If you were hoping for the Screen Actors Guild to help sort out the eventual Oscar nominees, well, there's good news and there is bad news. The good news is that the acting races have been further cemented in stone and should make it easy enough for the prognosticators to make their eventual choices. The bad news is that the acting races have been further cemented in stone leaving little room for surprises and the potential clunk of some really uninspired selections.
Starting with lead actor we have favorites Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), George Clooney (Up In The Air), Morgan Freeman (Invictus) and Colin Firth (A Single Man) all receiving nominations from SAG as well as the BFCA and the Globes. Right in line with SAG's current decade rate of seeing 40 of their last 50 nominees for Best Actor get nominated. 80%, averaging one a year to be dropped off the list. The fifth SAG nominee is the welcome Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker). He was one of the six BFCA predictions, I mean, choices, but was left off the Globes list in favor of Tobey Maguire (Brothers). The BFCA's sixth choice was Viggo Mortensen (The Road) who was also nominated by the D.C. critics while Renner to date has won over the critics from Boston and Las Vegas and is still in the running from D.C., St. Louis and Chicago.