18th Screen Actors Guild Nominations

The Screen Actors Guild announced their nominees bright and early this morning and as expected they’re boring, predictable and leave little to be desired.

Granted there are a lot of late entries this season (yet both Meryl Streep and Glenn Close managed to sneak their way in), this year’s nominations are nothing to write home about, save for the Leading Actress category.

Where do we begin? Oh yeah, zero love for Michael Fassbender, Shailene Woodley, Albert Brooks, Gary Oldman (which should have been a done deal based on principle), and yet another nomination for Jessica Chastain for The Help. Seriously? The Help? Now this is  starting to feel a bit contrived, no?

Surprises this morning included ensemble nominations for Midnight in Parisone small step for man – as well as the cast of Bridesmaidsone giant leap for awards season.

How will this translate come Oscar nomination day? Although the critics shut her out, Close’s awards season life received a much need resuscitation this morning, which should be enough to get her to the Kodak Theater but not enough to get her onto the stage. Unless they do that tacky bit where all the nominees line up on stage as the show opens and awkwardly file out to their seat, a la the 82nd Academy Awards.

As for Fassbender, his chances are really up in the air at this point and the NC-17 rating is completely to blame. With SAG nominations and winners almost always mirroring Oscar nominations and winners (give or take a few surprise entries) – Fassbender’s chances are not as great as they should be, which could quite possibly become the greatest travesty of the season.

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards air Sunday, January 29, 2012 on TBS/TNT.

Full list of nominees down below:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Artist


The Descendants

The Help

Midnight in Paris

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demián 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 Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Adjustment Bureau

Cowboys and Aliens

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Transfromers: Dark of the Moon

X-Men: First Class


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