The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations were less head-scratching than those Golden Globe nods two days ago – and in a refreshing spin, one of the actors making the announcement shamelessly tried to sneak her own name into the mix.
As soon as Rosario Dawson read the list of nominees for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, co-presenter Angie Harmon broke from formality to unabashedly add “I’m confident Angie Harmon is in there for ‘Rizzoli & Isles’…I was like, ‘Is it? No? Okay, that’s fine.’” And when Dawson announced the contenders for Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture, Harmon tossed her own name into the mix once more.
“Was it too much? Well, they said it could be funny,” an unrepentant Harmon laughed to PopcornBiz afterwards, admitting that, like any actor, the throaty-voiced star of “Rizzoli & Ives” couldn’t resist scanning her copy for her own name.
“It was wonderful to find it in the male actor category,” she chuckled. “It's the voice, and I do put a lot of male energy into Jane Rizzoli so I was very, very happy about that, to finally have it appreciated in a film category. And that I was nominated as Best Movie – It was, like, 'Black Swan' and 'Angie Harmon!' And I'm flattered. I just can't believe it.”
Harmon’s name didn’t actually make SAG’s list, and neither did Angelina Jolie’s, Johnny Depp’s or some of the other somewhat questionable choices that stood out among the Golden Globes’ crop of nominees. Instead, the list was culled from a list of more expected choices, with “The Fighter” and “The King’s Speech” leading the motion picture crop with four nods each, and “Modern Family” ruling the TV picks, also with four.
In the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture field, the contenders are “Black Swan” (Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder), “The Fighter” (Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo and Jack McGee), “The Kids Are All Right” (Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Hutcherson and Mia Wasikowska), “The King’s Speech” (Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon, Jennifer Ehle and Anthony Andrews) and “The Social Network” (Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Max Minghella and Josh Pence).
The Male Actor in a Leading Role nominees in the film side were Jeff Bridges (“True Grit”), Robert Duvall (“Get Low”), James Franco (“127 Hours”), Eisenberg and Firth. Filmdom’s Female Actor in a Leading Role crew included Nicole Kidman (“Rabbit Hole”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”), Hilary Swank (“Conviction”), Bening and Portman.
Male Supporting Actor nominees were Jeremy Renner (“The Town”), John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone”), Bale, Ruffalo and Rush, while the Female Supporting Actor category featured Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”), Adams, Carter, Kunis and Leo.
The TV categories also ran among expected lines – though we’re not sure whether to call the inclusions of Betty White and her TV Land series “Hot in Cleveland” a surprise or not after a year-long outpouring of Hollywood love for the octogenarian icon.
The Outstanding Performance By an Ensemble in a Drama Series nominees were “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Closer,” “Dexter,” “The Good Wife” and “Mad Men.” On the Ensemble in a Comedy Series side, the contenders are “30 Rock,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “The Office” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
Familiar television names in the Male Actor – Drama slots included Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”), Hugh Laurie (“House”) and category newcomer Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”); vying for Female Actor – Drama are Glenn Close (“Damages”), Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”), Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) and Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”).
TV’s Male Actor – Comedy nominees included “Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill, perennials Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”) and Steve Carell (“The Office) and category newbie Chris Colfer (“Glee”); the Female Actor – Comedy crowd was comprised of Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) and White.
SAG’s membership will also chose winners in TV-movie/miniseries and stunt categories, as well as honor veteran actor Ernest Borgnine with a lifetime achievement award on Jan. 30.
Dawson said she thinks actors hold the SAG Awards particularly close to their hearts.
“We get to vote for other actors that we're either in competition with or inspired by,” she said. “And it's an amazing thing that it's every actor out there regardless if you're doing commercials, television, theater, film – whatever it is, you're all under that same umbrella and we get to say and express the love that we have for performing and entertaining people. I love this award and I love that we get to have it and that we all hang out together and continue to just honor the tradition of what it is that we do.”