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Screen Actors Guild announces nominees

DiCaprio, Mirren each earn double mentions

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With no one film dominating the nominations, the Screen Actors Guild tapped “Babel,” “Bobby,” “The Departed,” “Dreamgirls” and “Little Miss Sunshine” to contend for its feature ensemble award.

Paramount Vantage’s “Babel,” Paramount and DreamWorks’ “Dreamgirls” and Fox Searchlight’s “Little Miss Sunshine” took three noms each, while Warner Bros.’ “Blood Diamond” and “The Departed,” New Line’s “Little Children” and Fox Searchlight’s “Notes on a Scandal” garnered two apiece.

Nominations, announced Thursday morning by Sandra Oh and Elijah Wood at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, repped a strong performance by studio specialty divisions, which drew 14 of the 25 mentions for features. Fox Searchlight led the list with half a dozen.

The SAG noms, chosen by a panel of 2,100 guild members, excluded Clint Eastwood’s companion films – Paramount’s “Flags of Our Fathers” and Warner’s “Letters From Iwo Jima” – along with Universal’s “United 93,” although those three pics are still considered strong possibilities in Oscar voting. The trio also were snubbed in Wednesday’s Producers Guild nominations.

Leonardo DiCaprio drew a lead actor nom for “Blood Diamond” and a supporting actor mention for “The Departed” (he drew two lead actor noms for the perfs at the Golden Globes), adding an ensemble nom for “The Departed.”

Helen Mirren received nominations for both of her perfs as British royalty, with a lead film actress mention for “The Queen” and lead actress in a TV movie or miniseries for “Elizabeth I” (she won an Emmy for the latter).

Besides DiCaprio, lead actor nominees in film are Ryan Gosling in ThinkFilm’s “Half Nelson,” Peter O’Toole in Miramax’s “Venus,” Will Smith in Sony’s “The Pursuit of Happyness” and Forest Whitaker in Fox Searchlight’s “The Last King of Scotland.”

“It’s great that the low monetary value of `Half Nelson’ hasn’t affected people’s perceptions of its emotional value,” Gosling said.

Mirren, who won a SAG supporting actress award for “Gosford Park,” will compete in the lead actress category with Penelope Cruz in Sony Classics’ “Volver,” Judi Dench in Searchlight’s “Notes on a Scandal,” Meryl Streep for Fox’s “The Devil Wears Prada” and Kate Winslet for “Little Children.” Cruz is the only nominee among the quintet who hasn’t previously won a SAG trophy.

DiCaprio’s competition in the supporting category includes “Blood Diamond” castmate Djimon Hounsou along with Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine,” Jackie Earle Haley in “Little Children” and Eddie Murphy in “Dreamgirls.”

“All this recognition is still very surreal to me, since I was away from the business for so long,” Haley told Daily Variety. “And when I watch the film, I feel like Kate and Patrick Wilson are great and I’m just not bad.”

Two thesps from “Babel,” Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi, will compete in the supporting actresses category along with Cate Blanchett for “Notes on a Scandal,” Abigail Breslin for “Little Miss Sunshine” and Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls.” Two years ago, Blanchett won the SAG trophy in this category for “The Aviator” and then took home the Oscar.

SAG will announce the winners, voted by the 120,000 guild members, on Jan. 28 in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. SAG’s ensemble award has matched the best picture Oscar in six of the 12 years since its inception, including last year’s wins for “Crash,” which marked a major shift in momentum away from “Brokeback Mountain.”

Harvey Weinstein said the SAG nod for the Weinstein Co.’s “Bobby” should help create a similar move toward the ensemble pic. “The movie’s emotionality and idealism – those are qualities that really resonate with actors,” he added.

SAG’s lead actor winner also has won the actor Oscar in eight out of 12 years, including Philip Seymour Hoffman last year for “Capote.” SAG’s lead actress winner has won the Oscar in nine out of 12 years, including Reese Witherspoon for “Walk the Line” last year.

SAG’s track record in matching the Oscar winners in the supporting categories isn’t quite as strong. It’s six of 12 among male supporting actors with SAG opting for Paul Giamatti in “Cinderella Man” while the Oscar went to George Clooney for “Syriana”; it’s 7 of 12 in the female supporting contests with Rachel Weisz taking both trophies last year for “The Constant Gardener.”

Besides “Flags of Our Fathers,” Letters From Iwo Jima” and “United 93,” other acting contenders not making this year’s SAG list on Thursday included U’s “The Good Shepherd” and “Children of Men,” Sony’s “Stranger Than Fiction,” Picturehouse’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Weinstein’s “Factory Girl,” Paramount’s “World Trade Center,” Warner Independent’s “For Your Consideration,” IFC’s “Sherrybaby” and Searchlight’s “Catch a Fire” and “The History Boys.”

Besides DiCaprio, Steve Carell was the only other thesp to score three nominations, thanks to a comedy series actor nom for “The Office” and ensemble noms for the skein and “Little Miss Sunshine.”

In the TV categories, HBO series “The Sopranos” and AMC miniseries “Broken Trail” led with three mentions each. “The Sopranos” took noms for drama series ensemble and for drama series acting for James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, while “Broken Trail” received noms for cast members Thomas Haden Church, Robert Duvall and Greta Scacchi.

Gandolfini and Falco both won SAG acting awards in 2000 and 2003 and “The Sopranos” took the series trophy in 2000.

“The Sopranos” is up against Fox’s “24,” ABC’s “Boston Legal,” HBO’s “Deadwood” and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“Boston Legal,” which scored a nomination last year in the comedy series category, was submitted this year as a drama.

HBO led in TV noms with 10, followed by ABC and NBC with eight. AMC, Fox, Showtime and TNT all took in three each.

The contest for female actress in a comedy series features a trio of thesps who have won the category six times – Felicity Huffman, who won last year for “Desperate Housewives”; Julia-Louis Dreyfus, nommed for “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and a two-time winner for “Seinfeld”; and Megan Mullally, who’s won the category three times for “Will & Grace.” The other nominees are Mary-Louise Parker for “Weeds” and Jaime Pressly for “My Name Is Earl.”

In the ensemble comedy series category, ABC’s two-time winner “Desperate Housewives” goes up against a quartet of first-time nominees – HBO’s “Entourage,” NBC’s “The Office,” ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and Showtime’s “Weeds.”

And the nominees are…

MOTION PICTURES

Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio – “Blood Diamond”
Ryan Gosling – “Half Nelson”
Peter O’Toole – “Venus”
Will Smith – “The Pursuit of Happyness”
Forest Whitaker – “The Last King of Scotland”

Actress
Penelope Cruz – “Volver”
Judi Dench – “Notes on a Scandal”
Helen Mirren – “The Queen”
Meryl Streep – “The Devil Wears Prada”
Kate Winslet – “Little Children”

Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin – “Little Miss Sunshine”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Departed”
Jackie Earle Haley – “Little Children”
Djimon Hounsou – “Blood Diamond”
Eddie Murphy – “Dreamgirls”

Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza – “Babel”
Cate Blanchett – “Notes on a Scandal”
Abigail Breslin – “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jennifer Hudson – “Dreamgirls”
Rinko Kikuchi – “Babel”

Ensemble Cast
“Babel” – (Paramount Vantage) Adriana Barraza, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Brad Pitt, Kôji Yakusho
“Bobby” – (The Weinstein Company) Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, David Krumholtz, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBoeuf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Svetlana Metkina, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Jacob Vargas, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Elijah Wood
“The Departed” – (Warner Bros. Pictures) Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Vera Farmiga, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, Ray Winstone
“Dreamgirls” – (Paramount Pictures) Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Keith Robinson, Anika Noni Rose
“Little Miss Sunshine” – (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear

TELEVISION

Actor in a Telefilm or Miniseries
Thomas Haden Church – “Broken Trail”
Robert Duvall – “Broken Trail”
Jeremy Irons – “Elizabeth I”
William H. Macy – “Nightmares & Dreamscapes”
Matthew Perry – “The Ron Clark Story”

Actress in a Telefilm or Miniseries
Annette Bening – “Mrs. Harris”
Shirley Jones – “Hidden Places”
Cloris Leachman – “Mrs. Harris”
Helen Mirren – “Elizabeth I”
Greta Scacchi – “Broken Trail”

Actress in a Drama Series
Patricia Arquette – “Medium”
Edie Falco – “The Sopranos”
Mariska Hargitay – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
Kyra Sedgwick – “The Closer”
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy”

Actor in a Drama Series
James Gandolfini – “The Sopranos”
Michael C. Hall – “Dexter”
Hugh Laurie – “House”
James Spader – “Boston Legal”
Kiefer Sutherland – “24”

Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
Steve Carell – “The Office”
Jason Lee – “My Name is Earl”
Jeremy Piven – “Entourage”
Tony Shalhoub – “Monk”

Actress in a Comedy Series
America Ferrera – “Ugly Betty”
Felicity Huffman – “Desperate Housewives”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “The New Adventures of Old Christine”
Megan Mullally – “Will & Grace”
Mary-Louise Parker – “Weeds”
Jaime Pressly – “My Name is Earl”

Drama Ensemble
“24” – (FOX) Jayne Atkinson, Jude Ciccolella, Roger Cross, Gregory Itzin, Louis Lombardi, James Morrison, Glenn Morshower, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Jean Smart, Kiefer Sutherland
“Boston Legal” – (ABC) Rene Auberjonois, Craig Bierko, Craig Bierko, William Shatner, James Spader, Mark Valley
“Deadwood” – (HBO) Jim Beaver, Powers Boothe, Sean Bridgers, W. Earl Brown, Dayton Callie, Brian Cox, Kim Dickens, Brad Dourif, Anna Gunn, John Hawkes, Jeffrey Jones, Paula Malcomson, Gerald McRaney, Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, Leon Rippy, William Sanderson, Brent Sexton, Bree Seanna Wall, Robin Weigert, Titus Welliver
“Grey’s Anatomy” – (ABC) Justin Chambers, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Katherine Heigl, T.R. Knight, Sandra Oh, James Pickens, Jr., Ellen Pompeo, Sara Ramirez, Kate Walsh, Isaiah Washington, Chandra Wilson
“The Sopranos” – (HBO) Sharon Angela, Lorraine Bracco, Max Casella, Dominic Chianese, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Joseph R. Gannascoli, Dan Grimaldi, Robert Iler, Michael Imperioli, Steven R. Schirripa, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico, Aida Turturro, Steven Van Zandt, Frank Vincent

Comedy Ensemble
“Desperate Housewives” – (ABC) Andrea Bowen, Mehcad Brooks, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Marcia Cross, James Denton, Teri Hatcher, Josh Henderson, Zane Huett, Felicity Huffman, Kathryn Joosten, Nashawn Kearse, Brent Kinsman, Shane Kinsman, Joy Lauren, Eva Longoria, Kyle MacLachlan, Laurie Metcalf, Shawn Pyfrom, Doug Savant, Dougray Scott, Nicollette Sheridan, Brenda Strong, Kiersten Warren, Alfre Woodard
“Entourage” – (HBO) Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Jeremy Piven, Perrey Reeves
“The Office” – (NBC) Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Steve Carell, David Denman, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Melora Hardin, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson
“Ugly Betty” – (ABC) Alan Dale, America Ferrera, Mark Indelicato, Ashley Jensen, Eric Mabius, Becki Newton, Ana Ortiz, Tony Plana, Kevin Sussman, Michael Urie, Vanessa Williams
“Weeds” – (SHOWTIME) Martin Donovan, Alexander Gould, Justin Kirk, Romany Malco, Kevin Nealon, Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Tonye Patano, Elizabeth Perkins

Life Achievement Award
Julie Andrews

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