'The Fighter,' 'King's Speech' Lead SAG Award Nominations

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LOS ANGELES -- The British monarchy drama "The King'sSpeech" and the boxing tale "The Fighter" led the Screen ActorsGuild Awards with four nominations each Thursday, among them honorsfor Colin Firth, Christian Bale and Helena Bonham Carter.

While "The King's Speech" star Firth was among best-actornominees, "The Fighter" star Mark Wahlberg missed out in thatcategory.

His co-stars Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo all earnedsupporting nominations, along with Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rushfor "The King's Speech."

Firth and Bale have emerged as front-runners this Academy Awardsseason.

Other nominees include best-actress favorites Annette Bening forthe lesbian-family tale "The Kids Are All Right" and NataliePortman for the psychosexual thriller "Black Swan."

They are up against Nicole Kidman for the grieving-parent drama "RabbitHole"; Jennifer Lawrence for the Ozarks crime yarn "Winter'sBone"; and Hilary Swank for the legal saga "Conviction."

Along with Firth, best-actor nominees are Jeff Bridges for theWestern "True Grit"; Robert Duvall for the backwoods romp "GetLow"; Jesse Eisenberg for the Facebook drama "The SocialNetwork"; and James Franco for the survival story "127 Hours."

"The Fighter" and "The King's Speech" are competing forSAG's overall cast performance prize, along with "Black Swan,""The Kids Are All Right" and "The Social Network."

Besides Adams, Bonham Carter and Leo, supporting-actresscontenders are Mila Kunis for "Black Swan" and Hailee Steinfeldfor "True Grit."

Bale and Rush are joined by supporting-actor nominees JohnHawkes for "Winter's Bone"; Jeremy Renner for the heist thriller"The Town"; and Mark Ruffalo for "The Kids Are All Right."

Among television contenders, "Modern Family" led with fourcomedy nominations, including Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill for bestactor, Sofia Vergara for best actress, and a cast honor.

"Temple Grandin" earned three nominations for best actress ina TV movie or miniseries, for Claire Danes, Catherine O'Hara andJulia Ormond.

The SAG Awards will be handed out Jan. 30. The lineup helpssolidify the Oscar picture for some front-runners, such as Firthand Bale, who have ranked at the top in their categories onawards-watchers' lists. Academy Awards nominations come out Jan.25, with the Oscar ceremony following on Feb. 27.

Yet the SAG choices muddy things a bit, as well, as the guild'slineup has some notable departures from the Golden Globes, whosenominations came out Tuesday.

While Bridges and 14-year-old newcomer Steinfeld snagged SAGnominations for "True Grit," the film was shut out entirely atthe Globes.

Wahlberg made the Globes cut but not SAG's. Likewise, MichelleWilliams and Ryan Gosling earned lead-acting nominations at theGlobes for the marital drama "Blue Valentine" but were shut outat SAG.

SAG prizes often line up with eventual Oscar winners. All fourguild recipients for 2009 won the same honors at the Oscars - leadperformers Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side" and Bridges for"Crazy Heart" and supporting players Mo'Nique for "Precious"and Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds."

The guild's cast prize last time went to "InglouriousBasterds," while "The Hurt Locker" won the best-picture Oscar.

Film and TV nominees were chosen by two groups of 2,100 peopleeach, randomly chosen from the guild's roughly 100,000 members. Theguild's full membership is eligible to vote for winners.

The show will include the guild's life-achievement award forErnest Borgnine.

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Screen Actors Guild: http://www.sagawards.org

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