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Showing an unsurprising preference for performance-driven dramas, Screen Actors Guild members honored “A Beautiful Mind” and “In the Bedroom” with a trio of feature nominations each Tuesday.

“Gosford Park,” “I Am Sam,” “Iris,” “Life as a House,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “Training Day” all scored a pair of noms.

The SAG announcement again underscored the wide-open nature of this year’s awards season, which has seen a mix of major studio pics and indie projects becoming Oscar hopefuls, then being derailed as other contenders emerge.

Even in a year when nothing is certain, the guild managed to pull off a few surprises.

Actors who scored with SAG voters — although they’d been overlooked by most critics groups as well as the AFI Awards and the Golden Globes — include Kevin Kline for “Life as a House,” Sean Penn and Dakota Fanning (“I Am Sam”), Ethan Hawke (“Training Day”) and Ian McKellen (“Lord of the Rings”).

While “Moulin Rouge” was cited in the ensemble cast category, no actor was singled out. Thesps who’d scored high marks with critics and other awards orgs but were omitted by SAG include Steve Buscemi for “Ghost World,” Brian Cox for “L.I.E.,” Gene Hackman for “The Royal Tenenbaums,” Nicole Kidman for “Moulin Rouge” and “The Others,” Eddie Murphy for “Shrek,” Will Smith for “Ali,” Maggie Smith for “Gosford Park,” Tilda Swinton for “The Deep End,” Audrey Tautou for “Amelie,” Billy Bob Thornton for “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” Marisa Tomei (who was a presenter at Tuesday’s announcements) for “Bedroom” and Naomi Watts for “Mulholland Drive.”

Doubling up

Judi Dench scored an impressive double SAG bid with nominations as lead actress in “Iris” and supporting actress in “The Shipping News.” Since SAG has a category for ensemble casts, where all principal actors are cited, several other thesps earned double citations, including Russell Crowe for “A Beautiful Mind” — his third consecutive year of twin mentions.

On the TV side, David Hyde Pierce was mentioned twice, in the comedy series ensemble and actor categories. This gives him the SAG record of 17 nominations in eight years.

Not counting ensemble noms, other double nominees include Sissy Spacek and Ben Kingsley, both receiving nods in film as well as TV races, and Richard Dreyfuss, who was cited for his work in the CBS series “The Education of Max Bickford” and the Showtime telepic “The Day Reagan Was Shot.”

NBC led in the eight TV categories with 13 nominations, followed by HBO with 10 and CBS with seven.

The nominations, announced by Ted Danson and Tomei at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, are a closely tracked indicator of sentiment among Academy Awards voters.

Tracking Oscar hopefuls

The nominations usually closely parallel those for Oscar; they are rarely five-for-five, but there is heavy overlap. That’s almost surprising since virtually all members of the Academy’s actors branch are SAG members, while the SAG noms come from 4,200 randomly selected guild members, many of whom are not AMPAS members.

There are 1,315 members of the Academy’s actors branch, or 23% of the Academy’s voting membership. In contrast, ballots for the final round of SAG Award voting will go to all 98,500 members of the union.

The winner of SAG’s lead actor trophy has won the Oscar every year except in 2001, when SAG voters chose Benicio Del Toro for “Traffic” and Crowe won the Oscar for “Gladiator” while Del Toro won the supporting Oscar.

SAG’s lead actress winner has taken the Oscar in five of the seven years. Divergences came when Jodie Foster won the SAG award for “Nell” and Jessica Lange took the Oscar for “Blue Sky” and when SAG voters chose Annette Bening for “American Beauty” and Hilary Swank won the Oscar for “Boys Don’t Cry.”

SAG nominations voting took place Jan. 3-25. Final ballots go out Feb. 12.

Pics receiving single nominations were “Bandits,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Monster’s Ball,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Sexy Beast,” “The Shipping News” and “Vanilla Sky.” But SAG voters spurned “Black Hawk Down,” “The Deep End,” “Ghost World,” “Memento,” “Mulholland Drive” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” though all have racked up multiple mentions from critics groups.

Besides “Mind” “Bedroom” and “Rouge,” SAG ensemble cast noms went to “Gosford Park” and “Lord of the Rings.” “Gosford Park” cast member and producer Bob Balaban said, “I think that actors loved the subtleties of the performances in our film. We really had an embarrassment of riches with the cast.”

In addition to Crowe, Kline, Penn and Wilkinson, the guild followed form with a lead actor nod to Denzel Washington for “Training Day.” Lead actress noms went to Dench, Spacek, Halle Berry for “Monster’s Ball,” Jennifer Connelly for “A Beautiful Mind” and Renee Zellweger for “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”

Supporting actor noms included Jim Broadbent for “Iris,” Hayden Christensen for “Life as a House,” Hawke for “Training Day,” Kingsley for “Sexy Beast” and McKellen for “Lord of the Rings.” In addition to Dench and Fanning, supporting actress nods went to Cate Blanchett for “Bandits,” Cameron Diaz for “Vanilla Sky” and Helen Mirren for “Gosford Park.”

“I think everyone in the film deserves a nomination,” Mirren said.

Miramax, a perennial awards-season heavyweight, took the most noms among studios with seven of the 25, followed by New Line with six. Chairman Harvey Weinstein said the studio was disappointed over Kidman not getting a nom for “Rouge” or “The Others,” adding, “She was great in not one but two films.”

Tops in television

On the TV side, many nods went to familiar names and casts. For example, the comedy ensemble noms matched last year except for replacing “Ally McBeal” with “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which had been named in 1999 and 2000.

“Frasier,” which won the 2000 cast award, kept its eight-year streak going and Kelsey Grammer notched his 16th nomination. Peter Boyle, nominated for “Everybody Loves Raymond” was the only newcomer in the comedy male actor category and was stunned by the announcement.

“My first reaction was, ‘Holy crap, it’s a miracle,'” Boyke said. “I don’t know why they picked me, except to say that what I try to do is be as real as possible within the bounds of being funny.”

Winners will be unveiled March 10 at the eighth annual SAG Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center in L.A. The ceremonies, to be telecast on TNT, will include a lifetime achievement award for Ed Asner.

And the nominees are…


Russell Crowe “A Beautiful Mind” (Universal)
Kevin Kline “Life As A House” (New Line)
Sean Penn “I Am Sam” (New Line Cinema)
Denzel Washington “Training Day” (Warner Bros.)
Tom Wilkinson “In The Bedroom” (Miramax)

Halle Berry “Monster’s Ball” (Lions Gate)
Jennifer Connelly “A Beautiful Mind” (Universal)
Judi Dench “Iris” (Miramax)
Sissy Spacek “In The Bedroom” (Miramax)
Renee Zellweger “Bridget Jones’s Diary” (Miramax)

Supporting Actor
Jim Broadbent “Iris” (Miramax)
Hayden Christensen “Life As A House” (New Line)
Ethan Hawke “Training Day” (Warner Bros.)
Ben Kingsley “Sexy Beast” (Fox Searchlight)
Ian McKellen “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (New Line)

Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett “Bandits” (MGM)
Judi Dench “The Shipping News” (Miramax)
Cameron Diaz “Vanilla Sky” (Paramount)
Dakota Fanning “I Am Sam” (New Line)
Helen Mirren “Gosford Park” (USA Films)

“A Beautiful Mind” (Universal) Paul Bettany; Jennifer Connelly; Russell Crowe; Adam Goldberg; Ed Harris; Judd Hirsch; Josh Lucas; Christopher Plummer; Anthony Rapp
“Gosford Park” (USA Films) Eileen Atkins ; Bob Balaban; Alan Bates; Charles Dance; Stephen Fry; Michael Gambon; Richard E. Grant; Tom Hollander; Derek Jacobi; Kelly MacDonald; Helen Mirren; Jeremy Northam; Clive Owen; Ryan Phillippe; Kristin Scott Thomas; Maggie Smith; Geraldine Somerville; Sophie Thompson; Emily Watson; James Wilby
“In The Bedroom” (Miramax) William Mapother; Sissy Spacek; Nick Stahl; Marisa Tomei; Celia Weston; Tom Wilkinson; William Wise
“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (New Line) Sean Astin; Sean Bean; Cate Blanchett; Orlando Bloom; Billy Boyd; Ian Holm; Christopher Lee; Ian McKellen; Dominic Monaghan; Viggo Mortensen; John Rhys-Davies; Andy Serkis; Liv Tyler; Hugo Weaving; Elijah Wood
“Moulin Rouge” (20th Century Fox) Jim Broadbent; Nicole Kidman; John Leguizamo; Ewan McGregor; Richard Roxburgh


Actor – Television Movie or Miniseries
Alan Alda “Club Land” (Showtime)
Richard Dreyfuss “The Day Reagan Was Shot” – (Showtime)
James Franco “James Dean” (TNT)
Gregory Hines “Bojangles” (Showtime)
Ben Kingsley “Anne Frank” (ABC)

Actress – Television Movie or Miniseries
Angela Bassett “Ruby’s Bucket Of Blood” (Showtime)
Judy Davis “Life With Judy Garland: Me And My Shadows” (ABC)
Anjelica Huston “The Mists Of Avalon” (TNT)
Sissy Spacek “Midwives” (Lifetime)
Emma Thompson “Wit” (HBO)

Actor – Drama Series
Richard Dreyfuss “The Education Of Max Bickford” (CBS)
Dennis Franz “NYPD Blue” (ABC)
James Gandolfini “The Sopranos” (HBO)
Peter Krause “Six Feet Under” (HBO)
Martin Sheen “The West Wing” (NBC)

Actress – Drama Series
Lorraine Bracco “The Sopranos” (HBO)
Stockard Channing “The West Wing” (NBC)
Tyne Daly “Judging Amy” (CBS)
Edie Falco “The Sopranos” (HBO)
Lauren Graham “Gilmore Girls” (WB)
Allison Janney “The West Wing” (NBC)

Actor – Comedy Series
Peter Boyle “Everybody Loves Raymond” (CBS)
Kelsey Grammer “Frasier” (NBC)
Sean Hayes “Will & Grace” (NBC)
David Hyde Pierce “Frasier” (NBC)
Ray Romano “Everybody Loves Raymond” (CBS)

Actress – Comedy Series
Jennifer Aniston “Friends” (NBC)
Kim Cattrall “Sex And The City” (HBO)
Patricia Heaton “Everybody Loves Raymond” (CBS)
Megan Mullally “Will & Grace” (NBC)
Sarah Jessica Parker “Sex And The City” (HBO)

Ensemble – Drama Series
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (CBS) Gary Dourdan; George Eads ; Jorja Fox; Paul Guilfoyle; Marg Helgenberger; William Petersen
“Law & Order” (NBC) Angie Harmon; Jesse L. Martin; S. Epatha Merkerson; Jerry Orbach; Elisabeth Rohm; Sam Waterston; Dianne Wiest
“Six Feet Under” (HBO) Lauren Ambrose; Frances Conroy; Rachel Griffiths; Michael C. Hall; Richard Jenkins; Peter Krause; Freddy Rodriguez; Jeremy Sisto; Mathew St. Patrick
“The Sopranos” (HBO) Lorraine Bracco; Federico Castelluccio; Dominic Chianese; 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; Dule Hill; Allison Janney; Rob Lowe; Janel Moloney; Richard Schiff; Martin Sheen; John Spencer; Bradley Whitford

Ensemble – Comedy Series
“Everybody Loves Raymond” (CBS) Peter Boyle; Brad Garrett; Patricia Heaton; Doris Roberts; Ray Romano; Madylin Sweeten
“Frasier” (NBC) Peri Gilpin; Kelsey Grammer; Jane Leeves; John Mahoney; David Hyde Pierce
“Friends” (NBC) Jennifer Aniston; Courteney Cox Arquette; Lisa Kudrow; Matt LeBlanc; 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; Shelley Morrison; Megan Mullally

Screen Actors Guild 38th Annual Life Achievement Award
Edward Asner