This is shaping up to be one of the biggest roller coasters of an award season in some time.
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) unveiled its nominees for the best in film and television this morning, offering plenty of surprises.
Perhaps the biggest? Albert Brooks was left out of the Best Supporting Actor category. Jonah Hill of "Moneyball" was the new addition. Liked Hill fine in that film, but no way Brooks shouldn't be in there instead.
Demian Bichir of "A Better Life" snuck into the Best Actor category. Most thought that spot was reserved for somebody like Michael Fassbender ("Shame"). After seeing "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," I'm surprised Thomas Horn didn't earn a nomination. Maybe most of the Guild hasn't seen it yet.
Melissa McCarthy was able to get into the Best Supporting Actress race for her work in "Bridesmaids," which is nice to see. "Bridesmaids" also earned a Best Ensemble nod, which is the SAG equivalent to Best Picture. Others are griping that Shainlene Woodley was left out of Supporting Actress for her work in "The Descendants."
THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo - "A BETTER LIFE"
GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King - "THE DESCENDANTS"
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. Edgar Hoover - "J. EDGAR"
JEAN DUJARDIN / George - "THE ARTIST"
BRAD PITT / Billy Beane - "MONEYBALL"
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
GLENN CLOSE / Albert Nobbs - "ALBERT NOBBS"
VIOLA DAVIS / Aibileen Clark - "THE HELP"
MERYL STREEP / Margaret Thatcher - "THE IRON LADY"
TILDA SWINTON / Eva - "WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN"
MICHELLE WILLIAMS / Marilyn Monroe - "MY WEEK WITH MARILYN"
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role
KENNETH BRANAGH / Sir Laurence Olivier - "MY WEEK WITH MARILYN"
ARMIE HAMMER / Clyde Tolson - "J. EDGAR"
JONAH HILL / Peter Brand - "MONEYBALL"
NICK NOLTE / Paddy Conlon - "WARRIOR"
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER / Hal - "BEGINNERS"
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role
BÉRÉNICE BEJO / Peppy - "THE ARTIST"
JESSICA CHASTAIN / Celia Foote - "THE HELP"
MELISSA McCARTHY / Megan - "BRIDESMAIDS"
JANET McTEER / Hubert Page - "ALBERT NOBBS"
OCTAVIA SPENCER / Minny Jackson - "THE HELP"
Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
"MIDNIGHT IN PARIS"
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series
PATRICK J. ADAMS / Mike Ross - "SUITS"
STEVE BUSCEMI / Enoch "Nucky" Thomson - "BOARDWALK EMPIRE"
KYLE CHANDLER / Eric Taylor - "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White - "BREAKING BAD"
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan - "DEXTER"
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series
KATHY BATES / Harriet Korn - "HARRY'S LAW"
GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes - "DAMAGES"
JESSICA LANGE / Constance - "AMERICAN HORROR STORY"
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick - "THE GOOD WIFE"
KYRA SEDGWICK / Dept. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson - "THE CLOSER"
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series
ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy - "30 ROCK"
TY BURRELL / Phil Dunphy - "MODERN FAMILY"
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott - "THE OFFICE"
JON CRYER / Alan Harper - "TWO AND A HALF MEN"
ERIC STONESTREET / Cameron Tucker - "MODERN FAMILY"
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series
JULIE BOWEN / Claire Dunphy - "MODERN FAMILY"
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton - "NURSE JACKIE"
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon - "30 ROCK"
SOFIA VERGARA / Gloria Delgado-Pritchett - "MODERN FAMILY"
BETTY WHITE / Elka Ostrovsky - "HOT IN CLEVELAND"
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series
"GAME OF THRONES"
"THE GOOD WIFE"
Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
"THE BIG BANG THEORY"
Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries
LAURENCE FISHBURNE / Thurgood Marshall - "THURGOOD"
PAUL GIAMATTI / Ben Bernanke - "TOO BIG TO FAIL"
GREG KINNEAR / Jack Kennedy - "THE KENNEDYS"
GUY PEARCE / Monty Beragon - "MILDRED PIERCE"
JAMES WOODS / Richard Fuld - "TOO BIG TO FAIL"
Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or Miniseries
DIANE LANE / Pat Loud - "CINEMA VERITE"
MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham - "DOWNTON ABBEY"
EMILY WATSON / Janet Leach - "APPROPRIATE ADULT"
BETTY WHITE / Caroline Thomas - "HALLMARK HALL OF FAME: THE LOST VALENTINE"
KATE WINSLET / Mildred Pierce - "MILDRED PIERCE"