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.