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Clooney's 'Up in the Air' Leads Best-Actor Nods at SAG Awards

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Dec 17, 2009 | 5:08am EST

George Clooney's new movie Up in the Air will compete for the top acting honors at the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards after landing three nominations for its leading stars.

Clooney, who plays a lonely traveling businessman, is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, while his female co-stars Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick will go up against each other for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role prize.

Up in the Air ties with director Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Precious with a total of three nominations.

Clooney will fight it out for the lead actor accolade with Morgan Freeman (Invictus),Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Colin Firth (A Single Man) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), while Farmiga and Kendrick are nominated alongside Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), Penelope Cruz (Nine) and Mo'Nique (Precious).

However, Up in the Air was snubbed in the overall cast prize -- instead, the stars of Nine, Inglourious Basterds and Precious will be among the contenders for the ensemble award.

Other nominees include Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) in the best-actress category, while Matt Damon (Invictus) and Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) are up for the best-supporting-actor honor.

The nominations were announced on Thursday morning by Michelle Monaghan and Chris O'Donnell, and the ceremony will take place on Jan. 23.

The full list of movie nominations for the 16th Annual SAG Awards is as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Male 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

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:

Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side 

Helen MirrenThe Last Station 

Carey MulliganAn Education 

Gabourey Sidibe - Precious

Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

Outstanding Performance by a Male 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

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role:

Penélope Cruz - Nine

Vera Farmiga - Up In The Air

Anna Kendrick - Up In The Air

Diane Kruger - Inglourious Basterds

Mo'nique - Precious

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture:

An Education

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

Nine

Precious

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