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Our Favourite 2011 SAG Award Nominees
December 14, 2011
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The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for its 18th annual film and TV awards today. The SAG awards don't air until January 29, but their nominee list is one of the annual indicators that Oscar season has arrived. Amid all the year-end best-of lists, Academy Award predictions and the holiday blockbuster release schedule, the SAGs present one of the biggest early clues about what films, actors and TV shows are likely to dominate Hollywood's annual awards season.

Since the SAG awards recognize the best on both big screen and small, and include categories for ensemble casts as well as individual performers, the list of nominees is pretty comprehensive.

There are a few, however, that caught our eye, mostly because they've been guests in the red chair this past year. If you want to see the full list of nominees, you can follow the link at the bottom of the post; otherwise, here are some of the SAG contenders who have visited our studio recently:

Michael K. Williams

The actor was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series along with the rest of the cast of Boardwalk Empire, the HBO series about Prohibition-era Atlantic City. But it was his earlier role as Omar in The Wire that caught the attention of U.S. President Barack Obama, and resulted in this clip when he sat in the red chair in September:

Bryan Cranston

The man who once played the father in Malcolm in the Middle now joins the cast of AMC's meth-lab drama Breaking Bad in a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. When he sat down with George in September, he talked about the difference between those two characters:

Christopher Plummer

The legendary Canadian performer was nominated in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his appearance in the movie Beginners, in which his character Hal decides to reveal his sexual orientation to his adult son. When Plummer appeared on the show last year, he talked to George about aging, directors and getting upstaged at Stratford by William Shatner:

Cory Monteith

Canada's Cory Monteith continues to see his star rise thanks to his role as Finn Hudson on Fox-TV's musical-loving show Glee, and he shares a SAG nomination with his castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. When he appeared in the red chair in October, he also talked to George about some of the less gleeful moments in his past:

Judah Friedlander

The veteran comic joins the rest of the 30 Rock cast in receiving the SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, but when he visited the studio last year he had other things on his mind, such as how to beat up absolutely anybody (except for humourless martial-arts experts who don't know when he's joking):

Jim Parsons

Parsons plays theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, the cast of which has also received this year's SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. His conversation with George when he sat in the red chair earlier this year touched on formative moments in the development of a young actor, such as, well, the first time he saw an age-inappropriate movie:


The Complete List of 2011 SAG Award Nominees


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