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In a surprising group of SAG nominations filled with unlikely contenders and missing some presumed favorites, Tate Taylor's Civil Rights-era drama "The Help" emerged as the top feature film nominee, with four nominations.
The Artist" came in second with three.
In the television categories, "Modern Family" dominated with an Ensemble nomination, plus separate noms for cast members Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet.
Also read: Complete List of SAG Award Nominees
The nominations guaranteed a typically star-studded SAG Awards ceremony on January 29, with George Clooney ("The Descendants"), Brad Pitt ("Moneyball"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("J. Edgar"), Glenn Close ("Albert Nobbs") and Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") among the top names announced on Wednesday morning.
In the Lead Actor categories, those performers will be joined by Jean Dujardin ("The Artist"), Viola Davis ("The Help"), Michelle Williams ("My Week With Marilyn") and a pair of actors from smaller movies, Demian Bichir ("A Better Life") and Tilda Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin").
In the female supporting category, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain were both nominated for "The Help," joined by Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids," Berenice Bejo" for "The Artist" and Janet McTeer for "Albert Nobbs."
Male supporting contenders are Christopher Plummer for "Beginners," Kenneth Branagh for "My Week With Marilyn," Nick Nolte for "Warrior," Armie Hammer for "J. Edgar" and, in a real surprise, Jonah Hill for "Moneyball."
Notably missing from the list: lead actor contenders Michael Fassbender ("Shame") and Gary Oldman ("Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"), lead actress Charlize Theron ("Young Adult"), and supporting candidates Albert Brooks ("Drive"), Max Von Sydow ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"), Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants") and Vanessa Redgrave ("Coriolanus").
Among the films that were expected to show up among the nominations but were complete shut out are Jason Reitman's "Young Adult," with Theron and Patton Oswalt; "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," with Von Sydow, Sandra Bullock and newcomer Thomas Horn; "Shame," with Fassbender and Carey Mulligan; and "Drive," with Brooks and Ryan Gosling.
While some had speculated that voters might honor the "Harry Potter" series with an Ensemble nomination for its final film, they did not do so.
"Potter" did, however, score a nomination in the SAG Stunt Ensemble category, along with "The Adjustment Bureau," "Cowboys and Aliens," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "X-Men: First Class."
Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" did better than expected, with nods both for lead actor Leonardo DiCaprio and, in a surprise, supporting actor Armie Hammer. And "Albert Nobbs," which had faltered in critics' awards, landed nods for both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer.
Films competing for SAG's Ensemble award, which has gone to the Oscar Best Picture winner seven times in the last 17 years, are "The Artist," "The Help," "The Descendants," "Bridesmaids" and "Midnight in Paris."
Last year, 17 of the 20 SAG film acting nominees went on to receive Academy Award nominations. (In the three exceptions, the Academy opted for more daring choices than SAG: Javier Bardem for "Biutiful" over Robert Duvall for "Get Low," Michelle Williams for "Blue Valentine" over Hilary Swank for "Conviction" and Jacki Weaver for "Animal Kingdom" over Mila Kunis for "Black Swan.")
In the television categories, "Modern Family" garnered five nominations, followed by "30 Rock" with three. Shows receiving two noms include "The Office," "The Good Wife," "Dexter," "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," "Mildred Pierce" and "Too Big to Fail."
Betty White received two separate nominations, one in the comedy category for "Hot in Cleveland" and the other in the movie or miniseries category for "The Lost Valentine."
White was one of last year's SAG winners, as were current nominees Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife") and Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock").
SAG nominations are chosen by nominating committees made up of 2,100 randomly-chosen members from the 100,000-plus guild in the film categories, plus another 2,100 for television. The entire active membership votes for the final awards.
The Screen Actors Guild Awards will take place on Sunday, January 29 at the Shrine Exhibition Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
The full list of nominations:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo - “A BETTER LIFE” (Summit Entertainment) GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King - "THE DESCENDANTS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. Edgar Hoover - "J. EDGAR" (Warner Bros. Pictures) JEAN DUJARDIN / George - "THE ARTIST" (The Weinstein Company) BRAD PITT / Billy Beane - "MONEYBALL" (Columbia Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role GLENN CLOSE / Albert Nobbs - "ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions) VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures) MERYL STREEP / Margaret Thatcher - “THE IRON LADY” (The Weinstein Company) TILDA SWINTON / Eva - “WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN” (Oscilloscope Laboratories) MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Marilyn Monroe - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role KENNETH BRANAGH / Sir Laurence Olivier - “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” (The Weinstein Company) ARMIE HAMMER / Clyde Tolson - "J. EDGAR" (Warner Bros. Pictures) JONAH HILL / Peter Brand - "MONEYBALL" (Columbia Pictures) NICK NOLTE / Paddy Conlon - “WARRIOR” (Lionsgate) CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal - “BEGINNERS” (Focus Features)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy - "THE ARTIST" (The Weinstein Company) JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures) MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan - “BRIDESMAIDS” (Universal Pictures) JANET McTEER / Hubert Page - "ALBERT NOBBS” (Roadside Attractions) OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson - “THE HELP” (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture THE ARTIST (The Weinstein Company) BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy JAMES CROMWELL / Clifton JEAN DUJARDIN / George JOHN GOODMAN / Al Zimmer PENELOPE ANN MILLER / Doris
BRIDESMAIDS (Universal Pictures) ROSE BYRNE / Helen JILL CLAYBURGH / Annie’s Mom ELLIE KEMPER / Becca MATT LUCAS / Gil MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan WENDI McLENDON-COVEY / Rita CHRIS O’DOWD / Rhodes MAYA RUDOLPH / Lillian KRISTEN WIIG / Annie
THE DESCENDANTS (Fox Searchlight Pictures) BEAU BRIDGES / Cousin Hugh GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King ROBERT FORSTER / Scott Thorson JUDY GREER / Julie Speer MATTHEW LILLARD / Brian Speer SHAILENE WOODLEY / Alexandra King THE HELP (DreamWorks Pictures / Touchstone Pictures) JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD / Hilly Holbrook ALLISON JANNEY / Charlotte Phelan CHRIS LOWELL / Stuart Whitworth AHNA O’REILLY / Elizabeth Leefolt SISSY SPACEK / Missus Walters OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson MARY STEENBURGEN / Elaine Stein EMMA STONE / Skeeter Phelan CICELY TYSON / Constantine Jefferson MIKE VOGEL / Johnny Foote
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Sony Pictures Classics) KATHY BATES / Gertrude Stein ADRIEN BRODY / Salvador Dali CARLA BRUNI / Museum Guide MARION COTILLARD / Adriana RACHEL McADAMS / Inez MICHAEL SHEEN / Paul OWEN WILSON / Gil
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Thurgood Marshall - “THURGOOD” (HBO) PAUL GIAMATTI / Ben Bernanke - “TOO BIG TO FAIL” (HBO) GREG KINNEAR / Jack Kennedy - “THE KENNEDYS” (REELZ CHANNEL) GUY PEARCE / Monty Beragon - “MILDRED PIERCE“ (HBO) JAMES WOODS / Richard Fuld - “TOO BIG TO FAIL” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries DIANE LANE / Pat Loud - “CINEMA VERITE” (HBO) MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham - “DOWNTON ABBEY” (PBS) EMILY WATSON / Janet Leach - “APPROPRIATE ADULT” (Sundance Channel) BETTY WHITE / Caroline Thomas - “HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE” (CBS) KATE WINSLET / Mildred Pierce - “MILDRED PIERCE” (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series PATRICK J ADAMS / Mike Ross - “SUITS” (USA) STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thomson - “BOARDWALK EMPIRE” (HBO) KYLE CHANDLER / Eric Taylor - “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS” (DirecTV) BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - “BREAKING BAD” (AMC) MICHAEL C HALL / Dexter Morgan - “DEXTER” (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series KATHY BATES / Harriet Korn - “HARRY’S LAW” (NBC) GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes - “DAMAGES” (DirecTV) JESSICA LANGE / Constance - “AMERICAN HORROR STORY” (FX) JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - “THE GOOD WIFE” (CBS) KYRA SEDGWICK / Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson - “THE CLOSER” (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - “30 ROCK” (NBC) TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott - “THE OFFICE” (NBC) JON CRYER / Alan Harper - “TWO AND A HALF MEN” (CBS) ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - “NURSE JACKIE” (Showtime) TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - “30 ROCK” (NBC) SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - “MODERN FAMILY” (ABC) BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky - “HOT IN CLEVELAND” (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch “Nucky” Thompson DOMINIC CHIANESE / Leander Cephas Whitlock ROBERT CLOHESSY / Ward Boss Jim Neary DABNEY COLEMAN / Commodore Louis Kaestner CHARLIE COX / Owen Sleater JOSIE & LUCY GALLINA / Emily Schroeder STEPHEN GRAHAM / Al Capone JACK HUSTON / Richard Harrow ANTHONY LACIURA / Eddie Kessler HEATHER LIND / Katy KELLY MACDONALD / Margaret Schroeder RORY & DECLAN McTIGUE / Teddy Schroeder GRETCHEN MOL / Gillian Darmody BRADY & CONNOR NOON/ Tommy Darmody KEVIN O’ROURKE / Mayor Edward Bader ALEKSA PALLADINO / Angela Darmody JACQUELINE PENNEWILL / Lilian VINCENT PIAZZA / Lucky Luciano MICHAEL PITT / Jimmy Darmody MICHAEL SHANNON / Agent Nelson Van Alden PAUL SPARKS / Mickey Doyle MICHAEL STUHLBARG / Arnold Rothstein PETER VAN WAGNER / Isaac “Icky” Ginsburg SHEA WHIGHAM / Sheriff Elias Thompson MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS / Chalky White ANATOL YUSEF / Meyer Lansky
BREAKING BAD (AMC) JONATHAN BANKS / Mike BETSY BRANDT / Marie Schrader RAY CAMPBELL / Tyrus Kitt BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White GIANCARLO ESPOSITO / Gus Fring ANNA GUNN / Skyler White RJ MITTE / Walter White, Jr. DEAN NORRIS / Hank Schrader BOB ODENKIRK / Saul Goodman AARON PAUL / Jesse Pinkman
DEXTER (Showtime) BILLY BROWN / Chicago Mike JENNIFER CARPENTER / Debra Morgan JOSH COOKE / Louis AIMEE GARCIA / Jamie Batista MICHAEL C HALL / Dexter Morgan COLIN HANKS / Travis Marshall DESMOND HARRINGTON / Joey Quinn MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY / Sonya RYA KIHLSTEDT / Michelle CS LEE / Vince Masuka EDWARD JAMES OLMOS / Professor Gellar JAMES REMAR / Harry Morgan LAUREN VELEZ / Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta PETER WELLER / Liddy DAVID ZAYAS / Sergeant Angel Batista
GAME OF THRONES (HBO) AMRITA ACHARIA / Irri MARK ADDY / King Robert Baratheon ALFIE ALLEN / Theon Greyjoy JOSEF ALTIN / Pypar SEAN BEAN / Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark SUSAN BROWN / Septa Mordane EMILIA CLARKE / Daenerys Targaryen NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU / Ser Jaime Lannister PETER DINKLAGE / Tyrion Lannister RON DONACHIE / Ser Rodrik Cassel MICHELLE FAIRLEY / Lady Catelyn Stark JEROME FLYNN / Bronn ELYES GABEL / Rakharo AIDEN GILLEN / “Littlefinger” Petyr Baelish JACK GLEESON / Joffrey Baratheon IAIN GLEN / Ser Jorah Mormont JULIAN GLOVER / Grand Maester Pycelle KIT HARINGTON / Jon Snow LENA HEADEY / Queen Cersei Lannister ISAAC HEMPSTEAD WRIGHT / Bran Stark CONLETH HILL / Lord Varys RICHARD MADDEN / Robb Stark JASON MAMOA / Kahl Drogo RORY McCANN / Sandor Clegane IAN McELHINNEY / Barristan Selmy LUKE McEWAN / Rast ROXANNE McKEE / Doreah DAR SALIM / Qotho MARK STANLEY / Grenn DONALD SUMPTER / Maester Luwin SOPHIE TURNER / Sansa Stark MAISIE WILLIAMS / Arya Stark
THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) CHRISTINE BARANSKI / Diane Lockhart JOSH CHARLES / Will Gardner ALAN CUMMING / Eli Gold MATT CZUCHRY / Cary Agos JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick CHRIS NOTH / Peter Florrick ARCHIE PANJABI / Kalinda Sharma GRAHAM PHILLIPS / Zach Florrick MAKENZIE VEGA / Grace Florrick
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 ROCK (NBC) SCOTT ADSIT / Pete Hornberger ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy KATRINA BOWDEN / Cerie KEVIN BROWN / Dotcom GRIZZ CHAPMAN / Grizz TINA FEY / Liz Lemon JUDAH FRIEDLANDER / Frank Rossitano JANE KRAKOWSKI / Jenna Maroney JOHN LUTZ / Lutz JACK MCBRAYER / Kenneth Parcell TRACY MORGAN / Tracy Jordan MAULIK PANCHOLY / Jonathan KEITH POWELL / Toofer
THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS) MAYIM BIALIK / Amy Farrah Fowler KALEY CUOCO / Penny JOHNNY GALECKI / Leonard Hofstadter SIMON HELBERG / Howard Wolowitz KUNAL NAYYAR / Rajesh Koothrappali JIM PARSONS / Sheldon Cooper MELISSA RAUCH / Bernadette Rostenkowski
GLEE (FOX) DIANNA AGRON / Quinn Fabray CHRIS COLFER / Kurt Hummel DARREN CRISS / Blaine Anderson ASHLEY FINK / Lauren Zizes DOT MARIE JONES / Coach Beiste JANE LYNCH / Sue Sylvester JAYMA MAYS / Emma Pillsbury KEVIN McHALE / Artie Abrams LEA MICHELE / Rachel Berry CORY MONTEITH / Finn Hudson HEATHER MORRIS / Brittany Pierce MATTHEW MORRISON / Will Schuester MIKE O’MALLEY / Burt Hummel CHORD OVERSTREET / Sam Evans LAUREN POTTER / Becky Johnson AMBER RILEY / Mercedes Jones NAYA RIVERA / Santana Lopez MARK SALLING / Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman HARRY SHUM, JR / Mike Chang IQBAL THEBA / Principal Figgins JENNA USHKOWITZ / Tina Cohen-Chang
MODERN FAMILY (ABC) AUBREY ANDERSON-EMMONS / Lily JULIE BOWEN / Claire TY BURRELL / Phil JESSE TYLER FERGUSON / Mitchell NOLAN GOULD / Luke SARAH HYLAND / Haley ED O’NEILL / Jay RICO RODRIGUEZ / Manny ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria ARIEL WINTER / Alex
THE OFFICE (NBC) LESLIE DAVID BAKER / Stanley Hudson BRIAN BAUMGARTNER / Kevin Malone CREED BRATTON / Creed Bratton STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott JENNA FISCHER / Pam Beesly Halpert KATE FLANNERY / Meredith Palmer ED HELMS / Andy Bernard MINDY KALING / Kelly Kapoor ELLIE KEMPER / Erin Hannon ANGELA KINSEY / Angela Martin JOHN KRASINSKI / Jim Halpert PAUL LIEBERSTEIN / Toby Flenderson BJ NOVAK / Ryan Howard OSCAR NUÑEZ / Oscar Martinez CRAIG ROBINSON / Daryll Philbin JAMES SPADER / Robert California PHYLLIS SMITH / Phyllis Lapin-Vance RAINN WILSON / Dwight Schrute ZACH WOODS / Gabe Lewis
SAG HONORS FOR STUNT ENSEMBLES
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (UNIVERSAL PICTURES) COWBOYS & ALIENS (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)
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series DEXTER (SHOWTIME) GAME OF THRONES (HBO) SOUTHLAND (TNT) SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA (STARZ) TRUE BLOOD (HBO)