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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

December 17, 2009 at 9:21 AM

SAG award noms: “Precious,” “Basterds,” “Up in the Air”

For Oscar-watchers, the Screen Actors Guild nominations are far more interesting and potentially informative than critics’ votes or Golden Globe hoopla, simply because many SAG members are also Academy members and likely will vote the same way when their Oscar ballot comes around. So it’s interesting to note that while the SAG gang chose “Nine” as one of the best ensemble cast, it left Daniel Day-Lewis out of the best actor roster, instead giving the fifth slot (alongside George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman and Jeff Bridges, all widely believed to be Oscar shoo-ins) to Jeremy Renner of “The Hurt Locker.” And all those Sandra Bullock nay-sayers got a bit of a shock when the “Blind Side” star” turned up on SAG’s best actress list, with Meryl Streep, Gabourey Sidibe, Carey Mulligan and Helen Mirren. (Much as I love Sandra, I say Abbie Cornish and/or Emily Blunt got robbed, but that’s just me.)
In the supporting categories, the men completely matched the Globes: Matt Damon, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Plummer, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz. (Somebody posted on this blog recently that he was certain that Waltz wouldn’t be nominated for an Oscar. I don’t know; there’s momentum building). And the SAGs unceremoniously snubbed Julianne Moore (are they crazy?) and instead named Diane Kruger (“Inglourious Basterds”) to their list, alongside Penelope Cruz (though for my money Marion Cotillard’s the one who deserves an award for “Nine”), Anna Kendrick, Vera Farmiga and Mo’Nique.
SAG winners will be announced January 23. Oscar nominations will be announced February 7. The Oscar show will be March 7, hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin and featuring a performance by the “So You Think You Can Dance” winners. No, I have no idea what SYTYCD has to do with movies.

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