Monday, 21 December 2009

AWARDS SEASON WATCH: Screen Actors Guild announces nominees

THREE THE HARD WAY: The men of Invictus (from left) lead actor Morgan Freeman, director Clint Eastwood and supporting actor Matt Damon

What makes the Screen Actors Guild Awards a standout? It's the selection process - whereby the 'in club' of actors in Hollywood and television nominate other actors for best performances of the year. This year, the official roster of nominees was revealed on Thursday, December 17, 2009. The winners of 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced live from Shrine ExpositionCentre in Los Angeles on January 31, 2010.

A closer look at the top categories:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglorious Basterds

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Morgan Freeman, Invictus
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Helen Mirren, The Last Station
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Matt Damon, Invictus
Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, Up In the Air
Anna Kendrick, Up In the Air
Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds
Mo’Nique, Precious

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