Nominees were chosen in five theatrical motion picture and eight primetime television categories. Winners will be presented with their statuettes on Jan. 29 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The awards ceremony will be televised live on Turner Network Television (TNT) and TBS at 8 PM ET; check local listings.
Stage and screen stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and David Straithairn were both nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role category. Hoffman was nominated for his performance in “Capote,” Straithairn for his work in “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Others in that field include Russell Crowe (“Cinderella Man”), Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“Walk the Line”).
Felicity Huffman, the Emmy-winning “Desperate Housewives” star who is also a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her work in “Transamerica.” Also nominated in that category is Dame Judi Dench for “Mrs. Henderson Presents” as well as Charlize Theron (“North Country”), Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) and Ziyi Zhang (“Memoirs of a Geisha”).
Also of interest to theatre fans: Paul Giamatti picked up a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his turn in “Cinderella Man.” His competitors include Don Cheadle (“Crash”), George Clooney (“Syriana”), Matt Dillon (“Crash”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Brokeback Mountain”). Frances McDormand was nominated in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role field for her work in “North Country”; others in that category include Amy Adams (“Junebug”), Catherine Keener (“Capote”), Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”) and Michelle Williams (“Brokeback Mountain”).
The primetime television nominees also include several familiar theatre faces: Kenneth Branagh (“Warm Springs”), Paul Newman (“Empire Falls”) and Christopher Plummer (“Our Fathers”) will all vie for the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Award; Ted Danson (“Knights of the South Bronx”) and Ed Harris (“Empire Falls”) are also nominated in that category. In the Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries field, nominees include S. Epatha Merkerson (“Lackawanna Blues”), Cynthia Nixon (“Warm Springs”) and Joanne Woodward (“Empire Falls”) as well as Robin Wright Penn (“Empire Falls”) and Tonantzin Carmelo (“Into the West”). The Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series is also chock full of theatre performers: Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) and Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds”) were all nominated; their competitors include Candice Bergen (“Boston Legal”) and Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”).
For a complete list of SAG nominees, go to www.sagawards.org.