'Chicago' & 'The Hours' lead way at Guild noms
This article was updated at 9:03 p.m. on Jan. 28, 2003.
Miramax’s “Chicago” earned nominations for ensemble cast, Richard Gere for actor, Renee Zellweger for actress and supporting actress nods for Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“The Hours,” a co-production between Miramax and Paramount, received noms for cast, Nicole Kidman for actress, Ed Harris for supporting actor, and Julianne Moore for supporting actress. “This is the first time I’ve been nominated for a SAG Award and I’m thrilled to be acknowledged by other actors,” Kidman said.
“I think SAG voters recognized that this was amazing work by an extraordinary group of actors who have carried movies on their own,” said producer Scott Rudin.
Moore was one of several double nominees, also scoring an actress nod for “Far from Heaven”; the actress repeats her SAG feat two years ago when she received nods as lead in “The End of the Affair” and her supporting role in “Magnolia.”
Other double nominees include Kathy Bates and Sean Hayes. Bates received bids for supporting actress in film (“About Schmidt”) and actress in a TV movie/miniseries (“My Sister’s Keeper”), a category she won in 1997 for “The Late Shift.” Hayes took a pair of TV noms for “Martin & Lewis” in movie/miniseries and for “Will & Grace” in comedy series, a category he won last year.
In other TV categories, “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing” each took four nominations, while “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Friends” and “Will & Grace” received three each.
Many TV noms went to familiar names with the “Frasier” cast receiving a comedy series nod for the ninth straight year and “The West Wing” is now positioned for a possible three-peat of all three dramatic series awards for the third straight year for cast, Martin Sheen and Allison Janney. Five thesps also received their first SAG noms in drama series slots — Michael Chiklis and Kiefer Sutherland for “24,” Treat Williams for “Everwood,” Amy Brenneman for “Judging Amy” and Lily Tomlin for “The West Wing.”
Sony’s offbeat comedy “Adaptation” took three nominations for cast, Nicolas Cage for actor and Chris Cooper for supporting actor. “I think SAG members recognized that even though we had a lot of special effects, ‘Adaptation’ is really about the characters and the performances that made those characters so accessible,” said producer Vincent Landay.
“About Schmidt,” “Far From Heaven,” and “Frida” took two nods each, with all three receiving nominations for lead and supporting combinations: Jack Nicholson and Bates for “About Schmidt,” Moore and Dennis Quaid for “Far from Heaven,” and Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina for “Frida.”
“The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers” and “My Big Fat Big Wedding,” joined “Adaptation,” “The Hours” and “Chicago” for cast nominations, an award category unique to SAG voting.
Also receiving single noms were “Catch Me If You Can,” for Christopher Walken; “Gangs of New York” for Daniel Day-Lewis; “The Pianist” for Adrien Brody; “Unfaithful” for Diane Lane and “White Oleander” for Michelle Pfeiffer.
As in past years, SAG voters opted mostly for performance-driven dramas. But four-time nominee Meryl Streep, saluted by critics and kudos orgs for her work in “The Hours” and “Adaptation,” was excluded with her chances possibly muddied since Sony accidentally submitted her as a lead actress candidate for “Adaptation,” though it’s been touting her as a supporting actress. Par also submitted her as a lead for “Hours.”
SAG voters also spurned high-profile candidates Michael Caine for “The Quiet American,” Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks for “Catch Me If You Can,” Hugh Grant for “About a Boy,” Maggie Gyllenhaal for “Secretary,” Ray Liotta for “Narc,” Derek Luke and Denzel Washington for “Antwone Fisher,” Paul Newman and Hanks for “Road to Perdition,” Campbell Scott for “Roger Dodger,” Nia Vardalos for “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” and Robin Williams for “One Hour Photo.”
Four of this year’s nominees have previously won individual SAG Awards for film: Nicholson for “As Good As It Gets,” Cage for “Leaving Las Vegas,” Bates for “Primary Colors” and Harris for “Apollo 13.”
SAG’s nominations are based on voting by two groups of 2,100 randomly selected SAG members, one for film and one of TV. The fim nods usually closely parallel those for Oscar although they rarely match five-for-five.
There are 1,311 voting members of the Academy’s actors branch, or 23% of the AMPAS membership; the final round of SAG balloting goes to all 98,000 SAG members. Balloting closes today for Oscar noms, which will be announced Feb. 11.
The winner of SAG’s lead actor also won for the Oscar in the first six years of the SAG Awards. Two years ago, Benicio Del Toro won for “Traffic” while Russell Crowe won the Oscar for “Gladiator” and Del Toro won the supporting actor Oscar; last year, Crowe won the SAG award for best actor for “A Beautiful Mind” while Denzel Washington won for “Training Day.”
SAG’s lead actress winner has also taken the Oscar in six of the eight years, with divergences coming when Jodie Foster won the SAG award for “Nell” and Jessica Lange took the Oscar for “Blue Sky” and when SAG voters tapped Annette Bening for “American Beauty” and Hilary Swank won the Oscar for “Boys Don’t Cry.”
But SAG’s cast award has matched the Academy’s best picture Oscar winner only twice in the seven years it has been given for “American Beauty” and “Shakespeare in Love.” SAG voters chose the cast of “Gosford Park” last year while “A Beautiful Mind” won the best picture Oscar.
Chicago, which won the Golden Globe for best musical/comedy, has topped $41 million in domestic B.O.; “The Hours,” which has grossed $14 million, won the Globe for best drama.
Nominations were announced at the Skirball Cultural Center by Michael Clarke Duncan and Megan Mullaly, who received a nod for her work in “Will & Grace.” Mullaly won the comedy series category last year.
The winners will be announced March 9 at ceremonies at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, to be telecast on TNT.
Adrien Brody, “The Pianist” (Focus) — Wladyslaw Szpilman
Nicolas Cage, “Adaptation” (Columbia) — Charlie Kaufman/Donald Kaufman
Daniel Day-Lewis “Gangs Of New York” (Miramax) — Bill “The Butcher” Cutting
Richard Gere, “Chicago” (Miramax) — Billy Flynn
Jack Nicholson, “About Schmidt” (New Line) — Warren Schmidt
Salma Hayek, “Frida” (Miramax) — Frida Kahlo
Nicole Kidman, “The Hours” (Paramount / Miramax) — Virginia Woolf
Diane Lane, “Unfaithful” (20th) — Connie Sumner
Julianne Moore, “Far From Heaven” (Focus) — Cathy Whitaker
Renée Zellweger, “Chicago” (Miramax) — Roxie Hart
Best Supporting Actor
Chris Cooper, “Adaptation” (Columbia) — Guy LaRoche
Ed Harris, “The Hours” (Paramount / Miramax) — Richard Brown
Alfred Molina, “Frida” (Miramax) — Diego Rivera
Dennis Quaid, “Far From Heaven” (Focus) — Frank Whitaker
Christopher Walken, “Catch Me If You Can” (Dreamworks) — Frank Abagnale
Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, “About Schmidt” (New Line) — Roberta Hertzel
Julianne Moore, “The Hours” (Paramount / Miramax) — Laura Brown
Michelle Pfeiffer, “White Oleander,” (WB) — Ingrid Magnussen
Queen Latifah, “Chicago” (Mirax) — Matron Mama Morton
Catherine Zeta-Jones, “Chicago” (Miramax) — Velma Kelly
Adaptation (Columbia) Nicolas Cage, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Cara Seymour, Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton
Chicago (Miramax) Christine Baranski, Taye Diggs, Colm Feore, Richard Gere, Mya Harrison, Lucy Liu, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly, Dominic West, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones
The Hours (Paramount / Miramax) Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Dillane, Ed Harris, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Miranda Richardson, Meryl Streep
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (New Line) Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Elijah Wood
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (Playtone / IFC / Gold Circle / HBO) Gia Carides, Michael Constantine, John Corbett, Joey Fatone, Lainie Kazan, Andrea Martin, Nia Vardalos
Best Actor, Television Movie or Miniseries
Albert Finney, “The Gathering Storm” (HBO) — Winston Churchill
Brad Garrett, “Gleason” (CBS) — Jackie Gleason
Sean Hayes, “Martin & Lewis” (CBS) — Jerry Lewis
William H. Macy, “Door To Door” (TNT) — Bill Porter
John Turturro, “Monday Night Mayhem” (TNT) — Howard Cosell
Best Actress, Television Movie or Miniseries
Kathy Bates, “My Sister’s Keeper” (CBS) — Christine
Stockard Channing, “The Matthew Shepard Story” (NBC) — Judy Shepard
Helen Mirren, “Door To Door” (TNT) — Irene Porter
Vanessa Redgrave, “The Gathering Storm” (HBO) — Clemmie Churchill
Uma Thurman, “Hysterical Blindness” (HBO) — Debby
Best Actor, Drama
Michael Chiklis, “The Shield” (FX) — Det. Vic Mackey
James Gandolfini, “The Sopranos” (HBO) — Tony Soprano
Martin Sheen, “The West Wing” (NBC) — President Josiah Bartlet
Kiefer Sutherland, “24” (FOX) — Jack Bauer
Treat Williams, “Everwood” (WB) — Dr. Andrew Brown
Best Actress, Drama
Lorraine Bracco, “The Sopranos” (HBO) — Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Amy Brenneman, “Judging Amy” (CBS) — Judge Amy Gray
Edie Falco, “The Sopranos” (HBO) — Carmela Soprano
Allison Janney, “The West Wing” (NBC) — C.J. Cregg
Lily Tomlin, “The West Wing” (NBC) — Deborah Fiderer
Best Actor, Comedy
Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace” (NBC) — Jack McFarland
Matt Le Blanc, “Friends” (NBC) — Joey Tribbiani
Bernie Mac, “The Bernie Mac Show” (FOX) — Bernie Mac
Ray Romano, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (CBS) — Ray Barone
Tony Shalhoub, “Monk” (USA) — Adrian Monk
Best Actress, Comedy
Jennifer Aniston, “Friends” (NBC) — Rachel Green
Kim Cattrall, “Sex And The City” (HBO) — Samantha Jones
Patricia Heaton, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (CBS) — Debra Barone
Jane Kaczmarek, “Malcolm in the Middle” (FOX) — Lois
Megan Mullally, “Will & Grace” (NBC) — Karen Walker
24 (FOX) Reiko Aylesworth, Xander Berkeley, Carlos Bernard, Sarah Clarke, Elisha Cuthbert, Dennis Haysbert, Leslie Hope, Penny Johnson Jerald, Kiefer Sutherland, Sarah Wynter
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (HBO) Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Marg Helgenberger, William Petersen, Eric Szmanda
Six Feet Under (HBO) Lauren Ambrose, Frances Conroy, Rachel Griffiths, Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew ST. Patrick
The Sopranos (HBO) Lorraine Bracco, Federico Castelluccio, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Curatola, Drea De Matteo, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Robert Iler, Michael Imperioli, Joe Pantoliano, Steven R. Schirripa, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico, Aida Turturro, Steven Van Zandt, John Ventimiglia
The West Wing (NBC) Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney, Rob Lowe, Joshua Malina, Janel Moloney, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen, John Spencer, Lily Tomlin, Bradley Whitford
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Ray Romano, Madylin Sweetin,
Frasier (NBC) Peri Gilpin, Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce,
Friends (NBC) Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrow, Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer,
Sex and the City (HBO) Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker,
Will & Grace (NBC) Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Karen Walker
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