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“The Fighter”, “The King’s Speech” lead nominees for tonight’s SAG Awards

The Fighter, the story of a boxer from the wrong side of the tracks, and The King’s Speech, a period piece about a British prince struggling to overcome a stammer, are the top nominees headed into tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with four nods each.

In the SAG equivalent of best picture, the casts of The Fighter, The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right and The Social Network are nominated for best ensemble for the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be presented at the Shrine Auditorium.

The Social Network was named best dramatic picture at the Golden Globe Awards, while The Kids Are All Right won the prize for best comedy or musical. The King’s Speech tops all competitors by earning 12 Oscar nominations.

Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Colin Firth is a clear front-runner to win the best actor prize from SAG for his role as the stammering King George VI in “The King’s Speech”. Also nominated are last year’s winner, Jeff Bridges for “True Grit”,  Robert Duvall for “Get Low”, Jesse Eisenberg for “The Social Network” and James Franco for “127 Hours”.

Bridges took home the Actor, which the SAG Award is called , in 2010 for his performance in “Crazy Heart”.

Best actress nominees are Annette Bening for “The Kids Are All Right”,  Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole”, Jennifer Lawrence for “Winter’s Bone”, Golden Globe winner Natalie Portman for “Black Swan” and Hilary Swank for “Conviction”.

Bening won the best actress Actor in 2000 for her performance in “American Beauty”. Swank is also a past winner, having taken home the best actress award in 2005 for “Million Dollar Baby”.

The contenders for best supporting actor in a motion picture are Christian Bale for “The Fighter”, John Hawkes for “Winter’s Bone”, Jeremy Renner for “The Town”,  Mark Ruffalo for “The Kids Are All Right” and Geoffrey Rush for “The King’s Speech”.

For supporting actress, the nominees are Amy Adams for “The Fighter”,  Helena Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech”,  Mila Kunis for “Black Swan”,  Melissa Leo for “The Fighter” and Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit”.

On the television side, “Modern Family”,  which last year won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series, has four nominations, followed by “30 Rock”, “Dexter” and “Glee”, all of which have three.

Up for best ensemble in a television drama are the casts of “Boardwalk Empire”,  “The Closer”,  “Dexter”, “The Good Wife” and “Mad Men”.

In comedy, best ensemble nominees are “30 Rock”, “Glee”, “Hot in Cleveland”, “Modern Family” and “The Office”.

For outstanding performance by an actor in a television movie or miniseries, the nominees are John Goodman in “You Don’t Know Jack”, Al Pacino in “You Don’t Know Jack”,  Dennis Quaid in “The Special Relationship”,  Edgar Ramirez in “Carlos” and Patrick Stewart in “Macbeth”.

Up for best actress in a television movie or miniseries are Claire Danes, Catherine O’Hara and Julia Ormond for “Temple Grandin”, Winona Ryder in “When Love is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story” and Susan Sarandon in “You Don’t Know Jack”.

Sarandon took home the Actor for best actress in a film 14 years ago for her performance in “Dead Man Walking”.

For best actor in a television drama series, the nominees are Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire”,  Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad”, Jon Hamm for “Mad Men”, Hugh Laurie for “House” and last year’s winner Michael C. Hall for “Dexter”.

Laurie took home the award in this category in 2007 and 2009.

Best actress in a television drama series nominees are Glenn Close for “Damages”, Mariska Hargitay for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife”,  Elisabeth Moss for “Mad Men” and Kyra Sedgwick for “The Closer”.

Margulies won the Actor in this category in 1998 and 1999 for her work on “ER” and again in 2010 for “The Good Wife”.

In the comedy arena, the best actor nominees were Alec Baldwin for “30 Rock”,  Ty Burrell for “Modern Family”,  Steve Carell for “The Office”,  Chris Colfer for “Glee” and Ed O’Neill for “Modern Family”. Baldwin has won the category for the last four years.

Nominations for best actress in a comedy series went to Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie”,  Tina Fey for “30 Rock”,  Jane Lynch for “Glee”, Sofia Vergara for “Modern Family” and Betty White for “Hot in Cleveland”. Fey has won the award for the last three years.

This year marks Falco’s 15th nomination for a SAG Award. Falco won best actress in a television drama in 2000, 2003 and 2008 for “The Sopranos”, which also took home the best ensemble award in 2000 and 2008.

For White, her best actress and ensemble nominations are her first SAG Award nominations, despite the fact that last year she was the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild’s 46th annual Life Achievement Award.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Ernest Borgnine.

Here is a complete list of nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be presented tonight at the Shrine Auditorium:


— Jeff Bridges, True Grit
— Robert Duvall, Get Low
— Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
— Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
— James Franco, 127 hours

— Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
— Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
— Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
— Natalie Portman, Black Swan
— Hilary Swank, Conviction

Supporting Actor
— Christian Bale, The Fighter
— Jon Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
— Jeremy Renner, The Town
— Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
— Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Supporting Actress
— Amy Adams, The Fighter
— Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
— Mila Kunis, Black Swan
— Melissa Leo, The Fighter
— Hailey Steinfeld, True Grit

Cast in a Motion Picture
— Black Swan
— The Fighter
— The Kids Are All Right
— The King’s Speech
— The Social Network


Actor, TV Movie or Miniseries
— John Goodman, You Don’t Know Jack
— Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
— Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
— Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
— Patrick Stewart, Macbeth: Great Performances

Actress, TV Movie or Miniseries
— Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
— Catherine O’Hara, Temple Grandin
— Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin
— Winona Ryder, When Love Is Not Enough
— Susan Sarandon, You Don’t Know Jack

Actor, Drama Series
— Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
— Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
— Michael C. Hall, Dexter
— Jon Hamm, Mad Men
— Hugh Laurie, House

Actress, Drama Series
— Glenn Close, Damages
— Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
— Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
— Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
— Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Actor, Comedy Series
— Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
— Ty Burrell, Modern Family
— Steve Carell, The Office
— Chris Colfer, Glee
— Ed O’Neill, Modern Family

Actress, Comedy Series
— Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
— Tina Fey, 30 Rock
— Jane Lynch, Glee
— Sofia Ver
gara, Modern Family
— Betty White, Hot in Cleveland

Ensemble, Drama Series
— Boardwalk Empire
— The Closer
— Dexter
— The Good Wife
— Mad Men

Ensemble, Comedy Series
— 30 Rock
— Glee
— Hot in Cleveland
— Modern Family
— The Office


— Green Zone
— Inception
— Robin Hood

— CSI: New York
— Dexter
— Southland
— True Blood



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