominations were announced on Wednesday (14Dec11) by guest presenters Regina King and Judy Greer, and the prizegiving ceremony will take place on 29 January (12).
The main list of nominees for the 18th Annual SAG Awards is as follows:
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:
Midnight in Paris
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:
Demian Bichir - A Better Life
George Clooney - The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams - My Week With Marilyn
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role:
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer - J. Edgar
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail
Greg Kinnear - The Kennedys
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce
James Woods - Too Big to Fail
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult
Betty White - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Patrick J. Adams - Suits
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law
Glenn Close - Damages
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Ty Burrell - Modern Family
Steve Carrell - The Office
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Julie Bowen - Modern Family
Eddie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family
Betty White - Hot in Cleveland
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
The Big Bang Theory
The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner is up for the Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar, competing against George Clooney (Up In The Air), Morgan Freeman (Invictus), Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) and Colin Firth (A Single Man).
In the Best Director category, Bigelow will fight it out with her ex-husband Cameron, along with Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Lee Daniels (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire) and Jason Reitman (Up In The Air).
The Hurt Locker and Avatar will lead the Best Picture category - the films are among 10 nominees for the prestigious accolade, including Up In The Air, The Blind Side and Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire.
Avatar, which smashed box office records by grossing more than $2 billion this weekend (30-31Jan10) to become the best-selling international release of all time, is also nominated for a slew of technical awards, such as Best Art Direction, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.
Meanwhile, Sandra Bullock has landed her first Oscar nomination for The Blind Side - the star will go up against Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia), Helen Mirren (The Last Station), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire) for the title of Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Matt Damon (Invictus), Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) are among the nominees for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar, while Penelope Cruz (Nine), Mo'Nique (Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Horse) and Up In The Air's Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick will battle for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role prize.
The nominees for 10 of the 24 categories were unveiled by Anne Hathaway and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak at an early morning news conference on Tuesday (02Feb10) at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The Oscars, presented by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, will be handed out on 7 March (10) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
The nominees for the 10 main categories are as follows:
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart
George Clooney - Up In The Air
Colin Firth - A Single Man
Morgan Freeman - Invictus
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side
Helen Mirren - The Last Station
Carey Mulligan - An Education
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Matt Damon - Invictus
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station
Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Penelope Cruz - Nine
Vera Farmiga - Up In The Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Horse
Anna Kendrick - Up In The Air
Mo'Nique - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
James Cameron - Avatar
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Jason Reitman - Up In The Air
The Blind Side
The Hurt Locker
Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up In The Air
Best Original Screenplay:
Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman - The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - A Serious Man
Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Tom McCarthy - Up
Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci & Tony Roche - In the Loop
Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell - District 9
Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
Nick Hornby - An Education
Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner - Up In The Air
Best Animated Film:
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Best Foreign Language Film:
El Secreto de Sus Ojos (Argentina)
Un Prophete (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)
The Milk of Sorrow (Peru).
Best Motion Picture – Drama:
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side WINNER!
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart WINNER!
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Tobey Maguire, Brothers
Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy:
(500) Days of Summer
The Hangover WINNER!
Julie & Julia
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy:
Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
Marion Cotillard, Nine
Julia Roberts, Duplicity
Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia WINNER!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy:
Matt Damon, The Informant
Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes WINNER!
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Mo'Nique, Precious WINNER!
Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Matt Damon, Invictus
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds WINNER!
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger Best Animated Feature Film: Coraline Fantastic Mr. Fox Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs The Princess and the Frog Up WINNER! Best Foreign Language Film: Baaria Broken Embraces The Maid A Prophet The White Ribbon WINNER! Best Director -- Motion Picture: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker James Cameron, Avatar WINNER! Clint Eastwood, Invictus Jason Reitman, Up in the Air Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9 Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker Nancy Meyers, It’s Complicated Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air WINNER! Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds TELEVISION Best Television Series - Drama: Big Love Dexter House Mad Men WINNER! True Blood Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Glenn Close - Damages January Jones - Mad Men Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife WINNER! Anna Paquin - True Blood Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Simon Baker - The Mentalist Michael C. Hall - Dexter WINNER! Jon Hamm - Mad Men Hugh Laurie - House Bill Paxton - Big Love Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical: 30 Rock Entourage Glee WINNER! Modern Family The Office Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Toni Collette - United States Of Tara WINNER! Courteney Cox - Cougar Town Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie Tina Fey - 30 Rock Lea Michele - Glee Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock WINNER! Steve Carell - The Office David Duchovny - Californication Thomas Jane - Hung Matthew Morrison – Glee
'Twas the month before Christmas When all through the studios Execs were stirring, with high hopes and fear, Giant posters were hung and trailers rolled out All in hopes that the public would soon be in the movie houses.
Come this December moviegoers can expect Flicks from Kevin Costner, as well as from Mel, But let's not forget there're also Meg and Russell Plus other big names like Hanks and Cage.
So without further ado Here's our list Of all the high-profile films that are coming To accompany you through the month of December.
DEC. 1 No major releases are coming out on the first Friday of the month.
"Proof of Life": From the set of this movie came the romance between Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe. If that's not enough to go see the film, it's about an American hostage negotiator (Crowe) who falls in love with the wife (Ryan) of the man he's trying to rescue.
"Vertical Limit": But didn't Sylvester Stallone already do this in "Cliffhanger"? Oh well. In this mountain-climbing flick, Chris O'Donnell plays a retired climber who's sucked back to the sport after his sister becomes trapped on K-2, the world's second-highest mountain.
"Dungeons and Dragons": Geeks rejoice. The live-action adaptation of the role-playing game stars Jeremy Irons as the evil wizard who's trying to dethrone the young empress played by "American Beauty's Thora Birch.
Also look for in limited release: Director Ang Lee's Chinese swordsmen pic with Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh -- "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." It was an audience favorite at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
"What Women Want": No, it doesn't star Christina Aguilera (she's a girl, after all), but it does have Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Bette Midler and Lauren Holly in a comedy wherein an ad exec (Gibson) gains the ability to hear what women are thinking.
"Dude, Where's My Car?": It's "Beavis and Butthead" meets "Road Trip." After a late night of heavy partying, two stoners (Ashton Kutcher and "Road Trip" alumnus Seann William Scott) realize that they have forgotten where they parked their car.
"The Emperor's New Groove": Featuring the voices of David Spade and John Goodman, Disney's 39th full-length animated feature follows a ruthless emperor who's been transformed into a llama. Go figure.
Also look for in limited release: "Chocolat" starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche and directed by "The Cider House Rules'" Lasse Hallstrom.
"Thirteen Days": Rusty on the history of U.S.-Cuban relations? The Kevin Costner starrer is an intense look at the two-week Cuban Missile Crisis that took place in October 1962.
Also look for in limited release: "Finding Forrester" with Sean Connery playing mentor to an aspiring writer, and "The Gift", which marks the return of Oscar winner Hilary Swank ... and Keanu Reeves as a wife beater.
"Cast Away": Tom Hanks plays a FedEx worker stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash, and Helen Hunt plays his fiancee. Hanks lost weight for this role, which is likely to draw audiences still keen on CBS' summer phenomenon "Survivor."
"Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000: Director Wes Craven would like you to know that Christmas inspires horror. His Y2K Dracula reinterpretation has Christopher Plummer tangling with the bloodsucking one over his kidnapped daughter.
"Family Man": Sounds like an "It's a Wonderful Life" redux. In this "what if" flick, Nicolas Cage plays a man who gets the chance to see what his life would have been like had he married his college sweetheart, as played by Mrs. David Duchovny, Tea Leoni.
"Miss Congeniality": She's baaack! After taking on a dramatic role in the alcohol rehab film "28 Days," Sandra Bullock returns to comedy by playing an FBI agent who goes undercover in a beauty pageant to thwart a terrorist attack. Guess the real acting stretch will be transforming cutesy Bullock into an ugly duckling.
Also look for in limited release: The Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" with George Clooney and renowned playwright-director David Mamet's new comedy State and Main with Alec Baldwin, Sarah Jessica Parker and William H Macy.
"All the Pretty Horses": Directed by Billy Bob Thornton," this cowboy tale stars Matt Damon (in a role passed on by Leonardo DiCaprio) as a young, rebellious youth who falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy Mexican rancher (Penelope Cruz), but with not so happy results.
Also look for in limited release: "Erin Brockovich" helmer Steven Soderbergh's new drug trade flick "Traffic" with newlyweds Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and the Oscar buzz gothic "Shadow of the Vampire" with John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.