The SAG Awards 2011 stand to be important in the Oscar races. Since the SAG Awards 2011 are chosen by the nominees’ peers, it should indicate where the momentum is going. Of course, this may not affect the Best Picture race, since only actors and ensembles are in the running. Yet having award-worthy actors and ensembles can’t help but provide a boost to movies. As such, when the 2011 SAG Awards nominations were handed out, it gave another bit of help to the Oscar favorites.
Two days after the Golden Globes handed out their nominations, the Screen Actors Guild chose their favorite actors of the year. Instead of having a Best Picture field, however, their big prize is the Best Cast in a Motion Picture.
These SAG Awards 2011 nominations went as expected, as the acclaimed casts of The Social Network, The King’s Speech, The Fighter, Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right were selected. In addition, three individuals from The King’s Speech and The Fighter got individual nods, while two got in from Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right.
The Leading Male Actor field had Golden Globe nominees Colin Firth, Jesse Eisenberg and James Franco, while Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall recovered from their Globes snubs. For Leading Female Actor, Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lawrence were joined by Hilary Swank.
In the Supporting fields, SAG Awards 2011 nominations were handed to Mark Ruffalo, John Hawkes and Hailee Steinfeld, despite their snubs by the Globes. But Andrew Garfield and Jacki Weaver were left out, while the likes of Christian Bale, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, and The Fighter actresses got selected again.
In terms of the Oscar race, The Social Network took a hit by having Garfield snubbed, while The King’s Speech and The Fighter continued to gain momentum. True Grit recovered from its Globe shutout, as Bridges and Steinfeld remain on track for Oscar slots. Black Swan also made out big, as Portman, Mila Kunis and the ensemble were picked.
Of course, by the time the SAG Awards 2011 are presented, the nominations might not mean as much. The Social Network still remains the critics’ choice, even if it might not be the favorite here. Although The King’s Speech, The Fighter and Black Swan have had a big week, no one knows how their momentum will hold up weeks from now.
The Oscar nominations will be out by the time the 2011 SAG Awards airs on January 30. Therefore, although this may be a barometer for Oscar nods now, it will be seen as a barometer for Oscar victories before long.
E! Online- “Complete List of Nominations for the 17;th Annual SAG Awards”