Stars Gear Up for SAG Awards

Brokeback, Boston Legal and Grey's Anatomy lead the acting pack

Awards season continues in earnest with the 12th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards set to take place Sunday at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

The cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain leads the list of movie contenders with four nominations, including nods for both Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, while in the TV division, the leading nominees are Boston Legal, which earned nods for best comedy ensemble and three of its actors, and Grey’s Anatomy, nominated for best drama, best actor and best actress.

As was the case at the recent Golden Globes, Felicity Huffman picked up two major SAG nominations. She’s in the running for best female movie actor (in TransAmerica, for which she took home the Globe) and in the same category for comedy TV series (Desperate Housewives.)

The SAG Awards, voted on by the Screen Actors Guild, are considered one of several indicators of the Oscars. (Academy Award nominations are due to be announced this coming Tuesday morning.)

The list of announced SAG presenters includes Naveen Andrews, Patricia Arquette, Benjamin Bratt, Marg Helgenberger, Eva Longoria, Ellen Pompeo, Catherine Keener, Jeremy Piven, William Shatner, David Strathairn and Hilary Swank.

As yet, there is only one shoo-in expected in Sunday’s winner’s circle: Shirley Temple Black. At age 77, she is still the most famous child actor on earth. Black, who started acting at 3 years old and is now working on her second autobiography, is set to receive the Guild’s Life Achievement Award.

The 12th Annual SAG Awards will air on TNT and TBS on Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. PEOPLE Magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation are sponsors of the post-show gala.

The complete list of SAG nominees is as follows:


Actor: Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote; Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain; Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line; David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck.

Actress: Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents; Felicity Huffman, Transamerica; Charlize Theron, North Country; Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line; Ziyi Zhang, Memoirs of a Geisha.

Supporting Actor: Don Cheadle, Crash; George Clooney, Syriana; Matt Dillon, Crash; Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man; Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain.

Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, Junebug; Catherine Keener, Capote; Frances McDormand, North Country; Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener; Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain.

Ensemble Cast: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck, Hustle & Flow.


Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Kenneth Branagh, Warm Springs; Ted Danson, Knights of the South Bronx; Ed Harris, Empire Falls; Paul Newman, Empire Falls; Christopher Plummer, Our Fathers.

Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Tonantzin Carmelo, Into the West; S. Epatha Merkerson, Lackawanna Blues; Cynthia Nixon, Warm Springs; Joanne Woodward, Empire Falls; Robin Wright Penn, Empire Falls.

Actor in a Drama Series: Alan Alda, The West Wing; Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy; Hugh Laurie, House; Ian McShane, Deadwood; Kiefer Sutherland, 24.

Actress in a Drama Series: Patricia Arquette, Medium; Geena Davis, Commander in Chief; Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy; Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer.

Actor in a Comedy Series: Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm; Sean Hayes, Will & Grace; Jason Lee, My Name Is Earl; William Shatner, Boston Legal; James Spader, Boston Legal.

Actress in a Comedy Series: Candice Bergen, Boston Legal; Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond; Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives; Megan Mullally, Will & Grace; Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds.

Drama Ensemble: The Closer, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Six Feet Under, The West Wing.

Comedy Ensemble: Arrested Development, Boston Legal, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Desperate Housewives, Everybody Loves Raymond, My Name Is Earl.

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