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‘Doubt’ tops SAG pack with 5 nominations

‘Doubt’ tops SAG pack with 5 nominations

Posted: Monday, December 22, 2008 10:29 am

By DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Catholic school drama “Doubt” led contenders Thursday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with five nominations, including honors for Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. The late Heath Ledger, whose maniacal turn as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” has made him an Academy Awards front-runner, also earned a supporting-actor nomination. The Batman blockbuster also had a nomination for best stunt ensemble. Streep has a lead-actress nomination, while Hoffman, Adams and Davis are competing in supporting categories for “Doubt,” a war-of-wills tale between an old-school nun and a progressive priest. “Doubt” also has a nomination for overall cast performance, along with the romantic fantasy “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” the Richard Nixon saga “Frost/Nixon,” the gay-rights drama “Milk” and the poor-boy-makes-good tale “Slumdog Millionaire.” Kate Winslet grabbed two nominations, best actress for the domestic drama “Revolutionary Road” and supporting actress for the Holocaust-themed story “The Reader.” Other best-actress nominees were: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”; Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; and Melissa Leo, “Frozen River.” Nominated for best actor were: Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”; Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Sean Penn, “Milk”; Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; and Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.” The 15th annual SAG Awards will air live on TNT and TBS Jan. 25, four weeks before the Academy Awards. The SAG picks lined up much the same as last week’s nominations for the Golden Globes, the second-biggest Hollywood film honors after the Academy Awards. The most notable snub was Winslet’s “Revolutionary Road” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, who had a Globe nomination for dramatic actor but was overlooked by SAG. The same thing happened the last time Winslet and DiCaprio starred together. SAG nominations for 1997 included a best-actress slot for Winslet in “Titanic,” but DiCaprio was left out of the best-actor lineup. Oscar nominations that year also excluded DiCaprio, while Winslet earned a spot in the best-actress field. Joining Adams, Davis and Winslet among supporting-actress picks were Penelope Cruz for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and Taraji P. Henson for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Henson also shared in the cast nomination for “Benjamin Button” and a cast nomination among TV dramas for “Boston Legal.” Besides Ledger and Hoffman, supporting-actor nominees included Josh Brolin, “Milk”; Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”; and Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire.” Last January’s SAG ceremony took place during a writers’ strike that affected other Hollywood honors, including the Golden Globes, which were canceled. The guild awards come amid fresh labor strife, with SAG leaders now threatening a strike as negotiations with producers over a new actors contract have stalled. SAG Awards recipients often go on to win Academy Awards. Some years, all four of the top SAG winners later take home Oscars for the same roles. Published in The Messenger 12.19.08

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