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‘Shakespeare’ doth nab 5 of SAG noms

'NYPD Blue' leads TV team

Shakespeare’s been good to actors and the actors were good to “Shakespeare.”

Miramax’s “Shakespeare in Love” took center stage with five nominations when the fifth annual Screen Actors Guild awards were announced Tuesday. “Shakespeare” couldn’t have received any more noms. The story of the love-sick bard had nods in each of the four acting categories, plus one for ensemble.

“The one that’s particular pleasing is the ensemble nomination,” said director John Madden. “I’ve never been involved in a film where everyone felt so passionately about everyone else’s effort. It’s a completely collaborative effort. And, after all, collaboration is one of the things the movie’s celebrating.”

Following “Shakespeare,” were “Little Voice” with three noms; then “Saving Private Ryan,” “Gods and Monsters,” “Affliction,” “Hilary and Jackie,” “Waking Ned Devine,” and “Life Is Beautiful” with two each.

Oscar portent

Since the largest block of Motion Picture Academy voters is in the actors branch, 1,306, the SAG awards will be examined carefully as an Oscar portent.

The SAG noms would seem to help Joseph Fiennes of “Shakespeare,” who was passed over for so much as even a Golden Globe nomination and took nothing from any of the major critics associations.

It bodes well for Ian McKellen of “Gods and Monsters,” who had nods from the National Board of Review and the L.A. Film Critics Assn. And it won’t hurt Nick Nolte, who was favored by the New York Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics.

Jim Carrey, Michael Caine and Ed Harris, who all won Golden Globes, were not nominated by SAG. Bill Murray, who won best supporting awards from the N.Y., L.A. and the National Society crix, was also not nominated.

Coming on the heels of her Globe win for “Shakespeare in Love,” Gwyneth Paltrow would appear to be in a strong Oscar position.

Montenegro not submitted

Cameron Diaz, who got the N.Y. crix award, wasn’t nominated. Fernanda Montenegro, who was lauded by both the National Board and the L.A. critics for “Central Station,” had not been submitted to SAG. Presumably, this was an oversight.

In the supporting actress field, Lynn Redgrave was nominated on the heels of her Golden Globe win.

However, Christina Ricci, who had the National Board win for “The Opposite of Sex,” “Buffalo 66” and “Pecker,” Joan Allen, who pleased the L.A. critics with “Pleasantville,” and Lisa Kudrow, who wowed the N.Y. crix in “The Opposite of Sex,” were not given SAG nods for film, though Kudrow received a TV nom for her work on “Friends.”

The awards also gave a shot in the arm to “Waking Ned Devine,” which had been passed over by the Globes and the major critics groups.

Arresting ‘NYPD Blue’

On the TV side, “NYPD Blue” led with four noms; “ER,” “X-Files,” “Ally McBeal,” and “Frasier” took three each.

NBC led with 14 nominations, double the number any other cable or network received.

Since the actor statuette has only been given for five years, the SAG awards don’t have much of a history. But in that time, some of the current nominees have won before.

Gillian Anderson of “The X-Files” and Dennis Franz of “NYPD Blue” have each won twice. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” have won once. And so has David Hyde Pierce of “Frasier,” who along with Salma Hayek announced the awards. (When he read his own name for this year’s nomination, Pierce paused to say, “I’m so glad I came.”)

Pierce’s co-star on “Frasier,” Kelsey Grammer, has been nominated every year, but is yet to win.

In terms of shows, the casts of “Friends,” “ER,” and “NYPD” have each won once before.

The nominations were decided by 4,200 SAG members, who were selected at random. The final voting will be done by the Guild’s full, 95,000-strong voting membership. The awards will be presented March 7 at the Shrine auditorium.

A complete list follows:

FILM

Male actor in a leading role

Roberto Benigni in “Life Is Beautiful” (Miramax)

Joseph Fiennes in “Shakespeare In Love” (Miramax)

Tom Hanks in “Saving Private Ryan” (DreamWorks/Paramount)

Ian McKellen in “Gods and Monsters” (Lions Gate Films)

Nick Nolte in “Affliction” (Lions Gate Films)

Female actor in a leading role

Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth” (Gramercy Pictures)

Jane Horrocks in “Little Voice” (Miramax)

Gwyneth Paltrow in “Shakespeare in Love” (Miramax)

Meryl Streep in “One True Thing” (Universal Pictures)

Emily Watson in “Hilary and Jackie” (October Films)

Male actor in a supporting role

James Coburn in “Affliction” (Lions Gate Films)

Robert Duvall in “A Civil Action” (Buena Vista)

David Kelly in “Waking Ned Devine” (Fox Searchlight)

Geoffrey Rush in “Shakespeare in Love” (Miramax)

Billy Bob Thornton in “A Simple Plan” (Paramount Pictures)

Female actor in a supporting role

Kathy Bates in “Primary Colors” (Universal Pictures)

Brenda Blethyn in “Little Voice” (Miramax)

Judi Dench in “Shakespeare in Love” (Miramax)

Rachel Griffiths in “Hilary and Jackie” (October Films)

Lynn Redgrave in “Gods and Monsters” (Lions Gate Films)

Cast in a theatrical motion picture

“Life Is Beautiful” — Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Horst Buchholz, Sergio Bustric, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano, Amerigo Fontani, Giuliana Lojodice, Marisa Paredes

“Little Voice” — Annette Badland, Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Michael Caine, Jane Horrocks, Philip Jackson, Ewan McGregor

“Saving Private Ryan” — Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Jeremy Davies, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Tom Sizemore

“Shakespeare in Love” — Ben Affleck, Simon Callow, Jim Carter, Martin Clunes, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Joseph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, Antony Sher, Imelda Staunton, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Williams

“Waking Ned Devine” — Ian Bannen, Fionnula Flanagan, David Kelly, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt

TELEVISION

Male actor in a television movie or miniseries

Charles S Dutton in “Blind Faith” (Showtime)

James Garner in “Legalese” (TNT)

Ben Kingsley in “The Tale of Sweeney Todd” (Showtime)

Ray Liotta in “The Rat Pack” (HBO)

Christopher Reeve in “Rear Window” (ABC)

Stanley Tucci in “Winchell” (HBO)

Female actor in a television movie or miniseries

Ann-Margret in “Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story” (Lifetime TV)

Stockard Channing in “The Baby Dance” (Showtime)

Olympia Dukakis in “Armistead Maupin’s More Tales of the City” (Showtime)

Angelina Jolie in “Gia” (HBO)

Mary Steenburgen in “About Sarah” (CBS)

Male actor in a drama series

David Duchovny in “The X-Files” (Fox)

Anthony Edwards in “ER” (NBC)

Dennis Franz in “NYPD Blue” (ABC)

Jimmy Smits in “NYPD Blue” (ABC)

Sam Waterston in “Law & Order” (NBC)

Female actor in a drama series

Gillian Anderson in “The X-Files” (Fox)

Kim Delaney in “NYPD Blue” (Fox)

Christine Lahti in “Chicago Hope” (CBS)

Julianna Margulies in “ER” (NBC)

Annie Potts in “Any Day Now” (Lifetime)

Male actor in a comedy series

Jason Alexander in “Seinfeld” (NBC)

Michael J Fox in “Spin City” (ABC)

Kelsey Grammer in “Frasier” (NBC)

Peter MacNicol in “Ally McBeal” (Fox)

David Hyde Pierce in “Frasier” (NBC)

Female actor in a comedy series

Calista Flockhart in “Ally McBeal” (Fox)

Lisa Kudrow in “Friends” (NBC)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Seinfeld” (NBC)

Amy Pietz in “Caroline in the City” (NBC)

Tracey Ullman in “Tracey Takes On …” (HBO)

Ensemble in a drama series

“ER” — George Clooney, Anthony Edwards, Laura Innes, Alex Kingston, Eriq La Salle, Julianna Margulies, Kellie Martin, Gloria Reuben, Noah Wyle

“Law & Order” — Benjamin Bratt, Angie Harmon, Steven Hill, Carey Lowell, S Epatha Merkerson, Jerry Orbach, Sam Waterston

“NYPD Blue” — Gordon Clapp, Kim Delaney, Dennis Franz, Sharon Lawrence, James McDaniel, Jimmy Smits, Andrea Thompson, Nicholas Turturro

“The Practice” — Michael Badalucco, Lara Flynn Boyle, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Steve Harris, Camryn Manheim, Dylan McDermott, Marla Sokoloff, Kelli Williams

“The X-Files” — Gillian Anderson, William B Davis, David Duchovny, Chris Owens, James Pickens Jr., Mitch Pileggi

Ensemble in a comedy series

“3rd Rock From the Sun” — Jane Curtin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kristen Johnston, Simbi Khali, Wayne Knight, John Lithgow, French Stewart, Elmarie Wendel

“Ally McBeal” — Gil Bellows, Lisa Nicole Carson, Portia DeRossi, Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski, Lucy Liu, Peter MacNicol , Vonda Shepard, Courtney Thorne-Smith

“Everybody Loves Raymond” — Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Ray Romano, Madylin Sweeten

“Frasier” — Peri Gilpin, Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce

“Friends” — Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer

The Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

Kirk Douglas