SAG nominations announced, 2010 Oscar picture clearing up

by Eric Melin on December 17, 2009

in Blogs

The 2010 Oscars are drawing closer. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards were just announced this morning, and there are a couple of surprises from the Golden Globes, but not too many. “Precious,” “Inglourious Basterds,” and “Up in the Air” each scored three nominations.

inglourious basterds castBest Cast
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Nine”
“Precious”

Somehow, “Up in the Air” was left out of this category. Substitute that for “An Education,” and I think you have your five leading Best Picture contenders–although I predict “Nine” will lose more steam when it some out to mostly negative reviews on Christmas.

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

OK, Viggo (“The Road”), Sarsgaard (“An Education”), and Ben Foster (“The Messenger”) are really going to have trouble catching up to these five. If anyone will do it it will be Foster. Nice to see Renner here, especially since he was snubbed at the Golden Globes.

sarsgaard mulligan an educationBest Actress
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Left out here: C’mon, now, seriously? Bullock? What about Emily Blunt for “The Young Victoria”? I’m very excited to see Gabourey Sidibe for “Precious” here. One more step towards her deserved Oscar nom.

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Alfred Molina (“An Education”) and Christian McKay (“Me and Orson Welles”) obviously just don’t have the support. Too bad, really. Damon should be nominated for “The Informant!” instead of “Invictus.”

farmiga clooney up in the airBest Supporting Actress
Penélope Cruz, “Nine”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Diane Kruger, “Inglourious Basterds”
Mo’Nique, “Precious”

Diane Kruger! Yes! Where is her costar Mélanie Laurent, though? Well, I guess she was placed on the ballot in the lead actress category. Don’t count Julianne Moore out for “A Single Man,” though, come Oscar time.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Nathan December 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Granted, I haven’t seen INVICTUS but does Morgan Freeman really do that well in it? From the trailer it seems like he’s just playing one of his usual characters!? Viggo should get a nomination I think as he was outstanding in THE ROAD.

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2 Nathan December 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Granted, I haven’t seen INVICTUS but does Morgan Freeman really do that well in it? From the trailer it seems like he’s just playing one of his usual characters!? Viggo should get a nomination I think as he was outstanding in THE ROAD.

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3 Xavier December 17, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Damn it, this year was such a good year for films but its shaping up for such a dissapointing one for awards season

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4 Xavier December 17, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Damn it, this year was such a good year for films but its shaping up for such a dissapointing one for awards season

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5 ChrisKnudsen December 18, 2009 at 12:46 am

Don’t forget that there are 10 nominations for Best Picture so I don’t doubt that An Education won’t be on there. All I know is I hope Up in the Air doesn’t win best picture which I have a feeling is leading the pack so far since hype on Precious is dying. All I know is that my favorite American film of the year (Adventureland) will probably not even make the top 10 nominations and I don’t think anything of my top 10 so far will even get nominated.

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6 ChrisKnudsen December 18, 2009 at 12:46 am

Don’t forget that there are 10 nominations for Best Picture so I don’t doubt that An Education won’t be on there. All I know is I hope Up in the Air doesn’t win best picture which I have a feeling is leading the pack so far since hype on Precious is dying. All I know is that my favorite American film of the year (Adventureland) will probably not even make the top 10 nominations and I don’t think anything of my top 10 so far will even get nominated.

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7 RCM December 19, 2009 at 11:52 pm

So Eric, are you going to do a review for “Avatar”? I’m really interested to know which side of the fence you fall on with this one.

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8 RCM December 19, 2009 at 11:52 pm

So Eric, are you going to do a review for “Avatar”? I’m really interested to know which side of the fence you fall on with this one.

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9 Eric Melin December 22, 2009 at 11:06 am

Still haven’t seen it, man!

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10 Eric Melin December 22, 2009 at 11:06 am

Still haven’t seen it, man!

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11 Eric Melin December 22, 2009 at 11:09 am

Chris- My Top 10 of 2009 is here: http://www.scene-stealers.com/top-10/top-10-movies-of-2009/
How many were on yours?

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12 Eric Melin December 22, 2009 at 11:09 am

Chris- My Top 10 of 2009 is here: http://www.scene-stealers.com/top-10/top-10-movies-of-2009/
How many were on yours?

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