The SAG nominations were released this morning and I find myself a little torn on the choices. First off, Judy Greer and Regina King needed to chill out with the giggles, this is award season. We get it, Modern Family was nominated for 5 awards, you don’t need to jump up and down every time you say it. With that being said, I don’t waste my time with the TV awards because I have no idea who most of the nominees are, and I also have no idea what most of those shows are so let’s take a look at the Best Actor/Actress in a leading role:
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
This was a bit of a shocker to me. I have heard some buzz about this film but not enough to really catch my attention. A Better Life is about an illegal Mexican immigrant in Los Angeles struggling to make ends meet for himself and his teenage son. This film came out over the summer and has gotten stellar reviews, so we’ll see if Bichir can carry this momentum to the Oscars. I doubt it, however, because the one actor left of this list, Michael Fassbender, is a shoe-in for an Oscar nom for Shame.
George Clooney, The Descendants
George Clooney here is a no brainer. He is my pick to not only get nominated for an Oscar, but to also take the award home. The only thing I am dreading is Clooneys acceptance speech, which I’m sure will be eerily similar to the one he gave at the end of Ides Of March.
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
When this movie was first announced about a year ago, I just assumed that Leo would be a lock for finally winning an Oscar. After seeing and hearing the reviews, I’m not so sure that his performance can carry weight when it takes place in such a long/slow/boring film. We’ll see.
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
I am rooting so hard for Jean Dujardin here. In such a rare and unique film, he really shines. Having ZERO speaking lines and relying solely on his physical acting, Dujardin deserves infinite kudos. I know that he’s a lock for an Oscar nom, I just hope that the Academy compares his lack of dialogue to the lack of dialogue performance Andy Serkis gave in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
I thought Brad Pitt did a good job as Billy Beane in Moneyball, but that was as far as I would go. This role didn’t really demand much of Brad Pitt, except maybe he had to find out what baseball really was. If you want to see him shine, check out Tree of Life, probably his best performance since 12 Monkeys. Either way, he was great in the lead role in a movie that was fantastic, he’ll definitely receive his 3rd Oscar nom.
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Glenn Close is also nominated for her work on Damages so we’ll see if she can take home two awards come show time. Close is a 5 time Academy Award nominee, but none since 1987! Here she plays a woman who must dress and act like a man in order to survive in the 19th Century. Sounds like an incredibly demanding role for Glenn Close, and the world loves a comeback, but the film reviews so far have been weak, so just like Leo, we’ll see if her performance outshines the film.
Viola Davis, The Help
EVERYONE loves Viola Davis, myself included. She was previously nominated for Doubt, after appearing in….ONE SCENE!! That’s not an easy task to do, especially when the one scene is opposite Meryl Streep. I have not yet seen The Help, I am incredibly reluctant to because I think Emma Stone is one of the most overrated actresses working today, but if Viola can take this momentum to the Oscars I’ll be obligated to take a look.
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Meryl Streep has been nominated for Oscars more times than any Actor EVER. Unfortunately she has only won twice, and none since the early 80s. In The Iron Lady she plays England’s first Female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and although I’ve heard some British critics have shown their reluctance in an American playing such a prominent English woman, I believe Streep will finally win that coveted 3rd Oscar.
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
This film has been getting buzz for well over a year and all because of the performance of Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton. Playing the role of a mother whose son goes on a shooting rampage at his school, Swinton tugs at the heart of every mother everywhere. What would you do? If you’ve seen the trailer for this film you can easily and immediately see the genius in her performance, and this is another guaranteed Oscar Nom.
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
It’s no secret that Michelle Williams is by far my favorite Actress working today, her performace in Blue Valentine blew me away and as I have actually seen My Week with Marilyn, I can attest to her brilliance. Williams is phenomenal playing the private side of Monroe, one that we very rarely see captured. She also shine at playing the Monroe the world fell in love with in the late 1950s. The only issue I see for Williams is that at time she was out shined by her co stars, Academy Award and current SAG nominee Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne. But I’ll be rooting for her no doubt.
I’ll be posting my thoughts later on about the supporting nominations, some of which I’m not happy with AT ALL.