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SAG adds to King’s Speech awards momentum

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Key nominations at the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards have confirmed The King’s Speech as a front-runner in the race for the Oscars.
The contest is taking shape, with the five films in the running for SAG’s Best Cast (SAG’s equivalent of Best PIcture) all up in one of the Best Film categories at the Golden Globes too.
The King’s Speech is joined in this category by Black Swan, The Fighter, The Kids Are All Right and the Social Network.
Some other smaller films get a look-in when it comes to the solo acting categories, with James Franco (127 Hours), Robert Duvall (Get Low) and Jeff Bridges (True Grit) up against Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) for best lead actor.
Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) are joined by Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Hilary Swank (Conviction) and Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) in the lead actress category.
Three of the Best Cast nominees are represented in the race for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role; Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech), Christian Bale (The Fighter) and Mark Ruffallo (The Kids Are All Right) are joined by John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone) and Jeremy Renner (The Town).
The best supporting actress categories sees The Fighter co-stars Melissa Leo and Amy Adams up against each other, challenged by Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Mila Kunis (Black Swan) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit).
Like the Golden Globes, SAG also honours TV performers at the same ceremony.
Best Ensemble in a Primetime TV Drama: Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, The Closer, The Good Wife, Mad Men
Best Ensemble in a Primetime TV Comedy: 30 Rock, Glee, Modern Family, The Office, Hot in Cleveland
Best Male Performance in a Drama: Hugh Laurie (House), Michael C Hall (Dexter), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), John Hamm (Mad Men), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire)
Best Female Peformance in a Drama: Glenn Close (Damages), Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Best Male Performance in a Comedy: Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Steve Carell (The Office), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Ed O’Neil (Modern Family), Chris Golfer (Glee)
Best Female Performance in a Comedy: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Jane Lynch (Glee), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland)
Best Male Performance in a TV movie or mini-series: Al Pacino (You Don’t Know Jack), John Goodman (You Don’t Know Jack), Dennis Quaid (The Special Relationship), Edgar Ramirez (Carlos), Patrick Stewart (Macbeth)
Best Female Performance in a TV movie or mini-series: Claire Danes (Temple Grandin), Catherine O’Hara (Temple Grandin), Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin), Susan Sarandon (You Don’t Know Jack), Wynona Ryder (When Love is not Enough: The Lois Wilson story)

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