Los Angeles “Up in the Air,” “Precious” and “Inglourious Basterds” led the Screen Actors Guild Awards with three nominations each Thursday, among them honors for George Clooney, Diane Kruger and Mo’Nique.
The World War II rewrite “Inglourious Basterds” and the Harlem story “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire” are competing for the guild’s overall cast prize, along with the 1960s British drama “An Education,” the Iraq War tale “The Hurt Locker” and the musical “Nine.”
The corporate-downsizing tale “Up in the Air” was shut out of that category but scored a lead-actor nomination for Clooney as a frequent-flyer whiz and two supporting-actress slots, for Vera Farmiga as his new love and Anna Kendrick as his new protege.
Kruger picked up a supporting-actress honor as a German movie star and Allied spy in “Inglourious Basterds,” which also earned a supporting-actor slot for Christoph Waltz as an exuberantly ruthless Nazi.
“Precious” earned a lead-actress honor for Gabourey Sidibe as an illiterate, abused teen determined to make a better life. Mo’Nique was nominated as supporting actress as the teen’s despicable mother.
For best actor, Clooney is up against Jeff Bridges as a boozy country singer in “Crazy Heart,” Colin Firth as a grieving gay academic in “A Single Man,” Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in “Invictus” and Jeremy Renner as a daredevil bomb technician in “The Hurt Locker.”
Along with Sidibe, nominated for best actress are Sandra Bullock as foster mom for a future NFL star in “The Blind Side,” Helen Mirren as the wife of Leo Tolstoy in “The Last Station,” Carey Mulligan as a teen involved with an older man in “An Education,” and Meryl Streep as chef Julia Child in “Julie & Julia.”
The choices lined up much the same as Tuesday’s Golden Globe nominations. A few notable differences: SAG pick Renner missed out at the Globes, which favored Tobey Maguire for another war-on-terror tale, “Brothers”; Kruger helped announce Globe nominations but was not selected herself, Julianne Moore making the Globe supporting-actress cut for “A Single Man”; Emily Blunt, a dramatic-actress nominee at the Globes for “The Young Victoria,” was snubbed by SAG.
Television nominees included familiar names, comedy-series actress Tina Fey and actor Alec Baldwin of “30 Rock,” which also had a nomination for overall cast. The show won all three SAG comedy categories last year. Baldwin has won the comedy-show actor prize the last three years, while Fey has won for actress the last two.
Other TV comedies nominated for best cast are “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Glee,” “Modern Family” and “The Office.”
Last year’s drama cast winner, “Mad Men,” is nominated again, along with “The Closer, “Dexter,” “The Good Wife” and “True Blood.”
The SAG Awards will be handed out Jan. 23.