Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

'The Help' Leads Surprising SAG Award Nominations

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 14, 2011 at 9:44AM

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations were this morning, with Tate Taylor's 'The Help' leading the pack with four nominations in total: best cast, and individual nods for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.
12
Viola Davis in The Help
Viola Davis in The Help

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations were this morning, with Tate Taylor's 'The Help' leading the pack with four nominations in total: best cast, and individual nods for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

While that was expected, there were many surprises this morning. The nominations propelled many dark horses in the Oscar race, and also dampened the chances of many thought as secured nominees.

The most surprising omissions were Michael Fassbender ("Shame"), Albert Brooks ("Drive"), Vanessa Redgrave ("Coriolanus") and Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants"), all of whom most were predicting to show up here.

In their place came the likes of Armie Hammer ("J. Edgar"), Jonah Hill ("Moneyball"), Janet McTeer ("Albert Nobbs") and - most surprisingly - Demian Bichir ("A Better Life"), who managed to sneak into a very crowded best actor felt (beating out Fassbender as well as Gary Oldman, Woody Harrelson and Michael Shannon).

Beyond that, "Bridesmaids" actress Melissa McCarthy went from dark horse to likely Oscar nominee with an inclusion here, both in the supporting actress category and part of the nominated "Bridesmaids" ensemble. The latter was another big surprise, particularly because it beat out the likes of "Hugo" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (both of which failed to receive a single nod).

Also interesting is the fact that thanks to the cast category, France's first lady (and "Midnight in Paris" co-star) Carla Bruni is a SAG nominee.

Last year, the SAGs perfectly mirrored Oscar, with Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo all going home winners, and "The King's Speech" taking the award for best performance by a cast. They also went 17 for 20 on the acting nominations themselves. Indiewire's current Oscar predictions can be found here.

Complete list of announced nominees below. Check out a full list of all awards announcements so far this year here.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Artist

Bridesmaids

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

This article is related to: Screen Actors Guild, Awards