Another interesting article about the Oscar players from AwardsDaily.com:
Today, the 2,100 randomly selected Screen Actors Guild nominating committee members are getting their ballots. They will then have a few weeks to see everything before jotting down their choices.
Votes for nominees may be cast online or via mailed paper ballot. Votes must be received by the Guild’s official teller, Integrity Voting Systems, by Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at 5 p.m (PT). Nominations for the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 at 6 a.m. (PT)/9 a.m. (ET), telecast live on TNT and webcast live on tnt.tv and tbs.com.
The SAG members will likely rely on screeners and on their own memory from screenings they attended. Some films will play very well on screener, while others, not so much. The year’s best performances have somehow been about the power of two. Two co-stars coming together or pulling apart. If you look behind one great performance, in other words, you will see many supporting faces that help them get where they want to go.
So let’s talk about the year’s strongest performances so far and the supporting players who helped prop them up.
Rabbit Hole – this is a film that has two strong leading contenders in Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. It is also tailor-made for the SAG, it being based on a successful play and all. While Kidman is getting much attention, it’s been said that Eckhart’s great work has been all too often overlooked. Best Actor is always a tight nut to crack but the SAG could be the voting body that thrusts Eckhart into the race in a big way. Dianne Wiest is the most likely supporting actor up for consideration, and right now we’re all wondering not whether Wiest will be nominated, but just how many nominations is Rabbit Hole going to get. Picture? Director? Screenplay? Most likely supporting nod: Dianne Wiest.