SHOCKING: ‘The Help’ Dominates SAG Awards Nominations

Wait, not shocking... utterly predictable. Here are the complete film nominations, with a few actual surprises.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

We're not covering every single awards ceremony here at CraveOnline Film, mostly because there are about fifty million of them and we think our time is better spent. But we still love the Oscars and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are one of the big ones. Why? Because unlike all the critics awards being tossed about like so much sparkly confetti, there's a big overlap between the SAG Awards' voting body and the Academy Awards. Not everyone who votes for the SAG Awards votes for the Oscar nominations, but SAG does represent the larget voting body at the Academy so these nominations are a pretty good indication of who's leading the Oscar race in the acting categories. 

That said, there are few shocks here. The Help, the immensely successful Oscar bait favorite from this summer, dominated the awards thanks to its large, acclaimed supporting cast. It racked up two nominations for Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer, the latter of whom is a clear frontrunner at the Oscars, and a nomination for Best Actress for Viola Davis, in addition to the Best Ensemble Cast award, which is the SAG version of Best Picture.

The biggest shocks were in the "snubs" category, with Albert Brooksleft out of the Best Supporting Actor field for Drive. The supposed Oscar frontrunner has been collecting critic's awards and nominations like they were X-Force (Vol. 1) #1, a joke few people might get, but if SAG is leaving him out in favor of Jonah Hill in Moneyball or Nick Nolte in Warrior, it might not bode well for his chances. Of course, the SAG Awards are not a perfect prognosticator for Oscar glory: Hilary Swank got herself nominated last year for Conviction, but was shut out come Oscar time in favor of Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine. That said, every other acting category synched up perfectly last time, so he has a good reason to be worried. Heck, Bridesmaids might even have a shot now. 

Here are the complete 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in the film categories.

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

DEMIÁN BICHIR for A BETTER LIFE
GEORGE CLOONEY for THE DESCENDANTS
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO for J. EDGAR
JEAN DUJARDIN for THE ARTIST
BRAD PITT for MONEYBALL

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

GLENN CLOSE for ALBERT NOBBS
VIOLA DAVIS for THE HELP
MERYL STREEP for THE IRON LADY
TILDA SWINTON for WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
MICHELLE WILLIAMS for MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

KENNETH BRANAGH for MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
ARMIE HAMMER for J. EDGAR
JONAH HILL for MONEYBALL
NICK NOLTE for WARRIOR
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER  for BEGINNERS

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

BÉRÉNICE BEJO  for THE ARTIST
JESSICA CHASTAIN for THE HELP
MELISSA McCARTHY for BRIDESMAIDS
JANET McTEER for ALBERT NOBBS
OCTAVIA SPENCER for THE HELP

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE


THE ARTIST


BÉRÉNICE BEJO 
JAMES CROMWELL
JEAN DUJARDIN
JOHN GOODMAN
PENELOPE ANN MILLER

 

BRIDESMAIDS

ROSE BYRNE
JILL CLAYBURGH
ELLIE KEMPER
MATT LUCAS
MELISSA McCARTHY
WENDI McLENDON-COVEY
CHRIS O’DOWD
MAYA RUDOLPH
KRISTEN WIIG

 

THE DESCENDANTS


BEAU BRIDGES
GEORGE CLOONEY
ROBERT FORSTER
JUDY GREER
MATTHEW LILLARD
SHAILENE WOODLEY

 

THE HELP
 

JESSICA CHASTAIN
VIOLA DAVIS 
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD 
ALLISON JANNEY 
CHRIS LOWELL 
AHNA O’REILLY
SISSY SPACEK 
OCTAVIA SPENCER
MARY STEENBURGEN
EMMA STONE
CICELY TYSON
MIKE VOGEL

 

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS 


KATHY BATES
ADRIEN BRODY
CARLA BRUNI
MARION COTILLARD
RACHEL McADAMS
MICHAEL SHEEN
OWEN WILSON