2011 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees Announced

It’s gotten to such a point that every award that is given out prior to the Oscars is viewed as giving hints as to how the Oscar will eventually play out. This is especially true of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, as they are given out by the union that represents Hollywood actors. Since the Academy Award acting nominations are also determined by the actors themselves, it goes to figure that the nominations for the two awards should be just about the same.

It never seems to work out that way, exactly, but let’s just for arguments sake that this year the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be the same. If that is the case, this will be a wild and woolly year at the Oscars.

The list features the expected nominees (Glenn Close, George Clooney, Meryl Streep), surprising additions (Leonardo DiCaprio? Brad Pitt? Jonah Hill?), and notable omissions (Elizabeth Olsen from Martha Marcy May Marlene comes to mind). I would love to see Melissa McCarthy get a nod when Oscar time rolls around, but the Academy has never been that friendly towards comedies.

Here is a complete list of the nominees-

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demain Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendents
Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Glenn Close – Albert Noss
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
Berebice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Artist (The Weinstein Company)
Bridesmaids (Universal Pictures)
The Descendents (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The Help (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)
Midnight In Paris (Sony Pictures Classics)

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
The Adjustment Bureau (UNIVERSAL PICTURES)
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (PARAMOUNT PICTURES)
X-Men: First Class (20TH CENTURY FOX)

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