AWARD NOMINATIONS CAST WIDE NET
January 30, 2001
The Screen Actors Guild Awards gathered to offer their nominees
for the past year. TRAFFIC was nominated for Best Ensemble Cast
(which is the SAG equivalent to Best Picture). Benicio Del Toro
was also nominated for Best Actor for TRAFFIC. Erin Brockovich
received two nominations: Julia Roberts as Best Actress and
Albert Finney as Best Supporting Actor. I've posted the whole
DAVID GERMAIN, from the Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hollywood actors seem as divided as everyone
else about the year's top movies.Five different movies, including
Golden Globe winners ``Gladiator'' and ``Almost Famous,'' took
three nominations apiece Tuesday for the Screen Actors Guild
awards. The others were the political drama ``The Contender''
the French fairy tale ``Chocolat'' and the British dance flick
films - the legal saga ``Erin Brockovich,'' the Marquis de Sade
drama ``Quills'' and the drug-war thriller ``Traffic'' - received
two nominations apiece.
SAG nominations are the last major awards announcement before
Oscar nominations Feb. 13. Unlike most years, no one film has
emerged as an Oscar front-runner. A year ago, eventual Oscar
champ ``American Beauty'' dominated the SAG nominations with
this month, the Golden Globes, too, were spread among a variety
by SAG for their overall casts this year were ``Almost Famous,''
``Billy Elliot,'' ``Chocolat,'' ``Gladiator'' and ``Traffic.''
for best female actor were: Joan Allen, ``The Contender''; Juliette
Binoche, ``Chocolat''; Ellen Burstyn, ``Requiem for a Dream'';
Laura Linney, ``You Can Count On Me''; and Julia Roberts, ``Erin
actor nominees were: Jamie Bell, ``Billy Elliot''; Russell Crowe,
``Gladiator''; Benicio Del Toro, ``Traffic''; Tom Hanks, ``Cast
Away''; and Geoffrey Rush, ``Quills.''
supporting female actor, the contenders are: Judi Dench, ``Chocolat'';
Kate Hudson, ``Almost Famous''; Frances McDormand, ``Almost
Famous''; Julie Walters, ``Billy Elliot''; and Kate Winslet,
for male supporting actor were: Jeff Bridges, ``The Contender'';
Willem Dafoe, ``Shadow of the Vampire''; Albert Finney, ``Erin
Brockovich''; Gary Oldman, ``The Contender''; and Joaquin Phoenix,
awards have been fairly accurate in predicting the eventual
Oscar winners for lead actor and actress. Ten of the 12 past
SAG winners in top movie acting categories went on to capture
guild also picked nominees in eight television categories. Among
top contenders are ``Ally McBeal'' and ``Will & Grace,''
which received four nominations each, and ``ER,'' ``The Sopranos,''
``The West Wing'' and ``Frasier,'' with three nods apiece.
Dench also received a nomination for female actor in a TV movie
or miniseries for ``The Last of the Blonde Bombshells.''
Baldwin and Brian Cox both were nominated for best male actor
in a TV movie or miniseries for ``Nuremberg.'' ``Arthur Miller's
Death of a Salesman'' also had two TV movie or miniseries nods,
Brian Dennehy for male actor and Elizabeth Franz for female
will present its seventh annual awards March 11 in a ceremony
airing on TNT.
show will include the guild's lifetime achievement honor, for
husband-wife acting team Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.
guild's nominations are chosen by 4,200 randomly selected members
of the union. The union's full membership of 98,000 is eligible