“Chicago” and “The Hours” Actors Vie for Top Honors at 9th Annual SAG Awards

News   “Chicago” and “The Hours” Actors Vie for Top Honors at 9th Annual SAG Awards Turner Network Television will broadcast the 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards March 9.

Televised live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center, the awards ceremony will begin at 8 PM ET. Check local listings. A highlight of the program will be the presentation of the 39th Annual Achievement Award to accomplished actor-director-producer Clint Eastwood.

Melissa Gilbert, Megan Mullally and Michael Clarke Duncan announced Jan. 28 the nominations for the 9th Annual SAG Awards for Outstanding Performances during 2002. Nominees were chosen in five theatrical motion picture categories and ten television categories.

Both "Chicago" — directed by Rob Marshall — and David Hare's "The Hours" — directed by Stephen Daldry — picked up a slew of nominations for its actors. Richard Gere, the Billy Flynn of "Chicago," was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, while his co-star, Renée Zellweger, was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Zellweger was nominated against Nicole Kidman, who portrays Virginia Woolf in "The Hours." Others in that category include Salma Hayek ("Frida"), Diane Lane ("Unfaithful") and Julianne Moore ("Far From Heaven"). Moore was also nominated for her work in "The Hours" in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role category. Her competitors in that category include two "Chicago" stars, Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones, as well as Kathy Bates ("About Schmidt") and Michelle Pfeiffer ("White Oleander").

The casts of "Chicago" and "The Hours" were also nominated in the Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture category. Other films vying for that award include "Adaptation," "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

For a complete list of SAG nominees, go to www.sagawards.org.