Actors nominate The Hours and Chicago as their favourites

Story by Jack Foley

 

THIS year’s Oscar favourites feature strongly among the nominations in the annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

Chicago tops the list with five nominations, while Stephen Daldry’s The Hours grabbed four. The awards are voted for by members of the United States’ acting union.

British talent features prominently, with Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York) pitted against Jack Nicholson (About Schmidt), Nicolas Cage (Adaptation) and Richard Gere (Chicago) in the best actor category, and Catherine Zeta-Jones up for a best supporting actress award for Chicago.

Bridget Jones star, Renee Zellweger, follows her Golden Globe for best musical/comedy actress with a SAG nomination for the same role, and will be pitted against Salma Hayek (Frida), Nicole Kidman (The Hours, who won the best dramatic actress category at the Globes), Diane Lane (Unfaithful) and Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven).

Moore's nod is accompanied by a best supporting actress nomination for her role in The Hours, making her the actress with the most nominations overall.

The SAG nominations are seen as another important indicator of which names are expected to feature prominently at the Oscars ceremony in March, while also looking set to honour many of the performers who have already picked up accolades this season.

Elsewhere, the best supporting actor category will be contested by Christopher Walken (Catch Me If You Can), Chris Cooper (Adaptation), Alfred Molina (Frida), Ed Harris (The Hours) and Dennis Quaid (Far From Heaven).

Zeta Jones and Moore, meanwhile, will compete with Queen Latifah (Chicago), as well as Kathy Bates (About Schmidt) and Michelle Pfeiffer (White Oleander).

The awards will be presented on March 9 in Los Angeles.

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