Hooray, the SAG Award nominations, that is the award nominations given out by the Screen Actors Guild actors union, have been announced. There aren't too many surprises, but let's take a look at them anyway. Awards season! 

These are just the movie nominations, because who really cares about TV? The Emmys were so long ago, and like Steve Carell is still on the list, that's how out-of-time TV awards in the winter are. Really, all we care about right now is movies, so here's just movies. 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
DEMIÁN BICHIR – “A BETTER LIFE”
GEORGE CLOONEY – “THE DESCENDANTS”
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO – “J. EDGAR” 
JEAN DUJARDIN – “THE ARTIST” 
BRAD PITT – “MONEYBALL”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
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”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
KENNETH BRANAGH – “MY WEEK WITH MARILYN” 
ARMIE HAMMER – “J. EDGAR” 
JONAH HILL – “MONEYBALL” 
NICK NOLTE – “WARRIOR” 
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER – “BEGINNERS” 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
BÉRÉNICE BEJO – “THE ARTIST” 
JESSICA CHASTAIN – “THE HELP” 
MELISSA McCARTHY – “BRIDESMAIDS”
JANET McTEER – “ALBERT NOBBS” 
OCTAVIA SPENCER – “THE HELP”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

THE ARTIST

BRIDESMAIDS

THE DESCENDANTS 

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

 

So that's them! Again, only a few surprises here, like Demian Bichir for A Better Life and all the Bridesmaids love, but really what this tells us is that, unsurprisingly, The Artist is a frontrunner for Best Picture at the Oscars. And why is that? Well, because The Artist is about Old Hollywood, and boy does Hollywood love to memorialize itself. This thing could likely ride the Harvey Weinstein-generated buzz wave all the way to a win in February. 

Another interesting thing here is that this seems to imply that The Help is going to get a handful of nominations come Oscar time, which is a little ridiculous. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were certainly good in the movie, but c'mon. It was summertime hokum. But, like The Blind Side before it, The Help seems to be taking the Feel-Good train all the way to the Kodak Theater. Which, with this latest big awards announcement, feels ever closer. We'll say it again: Awards season!