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Screen Actors Guild Honor Their Own

by Dave McNary

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Rinko Kikuchi was nominated for 'Babel'

Favoring studio specialty films, the Screen Actors Guild has tapped Paramount Vantage's "Babel," Weinstein Co.'s "Bobby," Warner Bros.' "The Departed," Paramount's "Dreamgirls" and Fox Searchlight's "Little Miss Sunshine" as nominees for its top feature ensemble award.

No single film dominated the nominations, announced Thursday, January 4 by Sandra Oh and Elijah Wood at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood. But studio specialty divisions scored especially well with 14 of the 25 nods for features, led by six for Fox Searchlight.

"Babel," "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine" took three nominations each while Warner's "Blood Diamond," "The Departed," New Line's "Little Children" and Fox Searchlight's "Notes on a Scandal" garnered two apiece.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Honsou in 'Blood Diamond'

Leonardo DiCaprio repeated his Golden Globes feat of scoring two feature nominations with a best lead actor nod for "Blood Diamond" and a supporting actor nom for "The Departed." And Helen Mirren received nominations for both her roles as British royalty as lead film actress for "The Queen" and lead actress in a TV movie or miniseries for "Elizabeth I."

Besides DiCaprio, other lead actor nominations in film went to Ryan Gosling in Thinkfilm's "Half Nelson," Peter O'Toole in Miramax's "Venus," Will Smith in Sony's "The Pursuit of Happyness" and Forest Whitaker in Searchlight's "The Last King of Scotland."

Mirren, who won a SAG supporting actress award for "Gosford Park," will compete in the lead actress category with Penelope Cruz in "Volver," Judi Dench in "Notes on a Scandal," Meryl Streep for "The Devil Wears Prada" and Kate Winslet for "Little Children." Cruz is the only nominee among the quintet who hasn't previously won a SAG trophy.

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Helen Mirren in 'Elizabeth I'

DiCaprio's competion in the supporting category will include "Blood Diamond" castmate Djimon Honsou along with Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine," Jackie Earle Haley in "Little Children" and Eddie Murphy in "Dreamgirls."

Two supporting actresses from "Babel," Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi, will compete in that category along with Cate Blanchett in "Notes on a Scandal," Abigail Breslin in "Little Miss Sunshine" and Jennifier Hudson in "Dreamgirls." Two years ago, Blanchett won the category and then took home an Oscar for "The Aviator."

SAG will announce the winners, voted by the 120,000 guild members, at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award show festivities will premiere live on TNT and TBS Sunday, January 28, 2007, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Abigail Breslin in 'Little Miss Sunshine'

SAG's ensemble award has matched the Best Picture Oscar in six of the 12 years, including last year's wins for "Crash." SAG's lead actor winner has also won the Best Actor Oscar in eight of 12 years, including Philip Seymour Hoffman last year for "Capote." SAG's lead actress winner has also won the Oscar in nine of 12 years, including Reese Witherspoon for "Walk the Line" in 2006.

The SAG nominations, chosen by a panel of 2,100 SAG members, excluded Clint Eastwood's companion films -- Paramount's "Flags of Our Fathers" and Warner's "Letters From Iwo Jima" -- along with Universal's "United 93" although that trio's considered as strong possibilities in Oscar voting. The three films were also snubbed in Producers Guild nominations, announced recently.

Other acting contenders not making the SAG cut included thespians from films: "The Good Shepherd," "Children of Men," "Stranger Than Fiction," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Factory Girl," "World Trade Center," "For Your Consideration," "Sherrybaby," "Catch a Fire" and "The History Boys."

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Thomas Haden Church and Robert Duvall received

best actor nods for 'Broken Trail'

In the TV categories, the HBO series, "The Sopranos" and the AMC mini-series, "Broken Trail," led with three nominations each. "The Sopranos" took noms in drama series ensemble and for drama series acting with James Gandolfini and Edie Falco while "Broken Trail" received nods for cast members Thomas Haden Church, Robert Duvall and Greta Scacchi.

Gandolfini and Falco both won SAG acting awards in 2000 and 2003 and "The Sopranos" took the series trophy in 2000. "The Sopranos" is up against Fox's "24," ABC's "Boston Legal," HBO's "Deadwood" and ABC's "Grey's Anatomy."

"Boston Legal," which scored a nomination last year in the comedy series category, was submitted this year as a drama. HBO led in TV nominations with 10, followed by ABC and NBC with eight each while AMC, Fox, Showtime and TNT all took in three each.

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Steve Carrell was nominated for 'The Office'

Besides his two acting nominations, DiCaprio also received a third nod a cast member of "The Departed." Steve Carrell also received three noms -- a TV nomination for actor in a comedy series for "The Office" along with ensemble nods for "The Office" and for "Little Miss Sunshine." Martin Sheen received two nominations in the ensemble category as a cast member of "Bobby" and "The Departed."

The contest for female actress in a comedy series features a trio of actresses who have won the category six times -- Felicity Huffman, who won last year for "Desperate Housewives," Julia-Louis Dreyfus, nommed for "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and a two-time winner for "Seinfeld" and Megan Mullally, who's won the category three times for "Will & Grace." The other nominees are Mary-Louise Parker for "Weeds" and Jamie Pressly for "My Name Is Earl."

And in the ensemble comedy series category, ABC's two-time winner, "Desperate Housewives," goes up against a quartet of first-timers - HBO's "Entourage," NBC's "The Office," ABC's "Ugly Betty" and Showtime's "Weeds."

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13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

(winners will be highlighted in blue)

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Theatrical Motion Pictures

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio

Archer in "Blood Diamond"

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Ryan Gosling

Dan Dunne in "Half Nelson"

(THINKFilm)

Peter O'Toole

Maurice in "Venus"

(Miramax Films)

Will Smith

Chris Gardner in "The Pursuit of Happyness"

(Sony Pictures)

Forest Whitaker

Idi Amin Jim Braddock in "The Last King of Scotland"

(Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Penelope Cruz

Raimunda in "Volver"

(Sony Pictures Classics)

Judi Dench

Barbara Covett in "Notes On A Scandal"

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Helen Mirren

The Queen in "The Queen"

(Miramax Films)

Meryl Streep

Miranda Priestly in "The Devil Wears Prada"

(20th Century Fox)

Kate Winslet

Sarah Pierce in "Little Children"

(New Line Cinema)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin

Grandpa in "Little Miss Sunshine"

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Leonardo DiCaprio

Billy in "The Departed"

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jackie Earle Haley

Ronnie J. McGorvey in "Little Children"

(New Line Cinema)

Djimon Hounsou

Solomon in "Blood Diamond"

(Warner Bros. Pictures)

Eddie Murphy

James 'Thunder' Early in "Dreamgirls"

(Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Adriana Barraza

Amelia in "Babel"

(Paramount Vantage)

Cate Blanchett

Sheba Hart in "Notes On A Scandal"

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Abigail Breslin

Olive in "Little Miss Sunshine"

(Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Jennifer Hudson

Effie White in "Dreamgirls"

(Paramount Pictures)

Rinko Kikuchi

Chieko in "Babel"

(Paramount Vantage)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

"Babel"

(Paramount Vantage)

Adriana Barraza ~ Amelia

Cate Blanchett ~ Susan

Gael Garc

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'Little Miss Sunshine' Reigns Bright At SAG Awards

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'Little Miss Sunshine' Ensemble Winning Cast proudly show their

Acting Awards for Best Ensemble. Smiling cast members include

(L-R) Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin

The quirky comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" won the top prize at the "13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards" on Sunday, January 28, giving the underdog film about a family of losers a big boost in the race for the Oscars on Sunday, February 25. Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren won the Best Actor and Actress awards for their portrayals of real life people.

Whitaker won for his role as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" and Mirren for her work in the starring role of "The Queen." Mirren also won for Best Actress in a Television Miniseries or Movie for the title role in the HBO drama "Elizabeth I."

In a good omen for "Little Miss Sunshine," three of the last four winners of the SAG award for best ensemble have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Last year, the award for best ensemble went to "Crash" in a first sign that "Brokeback Mountain" did not have a lock on the Oscars, which "Crash" later won.

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Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Acting kudos for 'Dreamgirls'

Comedian Eddie Murphy and newcomer Jennifer Hudson, a former "American Idol" contestant, were named Best Supporting Actor and Actress for their performances in "Dreamgirls." Murphy played a James Brown-like singer who falls on hard times in the film based on the rise of a Supremes-like group, while Hudson played a singer expelled from the group.

Mirren was delighted by her two victories on the night. Her Co-Star, Jeremy Irons, won the Guild's prize for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his work in "Elizabeth I." Answering questions back stage, Mirren said it was shameful that "Elizabeth I" received no award nominations in Britain.

"I am so proud," she Mirren. "I love this award more than any other award. I think especially being a Brit, American film acting has always inspired us and influenced us and pressed us, or me, anyway. I've always looked to American film actors to teach me how to do it, basically."

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Earning Best Film Acting statues were Forest Whitaker for 'The Last King of Scotland'

and Helen Mirren for 'The Queen' and 'Elizabeth I'

Mirren's TV win as the 16th and 17th century British monarch follows triumphs for the same role at the Emmys and Golden Globes. Her film turn as the leader's modern-day namesake in "The Queen" has brought her a string of Hollywood honors that is expected to culminate with the Best Actress prize at the upcoming Academy Awards.

In television awards, "Grey's Anatomy" was named best ensemble drama and "The Office" won best ensemble comedy. "This is quite the honor having these people present this to us," Steve Carell, star of "The Office," said of the award's presenters, the cast of the sitcom classic, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," including Moore, Edward Asner and Cloris Leachman.

Two "doctors" scored major victories beyond their televised hospital settings. Chandra Wilson was named Best Actress in a Drama Series as a tough-minded doctor nicknamed "The Nazi" in "Grey's Anatomy" and Hugh Laurie for his work as the brilliant but acerbic physician in "House."

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Winning Best Television Comedy Acting honors were America Ferrera for 'Ugly Betty'

and Alec Baldwin for '30 Rock'

Alec Baldwin was named Best Actor in a Comedy Series for "30 Rock" and America Ferrera won Best Actress in a Comedy for her work in "Ugly Betty." Ferrera, who plays a homely office worker, said she thought television was becoming more realistic in its acceptance of minorities and less than beautiful people as role models.

The Guild awards had assumed greater importance than usual this year because the fight for its top award -- best cast ensemble performance -- was too close to call. SAG members choose between five films for best ensemble performance: "Babel," "Bobby," "The Departed," "Dreamgirls" and "Little Miss Sunshine."

In addition, 19 of the 20 actors nominated for Oscars this year were up for SAG awards -- showing once again that the actors' choice will be a strong indicator of what happens at the Academy awards on February 25. Actors make up about 22 percent of Oscar voters, making them the biggest single voting group for the awards.

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