‘Bridesmaids’ Surprises With Screen Actors Guild Nod

'The Artist,' 'The Descendants,' 'The Help' and 'Midnight in Paris' will also vie for SAG Awards' top prize.

The Screen Actors Guild announced its nominees Wednesday (December 14) for the best performances of the year in both television and film. The SAG Awards are the only ones with actors choosing among their peers to select the winners, so they are considered to be among the highest honors in Hollywood.

With the Golden Globe nominations arriving Thursday and the Academy Awards looming in the near future, everyone is eagerly searching for some hint of how things may shake out on Oscar night. Among the SAG nominations, there are plenty of the familiar names that have garnered awards attention this year, but also a fair number of surprises.

Demián Bichir, the lead in “A Better Life,” had been on the fringes of awards talk in recent weeks, but snagged a best actor nomination for the immigration drama over the
likes of Michael Fassbender for href="http://www.mtv.com/movies/movie/486257/moviemain.jhtml">“Shame” and Gary Oldman for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”

Jonah Hill, who earned critical praise for his work next to Brad Pitt in href="http://www.mtv.com/movies/movie/419725/moviemain.jhtml">“Moneyball,” had been considered an awards dark horse, but he walked away with a nomination for supporting actor.

Of the four films singled out for best ensemble, the top movies award
for the SAGs, “Bridesmaids” came away as the surprising but welcome addition to the conversation. Its cast scored a nomination for the top prize alongside those from “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “The Help” and “Midnight in Paris.”

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The SAG Awards will air on TBS and TNT on January 29, 2012, at 8 p.m.
ET/ 5 p.m. PT.

Check out the full list of nominations below.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“The Artist”
“Bridesmaids”
“The Descendants”
“The Help”
“Midnight in Paris”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir, “A Better Life”
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Armie Hammer, “J. Edgar”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Nick Nolte, “Warrior”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Female Actor – Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane, “Cinema Verite”
Maggie Smith, “Downtown Abbey”
Emily Watson, “Appropriate Adult”
Betty White, “The Lost Valentine”
Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”

Male Actor – Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne, “Thurgood”
Paul Giamatti, “Too Big to Fail”
Greg Kinnear, “The Kennedys”
Guy Pearce, “Mildred Pierce”
James Woods, “Too Big to Fail”

Female Actor – Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Male Actor – Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Steve Carell, “The Office”
Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Ensemble – Comedy Series
“30 Rock”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Glee”
“Modern Family”
“The Office”

Female Actor – Drama Series
Kathy Bates, “Harry’s Law”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”

Male Actor – Drama Series
Patrick James Adams, “Suits”
Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”

Ensemble – Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Dexter”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“The Adjustment Bureau”
“Cowboys & Aliens”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2″
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“X-Men: First Class”

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television
Series

“Dexter”
“Game of Thrones”
“Southland”
“Spartacus: Gods of the Arena”
“True Blood”

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