‘Babel,’ ‘Dreamgirls,’ ‘Sunshine’ lead Screen Actors Guild nominations


LOS ANGELES (AP) – The ensemble drama “Babel,” the musical “Dreamgirls” and the road-trip tale “Little Miss Sunshine” each earned three nominations Thursday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Helen Mirren both had two nominations.

Mirren was nominated for playing both of England’s two Queen Elizabeths, as best actress in a film as the current monarch in “The Queen” and as best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for playing her predecessor in “Elizabeth I.”

DiCaprio had a lead-actor film nomination for the African adventure “Blood Diamond” and a supporting-actor nomination for the mob saga “The Departed.”

“Dreamgirls” grabbed supporting nominations for Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson along with a slot in the guild’s category for best overall acting ensemble.

The other ensemble nominees were “Babel,” the Robert Kennedy drama “Bobby,” “The Departed” and “Little Miss Sunshine.”

“Babel” also had supporting-actress nominations for Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi. “Little Miss Sunshine” earned nominations for supporting actor Alan Arkin and supporting actress Abigail Breslin.

Along with Mirren, considered the front-runner for the best-actress Academy Award, guild nominees for best film actress were Penelope Cruz, “Volver”; Judi Dench, “Notes on a Scandal”; Meryl Streep, “The Devil Wears Prada”; and Kate Winslet, “Little Children.”

Joining DiCaprio in the best-actor category were Ryan Gosling, “Half Nelson”; Peter O’Toole, “Venus”; Will Smith, “The Pursuit of Happyness”; and Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland.”

The guild picks are one of the last major announcements in Hollywood awards season before Academy Awards nominations come out Jan. 23. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 25.

Actors guild winners often go on to win Oscars, including three SAG winners from last year: lead performers Philip Seymour Hoffman for “Capote” and Reese Witherspoon for “Walk the Line,” and supporting actress Rachel Weisz for “The Constant Gardener.”

Last year’s winner for the guild’s prize for the overall acting ensemble, “Crash,” also went on to the win the best-picture Oscar.

Awards will be presented Jan. 28 in a ceremony televised on TNT and TBS. Film and TV nominees were chosen by two groups of 2,100 people randomly chosen from the guild’s 120,000 members. The guild’s full membership is eligible to vote for winners.

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