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
Henson picked up the Star Power Award while Ali was named the Young, Gifted & Black Award recipient.
The New York City party, which was hosted by Diana Ross' daughter Tracee and Regina King, featured performances by Melanie Fiona, Estelle, Mary Mary, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.
The Los Angeles awards show, organised by officials at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), saw big wins for Denzel Washington, who was named Outstanding Actor for The Book of Eli, and Halle Berry, Outstanding Actress for Frankie & Alice. Another big star, Samuel L. Jackson, received the Outstanding Supporting actor prize for Mother and Child.
But it was Perry's film, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Janet Jackson, which took the top honours, winning Best Film of 2010 as well as the best supporting actress trophy for Kimberly Elise.
The actor/writer/director said of his win, "I wanted to take this iconic work and introduce it to people who had never heard of it... There is nothing like having nine strong black women holding you up."
Perry also triumphed in the TV categories, with Tyler Perry's House of Payne named Outstanding Comedy Series, and the show's star, David Mann, earning the award for Outstanding Actor in a comedy.
Other prizes went to Vanessa Williams, who was named Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her turn in Desperate Housewives, and Sofia Vergara was honoured for her performance in Modern Family, while Grey's Anatomy took the Outstanding Drama Series prize.
The winners also included Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Regina King, Terrence Howard, Idris Elba and Will Smith's 10-year-old daughter Willow, who won the best new music artist award ahead of Bruno Mars and rapper Nicki Minaj.
Entertainment Weekly reporter Thom Geier launched a bid to track down Dolores Hart last year (10) - and found her at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, where she is now known as Mother Dolores.
After kissing Elvis in the 1957 film and making a name for herself opposite stars like Anthony Quinn and Montgomery Clift, the then 24-year-old actress decided Hollywood wasn't for her and she checked into the abbey after attending the premiere of Come Fly With Me in 1963.
She tells the publication, "I had always wanted to be an actress, from the time I was seven years old. But I realised very concretely it was not the call."
The 72-year-old Roman Catholic nun's only links to Hollywood these days comes once a year when she votes for the Academy Awards after becoming an Academy member in 1960.
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and reality TV trainer Jillian Michaels also make the grade on the 2011 line-up.
British cook Oliver has been named the Food Revolutionary for "overhauling lunch menus" on his Emmy Award-winning TV show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Biel lands the Action Heroine prize for being "a true defender of the environment".
The pals have known each other since the 1980s, and King admits their friendship has since taken a romantic turn.
But the Ray star insists rumours the couple is soon heading to the alter are completely false.
She tells Essence magazine, "Malcolm and I have a lot in common… We've both been child actors and were also blessed to be raised by incredible mothers who instilled good values in us.
"Things are maturing nicely. (But) no, we're not engaged."
King has a 15-year-old son from her previous marriage to Ian Alexander, Sr. They divorced in 2006.
S5: E7 This show is bit more akin to political message than its other Thursday night brothers and sisters, but last night it really took the cake. They went a bit too far, and things got really cutesy really quick, but I think most fans are happy to see them take stabs at hipsters, the Tea Party, and Hollywood phonies (Jenna).
When the episode starts, Liz is shopping with Jenna in what looks like an Urban Outfitters, and Liz finds that the jeans she’s trying on look amazing on her (like body double amazing), and decides to buy 10 pairs and wear one pair out of the store. The clerk asks her what to do with the ones she wore in and she replies in a creepy, raspy voice, “Burn them.” Uh-oh, Jenna. What have you done? It turns out that it’s not Urban Outfitters, it’s actually Brooklyn Without Limits – an Urban Outfitters/Brooklyn Industries hybrid located in White Harlem and the Van Beardswick section of Brooklyn. Translation for non-New Yorkers: hipster central. Hipster Liz Lemon? I don’t know if I can handle that.
Queen Latifah is back (in an image on Jack’s TV, anyway), making problems for NBC and Kabletown as Representative Regina Bookman. Jack happens upon a newscast chronicling her continuing campaign against them despite his attempt at diverse programming with America’s Next Top Black Guy. In a timely twist, Bookman faces an election in which she risks losing her seat in the house and Jack is determined to make that happen.
Tracy pulls Jenna aside because his movie, Hard to Watch (take that, Precious), is getting Oscar buzz and he just learned about air quotes. Even though he knows it’s hard for Jenna to hear about his success (despite her upcoming Jenna Gets Hard “exercise” video), he’s come to her with his latest issue. The Hollywood Foreign Press – a.k.a. the people who give out Golden Globes – want to interview him. That sounds like a disaster. Jenna suggests that he bribe them. Great; an even bigger disaster.
Jack calls in Rep. Bookman’s opponent, Steve Austin from Rhode Island (guest star John Slattery with a very un-Mad Men accent) and offers to help him out. Austin isn’t a Republican, and he doesn’t believe in parties. Tea Party? He’s trying to usher in a rebirth for America, so naturally his campaign ads feature him shirtless, in a bonnet, shaking a rattle and banking on the fact that he shares his name with the famous wrestler. That’s something I never thought I’d see. I think he should stick to three-piece suits. Jack wants to make sure that Austin won’t support government interference in the buying and selling of companies. They agree and Jack says he’ll throw a fundraiser for him. Austin will only agree if Jack commits to his philosophy – he makes him shake the rattle and say “goo goo gah gah.” Damn, that wasn’t nearly as humiliating as I hoped it would be.
Jenna is helping Tracy prep for his Golden Globes event – I don’t know if Kenneth as a sushi platter and piñatas filled with marinara sauce are really going to seal it for you, Trace. It turns out Jenna’s not actually being as generous as it looks- DUH. She’s convinced Tracey to bribe the Globes people even though she knows it won’t work; they were so offended when Jenna tried it, they banned her for life and that’s exactly what will happen to Tracy. Jenna’s really just become an awful human this season.
Jack introduces Austin to Liz and asks her to produce a biographical video for the fundraiser – but not before we get another flash of shirtless Slattery in a campaign ad situated between a pregnant woman’s legs awaiting the newborn baby and banking on the fact that he shares his name with the Six Million Dollar Man. If that wasn’t enough, Austin proves his backwards insanity a little further and prompts Liz to pull Jack aside and question his moral decision. He’s willing to put an idiot in office to keep Bookman from screwing with his business model? Yep that sounds about right. Of course Liz and her newfound hipster mentality guilt Jack as her body double trots away. (“I’m technically a freelancer.” Ha.)
Back with Jack and his political, plaid wearin’ buddy, Jack’s got Austin in front of a green screen to record new political ads. (Yeah, I guess the giant baby thing isn’t going to work.) Unfortunately, Austin’s still letting a few bouts of bigotry slip through. Whoops. Just then, Liz storms in, touting her fair trade jeans and accompanying levels of smug but Jack’s got news for her. It turns out Brooklyn Without Limits isn’t actually run by Brooklyn Zach of the famous dumpster parties, but it’s owned by Halliburton and the jeans aren’t made in U.S.A., they’re made in Usa by slave orphans. Ouch. (They are really taking huge digs at Brooklyn here, but aren’t they worried about being too specific to New Yorkers when they’ve got a national audience?) Jack takes it one step further and even connects the liberal mecca New York Times to Halliburton. Of course Liz investigates, and finds some very convenient Wikipedia entries proving Jack is right. Liz storms back into Brooklyn Without Limits and attempts to shame the clerk who sold her the jeans, but he’s in on the whole thing. Lemon’s mind: totally blown.
Jack brings Austin to his fundraiser, but quickly finds that he’s too stupid and far too prejudiced to be around a room of politically charged New Yorkers. He asks him to hide in a dressing room and create an air of mystery, to which Austin replies with spooky sounds. Okay, guys, we get it. You’re taking jabs at the Tea Party mentality, but that’s quite a dig. Of course, Lemon dashes in, still donning her BWL gear (but they look so good and she’s got to do her awkward “Back it Up” dance on Skype with Carol later). She admits she’s selling out but points out that Jack is too (oh, no, really?) and they both claim they’re okay with it. Something tells me they’ll come around.
Meanwhile, Jenna and Tracy (dressed in what I hope is an homage to Samuel L. Jackson) host the Golden Globe committee and they watch a special screening of Tracy’s movie, “Hard To Watch: Based on The Book Stone Cold Bummer by Manipulate.” Okay, first it was a subtle dig, but this is just in your face and if you don’t get the reference at this point, I probably can’t help you. After they watch the film, there isn’t a dry eye in the house and Jenna decides she can’t go through with her diabolical plan. She says she’ll be so jealous and angry when he wins an award, but he’s great so she can’t stand in his way because she has to do the right thing. (Are we in some alternate universe where Jenna has a heart and Tracy’s acting is actually good?) Liz interrupts trying to stop Jenna’s inspired speech, but ultimately admits they’re right. Goodbye Liz Lemon body double, the jeans are going back and being replaced with her “lesbian Mario” overall shorts (two words that should never meet). My eyes hurt, those jeans were a-w-f-u-l (and stuffed to make Liz have a total turkey butt).
For the fundraiser, Jack’s pieced together different words and phrases to make Austin sound like he isn’t a crazy bigot. Liz’s moral turnabout inspires Jack and he calls on Austin to actually speak to the crowd, which only results in him chanting like a monkey and ending up as part of a Leno monologue. Jack’s upset that he relinquished the opportunity to make his life easier by getting rid of Bookman, but it’s okay because Kenneth has stopped being a human sushi platter long enough to be “cake boy” – a walking platter of cake with fork in mouth. Ugh. Really? It was cute when he was serving raw fish, but this is just ridiculous.
The tag fixes a little of the cake boy damage, showing the real Austin monologue with a side bar showing which words Jack selected to put in the edited campaign ad.
King has written an open letter questioning the selection process for the ceremonies, and pointing out that late Broadway star and children's TV presenter Alaina Reed Hall was left off the Emmys' memoriam honours.
In the message, published in The Huffington Post, she asks why only 53 non-white performers have been nominated in the awards' history "out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy".
She adds, "I've worked in television nearly all of my professional life, and that statistic is quite sobering to me."
In reference to Reed Hall, who died from breast cancer in December (09), King writes: "She was on Sesame Street for 12 years, a show that is an American institution. People of all ages and generations have seen and enjoyed this highly influential television show. You have to admit, to not recognize (sic) her contribution to television baffles the mind.
"Mistakes happen, right? Well after a few 'mistakes' of how people of color are portrayed in the Hollywood media, I decided it was important to say something about how things go down in Hollywood."
The actress was an avid user of popular celebrity networking website Twitter.com, where she offered supportive words to thousands of female followers.
And now the star has expanded her empowering 'tweets' to begin her own organisation and spread the positive messages.
She tells Hip-Hop Weekly, "I have a social networking organisation I have started called B2B and it means Back to Business.
"It actually started on Twitter and I ended up with so many followers that I decided to spread the message to help empower and bridge that gap between women. We have all gone through something and we have all failed before. There needs to be motivation in the community."
Busy King has also just made her directorial debut, taking charge of rapper Jaheim's new video, in which she also stars.
Actress REGINA KING is set to put her taste buds to the test after landing a spot as a guest judge on her favourite U.S. cookery show, IRON CHEF. King was surprised with the honour by producers during an appearance on her Jerry Maguire co-star Bonnie Hunt's talkshow on Tuesday (26Jan10) after telling the host, "That's my goal for 2010 - to be an Iron Chef guest judge."