SAG Awards: Meet the Nominees

See who's who in the top categories, with Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Oh and more. By Caryn Midler

01 of 08

REESE WITHERSPOONWINNER

REESE WITHERSPOONWINNER
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Nomination: Best actress, Walk the Line
She was so nervous to play June Carter Cash that she "begged every day" to get off the movie, Witherspoon told Oprah Winfrey. Less daunting was juggling Ava, 5, and Deacon, 2 (with husband Ryan Phillippe), while filming. "I wouldn't say it was easy. But you work it out. Women get amazing things done."
Up next: The fantasy film Penelope

02 of 08

SANDRA OHWINNER

SANDRA OHWINNER
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Nomination: Best TV actress (drama), Grey's Anatomy
She snagged a Golden Globe for her role as cutthroat Dr. Cristina Yang, but Oh is careful to temper her excitement. "I don't really think (awards are) something that you can spend a lot of energy aiming toward," the Canada native has said. "It can be a very distracting thing." But she doesn't mind a little competition, admitting that winning is "just terrifically exciting."
Up next: The thriller Night Listener, with Robin Williams

03 of 08

KIEFER SUTHERLANDWINNER

KIEFER SUTHERLANDWINNER
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Nomination: Best TV actor (drama), 24
Even though it's his fourth nod as secret agent Jack Bauer, this may be the first time the single dad brings a new girlfriend to the SAGs: public relations exec Tricia Cardozo. The pair, who started dating only recently, already attended the Golden Globes together.
Up next: The April thriller The Sentinel, with Michael Douglas

04 of 08

JASON LEE

JASON LEE
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Nomination: Best TV actor (comedy), My Name Is Earl
When it comes to his NBC show, it's all about timing, says Lee, who's engaged to photographer Beth Riesgraf (they have a 2-year-old son, Pilot Inspektor). At 35, "there is something nice about having a job, a steady income, a place that's like a second home where I can go," he told the L.A. Times. But sometimes timing stinks: He came down with chicken pox just before the SAGs.
Up next: For now, calamine lotion and bed rest

05 of 08

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

MICHELLE WILLIAMS
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Nomination: Best supporting actress, Brokeback Mountain
Williams got the best award of all while filming Brokeback: That's when the Montana native met fellow nominee Heath Ledger, her boyfriend and father of her 2-month-old daughter, Matilda. "It will be forever special because of meeting Heath and having Matilda," she's said, calling the film her "ultimate souvenir."
Up next: The Hawk Is Dying, a drama starring Paul Giamatti

06 of 08

JOAQUIN PHOENIX

JOAQUIN PHOENIX
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Nomination: Best actor (film), Walk the Line
When Phoenix said, "Whoever thought I'd win in the comedy or musical category?" as he accepted his Golden Globe, he wasn't being modest. Like his costar Witherspoon, the quirky actor, who plays Johnny Cash, had no experience singing. "I don't even hum in the shower," he's said.
Up next: The gritty crime drama We Own the Night

07 of 08

DON CHEADLE

DON CHEADLE
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Nomination: Best supporting actor, Crash
Never mind all the critical praise. Cheadle, a father of two, was more interested in his movie's message than its accolades: "Ultimately (Crash) was as rewarding as anything I've ever done," he told Variety. He was so affected by the racially charged film that he signed on as a producer. "I was just really happy that someone was going to write about these things."
Up next: The crime caper Smokin' Aces

08 of 08

FELICITY HUFFMANWINNER (TV)

FELICITY HUFFMANWINNER (TV)
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Nominations: Best actress, TransAmerica; and best TV actress (comedy), Desperate Housewives
Huffman has said she "couldn't shake" her Golden Globe-winning role as transsexual Bree in TransAmerica – and it didn't help that her character shares a name with Desperate Housewife Marcia Cross's alter-ego. "They'd call (her) to set, and I'd jump up and start to run out. I was, like, 'I'm Bree! I'm Bree!' "
Up next: More drama on Wisteria Lane

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