If you were hoping the Screen Actors Guild Awards would bestow more respect upon a certain top-reviewed film than the Golden Globes did, your hopes were pretty much dashed.
Oh, and Avatar and The Hangover got squat.
Awards-season frontrunners Inglourious Basterds, The Hurt Locker, Nine, Precious and An Education stayed out in front today with ensemble-cast noms—the SAG equivalent of Best Picture.
Avatar and The Hangover, which represented for popcorn pictures at the Globes, didn't pick up any nods; the previously ignored Trek came away with a nomination for stunt work. And, yeah, that ought to give it lots of momentum for that nonexistent Oscar stunts category...
On the TV side, new stars had trouble breaking into the acting categories, while new shows Glee and Modern Family earned ensemble nods.
More SAG Awards notes, factoids—and surprises:
• Inglourious Basterds, Precious and Up in the Air tied for the most film nods, three. 30 Rock, The Closer and Dexter were the top TV shows, also with three noms each.
• Sandra Bullock was nominated for The Blind Side, but not The Proposal. Meryl Streep was nominated for Julie & Julia, but not It's Complicated. Matt Damon was nominated for Invictus, but not The Informant!. Alec Baldwin was nominated for 30 Rock, but not It's Complicated, which was a mild surprise. George Clooney was nominated for Up in the Air, but not The Men Who Stare at Goats, which wasn't.
• A lot of been there, done that in the TV acting categories. Dexter's Michael C. Hall, Mad Men's Jon Hamm, House's Hugh Laurie, The Office's Steve Carell and 30 Rock's Tina Fey are among those in the game—again.
• The Hurt Locker broke through with an individual nod for Jeremy Renner. And while Slumdog Millionaire proved you can win Oscar's Best Picture without a single acting nomination, you'd rather not have to.
• Whatever happened to (500) Days of Summer? Only SAG voters know for sure, but the Globes favorite got nothing today. Not even a stunts nod.
• Up in the Air scored three nods, including ones for Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick in the supporting actress category, but, curiously, found itself denied in ensemble cast. An Education, which has been getting Best Actress buzz for Carey Mulligan, nominated today for an individual SAG, arguably "stole" Up in the Air's spot.
• Apparently, space aliens aren't considered thespians. James Cameron's Avatar was the lone Best Drama nominee at the Globes to come up empty at the SAGs.
• The Hangover and (500) Days of Summer were the only Best Comedy Globe nominees to be completely denied at the SAGs.
• Other Globe nominees who didn't rate today included Brothers' Tobey Maguire and Nine's Daniel Day-Lewis.
• Newbies Glee and Modern Family will compete for the ensemble comedy series award against vets 30 Rock, The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
• The drama-series cast race pits Dexter against 24, The Unit, The Closer and Heroes. We've got stunt people on the brain. (Those were the nominees for ensemble stunt work we originally had there.) For TV drama, better make that Dexter versus The Closer, The Good Wife, Mad Men and True Blood.
• Was Jeremy Piven too radioactive for the SAGs? The Entourage star is a non-SAG nominee for the first time in two years.
The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are scheduled for Jan. 23.
Sneak a peek at the 2010 SAG Awards' notable nominees right here.
(Originally published Dec. 17, 2009, at 6:18 a.m. PT)