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Posted on: Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Five movies split the field at SAG award nominations

List of nominees for Screen Actors Guild awards

Associated Press

Five movies each grabbed three nominations yesterday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, leaving this year’s wide-open movie awards season as cloudy as ever.

The Roman epic "Gladiator," the rock ’n’ roll memoir "Almost Famous," the political drama "The Contender," the French fairy tale "Chocolat" and the British dance flick "Billy Elliot" each took three nods.

Three other films — the legal saga "Erin Brockovich," the Marquis de Sade epic "Quills" and the drug-war drama "Traffic" — received two nominations apiece.

"Almost Famous," "Billy Elliot," "Chocolat," "Gladiator" and "Traffic" were nominated for their overall casts.

The SAG nominations are the last major awards announcement before Oscar nominations Feb. 13. Unlike most years, no one film has emerged as an Oscar front-runner.

The guild also picked nominees in eight television categories. The group will present its seventh annual awards March 11 in a ceremony airing on TNT.

The show will include the guild’s lifetime achievement honor, for husband-wife acting team Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

The guild’s nominations are chosen by 4,200 randomly selected members of the union. The union’s full membership of 98,000 is eligible to vote.

SAG’s awards have been fairly accurate in predicting the eventual Oscar winners for lead actor and actress. Ten of the 12 past SAG winners in top movie acting categories went on to capture Academy Awards.

Last year, Kevin Spacey won both the SAG award and Oscar for "American Beauty." Annette Bening won the SAG honor for best actress for "American Beauty," while Hilary Swank received the Oscar for "Boys Don’t Cry."

In the supporting categories, seven of 13 SAG winners went on to receive Oscars. They include Kim Basinger for "L.A. Confidential," who tied for the SAG supporting-actress honor with Gloria Stuart of "Titanic" for 1997.

Last year, Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") and Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") won supporting honors at both the SAG awards and the Oscars.

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