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    "Brokeback" Leads SAG Nominations

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The actors of gay romance "Brokeback Mountain" earned four nominations for Screen Actors Guild awards on Thursday, more than any other film, further cementing the film's position as a front-runner for Oscars.

    The movie that has drawn wide critical acclaim was nominated for best cast in a film, the Screen Actors Guild's top honor, alongside race relations film "Crash," political movie "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Capote," about the author Truman Capote, and in a surprise, the drama "Hustle & Flow."

    The Screen Actors Guild represents film and television actors, and because actors make up a large voting group for Oscars, the U.S. film industry's top awards, the SAG honors are considered a key indicator of which actors may win Oscars.

    This year's list of nominees for best movie cast featured five low-budget movies, continuing a trend this year in which many major motion pictures have been shunned by award voters.

    Moreover, several films that had been expected to compete for awards were shut out of SAG nominations including director Steven Spielberg's "Munich" and effects-filled "King Kong."

    "We've had some really phenomenal performances this year," said SAG President Alan Rosenberg. "The bigger films rely on special effects, whereas these smaller films are all about the performances."

    Along with best cast, "Brokeback" earned a nomination for lead actor in a film for Heath Ledger and one for supporting actor for Jake Gyllenhaal. Their co-star, Michelle Williams, was nominated for best supporting actress in a film.

    ACTORS & ACTRESSES

    Joining Ledger among the nominees for best movie actor were Joaquin Phoenix, playing singer Johnny Cash in romance "Walk the Line," David Strathairn as newsman Edward R. Murrow in "Good Night, and Good Luck," Philip Seymour Hoffman in the title role in "Capote" and Russell Crowe playing a boxer in "Cinderella Man."

    Best film actress nominees were Judi Dench portraying a theater owner in "Mrs. Henderson Presents," Felicity Huffman as a transgendered character in "Transamerica," Charlize Theron as a sexually harassed mine worker in "North Country," Reese Witherspoon as singer June Carter in "Walk the Line" and Ziyi Zhang in romance "Memoirs of a Geisha."

    Along with Gyllenhaal for "Brokeback," supporting film actor nominations went to Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon both for "Crash," George Clooney in "Syriana" and Paul Giamatti in "Cinderella Man."

    Williams was joined in the supporting actress category by Catherine Keener in "Capote," Frances McDormand in "North Country," Rachel Weisz in thriller "The Constant Gardener," and Amy Adams for independent film "Junebug."

    "Capote" and "Crash" earned three SAG nominations each, and "Cinderella Man," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "North Country" and "Walk the Line" all earned two nominations.

    Later on Thursday, the Directors Guild of America gives out its nominations, and they also are expected to narrow the list of Oscar contenders.

    SAG also gives out awards for TV performances. For its top honor of best ensemble cast in a TV drama series, SAG nominated the actors in "Grey's Anatomy," "The Closer," "Lost," "Six Feet Under" and "The West Wing."

    Nominees for best ensemble cast in a TV comedy were the actors in "Arrested Development," "Boston Legal," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Desperate Housewives," "Everybody Loves Raymond," and "My Name is Earl."

    The SAG awards will be given out in Los Angeles on January 29. The ceremony will be telecast on cable TV networks TNT and TBS.
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    Full List of SAG Nominees

    12TH ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS

    THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
    Russell Crowe / CINDERELLA MAN – Jim Braddock (Universal Pictures)
    Philip Seymour Hoffman / CAPOTE – Truman Capote (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)
    Heath Ledger / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – Ennis Del Mar (Focus Features)
    Joaquin Phoenix / WALK THE LINE – John R. Cash (20th Century Fox)
    David Strathairn / GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. – Edward R. Murrow (Warner Independent Pictures)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
    Judi Dench / MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS – Mrs. Laura Henderson (The Weinstein Company)
    Felicity Huffman / TRANSAMERICA – Bree (The Weinstein Company)
    Charlize Theron / NORTH COUNTRY – Josey Aimes (Warner Bros.)
    Reese Witherspoon / WALK THE LINE – June Carter (20th Century Fox)
    Ziyi Zhang / MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA – Sayuri (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
    Don Cheadle / CRASH – Graham (Lions Gate Films)
    George Clooney / SYRIANA – Bob Barnes (Warner Bros.)
    Matt Dillon / CRASH – Officer Ryan (Lions Gate Films)
    Paul Giamatti / CINDERELLA MAN – Joe Gould (Universal Pictures)
    Jake Gyllenhaal / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – Jack Twist (Focus Features)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
    Amy Adams / JUNEBUG – Ashley (Sony Pictures Classics)
    Catherine Keener/ CAPOTE – Nelle Harper Lee (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)
    Frances McDormand / North Country – Glory (Warner Bros.)
    Rachel Weisz / THE CONSTANT GARDENER – Tessa Quayle (Focus Features)
    Michelle Williams / BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – Alma (Focus Features)

    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

    BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Focus Features)
    Linda Cardellini - Cassie
    Anna Faris - Lashawn Malone
    Jake Gyllenhaal - Jack Twist
    Anne Hathaway - Lureen Phillips
    Heath Ledger - Ennis Del Mar
    Randy Quaid - Joe Aguirre
    Michelle Williams - Alma

    CAPOTE (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)
    Bob Balaban - William Shawn
    Clifton Collins, Jr. - Perry Smith
    Chris Cooper - Alvin Dewey
    Bruce Greenwood - Jack Dunphy
    Philip Seymour Hoffman - Truman Capote
    Catherine Keener - Nelle Harper Lee
    Mark Pellegrino - Dick Hickock

    CRASH (Lions Gate Films)
    Chris “Ludacris” Bridges - Anthony
    Sandra Bullock - Jean Cabot
    Don Cheadle - Graham
    Matt Dillon - Officer Ryan
    Jennifer Esposito - Ria
    Brendan Fraser - Rick Cabot
    Terrence Howard - Cameron Thayer
    Thandie Newton - Christine Thayer
    Ryan Phillippe - Thomas Hansen
    Larenz Tate - Peter

    GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. (Warner Independent Pictures)
    Rose Abdoo - Millie Lerner
    Alex Borstein - Natalie
    Robert John Burke - Charlie Mack
    Patricia Clarkson - Shirley Wershba
    George Clooney - Fred Friendly
    Jeff Daniels - Sig Mickelson
    Reed Diamond - John Aaron
    Tate Donovan - Jesse Zousmer
    Robert Downey, Jr. - Joe Wershba
    Grant Heslov - Don Hewitt
    Peter Jacobson - Jimmy
    Frank Langella - William Paley
    Tom McCarthy - Palmer Williams
    Diane Reeves - Jazz Singer
    Matt Ross - Eddie Scott
    David Strathairn - Edward R. Murrow
    Ray Wise - Don Hollenbeck

    HUSTLE & FLOW (Paramount Classics)
    Anthony Anderson - Key
    Chris “Ludacris” Bridges - Skinny Black
    Isaac Hayes - Arnel
    Taraji P. Henson - Shug
    Terrence Howard -DJay
    Taryn Manning - Nola
    Elise Neal - Yevette
    Paula Jai Parker - Lexus
    D.J. Qualls - Shelby

    PRIMETIME TELEVISION

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
    Kenneth Branagh / WARM SPRINGS – Franklin Delano Roosevelt (HBO)
    Ted Danson / KNIGHTS OF THE SOUTH BRONX – David MacEnulty (A&E)
    Ed Harris / EMPIRE FALLS – Miles Roby (HBO)
    Paul Newman / EMPIRE FALLS – Max Roby (HBO)
    Christopher Plummer / OUR FATHERS – Cardinal Bernard Law (Showtime)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
    Tonantzin Carmelo / INTO THE WEST – Thunder Heart Woman (TNT)
    S. Epatha Merkerson / LACKAWANNA BLUES – Rachel “Nanny” Crosby (HBO)
    Cynthia Nixon / WARM SPRINGS – Eleanor Roosevelt (HBO)
    Joanne Woodward / EMPIRE FALLS – Francine Whiting (HBO)
    Robin Wright Penn / EMPIRE FALLS – Grace Roby (HBO)

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
    Alan Alda / THE WEST WING – Arnold Vinick (NBC)
    Patrick Dempsey / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Derek Shepherd (ABC)
    Hugh Laurie / HOUSE – Dr. Gregory House (FOX)
    Ian McShane / DEADWOOD – Al Swearengen (HBO)
    Kiefer Sutherland / 24 – Jack Bauer (FOX)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
    Patricia Arquette / MEDIUM – Allison Dubois (NBC)
    Geena Davis / COMMANDER IN CHIEF – Mackenzie Allen (ABC)
    Mariska Hargitay / LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT – Det. Olivia Benson (NBC)
    Sandra Oh / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Cristina Yang (ABC)
    Kyra Sedgwick / THE CLOSER – Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (TNT)

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
    Larry David / CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM – Himself (HBO)
    Sean Hayes / WILL & GRACE – Jack McFarland (NBC)
    Jason Lee / MY NAME IS EARL – Earl Hickey (NBC)
    William Shatner / BOSTON LEGAL – Denny Crane (ABC)
    James Spader / BOSTON LEGAL – Alan Shore (ABC)

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
    Candice Bergen / BOSTON LEGAL – Shirley Schmidt (ABC)
    Patricia Heaton / EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND – Debra Barone (CBS)
    Felicity Huffman / DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – Lynette Scavo (ABC)
    Megan Mullally / WILL & GRACE – Karen Walker (NBC)
    Mary-Louise Parker / WEEDS – Nancy Botwin (Showtime)

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

    THE CLOSER (TNT)
    G.W. Bailey Det. - Lt. Provenza
    Tony Denison - Det. Andy Flynn
    Robert Gossett - Captain Taylor
    Corey Reynolds - Sgt. David Gabriel
    Kyra Sedgwick - Dep. Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson
    J.K. Simmons - Asst. Chief Will Pope
    Jon Tenney - FBI Agent Fritz Howard

    GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)
    Justin Chambers - Alex Karev
    Patrick Dempsey - Derek Shepherd
    Katherine Heigl - Isobel “Izzie” Stevens
    T.R. Knight - George O’Malley
    Sandra Oh - Cristina Yang
    James Pickens, Jr. - Richard Webber
    Ellen Pompeo - Meredith Grey
    Kate Walsh - Addison Forbes Montgomery Shepherd
    Isaiah Washington - Preston Burke
    Chandra Wilson - Miranda Bailey

    LOST (ABC)
    Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Mr. Eko
    Naveen Andrews - Sayid
    Emilie de Ravin - Claire
    Matthew Fox - Jack
    Jorge Garcia - Hurley
    Maggie Grace - Shannon
    Josh Holloway - Sawyer
    Malcolm David - Kelley Walt
    Daniel Dae Kim - Jin
    Yunjin Kim - Sun
    Evangeline Lilly - Kate
    Dominic Monaghan - Charlie
    Terry O’Quinn - Locke
    Harold Perrineau - Michael
    Michelle Rodriguez - Ana Lucia
    Ian Somerhalder - Boone
    Cynthia Watros - Libby

    SIX FEET UNDER (HBO)
    Lauren Ambrose - Claire Fisher
    Joanna Cassidy - Margaret Chenowith
    Frances Conroy - Ruth Fisher
    James Cromwell - George Sibley
    Rachel Griffiths - Brenda Chenowith
    Michael C. Hall - David Fisher
    Tina Holmes - Maggie Sibley
    Peter Krause - Nate Fisher
    Justina Machado - Vanessa Diaz
    Freddy Rodriguez - Federico Diaz
    Jeremy Sisto - Billy Chenowith
    Mathew St. Patrick - Keith Charles

    THE WEST WING (NBC)
    Alan Alda - Arnold Vinick
    Kristin Chenoweth - Annabeth Schott
    Janeane Garofalo - Louise Thornton
    Dulé Hill - Charlie Young
    Allison Janney - C.J. Cregg
    Joshua Malina - Will Bailey
    Mary McCormack - Kate Harper
    Janel Moloney - Donna Moss
    Teri Polo - Helen Santos
    Richard Schiff - Toby Ziegler
    Martin Sheen - Josiah Bartlet
    Jimmy Smits - Matthew Santos
    John Spencer - Leo McGarry
    Bradley Whitford - Josh Lyman

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

    ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (FOX)
    Will Arnett - Gob Bluth
    Jason Bateman - Michael Bluth
    Michael Cera - George-Michael Bluth
    David Cross - Tobias Fünke
    Portia de Rossi - Lindsay Bluth Fünke
    Tony Hale - Buster Bluth
    Alia Shawkat - Maeby Fünke
    Jeffrey Tambor - George Bluth, Sr./Oscar Bluth
    Jessica Walter - Lucille Bluth

    BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
    Rene Auberjonois - Paul Lewiston
    Ryan Michelle Bathe - Sara Holt
    Candice Bergen - Shirley Schmidt
    Julie Bowen - Denise Bauer
    Justin Mentelli - Garrett Wells
    Rhona Mitra - Tara Wilson
    Monica Potter - Lori Colson
    William Shatner - Denny Crane
    James Spader - Alan Shore
    Mark Valley - Brad Chase

    CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
    Shelley Berman - Nat David
    Larry David - Himself
    Susie Essman - Susie Greene
    Jeff Garlin - Jeff Greene
    Cheryl Hines - Cheryl David
    Richard Lewis - Himself

    DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
    Roger Bart - George Williams
    Andrea Bowen - Julie Mayer
    Mehcad Brooks - Matthew Applewhite
    Ricardo Antonio Chavira - Carlos Solis
    Marcia Cross - Bree Van De Kamp
    Steven Culp - Rex Van De Kamp
    James Denton - Mike Delfino
    Teri Hatcher - Susan Mayer
    Felicity Huffman - Lynette Scavo
    Brent Kinsman - Preston Scavo
    Shane Kinsman - Porter Scavo
    Eva Longoria - Gabrielle Solis
    Mark Moses - Paul Young
    Doug Savant - Tom Scavo
    Nicollette Sheridan - Edie Britt
    Brenda Strong - Mary Alice Young
    Alfre Woodard - Betty Applewhite

    EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (CBS)
    Peter Boyle - Frank Barone
    Brad Garrett - Robert Barone
    Patricia Heaton - Debra Barone
    Monica Horan - Amy McDougal-Barone
    Doris Roberts - Marie Barone
    Ray Romano - Raymond Barone
    Madlyn Sweeten - Ally Barone

    MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
    Jason Lee - Earl Hickey
    Jaime Pressly - Joy Darville
    Eddie Steeples - Darnell
    Ethan Suplee - Randy Hickey
    Nadine Velazquez - Catalina

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