The nominations for the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced this morning and I'm pleased to report that our girl Meryl was recognized with nominations for her leading role as Violet Weston in August: Osage County as well as for being part of the ensemble for the film. Julia Roberts was nominated for her supporting role as Barbara Fordham. Congratulations to Meryl, Julia and the fantastic cast of this film. The five nominees for Actress in a Leading Role are as follows:
1. Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
2. Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
3. Judi Dench (Philomena)
4. Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
5. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
These were my predicted five but it was a pretty easy five to predict. I've read that since American Hustle screeners were some of the last sent to SAG members that Amy Adams may have trouble getting in. I don't buy that suggestion now, as Jennifer Lawrence got in for supporting, as did the ensemble. Adams will get nominated for a Globe tomorrow and absolutely still has a chance at an Oscar nom, especially as support for her film grows in the coming weeks.
What was interesting to see was the support for both Oprah Winfrey and Forrest Whitaker for their performances in Lee Daniels' The Butler. With those two nominations, Dench and the August girls, The Weinstein Company landed five individual performance nominations to lead all studios. Despite knowing Harvey's voracity at acquiring nominations for his films, I was skeptical of how well his films would do. But many of the films he has in the running this year are rather "actory." It's not a guarantee that this will translate into Oscar nominations, but I'm very glad he's in Meryl's corner. Here's hoping his pushing of Judi Dench doesn't hurt Meryl's chances. Regardless, I'm pleased with Meryl's nomination(s) and fully expect another one tomorrow morning.
Coincidentally(?), a new promotional clip of August: Osage County was released this morning, attempting to paint this film as an "outrageous comedy." I guess that's sort of accurate, but the sugar plum fairy-ish music in the background is a bit much perhaps. But hey, that's marketing. As long as it gets butts in the seats.