|I'm worried too, Michael.|
Following a string of United States Critics Associations recently nominating and awarding the year's best work, there have been some curious choices, but it has been on the rare occasion that I have been surprised or displeased by a selection. Along come the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, notorious for being a pretty accurate guide for the Oscar nominees. You win the SAG and you're likely to be the favourite to take out the Oscar. It is for this reason that these selections are shocking. I am yet to watch some of these films so I can't comment on some of the selections, but each of the categories are pretty open this year, with most running seven/eight deep. It feels a bit like a lottery this year with no clear favourites. It also feels like the Screen Actors Guild have brought in the seventh and eight on the depth chart. Here are the nominees:
Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demian Bichir - A Better Life
George Clooney - The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
This is the first time I have seen Demian Bichir nominated, but I can only assume it is a wonderful performance, considering who was left out. Michael Shannon for Take Shelter,
Ryan Gosling for Drive,
Michael Fassbender for Shame,
Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
and Woody Harrelson for Rampart
have all been recently considered, and from what I have been hearing about Fassbender and Oldman, I assumed they would claim a spot. Shannon's exclusion is unforgivable. DiCaprio had fallen out of favour I thought, considering the poor reception for J. Edgar.
I really liked Pitt in Moneyball,
so I champion his inclusion, but I figured that he, Clooney and Dujardin would figure in the other two spots. Still, this is quite disappointing.
Female Actor in A Leading Role
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
No real surprises here, except for the exclusion of Charlize Theron for Young Adult.
Close, Davis and Streep seemed locked in. Tilda Swinton could very easily win it, but the film has been divisive, and Williams has received nothing but praise for her work in Marilyn.
Still, Albert Nobbs'
reception has been subpar so it could be Close who misses out eventually.
Male Actor in A Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn
Armie Hammer - J. Edgar
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
I have come to expect that Branagh and Plummer will be on the ballot come Oscar day, but the other slots should be made up of at least Albert Brooks in Drive
and John Hawkes in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Both excluded here. I would also nominate Brad Pitt for The Tree of Life
but he will likely be nominated for Moneyball
in the lead category. But if he misses out on a nomination there, I hope voters consider him in this category. I am glad to see Nolte here, because Warrior
was a fantastic film. Armie Hammer is a surprise, as is Jonah Hill. I loved Moneyball
but his performance does not compare to Brooks or Hawkes. A real screw up.
Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help
Another frustrating category. I'm glad Jessica Chastain got recognised for one of her roles. Bejo and Octavia Spencer's inclusion also didn't surprise me, but if I had to nominate just two of the cast, it would have been Davis and Chastain. I have also heard that Janet McTeer is excellent in Albert Nobbs
. Shailene Woodley in The Descendants
is fantastic, and I think deserves a slot, especially over McCarthy who turned in a fine supporting performance, but I wouldn't nominate her because it does seem better than it is because the film she stars in is terrible, and the laughs came from few other places. Also, no Carey Mulligan. That's a shame.
Cast in a Motion Picture
Midnight in Paris
again. That doesn't make sense to me. No Ides of March.
The other four nominess I can't argue with. Especially the inclusion of The Descendants,
which would be my choice to win.
So there you are. As you can tell, I am displeased by these selections. What are your thoughts?