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SAG Awards: Slew of 'film actors' recognized for television work

December 14, 2011 |  8:59 am

The SAG Awards nominations find many former Oscar nominees and winners being recognized for their work on television
It's no surprise to see Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates and Maggie Smith among a list of acting nominees. What is a bit of a shock is to find them all being recognized for their work in television. This year's SAG Awards nominations feature a large group of actors well known for their film work (some of whom have won Oscars) landing nominations for their efforts in television. It reinforces the power shift that's been occurring between TV and film for the last decade, with more and more distinguished talent opting for the small screen.

Winslet received a SAG Award nomination for her work in HBO's "Mildred Pierce," while her work in Roman Polanski's film "Carnage" was ignored. Glenn Close received two nods, one for her passion-film project "Albert Nobbs" and another for her TV role as Patty Hewes in the drama series "Damages."

Diane Lane, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 2002's "Unfaithful," landed a SAG nomination on Wednesday for her work in the TV movie "Cinema Verite," which centered on America's first reality-TV family, the Louds. Two-time Oscar winner Smith was recognized by SAG for her work in "Downton Abbey," while two-time Oscar nominee Emily Watson secured a nomination for her role in Sundance Channel's "Appropriate Adult."

HBO's "Too Big to Fail," a recent series on the crisis in the U.S. banking system, featured past Oscar nominees Paul Giamatti and James Woods; both got SAG nominations on Wednesday. (Woods, who's been nominated for Oscars twice in his career, received a SAG nomination for his role as Richard Fuld while Giamatti, who received an Oscar nomination for  "Cinderella Man," played Ben Bernanke.) Greg Kinnear, nominated for an Oscar in 1998, landed a SAG nod for his role in the controversial miniseries "The Kennedys." 

With actors being afforded such a wide swath of opportunities in television -- from playing period characters to  presidents -- it's little surprise the medium is attracting such high-caliber performers.


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-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Kate Winslet in "Mildred Pierce." Credit: HBO

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