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Hollywood thesps have helped “The Fighter” and “The King’s Speech” fortify their awards-season momentum as both pics nabbed four bids for Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“Black Swan” and “The Kids Are All Right” followed with three bids apiece, while “The Social Network,” “True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone” each took two noms.

The SAG selections always receive close scrutiny from Oscar-watchers, particularly after this year’s near-match of 19 of 20 of the candidates in the major acting catogories for SAG and the Oscars. Actors comprise the largest branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with 1,183 of the 5,755 voting members, or slightly more than 20%.

“Modern Family” took the most TV nominations with four; “30 Rock,” “Dexter,” “Glee,” “Mad Men,” “Temple Grandin” and “You Don’t Know Jack” scored three each.

“The Fighter” landed nominations for ensemble cast, and supporting bids for Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams.

Noms for “The King’s Speech” went to its ensemble cast and three main actors: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter.

The other ensemble cast mentions went to “Black Swan,” “Kids Are All Right” and “Social Network.” “Swan” also scored nods for Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, while “Kids” drew nominations for Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo.

Jesse Eisenberg took a lead actor nom for “Social Network,” and Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes scored the two nods for “Winter’s Bone.”

The Coen brothers’ “True Grit” rebounded from its Golden Globes shutout as Jeff Bridges and 14-year-old newcomer Hailee Steinfeld earned SAG noms. Bridges won the SAG Award and the Oscar this year for “Crazy Heart.”

Bridges, Eisenberg and Firth will face off in the lead actor race with Robert Duvall for “Get Low” and James Franco for “127 Hours.” Bening, Lawrence and Portman compete for lead actress honors against Nicole Kidman for “Rabbit Hole” and Hilary Swank for “Conviction.”

Notable omissions include Leslie Manville in “Another Year,” Javier Bardem in “Biutiful,” Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling in “Blue Valentine,” Mark Wahlberg in “The Fighter,” Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer and Justin Timberlake in “Social Network,” Barbara Hershey in “Black Swan,” Julianne Moore in “The Kids Are All Right,” Jacki Weaver of “Animal Kingdom,” Michael Douglas for “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Diane Lane for “Secretariat” and Leonardo DiCaprio for “Inception” and “Shutter Island.”

However, “Inception” scored a stunt ensemble nom along with “Green Zone” and “Robin Hood.”

The SAG TV nominations offered mostly familiar names. Alec Baldwin, who’s won the lead male actor in a comedy series in the last four years for “30 Rock,” will face Ty Burrell and Ed O’Neill for “Modern Family,” Chris Colfer for “Glee” and Steve Carell for “The Office.”

Betty White remains a fave of actors, landing a lead comedy actress bid for “Hot in Cleveland,” which also got an ensemble mention.

White’s competish for comedy actress is Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie,” Tina Fey for “30 Rock,” Jane Lynch for “Glee” and Sofia Vergara for “Modern Family.” Fey has won the trophy in each of the past three years.

Noms for drama series ensemble went to “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Closer,” “Dexter,” “The Good Wife” and “Mad Men.” The latter skein has won for the past two years.

In addition to “Hot in Cleveland,” ensemble comedy nods went to “30 Rock,” “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “The Office.” “Glee” took home the trophy this year, ending a two-year winning streak for “30 Rock.”

“Temple Grandin” and “You Don’t Know Jack” performed impressively in the TV movie or miniseries category as both scored a trio of noms. Claire Danes, Catherine O’Hara and Julia Ormond are competing for “Temple,” while John Goodman, Al Pacino and Susan Sarandon are the “Jack” candidates.

The winners, based on voting by SAG’s 120,000 members, will be revealed Jan. 30 in a ceremony at the Shrine auditorium.

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