17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominations predictions

Since the Golden Globes nominations were an absolute bust yesterday, we’re on to round two of this whirlwind week of nominations– the Screen Actors Guild Awards.  A more reliable precursor, the awards show is an actors only event which culminates  with  members of the Screen Actors Guild honoring their peers from both screen and television.

The ceremony usually never fails as a good indicator for how Oscar nominations will fare, and it’s almost always a great affair to watch.

With that being said, here are my predictions for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Colin Firth

Jesse Eisenberg

Leonardo DiCaprio

Robert Duvall

James Franco

Here’s the deal– Leo definitely has a real shot at a nomination here. He’s adored by his peers and as mentioned before, was in two very successful films this year; definitely see him picking up a nod for Shutter Island. Furthermore,  I’m replacing my usual pick of Ryan Gosling with James Franco.  A risky move for me because I’ll bet on Gosling any day, especially with the Weinstein Company in his corner, but I think Franco will take this round.  As for last year’s winner Jeff Bridges, he’s an alternate for me.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Natalie Portman

Annette Bening

Halle Berry

Nicole Kidman

Jennifer Lawrence

Obviously this  race is between Natalie Portman and Annette Bening, which Bening will most likely take because she’s paid the most dues. However,  I have a feeling that the guild wont pass up the chance to honor both Nicole Kidman and previous SAG Award recipient Halle Berry.  Jennifer Lawrence will make the cut over Michelle Williams based on the ingenue factor. However– don’t be surprised if Julianne Moore somehow finds her way into this category.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale

Andrew Garfield

Jeremy Renner

Sam Rockwell

Geoffrey Rush

Christian Bale, Geoffrey Rush and Jeremy Renner are pretty much in it to win it, while Andrew Garfield will be the beau of the ball– just happy to be in the mix. My risky nomination is none other than Sam Rockwell for Conviction.  He’s so underrated and if he were to get a nomination anywhere, it’s here, from his peers.  Fingers crossed that he makes it in over Mark Ruffalo, the obvious choice on everyone’s list.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Helena Bonham-Carter

Barbara Hershey

Melissa Leo

Hailee Steinfeld

Jackie Weaver

Honestly, Melissa Leo is the only definite in this category and I could see her getting in over Amy Adams.  Barbara Hershey and Mila Kunis could both be nominated but if push comes to shove Hershey would get a nod before Kunis, hopefully.   The ingenue factor will come into play once again for Hailee Steinfeld,  and Jackie Weaver will continue to receive praises for her role in Animal Kingdom.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Black Swan


The Fighter

The Kids Are All Right

The Social Network

If it were still a five picture race at the Oscars, this is no doubt how it would look.   True Grit and The King’s Speech may try to sneak in there but I honestly don’t see that happening, too much competition.   The biggest surprise in this category tomorrow would be a nomination for the cast of For Colored Girls, however, with no push from the studio–at all– it’s a very slim chance.




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