'Mountain' Leads SAG Award Nods

In this undated publicity photo released by Sony Pictures Classics, Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays writer Truman Capote in a scene from the film, "Capote." (AP Photo/Attila Doroy, Sony Pictures Classics) AP/Sony Pictures Classics

"Brokeback Mountain," a tale of cowboys in a forbidden romance, led contenders Thursday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nominations, including honors for actor Heath Ledger.

The film biography "Capote" and the ensemble drama "Crash" were next with three nominations each, among them honors for their entire casts and for lead actor Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") and supporting actors Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon ("Crash").

Ledger earned a best-actor nomination for his role as a family man concealing a homosexual affair with an old sheepherding buddy, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who received a supporting-actor nomination. Michelle Williams, who plays Ledger's wife, was among supporting-actress nominees.

"Brokeback Mountain" also was nominated for best performance by its entire cast, along with "Capote," "Crash," the Edward R. Murrow tale "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "Hustle & Flow," the story of a pimp and drug dealer forging a career as a rapper.
Joining Ledger in the lead-actor category were Hoffman as author Truman Capote in "Capote"; Russell Crowe as Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock in "Cinderella Man"; Joaquin Phoenix as singer Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line"; and David Strathairn as newsman Murrow in "Good Night, and Good Luck."

Lead-actress nominees were Judi Dench as a society dame who starts a nude stage revue in 1930s London in "Mrs. Henderson Presents"; Felicity Huffman in a gender-bending role as a man preparing for sex-change surgery in "Transamerica"; Charlize Theron as a woman leading a sexual-harassment lawsuit at a mining company in "North Country"; Reese Witherspoon as Cash's soul mate and eventual wife, June Carter, in "Walk the Line"; and Ziyi Zhang as a poor girl who becomes a belle of Japan in "Memoirs of a Geisha."

Awards will be presented Jan. 29 in a ceremony televised on TNT and TBS. SAG nominations are chosen by 4,200 randomly chosen members of the union. The guild's full membership of 98,000 is eligible to vote for winners.

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
  • "Brokeback Mountain"
  • "Capote"
  • "Crash"
  • "Good Night, and Good Luck"
  • "Hustle & Flow"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
  • Russell Crowe, "Cinderella Man"
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
  • Heath Ledger, "Brokeback Mountain"
  • Joaquin Phoenix, "Walk the Line"
  • David Strathairn, "Good Night, and Good Luck"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
  • Judi Dench, "Mrs. Henderson Presents"
  • Felicity Huffman, "Transamerica"
  • Charlize Theron, "North Country"
  • Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"
  • Ziyi Zhang, "Memoirs of a Geisha"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Don Cheadle, "Crash"
  • George Clooney, "Syriana"
  • Matt Dillon, "Crash"
  • Paul Giamatti, "Cinderella Man"
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, "Brokeback Mountain"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Amy Adams, "Junebug"
  • Catherine Keener, "Capote"
  • Frances McDormand, "North Country"
  • Rachel Weisz, "The Constant Gardener"
  • Michelle Williams, "Brokeback Mountain"


    PRIMETIME TELEVISION

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
  • "The Closer"
  • "Grey's Anatomy"
  • "Lost"
  • "Six Feet Under"
  • "The West Wing"

    Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
  • "Arrested Development"
  • "Boston Legal"
  • "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
  • "Desperate Housewives"
  • "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • "My Name Is Earl"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
  • Kenneth Branagh, "Warm Springs"
  • Ted Danson, "Knights of the South Bronx"
  • Ed Harris, "Empire Falls"
  • Paul Newman, "Empire Falls"
  • Christopher Plummer, "Our Fathers"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
  • Tonantzin Carmelo, "Into the West"
  • S. Epatha Merkerson, "Lackawanna Blues"
  • Cynthia Nixon, "Warm Springs"
  • Joanne Woodward, "Empire Falls"
  • Robin Wright Penn, "Empire Falls"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
  • Alan Alda, "The West Wing"
  • Patrick Dempsey, "Grey's Anatomy"
  • Hugh Laurie, "House"
  • Ian McShane, "Deadwood"
  • Kiefer Sutherland, "24"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
  • Patricia Arquette, "Medium"
  • Geena Davis, "Commander in Chief"
  • Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
  • Sandra Oh, "Grey's Anatomy"
  • Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer"

    Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
  • Sean Hayes, "Will & Grace"
  • Jason Lee, "My Name Is Earl"
  • William Shatner, "Boston Legal"
  • James Spader, "Boston Legal"

    Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Candice Bergen, "Boston Legal"
  • Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond"
  • Felicity Huffman, "Desperate Housewives"
  • Megan Mullally, "Will & Grace"
  • Mary-Louise Parker, "Weeds"

    Screen Actors Guild Awards Annual Life Achievement Award
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