Unlike most film and tv industry awards, where everyone who works in the industry has a say in the winners, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are voted upon only by the actors themselves. Two randomly selected panels -- one for television and one for film -- each comprised of 2,100 SAG members from across the United States, chose this year's Actor(R) nominees. That's right, the actual award is called the Actor.
This morning (Jan 05, 2006), actor Benjamin Bratt ("E-Ring," "Law & Order") and actress Ellen Pompeo ("Grey's Anatomy") joined SAG president Alan Rosenberg to read the official nominations for this year's SAG Awards.
So who did this jury of peers feel had outstanding performances in 2005?
On the film side of the nominations, Brokeback Mountain led the pack with nominations in four out of the five categories. Actors Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams received individual nods, while the cast as a whole is nominated for Best Ensemble.
Capote, the biography of author Truman Capote, and the racially-charged drama Crash followed with three nominations each. As Capote, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman earned a Best Actor nomination, along with the cast for Best Ensemble, and Supporting Actress for Catherine Keener. Supporting Actor nominations went to Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon for Crash, which also was nominated for Best Ensemble.
Looking at the nominations as a whole, many of the films were either biographical or dealt with gay and transsexual themes. Capote, Cinderella Man, Walk The Line, North Country and Good Night, and Good Luck are all biographical or "based on true story" films whose casts received nominations today. Brokeback Mountain, Capote and Transamerica all have major characters who are gay and/or transsexual.
On the television side of the nominations, categories are split into drama and comedy categories. The HBO mini-series "Empire Falls" and ABC's legal comedy "Boston Legal" lead the pack with four nominations each. "Empire Falls" received nods for Ed Harris, Robin Wright Penn, and the husband and wife team of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. "Boston Legal" received nods for William Shatner, James Spader, Candice Bergen and Best Ensemble.
Newcomer "Grey's Anatomy" shocked me by receiving three nods from the SAG voters. Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh were nominated, as was the entire cast for Best Ensemble. Another newcomer receiving multiple noms was "My Name Is Earl," which in my opinion is one of the best shows on televison right now. Earl himself, Jason Lee, got a nod, as did the cast for Best Ensemble.
Interestingly, while the cast of "Desperate Housewives" received an Best Ensemble nomination, only Felicity Huffman got an individual actress nod. She also pulled the surprise win at the Emmys late last year for her role on the show. That makes three SAG awards Huffman is up for this year, as she is also nominated in the film category for her work on Transamerica.
The Screen Actors Guild will also honor Shirley Temple Black with its 42st Annual Life Achievement Award this year.
TNT will air the SAG Awards live again, but for the first time, its sister station TBS will simulcast the show. The 12th Annual SAG Awards air January 29 live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center at at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, and 6 p.m. MT.
For more information on the show or the Screen Actors Guild, please visit: www.sagawards.org.
Here is the complete listing of nominations:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain)
Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line)
David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench (Mrs. Henderson Presents)
Felicity Huffman (Transamerica)
Charlize Theron (North Country)
Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
Ziyi Zhang (Memoirs of a Geisha)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Don Cheadle (Crash)
George Clooney (Syriana)
Matt Dillon (Crash)
Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams (Junebug)
Catherine Keener (Capote)
Frances McDormand (North Country)
Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener)
Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Heath Ledger, Randy Quaid, Michelle Williams)
CAPOTE (Bob Balaban, Clifton Collins, Jr., Chris Cooper, Bruce Greenwood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Pellegrino)
CRASH (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate)
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. (Rose Abdoo, Alex Borstein, Robert John Burke, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Reed Diamond, Tate Donovan, Robert Downey, Jr., Grant Heslov, Peter Jacobson, Frank Langella, Tom McCarthy, Diane Reeves, Matt Ross, David Strathairn, Ray Wise)
HUSTLE & FLOW (Anthony Anderson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Isaac Hayes, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Taryn Manning, Elise Neal, Paula Jai Parker, D.J. Qualls)
PRIMETIME TELEVISION NOMINATIONS:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Kenneth Branagh ("Warm Springs")
Ted Danson ("Knights of the South Bronx")
Ed Harris ("Empire Falls")
Paul Newman ("Empire Falls")
Christopher Plummer ("Our Fathers")
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Tonantzin Carmelo ("Into the West")
S. Epatha Merkerson ("Lackawanna Blues")
Cynthia Nixon ("Warm Springs")
Joanne Woodward ("Empire Falls")
Robin Wright Penn ("Empire Falls")
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Alan Alda ("The West Wing")
Patrick Dempsey ("Grey's Anatomy")
Hugh Laurie ("House")
Ian McShane ("Deadwood")
Kiefer Sutherland ("24")
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette ("Medium")
Geena Davis ("Commander In Chief")
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit")
Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy")
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace")
Jason Lee ("My Name Is Earl")
William Shatner ("Boston Legal")
James Spader ("Boston Legal")
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Candice Bergen ("Boston Legal")
Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond")
Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives")
Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace")
Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds")
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
THE CLOSER (G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Robert Gossett, Corey Reynolds, Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Tenney)
GREY'S ANATOMY (Justin Chambers, Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight, Sandra Oh, James Pickens, JR, Ellen Pompeo, Kate Walsh, Isaiah Washington, Chandra Wilson)
LOST (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Naveen Andrews, Emilie De Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway, Malcolm David, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Terry O'Quinn, Harold Perrineau, Michelle Rodriguez, Ian Somerhalder, Cynthia Watros)
SIX FEET UNDER (Lauren Ambrose, Joanna Cassidy, Frances Conroy, James Cromwell, Rachel Griffiths, Michael C. Hall, Tina Holmes, Peter Krause, Justina Machado, Freddy Rodriguez, Jeremy Sisto, Mathew St. Patrick)
THE WEST WING (Alan Alda, Kristin Chenoweth, Janeane Garofalo, Dule Hill, Allison Janney, Joshua Malina, Mary McCormack, Janel Moloney, Teri Polo, Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen, Jimmy Smits, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, David Cross, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter)
BOSTON LEGAL (Rene Auberjonois, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Candice Bergen, Julie Bowen, Justin Mentell, Rhona Mitra, Monica Potter, William Shatner, James Spader, Mark Valley)
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (Shelley Berman, Larry David, Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Cheryl Hines, Richard Lewis)
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (Roger Bart, Andrea Bowen, Mehcad Brooks, Ricardo Antonio, Marcia Cross, Steven Culp, James Denton, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Brent Kinsman, Shane Kinsman, Eva Longoria, Mark Moses, Doug Savant, Nicollette Sheridan, Brenda Strong, Alfre Woodard)
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Monica Horan, Doris Roberts, Ray Romano, Madylin Sweeten)
MY NAME IS EARL (Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Eddie Steeples, Ethan Suplee, Nadine Velazquez)
Screen Actors Guild Awards 42st Annual Life Achievement Award:
Shirley Temple Black