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”
NBC is alive with the sound of music.
And for good cause: The Peacock Network won the ratings war last week, beating out ABC, NBC and Fox, according to numbers released by Nielsen.
What pushed NBC to victory was the network's invincible "Must See TV" Thursday lineup, which includes audience favorites "Friends," "Will & Grace" and "ER."
Also of importance was the annual re-run of the holiday favorite "The Sound of Music" on Sunday, which gave NBC its second-largest audience share on a Sunday after the TV premiere of "Titanic" in early December.
BABY LOVE: "Today" show host Matt Lauer, 42, and his Dutch model wife Annette Roque Lauer, 34, are expecting the arrival of a new baby next year, NBC said Tuesday.
Lauer proposed to his wife in Venice two years ago when he was filming his tour "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?"
The couple met on a blind date and have been married for two years.
CONVICTED! An Arizona man -- one 31-year-old Richard J. Gordon -- was convicted of extorting money from "Family Feud" host Louie Anderson by threatening to spill the beans to the tabloids that the comic solicited sex from him, The Associated Press reports.
Gordon, who pleaded guilty to a blackmail charge, was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison.
BACK TO THE TUBE: Johnny Galecki, who is probably most recognized for playing Darlene's boyfriend in "Roseanne" and a supporting role in the indie film "The Opposite of Sex," has landed a half-hour comedy at Fox, Daily Variety says. The show, titled "Bagtime," will be about a grocery bagger with dreams of becoming a concert cellist.
Erstwhile "Married ... with Children" star Ed O'Neill is returning to television.
And we're not talking about reruns of the syndicated show.
Daily Variety says that O'Neill has nabbed one of the two leads in the cop drama preliminarily titled "Big Apple."
In the series about the workings among the NYPD, FBI and the Mob, the actor will play an Irish top dog in the police department.
A VERY IMPORTANT SERIES: Looks like Pamela Anderson is going to have a new home. Variety says that the cable channel TNN has bought the rerun rights to the buxom blonde's action series "V.I.P."
For viewers who just can't get enough of the show, it will air on the station beginning fall 2002. And viewers can still catch Lee on reruns of "Baywatch."
CELEBS TV: The ratings war rages on. According to Variety, NBC scored the most TV viewers Thursday night with a cameo-filled lineup including guest appearances by Cher on "Will & Grace" and Sally Field on "E.R."
The Peacock Network might have done well Thursday, but most of the weekend belonged to ABC. The Alphabet Network won both Friday and Saturday nights with programs such as the celebrity edition of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," a special "Whose Line Is It Anyway" with Robin Williams on Friday, and the Florida-Florida State college football match Saturday.
BALL AND 'CHAINS': Variety also says that UPN might pick up the reality gameshow "Chains of Love." The show, wherein up to four men or women are chained to one member of the opposite sex for several days and then let go one by one, was first being developed by NBC last summer, but NBC backed out of the deal soon after.
Hmmm, it couldn't be because the show sounds really stupid now, could it?