Surprising 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees Announced

December 14, 2011
Source: SAG Awards

SAG Awards 2012

The nominees for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have just been announced today. Yet another awards show in the very top tier (which also includes the Golden Globes and Academy Awards) is the Screen Actors Guilds Awards, where the actors themselves choose the best performances from amongst their peers. These nominees are usually very similar to those at the Oscars. This year they've got some surprising picks, including a lot of The Help (which I don't think any men saw), a lot of The Artist, a lot of The Descendants, and some random love for Warrior, A Better Life and Beginners. Read on for the list!

The SAG Awards will air live from Los Angeles on TNT/TBS on Sunday, January 29th, 2012 at 8PM EST.

Demián Bichir - A Better Life
George Clooney - The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio - J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Brad Pitt - Moneyball

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

Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Armie Hammer - J. Edgar
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Bérénice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help

The Artist - Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller

Bridesmaids - Rose Byrne, Jill Clayburgh, Ellie Kemper, Matt Lucas, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Chris O'Dowd, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig

The Descendants - Beau Bridges, George Clooney, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Shailene Woodley

The Help - Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O'Reilly, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel

Midnight in Paris - Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, Owen Wilson

The Adjustment Bureau
Cowboys & Aliens
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
X-Men: First Class

Mary Tyler Moore

Out of all of the SAG selections, my favorites are anyone that have to do with The Artist, which will probably sweep the awards circuit this year (and the Oscars), or that brief appearance by Nick Nolte from underdog Warrior. All of the performances nominated above (that I've seen) were outstanding either way and they all deserve to be on here. We'll keep you updated on the latest awards news this season. Here is the full list of the 2011 SAG Awards winners. Coming up next are the Golden Globe nominations. Thoughts so far?

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Reader Feedback - 20 Comments


good nominations in a lack luster year, i see the people have been nominating more comedic performances in the last few years, so we can stop that debate. but at the Oscars i think The Artist will win best picture but Malick will win best director.

happy camper on Dec 14, 2011


Not a single nomination for Refn's Drive. WTF!!!

Nishit Mohan Singh on Dec 14, 2011


Tell me about it! Disappointing for sure!

Mark Spurlin on Dec 14, 2011


Thank God.  Most overrated movie of the year.  Plus, Drive is only good for its aesthetics.  SAG is just for acting, and I don't care what anyone thought of Albert Brooks... he was fine, but nothing special.  I'll wait here for the all caps responses to this post.  

lane on Dec 14, 2011



Anonymous on Dec 14, 2011


Warrior is the most underrated movie of the year

Dave on Dec 14, 2011


wow. No Fassbender or Oldman for Best Actor? Fail

VVS on Dec 14, 2011


I really hope Nick Nolte gets that award.

HollyB on Dec 14, 2011


No Fassbender? Cmon... people.

Heddwyn on Dec 14, 2011


You know what? I'm sort of disappointed Andy Serkis didn't get a nod of any sort.

Thexn on Dec 14, 2011


SAG is not the place for that happen... Actors are specifically adamant about their "art" and, unfortunately, how perf-cap doesn't fit in there yet. With time! And he has a chance at the other awards shows (or so I hope).

Alex Billington on Dec 14, 2011


I like to thank the jerk for the Boardwalk Empire spoiler. I seriously hate the internet sometimes.

Mike on Dec 14, 2011


I refuse to take any award show seriously without at least NOMINATING Mel Gibson in The Beaver. The Oscars I KNOW don't have the balls to nominate him due to them being very P.C. But some of these smaller awards? Come on...

Gutsspill on Dec 14, 2011


Is the love for Warrior really that random? Nolte has been getting noms/critics awards elsewhere the past couple of weeks.

Andrew DiDonato on Dec 14, 2011


They're DRIVING me crazy! It's always the same movies getting praised..

Davide Coppola on Dec 14, 2011


SMH -_-

MJ Fans of San Diego on Dec 14, 2011


Seriously The Help gets that many nominations while Shame and Drive get none???

Hannah_yester on Dec 14, 2011


The Help is a period piece....pure award season bait.

Ben Bonanza Cartwright on Dec 14, 2011


What about Harry Potter Part 2 for ensemble cast? Oh, my bad, they picked Bridesmaids instead... feel my sarcasm?

Anonymous on Dec 15, 2011


Should get ENSEMBLE STUNTS though !

Wayne 3700 on Jan 24, 2012

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