SAG Awards give 'True Grit' stars some love: A look at Oscar implications

The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominees have been announced. The King’s Speech and The Fighter each earned four nods, including Best Ensemble Cast. Here are the nominees in the feature film categories:

Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Fighter, Kids, King’s Speech, and Social Network were the sure things here. I thought the fifth slot could go to The Town or Inception, but instead SAG voters went with Black Swan, which scored an impressive three nominations overall. Inception, meanwhile, was shut out of the nominations. But since that film is largely an achievement of directing, writing, and production, it doesn’t hurt its overall chances at several major Oscar nods.

Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Robert Duvall, Get Low
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

The five front-runners were named in this category, meaning upstart contenders like Blue Valentine‘s Ryan Gosling, The Fighter‘s Mark Wahlberg, and Biutiful‘s Javier Bardem were simply squeezed out. It’s a nice rebound for Bridges and Duvall after getting skunked by the Golden Globes.

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Hilary Swank, Conviction

The big surprise here, clearly, is Swank, who was left off the Broadcast Film Critics and Golden Globes lists. She managed to score a slot over Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams, The Kids Are All Right‘s Julianne Moore, and Another Year‘s Lesley Manville. I’d say it’s now a race between Williams, Manville, and Swank for the only open spot at the Oscars.

Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

I’ve been wondering if The Social Network‘s three supporting actor contenders (Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, and Justin Timberlake) would split the vote with one group or another. For the first time it appears that they have. Expected Oscar nominee Garfield was replaced by Winter’s Bone uncle John Hawkes, who was nominated along with his costar Jennifer Lawrence.

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit

Kunis continues her amazing run, edging out critical favorite Jacki Weaver from Animal Kingdom. It’ll be tight between the two of them for an Oscar nod. I think one of the Fighter gals should take this prize home.

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  • Tye-Grr

    Mila Kunis is IN! Next stop, Oscars!

    • filmboymichael

      I admit, I scratched my head when she was initially cast – and now I’m thinking Jackie from That 70’s show (and American Psycho 2) could become an oscar nominee – I love it!

      • Matt

        Best Supporting Actress is somehow a fun category that way, with the likes of “A Different World” co-star Marisa Tomei and American Idol castoff Jennifer Hudson, isn’t it?

      • v

        yes, it kind of is. however, i think that it’s hard to deny that the actresses in question give excellent performances. it’s sort of the testing ground for actresses.

      • Mike

        I think during Oscar time, one of the fighter gals is going to be left out.

      • kimmy

        mila is definitely shaking up the category, which i think is fantastic. its almost more fun predicting the long shots vs. the shoe-ins.

      • AK

        Honestly, I still think Barbara Hershey gave a better performance.

      • Jalal

        Don’t forget to add Comedian and star of Phat Girlz, Monique!

    • Michael

      The girl has momentum. Too bad the cost of it will be that Jacki Weaver doesn’t get a deserving Oscar nod.

      • Matt

        Hmm, I still suspect Jacki Weaver might get in over Hailee Steinfeld. Oscar loves ‘em some buzzy, out-of-nowhere stories, and Weaver’s got that for sure. Then again, it IS the Supporting Actress category, which sometimes goes wonky.

    • Floopa Bambers

      If you didn’t fall in love with Mila in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, you’re not alive. She’s awesome in everything.

    • llevinso

      I haven’t seen Black Swan yet (I really want to!) but she does look creepily good in the trailers. I like her and I’m happy she’s getting some recognition.

      • Nan

        I so agree. I’m going to have to jump in my car and drive 400+ miles soon, b/c I don’t think BS is coming to my po-dunk town. EVER.

    • Alex

      Yeah I was skeptical since she was Jackie and is Meg on Family Guy but she’s good and I’d like to see her get an Oscar nom.

    • Randi

      AK I agree. Mila was great, but that part was big on SEEMING meaty but not really being much. More of what seemed amazing was really Natalie’s alter ego. Barbara was a crazy scary yet composed mother who somehow did not fall into the stereotype of such a role.

    • Erin

      I find am dumbfounded that Mila edged out Jackie Weaver on this one. Really? It seems unjust.

  • Marianne

    How come you haven’t included the TV portion as well? I mean I’ve read it now another website…but really, you’re not a movie only website.

    • Mia

      Go on Ed O’Neill FINALLY earned a nomination for Modern Family as well as Ty Burrell.

      • Marianne

        I read it on…..and now I’ve noticed that EW has posted a separate page just for TV nods.

    • Reading Comprehension Fail

      This is not a movie-only site but the story was posted on the Inside MOVIES blog. The TV noms are on the Inside TV blog.

  • efrain

    Halle Berry should be nominated instead of Hilary Swank

    • Sebastion

      Hopefully Halle will get the Oscar Nomination.

      • sorella

        Halle’s performance got panned in my local paper. They said it screamed “I want an Oscar nod” and was too over the top. Her movie has not received the best reviews.

    • kimmy

      the addition of these 2 into the race makes the best actress category completely stacked. although i have a hunch that natalie portman will steal the award come oscar night.

  • liz

    Omg Bale vs. Renner. If either of them wins, I’ll be really happy.

    • Michael

      If The Town gets a BP nomination, Renner could gain some momentum in this race (like he did last year…too bad it was Jeff Bridges’ year last year).

  • Bee

    mila kunis for the oscar nomination! please please please.
    and i really hope inception isn’t shut out of best picture.
    and is your last sentence for best actress saying that julianne moore no longer has a chance? :(

  • CH

    I have a real bone to pick with the TV nominations. “Hot in Cleveland” gets an ensemble award, but “Community” is nowhere to be seen!? Absurd.

    • Mia

      SAG voters must still be drinking the Betty White Kool-Aid

      • Gloria

        10.18.11 at 11:05 pmQuick get my fighting shoesI think very few of the lietsd films are going to get any sort of nods. A lot of real Oscar contenders stay in the shadows until December and then sneak out like a rat leaving its droppings then scurrying away. Tintin (and War Horse) are probably going to get a bunch. Gonna be a Spielberg Rub-athon Appreciation Night!Oh also J. Edgar is definitely gonna win something. A boring biography about some old farthead with a hidden past/dark side?! All the little Oscar statues have little golden chubbies.

  • Aaron

    The Hilary Swank nomination pisses me off. That should’ve been for Michelle Williams or Lesley Manville. I’m thinking Williams edges her out come Oscar time.

    • sorella

      Seem like Hilary gets nominated for everything she does??? She always plays the “earnest go-getter”, she does that well, but it’s same all the time.

    • Noelle

      Hilary Swank is great, but I’m really disappointed to see Michelle Williams left out. I hope she’s included for the Oscars!

      • kimmy

        i so want michelle to get a nom! i love her.

    • v

      Did you see Conviction? I hope so, otherwise you have no grounds to make this comment.

  • Jethro

    The golden globes continue to nominate foreign actors more so than Americans because of the foreign press label. The Academy continues to sever similar nods for those nominees than SAG.

    Seeing the SAG noms means they are closer to being an Oscar nominee.

    The only fun with the GGs is the drunks that attend.

    • The Drunken Dolt

      And I AM one of those drunksh…….you’re purty, Jeffro. I luv you, man.

      (falls on the floor)

  • jess

    Swank was fishing for an oscar nod with her performance. Completely overacted. I would rather see any of those other three get the nomination. My vote is for Julianne Moore.

    For supporting actress, I hope Weaver and Kunis can get nominated. I think Weaver can pull an upset for the win. Both ladies were amazing. I don’t really think Steinfeld’s role sounds like a supporting one.

    • Jethro

      Steinfeld has the best shot of a nomination for the entire film [as the Best Supp Actress] and how the acadmy continues to nominate female child actors: Anna Paquin, Quinn Cummings, Linda Blair, Mary Badham, Patty Duke, Saorise Ronin & the little one from Lit Miss Sun.

      Think about it. She is the sentimental favorite & the easiest for that great group of actors to acknowledge.

    • Billl

      Maybe Swank will pull a three-peat over Bening.

      • Nan

        that would be HI-LARIOUS. Bening would probably run on stage and shank her…

  • Adui

    It’s a pity that the cast of “Winter’s Bone” weren’t nominated for best ensemble; they really deserved it. By the way, John Hawkes was the uncle, not the dad.

  • Chris

    Very pleased with the John Hawkes nomination for supporting actor since he was left out of the globe nominations. If you get a chance rent Winter’s Bone! Very good movie and his performance is chilling.

    • xangiles

      I agree strongly and its a movie that gets better on repeated viewing. Jennifer Lawrence who is in virtually every scene may have one of the Best Leading Actresses performances EVER.

  • Michael

    The biggest surprise was Swank getting nominated. But no supporting nod for Sam Rockwell?

    • sorella

      He deserves it more than Hilary for sure.

  • Paul

    Dave must not have seen Winter’s Bone if he thinks that John Hawkes played the dad.

    • Dave Karger

      Thanks for the catch, guys. Chalk that one up to my trying to write at 6am!

      • v

        No excuses, Dave. You have the best job in journalism!

  • tori

    I’m really tired of The Kids are Alright getting so many nominations. I love all the actors in it and I think they all deserve awards, just not for this movie. It was just okay.

  • Franckie

    It’d be funny if Hilary Swank actually wins this award. Annette Bening lost the oscar for “American Beauty” against Hilary Swank’s performance in “Boys don’t Cry”. Then in 2005, she loses again against Hilary Swank’s performance in “Million Dollar Baby”. Is that a sign?

    • fanny

      That’s the point, they want a DEJA WU. I am so sad that Wiliams didn’t get nominate.

    • MWeyer

      Yeah but not sure of Swank for Oscars as not as much momentum. Besides, Portman is the front-runner with so much critical support.

      • Allex

        Don’t count Swank out. When Lauren Bacall was nominated for The Mirror Has Two Faces, she not only got most of the pre-Oscar awards, but she had the momentum on her favor, and the whole “She-S-Never-Won-An-Oscar-Lifetime-Achievement-Hollywood-Legend” thing going for her….and yet, Juliette Binoche came out of left field and won…

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