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American Actors pick their Awards nominees

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A pattern is beginning to emerge at the start of this Awards season, with An Education, Up in the Air, The Hurt Locker, Precious and Inglourious Basterds picking up a slew of acting nominations for the SAG awards, just days after scooping nods for the Golden Globes.
The Screen Actors Guild, like the Golden Globes, honours the best of the trade in both film and TV, but it’s the film nominations that help to point towards who might be in the running for the Holy Grail – the Oscars.
SAG’s equivalent of a Best Film award is it’s outstanding performance by a cast. Four of the five nominees are up for Best Film awards at the Globes – the dramas The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds and the musical, Nine, are joined by the British film An Education, who’s lead actress Carey Mulligan picks up another lead actress nomination.
All five in this category have Golden Globe nominations too – with Mulligan facing competition from Sandra Bullock, Dame Helen Mirren, Gabourey Sidibe and Meryl Streep.
The relative unknown Jeremy Renner picks up an unexpected lead actor nomination for The Hurt Locker. His fellow nominees are all up for Globes in the same category – George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Jeff Bridges and Colin Firth.
Four of the best supporting actress nominees are repeating their success from the Globes – with Penélope Cruz, Mo’Nique, Vera Farmiga and her Up In The Air co-star Anna Kendrick being joined by Diane Kruger, for her role in Inglourious Basterds.
Her co-star Christoph Waltz is fast becoming a favourite for the best supporting actor trophy, as he leads the same five Golden-Globe nominated actors into the SAG competition.
The full list of nominees is below:
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Nine
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR
Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart
George Clooney for Up in the Air
Colin Firth for A Single Man
Morgan Freeman for Invictus
Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTRESS
Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side
Helen Mirren for The Last Station
Carey Mulligan for An Education
Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe for Precious
Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR
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 SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Penélope 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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