"King's Speech," "Fighter" lead SAG film nominees
By Bob Tourtellotte
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Screen Actors Guild on Thursday nominated the performers in "The King's Speech" and "The Fighter" for four awards each, including best cast, boosting the films' chances in Hollywood's Oscar sweepstakes.
Joining those films among nominees for best ensemble cast, which is SAG's top film honor, are the actors in "Black Swan," "The Kids Are All Right" and "The Social Network.
The Screen Actors Guild represents film and television actors and actresses, and each year their awards are closely watched for tips as to which movies and performers may also compete for the Oscars, the film industry's top honors.
"The King's Speech," which tells of the stuttering problems of British King George VI on the eve of World War Two, also picked up SAG nods for Colin Firth as lead actor and Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush in the supporting actress and actor categories, respectively.
Likewise, boxing drama "The Fighter" scored nominations for Christian Bale in the supporting actor category and Amy Adams and Melissa Leo in the supporting actress group.
But in a snub, "Fighter" star Mark Wahlberg was left off the list of contenders for best actor after picking up a Golden Globe nomination earlier this week as a boxer who must overcome family and personal issues on his way to a championship.
Instead, SAG nominated five others for top actor, including Firth, Jeff Bridges in western "True Grit," Robert Duvall for independent film drama "Get Low," James Franco in adventure "127 Hours" and Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network."
After being named as 2010's best movie by several critics groups earlier this month, "Social Network," which tells of the rise of popular website Facebook, picked up just two SAG nominations -- for best ensemble cast and for Eisenberg. Continued...