LOS ANGELES - Television dramas The West Wing and The Sopranos led the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations announced yesterday morning by actors Michael Clarke Duncan and Megan Mullally while Chicago garnered the most (five) for a movie.
Despite their black attire, Duncan and Mullally kept upbeat as they sailed through the announcement - barely taking time to pause when Mullally's name came up as one of the contenders for best female actor in a comedy series. Shortly after the announcement, the actress revealed that she was surprised.
"They kind of kept it from me," she says, adding that on the podium she was "concentrating on not screwing up the announcement."
Duncan, however, got to see the full list Monday, giving him time to practice on pronouncing the names correctly.
"It's an exciting morning, I got up early - I couldn't sleep all night. I was a little worried, but I think I pulled it off," he says, adding that the name "Schmidt" in About Schmidt gave him the most trouble.
The Hours had four nods while Adaptation had three. On the TV side, The West Wing and The Sopranos pulled four nominations apiece; Friends and Will & Grace each received three nods.
Julianne Moore and Sean Hayes are the only two actors to receive more than one nomination each - Moore in the leading actress category for Far From Heaven and supporting actress for her performance in The Hours, and Hayes for his work on Will & Grace and in the TV movie or miniseries category for Martin & Lewis.
Surprises include Michelle Pfeiffer in the supporting actress category and the omissions of actress Meryl Streep and HBO drama Six Feet Under from any of the major acting categories.
Treat Williams snagged a nod for his work on the WB drama Everwood, and Lily Tomlin was honored for her limited amount of screen time on NBC's The West Wing.
The SAG awards will be presented in Los Angeles March 9, and will be broadcast on TNG starting at 8 p.m. SAG is the union of film and TV actors.
Adrien Brody, The Pianist; Nicolas Cage, Adaptation; Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York; Richard Gere, Chicago; Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt.
Chris Cooper, Adaptation; Ed Harris, The Hours; Alfred Molina, Frida; Dennis Quaid, Far From Heaven; Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can.
Kathy Bates, About Schmidt; Julianne Moore, The Hours; Michelle Pfeiffer, White Oleander; Queen Latifah, Chicago; Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago.
Adaptation, Chicago, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Actor in a TV movie or miniseries:
Actress in a TV movie or miniseries:
Kathy Bates, My Sister's Keeper, CBS; Stockard Channing, The Matthew Shepard Story, NBC; Helen Mirren, Door to Door, TNT; Vanessa Redgrave, The Gathering Storm, HBO; Uma Thurman, Hysterical Blindness, HBO.
Actor in a drama series:
Michael Chiklis, The Shield, FX; James Gandolfini, The Sopranos, HBO; Martin Sheen, The West Wing, NBC; Kiefer Sutherland, 24, Fox; Treat Williams, Everwood, WB.
Actress in a drama series:
Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos, HBO; Amy Brenneman, Judging Amy, CBS; Edie Falco, The Sopranos, HBO; Allison Janney, The West Wing, NBC; Lily Tomlin, The West Wing, NBC.
Actor in a comedy series:
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace, NBC; Matt LeBlanc, Friends, NBC; Bernie Mac, The Bernie Mac Show, Fox; Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS; Tony Shalhoub, Monk, USA.
Actress in a comedy series:
Jennifer Aniston, Friends, NBC; Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City, HBO; Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS; Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle, Fox; Megan Mullally, Will & Grace, NBC.
Ensemble in a drama series:
24, Fox; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS; Six Feet Under, HBO; The Sopranos, HBO; The West Wing, NBC.
Ensemble in a comedy series:
Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS; Frasier, NBC; Friends, NBC; Sex and the City, HBO; Will & Grace, NBC.
Lifetime Achievement Award: