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   "BABEL", "DREAMGIRLS" AND "LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE" GRAB THE EDGE
IN THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE NOMINATIONS FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS

             Leonardo DiCaprio nominated three times; Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson all nominated as expected

                                                                                                       
                                                                                     by Omar P.L. Moore| The Popcorn Reel

 

      LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE A family determined... 
Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for "The Departed" as well as for "Blood Diamond"; Rinko Kikuchi received a nomination for "Babel"; Will Smith received a nomination for "The Pursuit Of Happyness"; Abigail Breslin was the youngest nominee for the film SAG award announcements for "Little Miss Sunshine"; Jennifer Hudson wins another nomination for "Dreamgirls".   (Photos: Warner Brothers; Paramount Vantage; Sony/Columbia Pictures; Fox Searchlight; Paramount/Dreamworks)


January 4, 2007 -- Los Angeles

The nominations for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning and for the most part everything went according to plan on the theatrical motion pictures side.  Sandra Oh and Elijah Wood announced the nominees in a ceremony that took just over ten minutes and was broadcast on TNT and TBS, as well as on the Internet sites tnt.tv and tbs.com.

"Babel", "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine" gained momentum this awards season as each won three nominations including best ensemble cast.  "Babel", Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's three-storied-film about people on three different continents struggling to listen to each other was bolstered by supporting role nominations for Adriana Barraza (who plays Amelia, a Mexican maid) and Rinko Kikuchi (who plays Chieko, a deaf teenage girl from Japan).  "Dreamgirls", Bill Condon's musical film based on the 1981 Broadway musical by Michael Bennett, Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger, won supporting role nominations for both Jennifer Hudson (who plays the bossy, brash, bold and rejuvenated Effie White) and Eddie Murphy (who plays the dedicated James "Thunder" Early).  "Little Miss Sunshine" made its presence felt with supporting role nominations for Alan Arkin (as foul-mouthed Grandpa) and ten-year-old Abigail Breslin (as Olive, the young girl seeking a place in a Redondo Beach, California beauty pageant.)

As expected, Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren were nominated for their respective leading roles as "King" and "Queen" in the films "The Last King Of Scotland" and "The Queen".  Both films are relatively small-budgeted independent pictures (Fox Searchlight and Miramax Films respectively).  Whitaker plays Idi Amin, the charismatic, magnetic but brutal and psychotic dictator from Uganda, while Mirren plays Queen Elizabeth II as a monarchy figure balancing the need to maintain British royal traditions while facing pressure from a new prime minister and a British public in mourning for the departed Princess Diana.  Dame Helen was also nominated on the television side as Queen Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth I", the HBO cable television mini-series drama.  The Screen Actors Guild nominations were the second significant awards nominations in three weeks that saw Ms. Mirren nominated on both the television and theatrical motion picture sides.  Last month, Mirren achieved double-nomination status in both media/mediums as a Golden Globe Awards nominee.

There were a series of "firsts" in the theatrical motion pictures Screen Actors Guild nomination portion of the announcement.  Rinko Kikuchi, Jennifer Hudson, Ryan Gosling (as a drug-addled teacher in "Half Nelson"), Jackie Earle Haley (as a suspected sex offender released into suburbia in "Little Children"), Penelope Cruz (as the effervescent but grieving Raimunda in "Volver"), Abigail Breslin, Will Smith (as real-life homeless man turned multi-millionaire stockbroker businessman Chris Gardner in the smash hit film "The Pursuit Of Happyness") and veteran actor Peter O'Toole (as a retiree who is re-invigorated in "Venus"), all received their first Actor (Screen Actors Guild statuette) nominations. 
 

   
Helen Again: The Dame Helen Mirren was a dual nominee again, for the second consecutive major awards nominations.   Repeat Forest: Mr. Whitaker received another nomination.
Peter O'Toole, pictured on the right in "Venus", received his first SAG Awards nomination.   (Photos: Miramax Films, DNA Films/Fox Searchlight; Miramax Films)



Perhaps the biggest winner was Leonardo DiCaprio.  He was nominated for both leading and supporting roles by a male actor for his work in "Blood Diamond" (in the leading category, as South African soldier-turned-diamond hunter Danny Archer) and "The Departed" (as the anguished and conflicted undercover police officer Billy Costigan).  Mr. DiCaprio was also nominated as part of the ensemble cast of "The Departed", directed by Martin Scorsese and distributed by Warner Brothers.

Meryl Streep's chances of further awards season nominations seem assured as she was nominated for the second major awards season accolade running as Miranda Priestly in "The Devil Wears Prada".  Kate Winslet received a nomination for her role as the complex Sarah, a married mother who embarks on a torrid affair, in "Little Children".  Cate Blanchett also was nominated as was Dame Judi Dench for their roles in "Notes On A Scandal".

The studio that came up with the most nominations was Fox Searchlight with six, followed by Warner Brothers with four.

      Phyllis Somerville and Jackie Earle Haley in Todd Field's
Ryan Gosling was nominated for "Half Nelson", while both Cate Blanchett and Dame Judi Dench were nominees for "Notes On A Scandal".
Djimon Hounsou was nominated for "Blood Diamond", while Jackie Earle Haley received a nomination for "Little Children".
(Photos: ThinkFilm; DNA Films/Fox Searchlight; Warner Brothers; New Line Cinema)

 

Finally, for ensemble cast the following films were nominated: "Babel", "Bobby", "The Departed", "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine".

Julie Andrews had been previously announced as the Screen Actors Guild Awards 43rd Annual Life Achievement Award recipient.

The 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be telecast live in North America on both TNT and TBS cable network television, on Sunday, January 28, 2007 at 8 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time, 7 p.m. Central U.S. Time, and 6 p.m. Mountain Time.

The Awards will be telecast in recorded format at 8 p.m. Pacific U.S. Time.
 

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