SAG nods cap busy week for film award watchers

Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:49pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Screen Actors Guild on Thursday unveiled nominations for its widely watched film awards, giving key nods to three films including "Up in the Air" and capping a busy week of honors from industry groups.

In the past five days, critics and others across the United States have named best films, top 10 lists and nominations for upcoming honors such as the Golden Globe Awards -- all leading to the world's top movie awards, the Oscars, in March.

Hollywood watchers are focusing on several movies in the awards sweepstakes including Quentin Tarantino's war fantasy "Inglourious Basterds," urban drama "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," Iraq war movie "The Hurt Locker," mid-life crisis tale "Up In the Air" and adventure "Avatar."

"It's thrilling and gratifying and pretty extraordinary from this particular filmmaker's perspective," said "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow about her movie's success.

Three films, "Up in the Air," "Inglourious Basterds," and "Precious" earned three nominations apiece for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards with "Basterds" and "Precious" among nominees for best ensemble cast, SAG's top honor.

Joining them were the stars of the musical "Nine," including Penelope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis, as well as the actors in "The Hurt Locker" and "An Education."

"Up in the Air," starring George Clooney as a corporate hatchet man, earned three nominations for Clooney as best actor and Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick as best supporting actress.

"AIR" UP IN SMOKE?   Continued...