The nominees for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced on Thursday, though I’m only just finding time to post my brief reaction. On first glance, the most surprising inclusions are Hilary Swank (Conviction) and John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone). While I’m a much bigger fan of Swank’s film, I couldn’t possibly fault Hawkes’ performance. (Coincidentally, I recently saw Miranda July’s Me and You and Everyone We Know, and Hawkes gives it his all in that film as well.)
The supporting nomination for Mila Kunis would have been more eye-opening a few weeks ago, but after the Golden Globe nominees were revealed, it’s clear that she’s becoming a real force. So is Black Swan as a whole, which also received a Best Ensemble nod, as well as the expected recognition for Natalie Portman.
The big winners were The Fighter and The King’s Speech, but this time around, Mark Wahlberg was deferred in favor of Get Low‘s Robert Duvall. Nevertheless, these two films still look like the ones that will dominate the acting categories — both lead and supporting — throughout the season.
There’s not much else to go on, other than the dual Blue Valentine snubs, and the exclusion of Inception in the Best Ensemble category, which, frankly, didn’t surprise me all that much. The full list of nominees can be found below.
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST STUNT ENSEMBLE