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Ten random things: January 26

Ten actors who won Screen Actor Guild Awards but did not win Oscars in the corresponding category:

  1. Julie Christie, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Away From Her
       (Best Actress Oscar won by Marion Cotillard for La Vie En Rose)
  2. Eddie Murphy, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Dreamgirls
       (Best Supporting Actor Oscar won by Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine)
  3. Paul Giamatti, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Cinderella Man
       (Best Supporting Actor Oscar won by George Clooney for Syriana)
  4. Johnny Depp, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
       (Best Actor Oscar won by Sean Penn for Mystic River)
  5. Jodie Foster, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Nell
       (Best Actress Oscar won by Jessica Lange for Blue Sky)
  6. Helen Mirren, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Gosford Park
       (Best Supporting Actress Oscar won by Jennifer Connelly for A Beautiful Mind)
  7. Judi Dench, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Chocolat
       (Best Supporting Actress Oscar won by Marcia Gay Harden for Pollock)
  8. Annette Bening, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for American Beauty
       (Best Actress Oscar won by Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry)
  9. Robert Duvall, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for A Civil Action
       (Best Supporting Actor Oscar won by James Coburn for Affliction)
  10. Daniel Day-Lewis, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for Gangs of New York
       (Best Actor Oscar won by Adrien Brody for The Pianist)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are generally a reliable predictor for the Academy Award, but not always. This year, there's an interesting showdown in the Best Actress category. Two of the performances nominated for Best Actress won SAG Awards last night: Meryl Streep won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Doubt, and Kate Winslet won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for The Reader. I have not yet seen either movie, so as of now I have no dog in this hunt. That may change as I catch up with this year's Oscar nominated films.

Incidentally, I looked up the AMPAS rules regarding acting nominations to try to suss out how Winslet got a Best Actress nomination for a role that won her at least two Supporting Actress awards. Here are the relevant sections of Rule Six, Special Rules for the Acting Awards (emphases added):

  • A performance by an actor or actress in any role shall be eligible for nomination either for the leading role or supporting role categories. If, however, all the dialogue has been dubbed by another actor, the performance shall not be eligible for award consideration. Singing that is dubbed will not affect the performer's eligibility unless it constitutes the entire performance. The determination as to whether a role is a leading or supporting role shall be made individually by members of the branch at the time of balloting.
  • The leading role and supporting role categories will be tabulated simultaneously. If any performance should receive votes in both categories, the achievement shall be only placed on the ballot in that category in which, during the tabulation process, it first receives the required number of votes to be nominated. In the event that the performance receives the numbers of votes required to be nominated in both categories simultaneously, the achievement shall be placed only on the ballot in that category in which it receives the greater percentage of the total votes.
  • In the event that two achievements by an actor or actress receive sufficient votes to be nominated in the same category, only one shall be nominated using the preferential tabulation process and such other allied procedures as may be necessary to achieve that result.

What probably happened was that Winslet was nominated by Academy members for her role in The Reader in both the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, and happened to qualify for the Best Actress category first. At that point, as I understand it, all the nominations for The Reader would have been counted toward the Best Actress category, regardless which category the nomination was actually for. So even if her role in Rev Road had also qualified for the ballot, and perhaps even if Rev Road received more Best Actress nominations, the combined nominations for The Reader must have edged it out. Wacky! But ultimately a good thing, perhaps, in that it makes the Best Actress Oscar race that much more compelling.

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