DiCaprio gets honored and snubbed at the same time

104752__leo_lThe Screen Actors Guild awards may be just like the Golden Globes — only without all those irritatingly anonymous writers, directors, and producers taking up valuable face time that properly belongs to recognizable movie and TV stars — but give them credit: they’ve correctly picked 17 of the last 24 Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar winners. A couple of nuances worth noting in this year’s SAG nominations, announced this morning: First, there’s the inclusion of Bobby in the Ensemble Cast award (the SAGs’ equivalent of Best Picture) among usual suspects Babel, The Departed, Dreamgirls, and Little Miss Sunshine. Now, no one expects Bobby to repeat that feat at the Oscars, so how did it sneak in here? Perhaps because the SAG members want to congratulate one of their own, Emilio Estevez, not only for stepping up and writing and directing his own movie, but also for creating principal speaking parts for an Altman-sized ensemble of 24 Guild members.

Second, while Leonardo DiCaprio is the most-nominated person on the list (an honor he shares with Steve Carell, who ties DiCaprio with three nods), Leo’s performance in The Departed (pictured) is nominated in the Supporting category, not Lead. What was he in that movie, chopped liver? I don’t see putative leads Matt Damon or Jack Nicholson getting Lead Actor nominations, at the SAGs or anywhere else.

Think this demotion hurts Leo’s Oscar chances? Will you be watching the SAGs on Jan. 28 to find out?addCredit(“The Departed: Andrew Cooper”)


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  • Stacey

    Nah, it wasn’t a snubbed for Leo. He still picked up two nominations. But it probably increases the likihood they might do the Lead and Supporting categories with him at the Oscars. If he does get a nomination for Blood Diamond that is. I think his nomination at the SAG awards make his winning there more likely for Supporting Actor than Lead Actor, considering Forrest Whittaker is taking every award this season. So they just increased Leo’s chances of winning something at SAG for the “Departed”. And could do the same for the Oscars. Even though he was LEAD in DEPARTED and the best thing in it. It’s the politics of awards shows, making sure you have the best chance at winning.

  • Rahul

    Leo’s role in ‘The Departed’ was a lead -he had plenty of screen time to justify that. I hope this doesn’t hurt his chances come Oscar time, because a Lead Actor nod would boost ‘The Departed’ nomination count and make it a stronger contender, in my opinion, for the big awards (Picture, Director).

  • Nick

    One must wonder: how did Altmanesque _Bobby_ sneak in with a Best Ensemble nomination, while Altman’s _A Prairie Home Companion_ get snubbed?

  • Michael H.

    I agree with Stacey… actors are not allowed to be nominated twice in the same category at the Oscars. If Leo tried to get Lead Actor nods for both roles, he risks dividing his vote and therefore might not get a nod for either.
    However if he pursues a Lead Actor nod AND a Supporting Actor nod, he’s very likely to get two nominations – and a good chance of WINNING in the Supporting category.

  • GeeMoney

    I think he has a better chance in the Oscar supporting actor category this year. Forest Whitaker and Will Smith have him beat, I think. I love Leo, and I think he should already have a Best Actor Oscar (especially for The Aviator, but Jamie Foxx did turn out a really good performance 2 years ago). So, if he ends up in the supporting actor category, that’s cool. He just needs to win!

  • Larry

    I’m an awards junkie, and one of the things I hate is when the lead gets nominated in the supporting category, ostensibly to better their chances of winning. There are so many examples of this in Oscar history particularly.
    Leonardo DiCaprio was fantastic in “The Departed,” better, IMHO, than he was in “Blood Diamond.” But he was THE LEAD in both. Jack Nicholson and/or Mark Wahlberg deserve supporting recognition for “The Departed.” And I can’t figure out for the life of me why Matt Damon is getting no awards love this year.
    I certainly hope to see Leo nominated for an Oscar. And although he probably won’t win because of Forest Whitaker or, heaven save us, Peter O’Toole, that’s fine. He’s on a roll now and hopefully he’ll win for legitimate reasons very soon.

  • Miles

    My friend is a SAG actress (for a commercial she did about three years ago.) She received a letter asking her to vote, she called me in the middle of the night to ask me what movies had I seen. The woman, is currently unemployed and is in debt up to her neck.
    These are your SAG voter people. So rather than starting a fire storm over the nominations. Take it with a grain of salt.

  • Dana

    Wow, The Weinstein brothers must have a lot of time in their hands, if they’re still buying votes for Bobby. Which is sort of nice to see, that even with only half the power they use to command, they still can intimidate the lower award rungs for votes. Keep at it Weinsteins… someday you may climb back up to the Oscar Echelon… but with BOBBY… I don’t think so.

  • Jonathan

    I, for one, am glad Leo didn’t get a nomination for Lead Actor for The Departed (though I think he shouldn’t even be considered for Blood Diamonds). This opens it up for Gosling to at least be nominated. In my opinion, Gosling deserves to win.

  • P

    I think Leo definately deserves an Oscar this year. In the past I think he has be underestimated as an actor. This year he has a real chance. Hopefully he wins for The Departed.

  • Meier

    (sniff, sniff, whimper) Where’s SBC?

  • Benny

    I remain flummoxed that Little Miss Sunshine keeps getting nominations. Granted, this was the acting aspect, and there were some good actors in it that I generally like, but this was the worst movie of the year.

  • Benny

    On the issue of screen time and dominance in a movie… think of The Godfather and Chicago, two movies with many leads. How they put Pacino and Catherine Zeta-Jones in supporting categories astounds me, but I guess if they’re going for wins and nominations, it makes sense.

  • Ceballos

    YES it hurts his Oscar chances…he was MUCH better in “The Departed” than in “Blood Diamond” and that was CLEARLY a lead role. He may end up not even getting nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for “Blood Diamond”.
    Still, I can understand why they did what they did. It DOES improve DiCaprio’s Oscar chances…since he can’t be nominated twice for Best Actor…and since it looks like he’ll lose to Forest Whitaker.

  • TorontoTom

    Jennifer Hudson really is the Cinderella Story of the year. Hoping she and Dreamgirls both get their share of awards love this season.

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