And the Screen Actors nods are in. Most notably...the actors loved Into The Wild (a movie light in the precursors), and found little interest in Atonement. They liked American Gangster, but not enough to honor Denzel by himself. They liked Hairspray, but not enough to honor John Travolta.
Here's the nods with some thoughts.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
George Clooney -Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis -There Will Be Blood
Ryan Gosling -Lars and the Real Girl
Emile Hirsch -Into the Wild
Viggo Mortensen -Eastern Promises
The notable exclusions on this list are Denzel Washington and Johnny Depp. And some how I thought Frank Langella would make the list...so the exclusion is notable to me.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett -Elizabeth the Golden Age
Julie Christie -Away From Her
Marion Cotillard -La Vie En Rose
Angelina Jolie -A Mighty Heart
Ellen Page -Juno
No Keira Knightley. I was hoping to see Amy Adams sneak her away onto this list. I'm sure people will be complaining about Blanchett's inclusion here.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Casey Affleck -The Assassination of Jesse James
Javier Bardem -No Country For Old Men
Hal Holbrook -Into the Wild
Tommy Lee Jones -No Country For Old Men
Tom Wilkinson -Michael Clayton
I wonder if this list will change up much for Oscar? The biggest exclusion to me here is Phillip Seymore Hoffman. Lil' Affleck certainly has received the precursor love.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Cate Blanchett -I'm Not There
Ruby Dee -American Gangster
Catherine Keener -Into the Wild
Amy Ryan -Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton -Michael Clayton
Congrats to Ruby Dee who brings the only racial diversity to the group of nominations. I'm glad to see her short-listed her and hope she makes it to Oscar. The bigger question is where is Atonement? Did all the Briony's (Ronan, Redgrave, & Garai) cancel eachother out? The supporting race could get interesting here as we get closer to Oscars.
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
3:10 to Yuma
Into the Wild
No Country For Old Men
This whole list is a little surprising to me. Especially the inclusion of 3:10, American Gangster, Hairspray...okay, well everything is interesting except for No Country for Old Men. I would have predicted Atonement, Sweeney Todd, & Michael Clayton to make the list. Congrats to Josh Brolin & Russell Crowe for get double SAG Ensemble nods.