Clooney, Streep, Freeman Among SAG Award Nominees

The award season is in full swing as casts of "The Hurt Locker," "Precious," "An Education," "Inglourious Basterds" and "Nine" were nominated Thursday for the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in the category of best ensemble cast in a motion picture.

The category corresponds to best picture in other film award competitions.

Nominated for best actor in a motion picture were Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart," George Clooney for "Up in the Air," Colin Firth for "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman for "Invictus" and Jeremy Renner for "The Hurt Locker."

The best actress nominees were Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side," Helen Mirren for "The Last Station," Carey Mulligan for "An Education," Gabourey Sidibe for "Precious" and Meryl Streep for "Julie & Julia."

The nominees for best supporting actor were Matt Damon for "Invictus," "Woody Harrelson for "The Messenger," Christopher Plummer for "The Last Station," Stanley Tucci for "The Lovely Bones" and Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds."

The best supporting actress nominees were Penelope Cruz for "Nine," `Vera Farmiga for "Up in the Air," "Anna Kendrick for "Up in the Air," Diane Kruger for "Inglourious Basterds" and Mo'nique for "Precious."

The nominees in five film and eight television categories were announced at the Pacific Design Center by actors Michelle Monaghan and Chris O'Donnell, with SAG President Ken Howard introducing the presenters.

The casts of "The Closer," "Dexter," "The Good Wife," "Mad Men" and "True Blood" were nominated in the category of best ensemble cast in a TV drama series.

Nominated for best ensemble cast in a TV comedy series were the casts of "30 Rock," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Glee," "Modern Family" and "The Office."

The winners will be announced Jan. 23 at the Shrine Auditorium.

The nominees are chosen by two randomly selected panels of 2,100 SAG members. The final ballot is sent to the guild's more than 100,000 members, who choose the winners.

The SAG Awards have done a slightly better job at predicting Oscar winners than the Golden Globes, for which nominations were announced earlier this week, marking the start in earnest of the Hollywood award season.

Since the Screen Actors Guild Awards were first presented, honoring films released in 1995, 39 recipients of the Actor, as SAG's award is called, have gone on to win Oscars, compared to 36 Golden Globe winners during the same span.
 

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