Date: 31st January 2001

SAG Nominees Announced

The Screen Actors Guild did little to help focus attention on a particular favorite for the Oscars Tuesday as it released its nominations for the seventh annual SAG awards, to be held March 11.

Its selections covered a variety of films, embracing the barely noticed The Contender (three nods), while ignoring two critical favorites: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Wonder Boys. These were the major nominations in the feature film categories:

Best Actor: Jamie Bell, Billy Elliot; Russell Crowe, Gladiator; Benicio Del Toro, Traffic; Tom Hanks, Cast Away; Geoffrey Rush, Quills.

Best Actress: Joan Allen, The Contender; Juliette Binoche, Chocolat; Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream; Laura Linney, You Can Count on Me; Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich.

Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges, The Contender; Willem Dafoe, Shadow of the Vampire; Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich; Gary Oldman, The Contender; Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator.

Best Supporting Actress: Judi Dench, Chocolat; Kate Hudson, Almost Famous; Frances McDormand, Almost Famous; Julie Walters, Billy Elliot; Kate Winslet, Quills.

Cast: Almost Famous, Billy Elliot, Chocolat, Gladiator, Traffic.

Source: Studio Briefing