Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SAG nominations: Movie reactions

With award season in full swing, the Screen Actors Guild announced its nominations this morning. "The Help" led the way with four nominations including cast, Viola Davis for lead actress, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer for supporting actress.

While Davis and Spencer weren't surprises, Chastain was, as many thought her recognition would be for "The Debt" though she was great in "The Help."

The other big winner was "Bridesmaids" which received surprise nominations for cast and supporting actress Melissa McCarthy.

Rounding out the best performance by a cast category was "The Artist," "Midnight in Paris" and "The Descendants."

In a surprise to no one George Clooney was also nominated for lead actor against Demian Bichir for "A Better Life," Jean Dujardin in "The Artist," Leonardo DiCaprio for "J. Edgar" and his good friend Brad Pitt in "Moneyball" which should make for a fun ceremony if one of them wins.

Davis will be up against a very strong lead actress field with Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady," Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs," Tilda Swinton in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn."

A few other nominees of note include Jonah Hill, Kenneth Branagh and Armie Hammer in the supporting actor category and France's First Lady Carla Bruni as a member of the "Midnight in Paris" ensemble.

The SAG Awards air Jan. 29 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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